There is a richness in the Irish language regarding expressing love. Many people raising children through Irish may not to have been raised through Irish themselves. There can therefore sometimes be gaps in vocabulary particularly in relation to communication with babies and young children. Below are some useful words for parents to enable them to express their love for their baby or child, including sweetheart, love, pet, little darling, baby and poppet.

You can listen to a pronunciation of the words below.