Out of nowhere, your guy called you baby for the first time, and it gave you chills of excitement. But what exactly did he mean when he said it? While guys aren’t always incredibly complex, there are many potential messages he could be sending here. So let’s break down a few of the most common and answer other related questions to ensure you’re on the same page with him.
A Guy Called Me Baby – What Does it Mean?
When a guy calls you baby, he’s trying to send you a message. Of course, the exact message will vary based on your relationship and the specific situation. Here are a few of the most common times when a guy might call you baby. Most are very positive: a few are not. But it is better to know for sure than to be left in the dark and uncertain about how he feels about you as a person.
He Might Not Remember Your Name
If you’ve gone on just a date or two with a guy, and he’s already calling you baby, he might be a complete dolt who forgot your name. This situation is not uncommon when a guy is dating many women but is very infuriating. Watch for these signs to see if this is the case:
- He only calls you baby or other terms of endearment and never your name
- He seems to be trying to get you to say your name or is feeling out the situation awkwardly
- He tries to see your debit card after a date or asks to see your “funny” driver’s license photo
How you react to this situation is entirely up to you. Do you get offended if he can’t remember your name? If so, you might want to give up on this guy. However, it might be an honest mistake as well. Think long and hard about whether you want to date a guy who doesn’t bother to remember your name.
He Might Be Very “Easy” With the Term
Did you guy call you baby reasonably quickly in the dating process? Have you noticed that he calls other girls baby or similar terms of endearment? If so, there’s a chance he might just be one of those guys who calls all women something cute. Here are a few ways to gauge this possibility:
- Go out with him and listen to how he talks to female waitstaff
- Listen to him when he talks on the phone with girl friends
Pay attention to the context in which he calls you baby. Does he say “hey baby!” when you meet up for dates? Or does he call you baby repeatedly throughout a date? He might just be one of those guys who love calling all women he knows something like baby, babe, or doll.
He’s Heavily Flirting With You
In some ways, “baby” is a step-up from “babe” in flirtation. There’s more of a sexual connotation to the term, meaning that your guy might be letting you know he’s ready to go to the next level if you haven’t. Here are a few situations in which he may be communicating his sexual interest:
- “Baby, I can’t believe how good you look in that dress.”
- “Is there anything I can do to make you my baby?”
- “Baby, let’s find somewhere nice and quiet to spend time together.”
In this situation, he’s letting you know he’s interested in you sexually. The steps you take at this point will vary based on your needs. If you’re ready to have a little fun together, go for it! Please don’t do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, though, as you may regret it later.
He Wants You to Be His Girlfriend
When a guy calls you “baby,” he probably either wants you to be his girlfriend or thinks of you as his girlfriend already. Interestingly, this situation is more likely if he uses “baby” more casually. That’s because he already assumes you’re together and that he can slip in this word in every talk conversation to let you know how he feels. Here are a few phrases to watch for if this is the case:
- “What do you want to eat for dinner, baby? We can go to your favorite place if you want.”
- “How’s your day going today, baby? Mine’s pretty amazing so far.”
- “Baby, you got any plans for the weekend? Wanna do something together?”
- “Oh, baby, can you give me a neck rub? I’m pretty sore right now.”
Here’s the rub: do you want to be his girlfriend or consider yourself his girlfriend? If not, you might need to talk to him about this situation to ensure he doesn’t get hurt. It doesn’t mean that you won’t be his girlfriend eventually, of course, but he deserves to know exactly how you feel.
What If He Calls You Baby When You’re Not Dating?
Sometimes, a guy friend might call you baby just to be funny. Other times, he might be trying to move things to a different stage. Pay attention to how he uses the term and give him honest feedback when he uses the term, including letting him know that you value his friendship but don’t want to date.
Is It Weird When He Calls You Baby?
It’s not necessarily weird for a guy to call a girl baby. However, if you feel awkward or strange about it, you need to let him know. Maybe you don’t like the term or just feel uncomfortable when he uses it. If you don’t want him calling you other terms of endearment, you might not be that into him.
Does It Mean He Loves You When He Calls You Baby?
Baby can signify that a guy loves you but is usually used more as a term of sexual endearment than a romantic one. However, it could also mean he loves you, based on the context. If he uses it outside a sexual situation, he may be using it to let you know he’s in love with you.
Don’t Be Afraid to Talk
If you find that none of these situations seem to describe your relationship with your guy, don’t be afraid to reach out to him and talk it out. There’s a good chance that he’s still uncertain about your relationship and is trying to figure out where you stand. A chat can help clear the air.
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