If you’re a parent, you’ve probably seen or heard of a kid’s program called Little Baby Bum. Known to us novices as LBB, the series depicts animals and children dancing and singing to various nursery rhymes.
Personally, I feel like I know this show inside and out, as it doubled as a babysitter for my toddler during my 16+ weeks of morning sickness with my second child. Laying lifeless on the couch, you begin to notice things in a very sinister way. After hours of watching, I began to think, WTF is the deal with Little Baby Bum?
It wasn’t until model and TV show host, Chrissy Teigen, posted a picture of her child watching LBB on Instagram that I realized how far the reach of this show had become. Even the rich and famous were being subjected to the continuous singing and dancing. Diving into the comment section, I found that many of her followers had the same issues with the show I did!
After much thought, and lots of Roku streaming, here are my questions and flat out grievances for the insanity and kid craze known as Little Baby Bum:
1. Why Are There 80 Million Versions of Wheels on the Bus?
Probably the biggest questions on all viewers minds… why are there 15 different renditions of Wheels on the Bus in LBB land? WHY? I curse the day the Vehicles episode of Little Baby Bum was ever created on Netflix. Thirty minutes of a song on repeat is not only tortuous,
2. What Makes Super Pig So Super?
Why do they call Super Pig, ‘Super’? Is it because he has the most awesome dance moves ever? Seriously, have you watched that pig shake it? I really hope my son learns a thing or two from Super Pig so he can sport it on the dance floor!
3. Where’s the Diversity?
With over 18 billion views on YouTube and 15 million followers, I would love to see more races and ethnicities represented on Little Baby Bum. It’s important that the children watching can see themselves in their favorite songs and characters, while also seeing other children that look different than themselves. Give us more inclusion, LBB!
**I’ve heard the more recent episodes include more types of people! Love to hear it!
4. What Kind of Name is Jacus?
In Little Baby Bum there are some main characters, two of which are human. Out of these two humans, one is named Jacus. So incredibly random, don’t you think? Between teaching
5. Those Hot Cross Buns Look Bomb
I rarely want to reach out and grab animated food on TV, but those Hot Cross Buns on LBB look so good! No, I’m not high, but that chef on LBB really knows what they’re doing. Okay, so this is not necessarily a grievance, but maybe you’ve noticed it too? Please say yes, so I don’t feel so weird for admitting this.
6. Are You British or American?
Does anyone else detect an accent? Sometimes I hear American accents and sometimes I hear British accents. So LBB, what are you? Definitely not Madonna or Lindsey Lohan, so make up your mind or is this your definition of being diverse?
7. Super Pig Drives a Porsche
Super Pig is obviously a favorite of the show’s writers because not only is he super and has great dance moves, he drives a Porsche! What does Super Pig do for a living? He must be doing really well for himself.
8. Is Mia a Little Girl?
You would think the characters on Little Baby Bum are kids, but some things have me questioning if Mia is a little girl or not. Her hair and clothing seem kidlike, but there is one song where Mia jumps in and out of cars to drive them all around the countryside. Kids shouldn’t be driving around, especially in such treacherous terrain, so we’re made to assume she is at least old enough to drive? Mia, we want must know more. Are you a child who is severely breaking the rules, or a teenager with a driver’s license?
9. Big or Small Confusion
Is anyone else as bothered by the Big and Small song? The song disproves itself constantly and is quite confusing for the mind of a 2-year-old to understand since the comparisons are all relative. For example, first they say the boy is big and the ball is small. Yes, compared to the ball, the boy is big, but within a few moments, people (including the boy) are called small compared to the size of the world. Well, what is it? Are people/boys big or small? Of course, as adults we understand each comparison is its own entity, but to a small child, it’s confusing. If the song was renamed “Comparisons” I would gladly accept it and move on!
10. Daddy Finger, We’re Over You
It’s been determined all over social media that parents hate Daddy Finger. It’s weird and insanely catchy. Human or Panda, we don’t want to hear it anymore LBB!
11. What Sound Does an Elephant Make?
It’s hard to reproduce the sound an elephant makes and Little Baby Bum upholds this statement by claiming elephants say pawoo. I’m not going to make my own elephant noise, but pawoo would not be the direction I’d go. LBB, NO ONE SAYS PAWOO!
12. What’s Wrong With The Animated Bunnies?
In one LBB song the animated bunnies look insane. I call them meth bunnies. Their eyes are wild and crazy and they hop around like they have endless energy. If you’ve never noticed this too, I’d be surprised. Let’s use the same graphic skill level used to make the hot cross buns on these poor bunnies.
LBB, You’re Actually Alright
Joking aside, Little Baby Bum is not all bad. The show has gotten my son and me through some rough times. Whether it be at home, in the car or on an airplane, my son loves LBB and has even learned a few things along the way. Some of the first words he said and first dance moves I witnessed were because of Little Baby Bum, which says a lot.
So, thanks LBB for all the good times and bad. I owe you one.
What else do you think is funny about Little Baby Bum? Comment and share!
Also, if you thought this was funny, check out my post about the Five People You’ll Meet in Pregnancy Hell.
Some of the funniest things for me:
– The strung out bug-eyed BINGO dog
– “The people on the bus go Junta Junta.” ???
– The tidy up song: “When things get messy, g-up g-up g-up.” ???
Ok. Thank hod someone else has noticed the dang pawoo. Also those bunnies! Where I need an explanation is if this is a British show why do the drive on the left side of the car but drive on the left side of the road!?!? Also I love some of the “clean” versioning of the more dark nursery rhymes.
read this about lbb pretty funny ngl
I have been watching LBB with my youngest daughter’s ages 4/3 & I disagree with some of the things you had to write about this channel. You mention a lack of diversity? I didn’t happen to notice the date you wrote this article, but ever since I’ve been watching the programs featured on this kid’s channel, I have certainly seen a variety of ethnicity & plenty of diversity! So maybe that was true of the older programs, but definitely not the case lately. Also, you refer to animated animals as “meth bunnies?” No offense, but that type of lingo sounds like something I’d hear from my teenage son, not another grown adult. You do realize you’re criticizing fictional characters for starters, right? Secondly, it’s almost cruel to recovering addicts to use a substance to describe a particular look in general, whether you are referring to a human or animated bunny. I’m not one to easily offend, but it does irk me when people make comments about addicts or those with mental health issues, such as saying “Omg, you’re so bipolar!” When in reality, a person is simply having a mood swing or bad day. Neither topic should be used this way, because they are both serious matters that could result in horrible consequences, even death. So I’m not saying you calling a bunny on a tv program “meth bunny” is offensive, but who’s to say someone reading this isn’t a recovering meth addict? They may feel differently about your adolescent sense of humor.
I love your list, I must say I laughed out loud for the first time in a long, long time! I’m not sure what has happened with Mia’s brother being Jacus at times and other times he’s her friend.. or whether she has a little brother or little sister because it’s one or the other.. depending on the video. Mia’s yellow nose tends to confuse my older daughter .. but overall, my little one is hooked and it’s become a part of our household. So much so, that we did a little baby bum first birthday theme and ordered many of their toys. They definitely did something right!
That Mia and her brother can go on lion hunts alone, but can’t cross the street alone.
Oh and something their noses are yellow
What a GREAT point! Hysterical!
What about Mia and max’s parents they changed them on later episodes.
..and in the song where they move houses, the mom is suddenly missing. What happened to the mom?
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The poor mother!
I never noticed this! haha! Love it!
You identify a lack of diversity and inclusion (point 3), yet go on to criticize examples of diversity and inclusion you do find (points 4, 6 and 7). SMH
My grandchildren are Black and love LBB; however, it is important for them to see images that look like them and I agree that there is a lack of diversity in this show. Image is important and hopefully LBB will listen to their viewers and subscribers. I grew up with little images of me and it has affected my overall view of my race not being accepted in society, so now it’s 2020 and the struggle continues! PLEASE INCLUDE US LBB! A concerned grandmother
I’m so glad you agree! I’ve heard that recent episodes include more kids of different skin colors, which is excellent! I hope this is the case.
So much of this! But you should add that the “peer pressure” song is them throwing gang signs. What the hell is happening in this neighborhood?
Haha! I have so much to add according to these comments! Sorry for the late reply!
While I agree with much of what you say, there is also a fair bit of idiocy here–much of which could have been avoided by spending about 5 minutes with your favorite search engine. You might be interested in this article, from “The Guardian” of London: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/19/little-baby-bum-worlds-fifth-biggest-youtube-channel
1. British or American: LBB is made by a British couple, but the music is done by an American. In a day and age where people from many countries collaborate freely, you really shouldn’t look for a foolish consistency.
2. “Diversity”? Really? First of all, who cares? Second, the very fact that it’s made by a brit, another brit born and bred in Hong Kong and a (likely) mongrel Yank, makes it quite diverse enough. We don’t need your “tokenism” to demonstrate anything at all, still less stupid political correctness.
3. COMPLETELY agree about Pawoo. Annoying. Not on board with “Big and Small” or “Daddy Finger”, but personally hate “Johnny, Johnny, Yes Papa.” I guess we all have those we love or hate.
But overall, agree with your conclusion, I too owe them one–or more.
In one episode they are all driving flash sports cars. How do they afford them? Do they even have money? What’s up with the size of inst winsy spider when he goes to the market he’s larger than a person. He’s not that insy.
So so true! Sorry for the late reply. Covid had me watching lots of Baby Bums (jk!)
2. “Diversity”? Really? First of all, who cares? I care and very much. And the concerned Grandma commenting above. It might mean a lot to a child to be able to see themselves in one of this 11 versions of wheels in the bus.
Thank you! I cared too! Sorry for the late reply… I’ve been VERY busy this past year!