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Teletubbies Sun Baby Jess Smith Welcomes Her First Child

Teletubbies Sun Baby Jess Smith Welcomes Her First Child

The Teletubbies held toddlers spellbound in the 90s. Now, one of the show’s famous sun baby is passing the torch… or rather, the rattle! Jess Smith, who became part of the cast of the popular children’s TV show as the “Sun Baby” in the late 1990s at just 9 months old, recently celebrated the arrival of her first child with her partner Ricky Latham.

In January, Smith posted a photo on her Instagram showing her baby daughter’s tiny hand, with the caption saying, “One whole week of you.”

In the same month, she shared a picture of Latham carrying their baby daughter through a hospital corridor. “12 days in our lives, 7 days at home, 2 very lucky parents,” Smith captioned the image. She introduced Poppy Rae Latham, incorporating a cheerful reference to the Teletubbies in her daughter’s middle name.

Smith announced on Instagram last fall that she is expecting her first baby. “When two becomes three,” she captioned a series of ultrasound photos. “The Teletubbies sun baby is having her own sun baby,” one fan observed in the comments. Smith also paid tribute to her Sun Baby roots, creating an image of Poppy Rae in her former role.

Jess Smith Used to Hide Her ‘Teletubbies’ Sun Baby Origins

Smith was just 9 months old when selected to play the baby sun on The Teletubbies. It wasn’t until she started college in 2014 that she revealed this charming secret to the world. “I used to hide it, but after a lot of encouragement from my friends at university, I’ve gained the confidence to come out with it. I am the sun from Teletubbies,” Smith wrote on Facebook in 2014.

Smith explained that a routine hospital visit resulted in her introduction to casting. It all began when a midwife recommended that her mother submit the cheerful child to a casting agency.“From then I had to go through auditions and short lists until they finally picked one person, ME!” she wrote.

The new baby coincides with Netflix’s reboot of The Teletubbies, featuring narration by Tituss Burgess. Rachelle Beinart, Rebecca Hyland, Nick Chee Ping Kellington, and Jeremiah Krage will bring the iconic characters to life. The update also will include “Tummy Tales” hosted by Julia Pulo.

Although the new series has its unique features, it also honors the original by incorporating key elements. This includes retaining the original theme song, featuring Sun Baby, and including the memorable “catchphrases” spoken by the characters.