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Children's Story May Help Ease Sibling Rivalry

NOTE: The Official Baby Watcher™, The OBW™ and The Lil Baby Watcher™ are all one and same, The trade names are used interchangeably.

Artist, believes the story behind a conceptual artistic character has a lot to offer children and the family. He believes the story can be used as a small tool to ease sibling rivalry and invites parents to a free download of the story with color illustration, at the character’s web site to read to their young children.

Humble, artist Ray Gatica wrote the story which is the basis for The Official Baby Watcher character and feels the story will inspire small children into wanting to help the character in watching over their smaller baby brother's and sister’s well being.

There is only one Lil Baby Watcher, but the kids and the whole family can have fun being extensions of the character as they team up and become a part of 'The OBW Helpers Team' for a fun, wholesome positive purpose.

Gatica envisions a team of OBW helpers team that will have no boundaries and could spread world wide. Of course this is only my vision, but with the families' help it could very easily happen. There has never been a children's character of this kind, a positive, redeeming social value that families can get behind in this way.

The story is non-violent, positive inspirational reading for ages 3 on up. But adults will also feel an affinity with the character because ultimately the story is for the little misfit in all of us. It is a short read, about 7 minutes. Parents can down load a free copy along with the colorful illustrations at

Through the story, the children will discover how this lonely, seemingly, unimportant, little misfit named Wob (rhymes with Bob) - so loved the baby in the story that with help of his Little Voice from Within,” found the courage to overcome his fears and self doubt - to save the baby from imminent danger and earn the title – The Official Baby Watcher”. At the end he becomes a special hero of a different sort. See Story excerpt and epilogue below.

Story Excerpt: After the scary excitement was over, mother and father walked over to the high shelf to say, “Thank You” to Wob. They realized that this little character that no one had ever paid attention to - had saved their baby from harm.   Father then said, “you know he sure was very brave for a little guy, and the way he is standing and saluting he looks quite official - lets call him “The Official Baby Watcher.”  Father, then reached for Wob and picked him off the high shelf , where he had been so lonely, and set him closer to the baby’s bed. Mother then gave Wob a big kiss on the cheek. Wob turned red and blushed. 

Even though, it was new to Wob, he liked the feeling of father’s warm, gentle hands and Mommy’s tender kiss. It all felt so nice to Wob - he felt a warm glow inside.

Epilogue: Now Mommy, Daddy, Brother and Sister have formed “The Official Baby Watcher Helper’s Team” in their home - to help Wob watch over the baby at all times. They now realize what a big job being a Baby Watcher really is.


A Few Words from the Artist:  “There should be no mystery behind the Official Baby Watcher, he is simply, a reflection of my caring for small children. I created the original Baby Watcher, a few years ago, as a thoughtful gift for a friend’s newborn baby because ‘I wanted to give the baby a special, meaningful gift, something significant and with a purpose. ‘I thought - the greatest thing I could give a child would be their very own personal guardian that would watch over them forever.’ From this thought, the OBW. character was born. During the past few years, I have shared these lovable keepsakes with nephews, nieces and friend’s children. Now, through these unique dolls - the whole world, too, can share the same loving, caring sentiments with their small family members, new family additions and friend’s children. Artist, Ray Gatica.

 “I believe that as an artist, I have created my best, life’s work, my ultimate piece of art, in ‘The Li’l Baby Watcher’ concept/character” says the artist.

Have you ever had a need to create something because you can't find anything like it

anywhere in stores? This is how “The Li'l Baby Watcher came to being. I created the character for a friend’s newborn, a few years ago, because I wanted to give the new baby a meaningful baby gift a unique, significant gift with a purpose. I thought: “If I could give any one thing to any child - it would be their very own guardian that would watch over them forever.”  From this thought the Li’l Baby Watcher ™ character was born. The character is a little baby watchman, a guardian that watches over small children and babies, “in a fanciful way of course”.  

The original, whimsical design was a two-dimensional airbrush rendering of my idea of what a baby watchman would look like if he were real. He had to be wholesome, debonair, physically fit and strong. Overall he is a little peculiar, funny looking character with a large head with big eyes, big ears and short-short legs and he stands on two huge clumsy looking boots. He is a misfit of sorts, a cross between a funny looking clown and a dashing, li’l soldier, but is neither. However, these peculiarities are what make him special and allow him to be who he is. Overall, he is a healthy, wholesome looking character by design.

The idea is that it is these peculiarities, big ears and eyes he allow him to see and hear everything in the baby’s room. And his strong arms and barrel-chest and short legs and BIG feet, allow him to stand tirelessly and dutifully while he perform his sentinel duty - as he watches over the baby’s room hence his name -The Li’l Baby Watcher.  The original 3-D sculptor design which is the basis for the plush dolls, can also be seen at the website.

A few months later, after creating the character, I sat down to write - to describe him. This lead to writing The Official Baby Watcher story which describes the character as a lonely and seemingly unimportant, insignificant misfit of sorts, a peculiar, disheveled character named Wob (rhymes with Bob). And even though he was in the baby’s room, he was not a toy that the baby could play with and sat up on a high shelf - seemingly without any purpose or reason.  This made him feel lonely and all alone. But despite his peculiarities, he was a smart li’l guy with feelings and he loved the baby in the story. His biggest wish was to be a part of the baby’s life, a part of the family, someday.

Because of his peculiarities and lack of purpose he felt like he didn’t belong anywhere and goes through a time of emotional conflict, loneliness, fear and doubt. But, then a day comes when he has to overcome all that, and be strong, to save the baby from imminent danger and harm. Ultimately, with the help of his “Little Voice from Within”, he goes through a magical transformation that allows him to prove his “great love” for the baby.

The story ends happily, as the family finally notice him and realize how special he is and designate him “The Official Baby Watcher.”  In the end he gets placed close to the baby’s bed. And because of his magical transformation, he is now a dashing, debonair hero and happy little someone - no matter how peculiar! And the toys who laughed at him because of his peculiar looks, now like him and accepted him just the way he is.

And just like him, I respect and care for small children and have taken the steps to fulfill the character's ultimate wish and have made him a playable, plush toy that doubles as a decorative wall hanging for the baby's room - so that he will always be in a baby' room - like he wished. The dolls are available in assorted hair color combinations , making them multicultural so that they can be shared with families of all nationalities.                                                           

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Artist Ray Gatica authored The Lil Baby Watcher character's story a few years ago. It has been a work in progress but it is finally done and ready for the world. The story will inspire children and families to become Helper of the character. Gatica can be reached at 281-441-9714 or emailed at
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