Sesame Street
Baby Bear takes a hibernation nap
Air date January 5, 1999
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by Christine Ferraro
Sponsors M, 7
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Some sheep pass by Elmo as he welcomes the viewer. He says he and Baby Bear will be having a playdate today and Baby Bear arrives. He tells Elmo today's "Hibernation Day" for his family; since they're civilized bears, they sleep for a few days at a time instead of over the course of several months. He doesn't think he'll need the sleep, but Elmo notices Baby Bear falling asleep right there and then.
Film A child performs a poem called "Night" in sign language.
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster shares a pillow.
(First: Episode 1669)
Cartoon A boy has a dream in which he floats in Outer Space between things.
(First: Episode 3093)
SCENE 2 Some more sheep pass through the street as Elmo and Baby Bear prepare to say the alphabet. Baby Bear doesn't believe he's been falling asleep, but does so several times as they go through the alphabet.
Film A karate team punches out the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3421)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Guys and Dolls"
Herry Monster sings about how he likes to play with dolls, and Ruby sings about how she likes to play with trucks.
(First: Episode 2591)
Film Milo Counting: 7
(First: Episode 3595)
Pinball 07 Cartoon Pinball Number Count #7
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0989)
SCENE 3 Elmo wakes up Baby Bear, who still isn't aware he's been falling asleep. Elmo wants to count now and they try to count the sheep. Baby Bear counts one before nodding off, while Elmo counts 7.
Muppets Count von Count sings "Lambaba" as he counts sheep and other animals that pop into the room.
(First: Episode 2789)
Cartoon CLOSED (sheep running through door)
(First: Episode 3743)
SCENE 4 Big Bird wants to rhyme the word "beep." He's then joined by some sheep, who sweet and leap, but hide when Little Bo Peep comes looking for them.
Cartoon A Zerkel named Dan demonstrates -an words.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3515)
Film "Visiting Iesha": Olivia sleeps over at Iesha's house, and spend the morning together. Olivia is white and Iesha and her family is black. Next time, Iesha wants to visit Olivia's family.
(First: Episode 2756)
cut from reruns
Animation The letter M appears on buildings.
(First: Episode 3385)
Film The letter M dances at the beach.
(First: Episode 3636)
Animation M for monkey, mouse and macaw.
SCENE 5 Baby Bear starts to feel tired, but doesn't want to miss any of their playdate. Elmo fetches his drum and bangs it loudly to keep him up, but he disrupts Slimey's nap. He ends up switching between loud and quiet drumming for each of them.
Film Kids play bongo drums loud and soft.
(First: Episode 2862)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit the Frog reports on the prince kissing Sleeping Beauty, but rather than waking her up, falls asleep himself.
(First: Episode 0483)
Animation Pencil box M / m
(First: Episode 3077)
Celebrity Madeline Kahn sings, "Mmm...Madeline."
(First: Episode 2370)
Animation M for moon, monster, monkey and magic
(First: Episode 3422)

SCENE 6 Baby Bear is still falling asleep, despite Elmo's efforts. Oscar has an idea: Fluffy will squirt him with water, which will surely keep him awake. When Fluffy sprays, Baby Bear falls down sleeping, so Alan gets a face full of water instead.
Cartoon I am dry, he is wet (circus elephant)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0309)
Muppets Ernie sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
(First: Episode 1705)

SCENE 7 The sheep drag Bert and his bed down the street. Elmo explains what's been happening and Alan notes sleep is important, leading to a performance of "Everybody Sleeps." The song puts Baby Bear to sleep and Alan carries him home.
Muppets Elmo's World: Jackets
(First: Episode 3806)

SCENE 8 As Baby Bear sleeps in his wee little bed, Alan (surrounded by those wacky sheep) announces the sponsors.


Picture Segment Description
Muppets / Celebrity Conan O'Brien hosts Late Night on Sesame Street, where his guests are Herry and the Day Care monsters, but they're too sleepy to get interviewed.
This segment replaced the Sesame Street News Flash sketch during summer reruns.
Cartoon M for mouse, mud, and mother
(First: Episode 0073)
This segment replaced the "M Cake" animation during summer reruns.
Animation African quilt pattern #2
(First: Episode 3134)
This segment replaced the Dry/Wet cartoon during summer reruns.
Muppets Elmo's World: Books
(First: Episode 3817)
This segment replaced Elmo's World: Jackets during summer reruns.


  • A scene from this episode was used in the Sesame Street Podcast episode, "Hibernate."
  • This episode marks one of Eric Jacobson's earliest performances as Bert in his brief cameo in scene 6.

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