Parenting Resource

The Real Movie Stars – Babies!

Feb 23, 2017

Hollywood may be buzzing about the 2017 Academy Awards, but ZERO TO THREE is talking about the best scene-stealers in Tinsel Town – babies! We love seeing infants and toddlers in movies and we’ve compiled a list of some of our very favorite films featuring babies. And, our nominees are…

Baby Boom (1987)

Photo: United Artists

It’s been 30 years since Baby Boom was released. We’ve come a long way in the last three decades when it comes to understanding both the importance of the first months and years of life and strong paid family leave policies.

“As a single parent I very much appreciate the transformation from high-powered executive with very little time for nurturing relationships to a single parent focused on strengthening their relationship with their baby.”
~ Christina Nigrelli, Senior Director of Programs, Western Office

“Such a great mama-learning-curve-success-story! Her transformation from ‘clueless yuppie’ to ‘thriving caregiver’ is stunning.”
~ Sarah MacLaughlin, Senior Writer, Parenting Resources

Babies (2010)

Photo: Focus Features

This powerful documentary follows four babies from around the world, sharing their lives from birth to their first steps. All children are unique, but this film captures some of the universal aspects of early development.
~ Linda Gillespie, Senior Training and Technical Assistance Specialist

To learn more about development from birth to 36 months, check out ZERO TO THREE’s series of age-based handouts.

Labyrinth (1986)

Photo: TriStar Pictures

Throughout the movie, the Labyrinth demonstrates that sharing music is a fun way to encourage children’s development – no goblins or magic needed!

“Let’s face it, we all wanted to be that little baby David Bowie held as he showed off his sweet dance moves in “Magic Dance.” The goblins also got their groove on singing back-up, and little Toby seemed to love the song. So cute!”
~ Karen Stecher, Communications Manager

Look Who’s Talking (1989)

Photo: TriStar Pictures

Kirstie Alley and John Travolta were the top-billed stars we saw on screen in Look Who’s Talking, but baby Mikey stole our hearts. Hearing his thoughts voiced by Bruce Willis made us wish we could read all babies’ minds. Those little brains develop at a rapid pace!

“When this movie came out I was 9 or 10 years old and I thought the babies were much funnier than the adults in the movie.”
~ Nikea Sherrod, Senior Accounting Associate, Finance

Raising Arizona (1987)

Photo: 20th Century Fox

We’re going to go out on a limb and guess that the couple who perpetrated the crime in Raising Arizona never learned about right and wrong when they were little. Providing discipline and limit-setting is one of the most important aspects of parenting.

“It’s about a childless couple kidnapping a baby who is one of five. They figure the family can afford to lose one, but don’t really think through what it will mean to have the cops chasing them down to retrieve the baby. Not exactly child rearing 101, but very funny!”
~ Lucy Hudson, Director, Safe Babies Court Teams Project

Juno (2007)

Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs you will ever have, but Juno shows us it can also be one of the toughest. Managing your own emotions takes practice; we have tips to help.

“I like that Juno knows she’s not ready to have and bring up a child but decides to find a couple who want to be parents.”
~ Jan Greenberg, Senior Subject Matter Expert – Child Development

Three Men and a Baby (1987)

Photo: Buena Vista Pictures

Developing language and literacy skills begins at birth through everyday loving interactions. While Three Men and a Baby gave us some hilarious takes on these moments, we prefer quieter moments like reading a book together.

“I love the scene in which Tom Selleck reads a magazine article about a boxing match to a baby. ‘It doesn’t matter what I read. It’s the tone you use. She doesn’t understand the words anyway. Now, where were we? The champ began the fifth round.’”
~ Stephanie Millian, Senior Director, Communications

What are some of your favorite flicks featuring babies? Share them with us! Visit or tweet to @ZEROTOTHREE.

  • Author

    Karen Stecher

    Former Communications Manager


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