The Baby

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Punch and Judy characters: Punch - Judy - The Baby - The Clown - The Constable - The Hangman - The Devil - The Crocodile - The Doctor - The Forgotten Characters

The Baby is Punch and Judy's child who is left at home under Punch's supposedly watchful eyes while Judy goes shopping. Of course Punch does not do well with the responsibility and something will always happen to the Baby.

The Baby is a bit of a tricky character in modern times. While traditionalists will still have Punch bash the Baby's head against the wall or floor of the puppet booth, some worry about the emotional effect this will have on children or the reaction of parents, and will have the Baby run away from Punch. This still allows the plot to carry forward (with Judy being furious with him) but without showing an on-screen death of an infant.

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