TikTok ‘Little Babies’ trend spotlights all things weirdly cute

Whether it’s a teddy bear with mange and a missing eye, or a blanket hanging by a thread, many of us have things we are emotionally attached to. Our neatly curated interior design Pinterest boards never quite capture the full picture, because there’s no aesthetically pleasing way to show off the Squishmallow octopus you impulsively bought or the Pillow Pet you’ve had for years. . Now, a new TikTok trend invites users to share with the class the emotional support items they just can’t part with, to the beat of an animated favorite. This viral trend is another reminder that we really are all living the same life.

Do you have a fundamental memory of arriving at the center of a wooden nesting doll and dissolving at the sight of that hidden little thimble? Did you reassemble the stacking doll but pocket the smallest of them? Just me? That’s the beauty of this trend, we see that none of us are alone in our seemingly secret little habits. Anything that induces slight cute aggression applies to this TikTok trend: lonely stuffed animals, small brie cheese wheels, cheese puff-shaped dog toys — anything goes. Pair a video of the cute thing with the “Little Babies” sound that’s trending on TikTok — the #littlebabies tag has over 31 million views — and you’ve got yourself a winner.

If you want to jump on this viral trend, shine the spotlight on that inanimate object you’ve moved from the kid’s room, to the college dorm, to the one-bedroom apartment, and join the thousands of users holding their never-washed blankets a little too tight.

TikTok users show off their emotional support items to the beat of Bob’s burgers.

Where does the sound of “little babies” come from?

Like any good TikTok sound, it’s not about what’s said, it’s about who said it. The catchy jingle, “if you’re not real, then how come I feel like this?” Little babies”, comes from Bob’s Burgers own Linda Belcher, the eccentric and adorable wife of Bob and mother of Tina, Gene and Louise in the series. In Season 2 Episode Four, titled “Burgerboss,” Linda reflects on when her husband took her credit card away after she inexplicably ordered an excess of mini china babies. She’s sitting in front of a vanity, serenading an overflowing collection of creepy baby figurines and it’s both lopsided and wholesome.

the original Bob’s Burgers clip released in 2012, finding virality on TikTok 10 years later.

How do people use this sound?

Linda Belcher’s affection for her secret collection has inspired TikTokers to share their own “porcelain babies,” and we’re not just talking rotten relics of childhood. TikTok users are posting with sound to show off new purchases that make sense and other oddly comforting items. The sound, rediscovering virality now 10 years after the original Bob’s Burgers episode created, has been re-shared thousands of times as users confess what they cuddled. Over 61,000 videos have been posted using sound on TikTok, although the original cartoon clip was posted on the app in June 2020.

Beyond the relics of childhood, users share the strangely comforting new objects they simply cannot part with.

The key to nailing this TikTok trend is a bit of vulnerability. Be honest, do tiny grapes make you feel motherly? Do you hold in your hands the mini ramekin that you stole at brunch like a baby bird? Are you hiding a tangled stuffed animal in your Brooklinen candle sheets? It’s not just you, we promise, so go ahead and roll your camera.

Now can someone drop a link to these wooden nesting dolls? It’s for research.

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