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Kristy and the Baby Parade is the 45th book in The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin.

Back Cover Summary[]

The Baby-sitters just love little babies. So of course Kristy has the great idea of entering a float in the Stoneybrook Baby Parade.

All the girls have to do is round up a bunch of adorable babies like Squirt and Emily Michelle, dress them in costumes, and plop them on a float. Easy, right?

Wrong. The float looks like a big orange blob, the costumes are hideous, and the babies won't stop crying! S.O.S — the Baby-sitters' float is about to sink!


The BSC enters babies on a float they design for a parade. All the members have their own ideas about the float and the parade is a disaster for them. They learn about cooperation and teamwork.


Mrs. Prezzioso pays for a BSC member to go through an infant care class at the Stoneybrook Community Center. Kristy gets the job with the Prezzioso, but the entire club (except for Logan and Shannon) takes the class.


Kristy's Family

BSC Members



  • Mrs. Perkins
  • Mrs. Prezzioso
  • Anita and Don - infant class teachers
  • Mrs. Liz Salem
  • Sue and John, Mrs. Nielsen, John Davenport - students at the infant care class
  • Slim Peabody - the grand marshall of the parade


Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • Legos
  • Darryl Strawberry
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Candy Land, Clue, Monopoly (games)
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Spider-Man
  • Venice Beach, California
  • Misty of Chincoteague
  • The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Sesame Street
  • Barbie
  • Care Bears
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Raggedy Ann
  • Star Wars (Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca)
  • Goodnight Moon
  • Girl Scouts
  • Rambo

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]



  • Jessi doesn't know what colic is, but Mallory told her in Hello, Mallory, also Squirt is mentioned to have colic in The Baby-sitters Remember.
  • In the infant care class, Dawn asks what can be done to help colicky babies, which implies that she never babysat for anyone who had colic. But in #34, she babysits for Carol’s friend’s kids (Julie and Gregory). Gregory had colic.
  • Kristy says the junior officers don’t babysit alone at night. In other books, their only restriction is that they can’t babysit at night unless the job is for their younger siblings.

Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter[]

Dear Reader,

I got the idea for Kristy and the Baby Parade from my summers at the New Jersey shore when I was growing up. As you know, Sea City is the beach town that the members of the Baby-sitters Club visit in various books, starting with #8, Boy-Crazy Stacey. It isn’t a real town, but I based it on several towns that I used to visit for summer vacation.

In one of those towns, every year around the middle of August my family and I would see flyers announcing a baby parade to be held over Labor Day weekend. Any parents who were interested could enter their baby in the parade. The parents dressed up their children, and prizes were awarded for most beautiful baby, best costume, and so forth. My sister and I were too old to be in the parade, but it was a lot of fun to watch. Who knew what a great story idea it would be? You never know where an idea is going to come from.


  • An episode of the Netflix series adapted the book for the season 2 finale.[1]
  • This book is one of the few books to have different cover art between the original 1991 cover and the 1996 reprint cover.
  • Kristy and the other girls have a crush on Don, who teaches part of the class.
  • One of Kristy's favorite books is Good Night Moon.
  • Mrs. Prezzioso is on the planning board at Jenny's pre-school.
  • Claudia is the one that suggests that the BSC all take the course.
  • Kristy develops a crush on Don one of the teachers at the infant care class.
  • Mary Anne has a hard time diapering.
  • Kristy wears a skirt to the last infant care class and dressed as the little old woman in the parade.
  • Mary Anne had a hard time with the evaluation.
  • The clubs float ideas include:
    • Kristy: baseball theme, the babies are in little uniforms and the float like a baseball diamond
    • Dawn: surfin' USA, the babies on surf boards in swimsuits and the float designed like a beach
    • Mary Anne: three little kittens, the babies dressed as kittens and Tigger on the float
    • Stacey: New York, New York: model of the skyline and dressing the babies in mini tuxes and evening gowns
    • Mallory: dress the babies like horses
    • Claudia: space aliens
    • Jessi never pitched her idea if she had one
  • All of the babies meet during a the building of the float. Which would be a good foreshadowing if all of the babies went to the same elementary school eventually.
  • Andrea won the stroller division.
  • Kristy's hatred of bagpipes is first brought up in this book which would come up again in Claudia and the Terrible Truth.
  • The BSC gained Mrs. Gold as a client from the infant care course, but the family is not mentioned again.


Baby-Sitters Club Books
The Summer Before | #1 Kristy's Great Idea | #2 Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls | #3 The Truth About Stacey | #4 Mary Anne Saves the Day | #5 Dawn and the Impossible Three | #6 Kristy's Big Day | #7 Claudia and Mean Janine | #8 Boy-Crazy Stacey | #9 The Ghost at Dawn's House | #10 Logan Likes Mary Anne! | #11 Kristy and the Snobs | #12 Claudia and the New Girl | #13 Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye | #14 Hello, Mallory | #15 Little Miss Stoneybrook... and Dawn | #16 Jessi's Secret Language | #17 Mary Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery | #18 Stacey's Mistake | #19 Claudia and the Bad Joke | #20 Kristy and the Walking Disaster | #21 Mallory and the Trouble with Twins | #22 Jessi Ramsey, Pet-sitter | #23 Dawn on the Coast | #24 Kristy and the Mother's Day Surprise | #25 Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger | #26 Claudia and the Sad Good-bye | #27 Jessi and the Superbrat | #28 Welcome Back, Stacey! | #29 Mallory and the Mystery Diary | #30 Mary Anne and the Great Romance | #31 Dawn's Wicked Stepsister | #32 Kristy and the Secret of Susan | #33 Claudia and the Great Search | #34 Mary Anne and Too Many Boys | #35 Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook | #36 Jessi's Baby-Sitter | #37 Dawn and the Older Boy | #38 Kristy's Mystery Admirer | #39 Poor Mallory! | #40 Claudia and the Middle School Mystery | #41 Mary Anne vs. Logan | #42 Jessi and the Dance School Phantom | #43 Stacey's Emergency | #44 Dawn and the Big Sleepover | #45 Kristy and the Baby Parade | #46 Mary Anne Misses Logan | #47 Mallory on Strike | #48 Jessi's Wish | #49 Claudia and the Genius of Elm Street | #50 Dawn's Big Date | #51 Stacey's Ex-Best Friend | #52 Mary Anne + 2 Many Babies | #53 Kristy for President | #54 Mallory and the Dream Horse | #55 Jessi's Gold Medal | #56 Keep Out, Claudia! | #57 Dawn Saves the Planet | #58 Stacey's Choice | #59 Mallory Hates Boys (and Gym) | #60 Mary Anne's Makeover | #61 Jessi and the Awful Secret | #62 Kristy and the Worst Kid Ever | #63 Claudia's Freind Friend | #64 Dawn's Family Feud | #65 Stacey's Big Crush | #66 Maid Mary Anne | #67 Dawn's Big Move | #68 Jessi and the Bad Baby-sitter | #69 Get Well Soon, Mallory! | #70 Stacey and the Cheerleaders | #71 Claudia and the Perfect Boy | #72 Dawn and the We Love Kids Club | #73 Mary Anne and Miss Priss | #74 Kristy and the Copycat | #75 Jessi's Horrible Prank | #76 Stacey's Lie | #77 Dawn and Whitney, Friends Forever | #78 Claudia and Crazy Peaches | #79 Mary Anne Breaks the Rules | #80 Mallory Pike, No. 1 Fan | #81 Kristy and Mr. Mom | #82 Jessi and the Troublemaker | #83 Stacey vs. the BSC | #84 Dawn and the School Spirit War | #85 Claudia Kishi, Live From WSTO! | #86 Mary Anne and Camp BSC | #87 Stacey and the Bad Girls | #88 Farewell, Dawn | #89 Kristy and the Dirty Diapers | #90 Welcome to the BSC, Abby! | #91 Claudia and the First Thanksgiving | #92 Mallory's Christmas Wish | #93 Mary Anne and the Memory Garden | #94 Stacey McGill, Super Sitter | #95 Kristy + Bart = ? | #96 Abby's Lucky Thirteen | #97 Claudia and the World's Cutest Baby | #98 Dawn and Too Many Sitters | #99 Stacey's Broken Heart | #100 Kristy's Worst Idea | #101 Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout | #102 Mary Anne and the Little Princess | #103 Happy Holidays, Jessi | #104 Abby's Twin | #105 Stacey the Math Whiz | #106 Claudia, Queen of the Seventh Grade | #107 Mind Your Own Business, Kristy! | #108 Don't Give Up, Mallory! | #109 Mary Anne to the Rescue | #110 Abby the Bad Sport | #111 Stacey's Secret Friend | #112 Kristy and the Sister War | #113 Claudia Makes Up Her Mind | #114 The Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier | #115 Jessi's Big Break | #116 Abby and the Best Kid Ever | #117 Claudia and the Terrible Truth | #118 Kristy Thomas, Dog Trainer | #119 Stacey's Ex-Boyfriend | #120 Mary Anne and the Playground Fight | #121 Abby in Wonderland | #122 Kristy in Charge | #123 Claudia's Big Party | #124 Stacey McGill... Matchmaker? | #125 Mary Anne in the Middle | #126 The All-New Mallory Pike | #127 Abby's Un-Valentine | #128 Claudia and the Little Liar | #129 Kristy at Bat | #130 Stacey's Movie | #131 The Fire at Mary Anne's House
Super Specials
#1 Baby-sitters on Board! | #2 Baby-sitters' Summer Vacation | #3 Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation | #4 Baby-sitters' Island Adventure | #5 California Girls! | #6 New York, New York! | #7 Snowbound | #8 Baby-sitters at Shadow Lake | #9 Starring the Baby-sitters Club #10 Sea City, Here We Come! | #11 The Baby-sitters Remember | #12 Here Come the Bridesmaids! | #13 Aloha, Baby-sitters! | #14 BSC in the USA | #15 Baby-sitters' European Vacation
Portrait Collection
Stacey's Book | Claudia's Book | Dawn's Book | Mary Anne's Book | Kristy's Book | Abby's Book
The Baby-Sitters Club Notebook (1987) | The Baby-Sitters Club Postcard Book (1991) | Trivia & Puzzle Fun Book (1992) | Ann M. Martin: The Story of the author of the Baby-sitters Club (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Guide to Babysitting (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Chain Letter (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Secret Santa (1994) | Audio Books on Cassette Tape (1994-5) | BSC Movie Novelization (1995) | The Complete Guide to the Baby-Sitters Club (1996) | Autograph Book (1998) | BSC Graphic Novels (2006-present) | We Are the Baby-Sitters Club: Essays and Artwork from Grown-Up Readers (2021) | Welcome to Stoneybrook: A Guided Journal (2021) | The Official Coloring Book (2023)