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"It's Maud! She's a baby!"
Mildred Hubble, The Worst Witch, "Miss Cackle's Birthday"
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Sometimes an episode will come along where, through some means, one or more than one of the characters is transformed into an infant, requiring their friends to find a way to turn them back.

This is generally done by either magical or technological means (such as taking a potion or being hit by a ray). Sometimes, a villain or trickster character turns them into a baby on purpose, but other times, a hero or a background character is using the magic or technology to attempt something different and accidentally turns the character into a baby.

Sometimes, the character still has some or all of their adult mind, making them a Brainy Baby, but other times, they have been completely transformed, meaning that they cannot do things they normally would be able to do, which means that the other character might have to find a way to turn them back quickly because something is coming up that requires the transformed character's skills. Also, now that the character's a baby, they're dependent, which means that they will have to be, for lack of a better word, babysat until the change can be reversed. This "babysitting" might lead to Cringe Comedy. (e.g. "I don't want to be changing my friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse/parent/etc's diapers!")

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Depending on the transformation, sometimes the baby's clothes will change to fit them but other times, Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing so the other characters must find some clothes to dress the baby in (sometimes an Improvised Diaper).

Often overlaps with Parents for a Day, and always overlaps with Fountain of Youth.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Happens in Binbō-gami ga! to Ichiko when Momiji tricks her into inhaling a gas that turns her into an old lady, but the boxes were mixed up and she became a child instead.
  • In Natsume's Book of Friends Natsume is turned into a young child by a youkai as repayment for his help since it only sees it as a way to extend his short human life and cannot see why it would be a problem. Natsume's friends Taki and Tanuma watch over him while Madara tracks down the youkai responsible to make it reverse its "gift".
  • In a chapter of the Japan-only Neptunia manga, Neptune has to watch over Nepgear, Uni, Rom and Ram after they were accidentally turned into babies.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Season 3 episode 48 of Happy Heroes, Little M. accidentally turns Big M. into a baby using one of Doctor H.'s inventions. Careless S. takes in the babyfied Big M. and cares for him for most of the episode.
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    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 

    Literature 
  • In Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Grandpa George and Grandmas Josephine & Georgina take overdoses of Wonka-Vite, which de-ages George & Josephine to babies and Georgina becomes minus two years old.
  • The unfocused time magic surrounding the creation of The Last Continent results in the Dean becoming a sulky thirteen year old and the Librarian becoming a baby orang-utan. The effects are temporary, in the Dean's case being reversed when he remembers what puberty was actually like, and his body decides it's not going through that again.
  • In the Paul Jennings story Pink Bow-Ties, an age machine that can make people turn younger or older is used by a mean-faced man to turn himself into a baby. He then accidentally makes himself older and dies.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Star Trek: Voyager: Downplayed in "The Thaw". The mysterious clown entity turns Harry Kim into a baby but only for a moment.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "Kick the Can" has the residents of a retirement home de-aging to their childhood thanks to magic. This episode was remade in Twilight Zone: The Movie (directed by Steven Spielberg). Even the cat of one of the residents becomes a kitty.
  • The Worst Witch: In "Miss Cackle's Birthday", Maud is unhappy and her friends try to make a potion to cheer her up but it turns her into a baby instead.

    Video Games 
  • In Granblue Fantasy, Anne's second Fate Episode has her accidentally transformed into a toddler when she tries to protect Grea from some unknown magic mist. Owen, Grea, and the Captain then have to figure out how to restore her while taking care of the now young Anne.
  • Done a few times for gags in the Crash Bandicoot series:
    • The ending to Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped has Cortex and Tropy morphed into infants as a result of the malfunctioning Time Twister, with Uka Uka at the brunt of their bickering.
    • Both the standard and 100% ending of the DS version Crash of the Titans have different characters devolved into babies by Nina's ray gun. The standard ending of the game has her laser deflect and change her. The 100% ending is strangely the "bad ending" with her double crossing Crash and Cortex, zapping Crash into baby and usurping Cortex' plan successfully.
    • Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled has baby versions of Crash and Coco unlockable coinciding with the "Back N Time" Grand Prix.
  • In The Simpsons video game Virtual Bart, the titular character has to complete a series of virtual simulations, one of which is where he is turned into a baby.

    Web Animation 
  • In the A Day With Bowser Jr episode Rise of Fawful, Fawful hits Bowser with a laser beam that turns him into an infant.
  • Koit: The reason why this is in the Web Animation section, not Music, is because it doesn't feature in the lyrics but does feature in the animation for one of the songs, namely the song "Magical Piss" about a man whose pee has magical properties, shows him peeing on an old woman and turning her into a baby.

     Western Animation 
  • An unusual villain's example in Adventures of the Gummi Bears has the Ogres de-aging due to a freaky kitchen accident when Gummiberry juice get mixed with baby formula. Grammi finds one of the Ogres and tries to Raise Him Right This Time but the effect is only temporary as contact with water breaks the spell. She succeeded to some degree as the Ogre remembers her care and defends her when Igthorn threatens to hit her.
  • In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode, "Musta Been a Beautiful Baby", Robotnik invents the Decrepitizer to age Sonic into a senior so he won't be fast. Scratch and Grounder accidentally put the Decrepitizer in reverse, de-aging Sonic, Tails, and eventually Robotnik into babies. At the end of the episode, Robotnik is aged into a senior.
  • Atomic Puppet presents an interesting variant in "Lil' AP", in which AP and everyone else in Mega City except Joey gets their minds reduced to a toddler-like state by a supervillain to make them all easier to enslave and give Joey the problem of having to take care of an infantile AP.
  • In the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Menace of Mr. Mind!", Batman gets hit by Dr. Sivana's age-reversing ray, probably as an homage to the Bat-Baby comic mentioned above. (The spin-off comic also had a Bat-Baby story, in which he's hit with a spell by Felix Faust, and must team up with Sugar and Spike to reverse the effects.)
  • Ben 10 features a literal Fountain of Youth (though it's more of a natural pool or spring). Max turns into a 10-year-old and is revealed to be similar to Ben at that age. Ben and the Omnitrix aliens turn into toddlers and need to be cared for as such.
  • Camp Lazlo had an episode where Raj begins relying on mail order high-tech gadgets to the point that his limbs atrophy from lack of use and he later turns into a baby. Lazlo and Clam leave him in Scoutmaster Lumpus' care until he begins to steadily return to his proper age, then the episode ends with Slinkman taking care of Lumpus after he becomes a baby in the same manner.
  • Dexter's Laboratory. The episode "Don't Be a Baby" had Dexter accidentally turn his parents into babies after creating a machine that was supposed to age up Dexter and Dee Dee so they could go see a movie.
  • An episode of Donkey Kong Country had Donkey Kong become Baby Kong after drinking one of Cranky's potions. At the end of the episode, King K. Rool drinks the potion and turns into a baby.
  • In the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Every Which Way But Ed", the Eds de-age themselves by literally running through flashbacks and are reverted to babies. Edd tries to get them home, but Eddy has Ed literally drop a house on him just so they can scam a quarter out of Edd.
  • In The Fairly OddParents! episode "Baby Face", when Timmy hides from Francis in a room full of infants, he wishes to be turned into a baby to avoid detection. Although he retains his intelligence, he can no longer talk, meaning he can only wish to return to normal by spelling it out.
  • The Futurama episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" features the Planet Express crew growing younger after falling into a pit of "rejuvenating" tar. The Professor is the only one not to de-age all the way down to a baby.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Jimmy Neutron accidentally transformed his own grandmother into a baby in one of the earlier episodes.
  • In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Kid Stuff", Morgaine le Fey transforms Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern into 8-year-olds after Mordred uses his magic to remove all adults from Earth and keep children on the Earth.
  • There's an episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series that featured an experiment that did this, transforming all of Lilo's family into babies. Once that was reversed, she sent the experiment to the animal shelter where she first adopted Stitch so it could make older dogs young again and more likely to be adopted.
  • One episode of Men in Black has Jay and Kay escorting a girl from a race that ages rapidly in Earth's atmosphere, thus requiring her to use a device to rejuvenate herself. When the girl is kidnapped, the rejuvenating device is broken, causing its liquid components to splash all over Kay, who grows progressively younger as a result.
  • The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode "Goofy Baby" involves Professor Ludwig von Drake's invention turning Goofy into baby and the rest of the cast looking after him. The Sequel Episode "Goofy Babysitter" reversed the roles — now it's Goofy trying to look after his transformed friends.
  • In Milo Murphy's Law, "Backwards to School Night" sees this happen to the parents of the show's Power Trio.
  • In the Western Animation/Mini Beat Power Rockers episode "Baby Dolores". Dolores accidently makes a wish via a new phone app which transforms her into a baby. She at first hates it but grows to love it causing mayhem in the daycare while the babies try to clean up her miss and turn her back before their parents come to pick them up.
  • The Monster Farm episode "Pablum Problem" had a mishap with Dr. Woolly's growth ray result in Dr. Woolly, Count Cluckula, Frankenswine, Goatasarus Rex, Zombeef and Cowapatra being turned into babies, with Jack having to look after the infants until he could fix Dr. Woolly's invention and turn the monster animals back into adults.
  • An episode of Monsters vs. Aliens (2013) has the President become a baby after being hit with Dr. Cockroach's Youth Ray.
  • The Oggy and the Cockroaches episode "Back to the Past! (Featuring Olivia)" has a witch putting a curse on Oggy, Bob and Jack for tearing up her hat,note  turning them into children. At the end, though, they do turn back into normal while the cockroaches are turned into children.
  • One episode of Phineas and Ferb has the boys accidentally getting turned back into babies. However, they're still as inventive as ever, at one point dismantling a motorcycle.
  • In an episode of Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty called "Fountain of Too Much Youth". Miguel learns his favorite malt is on the kids menu. So him and Felicity go on a quest to find the fountain of youth. When he finds it, he takes a huge gulp turning into a toddler. But since he was supposed to swim not drink. He starts getting younger and younger. So Felicity has to babysit her friend who is becoming more and more a little baby on a journey to the Wheel of aged cheese. After back and forth between baby and teen/adult. Miguel is restored but Felicity is a baby. At the end she is back to normal but all 4 of the main characters get wet and episode ends with them as babies.
  • Egon is slowly transformed into a baby in The Real Ghostbusters episode "Three Men and an Egon".
  • The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show episode "Scooby-Dooby Goo" had Scooby and Shaggy temporarily turned into babies after Scrappy forgets to take them out of a steam machine at the gym.
  • "Gargamel's Second Childhood", an episode of The Smurfs has the eponymous wizard de-aged to a child and his apprentice Scruples turned into an adult due to a spell gone wrong. This, nevertheless, is used by Gargamel on his advantage to win the trust of the Smurfling who does not recognize him. Of course, as Failure Is the Only Option for him, at the end of the episode, a further miscalculation turns him into an elderly man and Scruples into an infant.
  • One episode of SpongeBob SquarePants featured Plankton turning everyone into babies to steal the Krabby Patty formula.
  • Super Mario Bros. cartoons:
    • The Super Mario Bros Super Show!: Princess Toadstool became a baby in "Two Plumbers and a Baby" after falling into the Fountain of Youth. The same thing happened to King Koopa (under the alias of King Goo Goo Ga Ga Koopa) near the end of the episode.
    • The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: In "Toddler Terrors of Time Travel", Kooky Von Koopa's Time Travel Tube turns him, King Koopa, Mario, Luigi, and Toad into babies.
  • The Ultimate Spider-Man episode "Itsy Bitsy Spider" has Loki utilize his Norn Stones to turn Spidey, his team, and Thor all into little kids (Represented in the series' chibi art style), all so he could claim himself the elder brother. The example is twisted a bit, as the characters all act and think the exact same, just a lot smaller.
  • Victor and Valentino: Victor, Valentino, and Don were turned into babies in "Escape from Bebe Bay" after they used too much youth cream.

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