Baby Lore: Superstitions & Old Wives Tales from the World Over Related to Pregnancy, Birth and Babycare
A collection of hundreds of superstitions and old wives tales from every corner of the world related to every aspect of pregnancy, birth and babycare. There’s tribal beliefs from Aborigine to Romany Gypsy to Inuit (Eskimo) and superstitions from countries as diverse as Canada and China.
There's beliefs on everything from influencing a baby’s sex at conception to making a baby walk early or easing baby's teething pains.
~ A broom sweeps away the bad luck and evil spells that cause infertility. (Voodoo)
~ If a woman puts two spoons in her saucer, she’ll have ginger twins. (UK)
~ If children pile cabbage stalks around the doors and windows of the house on Halloween, the fairies will bring them a new brother or sister. (Scotland)
~ Baby will be born with a fish-head if Mum doesn’t give in to her craving to eat fish. (French Canada)
~ If Mum wears high heels during pregnancy, Baby will become cross-eyed. (Guyana)
~ Mum should throw salt three times behind herself shortly before her ‘Due Date‘ to ease her labour. (UK)
~ If a woman’s labour isn’t progressing, she must drink water into which her Mother-in-law’s big toe has been dipped. (India)
~ A babysitter must never clean their teeth while they’re sitting. (India)
~ If three drops of water are given to a baby before he’s baptised, he’ll answer the first three questions put to him. (Ireland)
~ Never tickle a Baby’s feet or you’ll make him stutter. (UK)
~ When you see Baby’s first tooth, immediately box his ear, and he’ll cut the rest of his teeth quicker. (Germany)
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