I personally feel most comfortable with this word because it is commonly used and not too cheesy to hear. This word can be used to call both male and female lovers. To speak correctly, you should roll your tongue a bit. This word gives me a warm feeling and the speaker sounds like a warm-hearted person. Please note that this word is commonly used to call ladies.
babe | meaning of babe in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English | LDOCE
Use babe in a sentence. George Clooney is an example of someone who many people call a babe. A 2 month old and a 2 year old are each an example of a babe. A new waiter with no experience is an example of a babe. Your husband can be an example of a babe; "Can you pick me up after work, babe?