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From Middle English babee, babi (“baby”), from babe (“babe, baby”), equivalent to babe + -y/-ie (“endearing and diminutive suffix”).
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
How pretty the baby was!
I hope you accept this by the time the baby is born.
The baby was asleep in her cradle, and he must not make a noise and waken her.
Mom, when will the baby be born?
How could anyone love the baby the way she could?
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