What is it about the word "daddy" that gets people so worked up? Is it because it's sometimes used in a sexual context? Perhaps it's the inherent patriarchal connotations. Well, I'm a feminist, and whatever the reason, I'm kind of pissed that I have to defend the use of a word that, in my family, simply denotes the loving role my husband plays in our daughter's life. That's why I'm done apologizing for calling my kid's father "daddy."
My partner became "daddy" the moment my daughter was born. Fatherhood is a significant part of his identity now, and I know he can't imagine life without his little girl. He not-so-secretly loved it when the first word out of her perfect rosebud mouth was "dada." I kind of picked up the "daddy" talk from her, and honestly, it felt pretty natural.
There's plenty to worry about as a mom, from nutrition to screen time to people not vaccinating their own kids that are one day going to be around my baby. It's not that I don't think we, as parents, need to be cognitive of language, which to quote Chimamanda Adichie, is the "repository of our prejudices, our beliefs, our assumptions." I just don't think "daddy" falls into the category of harmful or problematic.
So, yeah, I'll keep using "daddy" to address my partner and the father of my child, but if you hear me call my kid "princess," feel free to call my ass out.