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Types of Carriers & Carrier Features

ABC – Asian-style baby carrier
MT – mei tai
SSC - soft-structured carrier
GSW – German style woven (wrap)
Onbu - onbuhimo
Pod - podaegi, podegi, podeagi
RS – ring sling
SPOC – simple piece of cloth (a wrap; often refers to a homemade one)

HR - head rest
LE - limited edition

*Acronyms marked with an asterisk have more than one common meaning, depending on context. If the first one you find does not makes sense, please check other sections of the list.

Carriers/Vendors Commonly Referred to With an Acronym or Abbreviation

ABC - Action Baby Carrier
AMC (AMC I, AMC II) - Active Mom Carriers
ASW – Aqua Silk Waves
ATB – Attached to Baby
BHT - Baby Hemp Tai
BBB - Babies Beyond Borders
BBB – Bali Baby Breeze (made by Gypsy Mama)
BBS – Bali Baby Stretch (made by Gypsy Mama or BB-Slen (formerly Babylonia)
BH – BabyHawk*
BH XT – BabyHawk XT (extra tall) model
BBO - Ball Baby Overalls
BR – Birdies Room
BSAP - Baby Space Adjustable Pouch
BSBS – Blue Sky Baby Slings
BWC - Bamberoo Wrap Conversion
CGW - Colorgrown Waves (a variety of Didymos wrap)
CS/CSRS – Chicken Scratch/Chicken Scratch Ring Sling
CSE – Cashmere Silk Ellipsen (a variety of Didymos wrap)
DB – Dragonfly Beginnings
Didy - Didymos
E2E – Eye to Eye
ER – EllaRoo
ER - Earthy Rainbow Girasol
ERLP - EllaRoo Lightly Padded Sling
ERMT – Ellaroo Mei Tei
FH – Freehand
GM - Gypsy Mama
GM BBB – Gypsy Mama Bali Baby Breeze
GM BBS – Gypsy Mama Bali Baby Stretch
HAB - Hug-a-Bub
Hop - Hoppediz
HS – Hotslings
H2H – Heart to Heart
HSW – Hellblau Silk Waves (a variety of Didymos wrap)
KC – Kindercarry
KKACP - Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Cotton Pouch
KKAFP - Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Fleece Pouch
KKAMP – Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Mesh Pouch
KS – Kleinsmekker
LBE – Lemon Balm Essentials
MBB - My Bei Bei
MnM - Mom and Me Creations
MMIAP - Mamma’s Milk Invisibly Adjustable Pouch
MTB - Mei Tai Baby
NJP - Nana's Jetpack
NN - New Native
NHT - Nurslings Hemp Tie
NSM – Natural Silk Millefiori (a variety of Didymos wrap)
NSN – Natural Silk Nino (a variety of Didymos wrap)
NWT – Nurslings Wraptation Conversion
O&A - Olives and Applesauce
OMT – Octi Mei Tai
OTSBH - Over the Shoulder Baby Holder
P/H - Petrol Honey (a variety of Didymos wrap
PIP – Pea in the Pod
POC - Piece of Cloth
PS - Peanut Shell
PSM – Pink Silk Millefiori (a variety of Didymos wrap)
PSW – Pink Silk Waves (a variety of Didymos wrap)
RBS – Rockin’ Baby Sling
SBP - Sleeping Baby Productions
SBNYC – Soul Baby NYC (New York City)
SI – Silk Indio (a variety of Didymos wrap)
SLM - Sweet Little Monkey
Storch - Storchenwiege
TMT - Taylor Made Treasures (now known as Taylor Made)
TPB - The Portable Baby
TTBH – Two-tone BabyHawk
TTC* - Ten Toes Click
UBW - Ultimate Baby Wrap
Vat - Vatanai
WO – Walter’s Organic

*Acronyms marked with an asterisk have more than one common meaning, depending on context. If the first one you find does not makes sense, please check other sections of the list.

Carrier Positions and Methods of Tying (Wraps)

BWCC- back wrap cross carry
BWCC w/ CB- back wrap cross carry with a chest belt
CHCC – coolest hip cross carry
DH - double hammock (aka chunei back carry)
FCC - front cross carry
FFO – front facing out
FWCC- front wrap cross carry
HCC - hip cross carry
JC – Jordan’s back carry
P-WCC - pocket wrap cross carry
T2T – Tummy-to-tummy, also called snuggle hold
WCC - wrap cross carry
TC - Taiwanese carry
WPBC- Wiggle-proof back carry

For additional wrap-specific acronyms and terms, please see this thread.

*Acronyms marked with an asterisk have more than one common meaning, depending on context. If the first one you find does not makes sense, please check other sections of the list.

Internet Forum/Chat References and For Sale or Trade Terms

BN – Brand New
BRB - Be Right Back
bump – Contentless post made for the purpose of “bumping” a thread to the top of the forum
CF - Carrier Fairy
CYE – Check Your E-mail
DS – DiaperSwappers (a cloth diapering forum)*
ETA – Edited To Add
EUC – Excellent Used Condition
FB – Feedback
FFS- Free For Shipping
FSOT – For Sale Or Trade
FS – For Sale
FT – For Trade
FA - For Auction
GN - Gender Neutral
GUC – Good Used Condition
HTF - Hard To Find
IHA - I Have Available (usually refers to trade items)
IM = Instant Message
IRL - In Real Life
ISO/IDSO – In (Desperate) Search Of
MDC – Mothering dot commune (forums sponsored by Mothering magazine)
Mod(s) – Forum moderator(s)
NAK – Nursing At Keyboard
NINO – Nine In, Nine Out (babywearing support and advocacy organization)
NIP – New In Package*
NWT – New With Tags
NWOT – New Without Tags
OHT – One-Handed Typing (often because of NAK)
OOAK - One Of A Kind
OOP - Out of Print
OP - Original Poster
OT - Off Topic
PM – Private Message
PP - PayPal
PP - Previous Poster
PPD – Postage Paid Domestic (shipping cost is included in price)*
S/O - Spin Off
S/O - Significant Other
TBW – TheBabyWearer.com
TDF - To Die For
VGC –Very Good Condition
WP – Wrappers Paradise (TBW subforum)
YIM = Yahoo Instant Messenger
*Acronyms marked with an asterisk have more than one common meaning, depending on context. If the first one you find does not makes sense, please check other sections of the list.

Reproductive Cycles, Birth and Breastfeeding

2ww – two week wait (the time period between ovulation and expected AF, when a pregnancy test can be used)
AF - Aunt Flo(w) (menstrual period)
BC – birth control
BD - baby dance (what one does every other day when TTC)
BF - Breastfed/feed(ing)*
BFP - Big Fat Positive (positive pregnancy test)
BFN - Big Fat Negative (negative pregnancy test)
BH – Braxton Hicks contractions*
CM – cervical mucous
EBF – exclusively breastfed/feed(ing)
EBM – expressed (pumped) breast milk
ELVs - easy labor vibes
EP – exclusive pumping (not nursing at the breast)
EN – extended nursing
FAM – fertility awareness method of contraception/childspacing
FF – formula feed/fed*
GD – gestational diabetes*
HB - homebirth
HV - health visitor
LAM – lactational amenhorrea (the post partum period with no AF)
MW - midwife
NIP - nursing in public*
NFP – natural family planning, contraceptive/childspacing method
O’d - ovulated
OB - obstetrician
ped – pediatrician
pg – pregnant
PPD – post-partum depression*
TTC - Trying to conceive
UC – unassisted childbirth
WTC – waiting/wanting to conceive

*Acronyms marked with an asterisk have more than one common meaning, depending on context. If the first one you find does not makes sense, please check other sections of the list.

Family and Relationships

BF – boyfriend or best friend*
BFF - best friend forever
DH – dear (darling, darned, doofus) husband
DF/DP/DW - dear fiance(e)/partner/wife
DS/DD/DC - dear son/daughter/child*
ILs/PILs – in-laws/parents-in-law
LO – loved one/little one
SO - significant other
FIL/MIL - father in law/mother in law
BIL/SIL - brother in law/sister in law

*Acronyms marked with an asterisk have more than one common meaning, depending on context. If the first one you find does not makes sense, please check other sections of the list.

Other Parenting Related Terms

AIO – All-In-One cloth diapers
AP - attachment parenting
BW - babywearing
CD – cloth diaper(ing)
CIO – crying it out (usually refers to sleep training)
CLW - Child Led Weaning
EC - elimination communication
FF – forward-facing (carseat)*
GD – gentle discipline*
NCSS – The No Cry Sleep Solution, book by Elizabeth Pantley describing a gentle sleep training method
NP/NFL – natural parenting/natural family living
NVC – non-violent communication
RF – rear-facing (carseat)
SAHM/SAHD/SAHP - stay at home mom/dad/parent
UP – unconditional parenting
WAH(M/D/P) - work at home (mom/dad/parent)
WOH(M/D/P) - working outside the home (mom/dad/parent)

*Acronyms marked with an asterisk have more than one common meaning, depending on context. If the first one you find does not makes sense, please check other sections of the list.

General Common Phrases

AFAIK - as far as I know
ASAP - as soon as possible
ATM – at the moment
BTW - by the way
BTDT - been there, done that
FTR - for the record
FWIW - for what it's worth
FYI - for your information
HTH - hope this helps
IIRC - if I recall correctly
IMHO - in my humble opinion
IMNSHO – in my not-so-humble opinion
IME - in my experience
IMO - in my opinion
ITA - I totally agree
IOW – in other words
IYKWIM - if you know what I mean
IYSWIM - if you see what I mean
JIC – just in case
JM(H)O - just my (humble) opinion
KWIM - know what I mean?
LMK – let me know
LOL - laughing out loud
OTOH - on the other hand
POV - point of view
PSA - public service announcement
ROFL/ROTFL - rolling on the floor laughing
ROTFLMAO - rolling on the floor laughing my a** off
TIA - thanks in advance
TBH – to be honest
TMI – too much information (relates to the disclosure of very personal information, often regarding bodily functions)
TTFN - ta ta for now
WSS - what she said (agreeing with something said by previous poster
YMMV – your mileage may vary (IOW, what worked for me may not work the same way for you)

*Acronyms marked with an asterisk have more than one common meaning, depending on context. If the first one you find does not makes sense, please check other sections of the list.

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