You can help confirm this entry by contributing facts, media, and other evidence of notability and mutation. I'm Baby is a catchphrase based on an auto-corrected text message from a mother to her daughter in a distressing situation. The phrase has since been used as a shitpost on a variety of websites, separating the meme from its original source, but it has also been used as a term of endearment and an expression of a desire for comfort. On March 2nd, , ABC  reported that a California teenager who texted her mother during a home invasion. The mother responded to the text, "I'm baby. Call " screenshot below. Later that year, on June 5th, Tumblr  user darknetexclusivetouhouterrorcore posted a screenshot of the text with the caption "what does this mean. The following month, Instagram  user aynalswag posted a screenshot of a Tumblr conversation about the post. The photo received more than 12, likes in two years shown below, left. Over the next year, people would continue to post the news report with, highlighting the phrase "I'm baby" example below, center.
What does I’m Baby mean?
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Do you remember the first time you heard someone say "I'm baby"? I don't. According to KnowYourMeme , it all started with a mom's autocorrected response to her daughter's text about a home invasion: "I'm baby. Call Writer Aiden Arata summed up the sentiment in her take on the meme : "being baby is a radical response to a culture in which older generations have infantilized us without nurturing us, a rejection of capitalist productivity standards, a joyful reclamation of tenderness, a revolution. Since then, "I'm baby" has become a blanket reply for pretty much every situation an adult could reasonably expect to encounter in day-to-day life: Time to pay the bills? I'm baby—what are bills? I'm baby—feed me! Have to make a dentist appointment? Mom, will you do it for me?
What does "I'm baby" mean?
Though this mysterious meme without an origin story has been dismissed as yet more nonsensical shitposting, one thing is for sure: it does, indeed, unite the internet. Babies have no jobs, no taxes, no responsibilities. They are cuddled, and spoon-fed, and get to watch TV all day. They get endless, unconditional love and attention at no cost! Sounds pretty good, given that our generation is both extremely online, extremely depressed, and extremely priced out of all the things boomers and Gen X enjoyed before us like stable income, cultural mobility, and housing. So yes: we are all baby. Some have argued that the meme is entirely meaningless , that the internet just loves to share absurd jokes, but they are wrong. So what does it mean to truly be Baby? It quickly went viral on Tumblr , but died down shortly after — until recently, when a potentially unrelated tweet was posted on February
The internet loves nothing more than absurd inside jokes. If you know, you know, and if you don't, you're not baby. I'm baby.