When characters have babies, they're typically placed offscreen.
Needs Examples Do We Have This Babies are really terrible actors. They cry, they poop, and they refuse to take direction. The infant production of Hamlet at Our Lady of Grace in Hoboken was a disgrace. Hamlet may have been crazy (or just faking), but he never before wet himself and vomited on Ophelia. Except that time with Errol Flynn... People often have babies, and so do characters on film and television. Unfortunately, babies really are a terrible complication. In addition to crying and not being able to take direction, there are fairly strict rules for how long babies can be under those hot lights. The law also prohibits how long child actors (even non-infants) can spend on camera[[hottip:*:hence why the Olsen twins played one child on Full House]]. Further, actors tend to behave very differently around small children. They speak more quietly, tread softly, and spend a lot of time saying "Awwwww." The solution is to put the baby somewhere where it can't be seen, stop the cameras, and take it away before resuming the scene. That's if the baby's ever on-screen at all. Quite often, a scene will open with Bob inquiring as to the baby's whereabouts only to be informed by Alice that it's with her mother. Cheap babysitters abound on television. What this boils down to is a lot of very involved grandmothers and babies that spend a lot of time sleeping suspiciously quietly in very deep bassinets or bundled in thick swaddling. All in all, this is an Acceptable Break From Reality. Most parents probably wish their infants were so quiet and parents so uncomplainingly enslaved. Helpful. They're helpful. If a show spends most of its time in locations where a baby logically shouldn't be present, then that's not this trope. Just because Alice had a baby doesn't mean the baby should be with her at the office. It's when Alice is at home and we still don't see the baby that this trope pops up. Of course, this assumes Alice is the primary caretaker. Modern families are no longer so nuclear. If the baby is parents don't live together and the baby is with the mother, you no longer expect daddy to spend his time caring for the baby. Sub-trope to Out Of Focus. When the child too big to be hidden in a basket, he may get sent to Not Important To This Episode Camp.
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