The character was devised by writer Lou Berger, who incorporated him and his perpetual nemesis Goldilocks into his script for Episode 2866, where the two bring his broken chair to the Fix-It Shop. For the episode, performer David Rudman developed the character's signature speech impediment, typically pronouncing his Rs as Ws, to help soften the image of the character as well as having fun with the many R-sounds in the character's dialogue.
Baby Bear began to recur more often starting the following season, often always dealing with Goldilocks. By season 25, he developed a best friendship with Telly Monster. He also began to develop his own unique traits, such as an interest in making art and a rather sophisticated vocabulary. Much like his original story, he has a particular fondness for porridge.
In the 2002 special Elmo's World: Happy Holidays!, it was revealed that Baby Bear's family is Jewish. Just as he shared Jewish traditions with Telly in that special, Baby Bear is seen participating happily in the Sesame Street Easter picnic in the 2007 book Rosita's Easter on Sesame Street; he picks up braided bread from the bakery to bring to the party.
On The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo, Baby Bear has been seen running craft services for the show and, in the second season, opening up his own backstage restaraunt.
- His birthday is May 12th.
- He is at least 5 years old, having appeared in a montage of COVID vaccine recipients in the special The ABCs of COVID Vaccines.
- The first Baby Bear puppet was originally used as a cub version of Flo Bear in Episode 2277 (1987). The puppet also appears as one of the woodland audience members of Ernie's Forest Fashions report (First: Episode 2417), as a member of Guy Smiley's audience in one sketch (First: Episode 2646), and as a part of an animal stampede in Episode 2799.
- The puppet was also originally a sack-body Muppet, like Cookie Monster. In season 30, the puppet was completely rebuilt with brighter brown fur, with a new body structure and arms, similar to puppets like Ernie, as well as a little tuft of hair on the top of his head.
- Baby Bear got his first haircut in Episode 3834.
- The storybook character Baby Bear had previously been depicted in season 3 as an Anything Muppet.
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- David Rudman interview with NPR, March 19, 2008.