"Baby Monster" is a descriptive name used as both official and unofficial designations for various Muppet characters.
- According to Caroll Spinney, he played a character he refers to as "Baby Monster" in a series of "monster family" skits in the early seasons of Sesame Street. In a repeated anecdote, Spinney recalls the character as being the same puppet that would become Elmo. During a Q&A at a 2004 Brooklyn Academy of Music event, Spinney stated that he performed what would become the Elmo puppet in 1970 or 1971. More recently, in 2015, Spinney stated that it would have been "the second or third" seasons. However, according to Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal, the first design for Elmo was sketched by Caroly Wilcox in 1979, ten years after Sesame Street’s debut. Given Spinney's 1970/1971 recollection in 2004, he may have been thinking of a monster character later named Billy — a small, pink-red monster — who was referred to as Baby Monster in the script for Episode 0186.
- An unnamed small purple monster debuted on The Ed Sullivan Show as Fred's son, who has sometimes been referred to by fans as Baby Monster. None of his known appearances address him by name, or specifically as a baby. The character was often performed by Spinney, but bears no resemblance to any early version of an Elmo puppet.
- While Spinney's recollection of the dates don't correlate with Kevin Clash mentions in his 2006 memoir that the puppet "got that name early on, though he was more commonly referred to on the set as 'baby monster'." The designation, presented lowercase and in quotes, provides a description of the puppet rather than a name. of Elmo,
- Cookie Monster called his cousin "Baby Monster" in one Sesame Street sketch.
- In the 1979 book Cookie Monster's Storybook, Cookie Monster's niece is also called Baby Monster.
- The name runs in the family, as in the 1994 book Me Cookie!, it's revealed that before Cookie Monster got his name, he was called Baby Monster.
- One Sesame Street News Flash sketch takes place at a "Baby Monster Daycare Center". Kermit addresses each baby as "Baby Monster", though he's likely just describing each one the same, and when Kermit sees Cookie Monster in attendance and questions him being a baby monster, Cookie refers to himself as "Big Baby Monster".
- Baby Cookie Monster appears in the Sesame Beginnings home video series.
- The 1975 Sesame Street song "Monster Lullaby" is sung by a mommy monster to her "baby monster".
- "New Baby" is about a baby monster
- A Sitter for Baby Monster refers to Herry Monster's sister Flossie.
- Calvin from My Baby Brother Is a Little Monster
- Baby Max from Grover Takes Care of Baby.
- Malcolm Monster is called a "baby monster" in Where's My Blankie?
- Baby Natasha is, by definition, a baby monster.
- A character named "Baby Monster" that had multiple arms and appeared from a crib was conceived and sketched for the show Little Muppet Monsters, but ultimately went unused.
- ↑ The Wisdom of Big Bird, page 123
- ↑ Interview with Caroll Spinney on Street Gang audiobook at 12 min.
- ↑ BAM! Nov 20-21, 2004 : NYC" Tough Pigs
- ↑ "Big Bird Caroll Spinney Reveals 7 Things You Never Knew About 'Sesame Street'" by Michael Rothman, Good Morning America, May 6, 2015
- ↑ My Life as a Furry Red Monster, p.45-46