ChannelMum.com reveals top nicknames for baby bumps
Sprout, Grape and Jellybean are among the most common nicknames parents-to-be are giving their baby bump.
The poll of 1500 parents revealed that nine out of 10 mums and dads chose an alternative name for their baby during pregnancy.
Bean, Pickle and Squishy are among the most common monikers - with more than half of families admitting the name did stick and continued to be used as a nickname when the baby was born.
The study was conducted by parenting website ChannelMum.com
Founder Siobhan Freegard said: “Choosing a bump nickname is a modern rite of passage where the child really starts to feel like an individual person.
"Becoming a parent starts long before your baby is born and naming the bump is the first step to bonding with your tot."
The unusual study also revealed that parents undergoing IVF procedures also chose names for their frozen embryos with Elsa, Olaf and Snowflake given as the most common.
The main reason parents have given for using a baby bump nickname, was being able to avoid referring to the child as 'it' particularly prior to knowing whether the baby was a boy or girl.
Other reasons behind a name related to pregnancy cravings, what the baby looked like at a first scan or descriptions given of a baby in pregnancy books or online apps.
Siobhan Freegard added: “Our results found that even in multiple pregnancies, bump nicknames are common – but 60 per cent of couples choose a different nickname for each bump to reflect their baby’s different personalities.
“Names like Thumper or Angel are a brilliant way to bring a baby’s growing character to life, and picking a nickname is the very best to start the conversation on your baby’s actual name.”
The top 25 names given to baby bumps: