Baby facts is here again…… Interesting things you never expected… read on…
Do you know that
- Traditionally, the length of the cut umbilical cord was thought to predict the length of a male baby’s penis?
- Meconium, or the greenish-black sticky material in the baby’s digestive track, stands in for fecal material and allows the intestine to develop so it can digest milk immediately after birth
- Babies typically prefer a female voice over a male voice, which may explain why people raise the pitch of their voice when talking to babies, otherwise known as “motherese.”
- The Apache Indians ritually killed one twin, arguing that the mother did not have sufficient milk to feed two infants, and some Eskimo tribes left one twin outside to die in the cold.
- Traditionally the caul, which sometimes covered the head of an infant, was highly treasured and credited with magical powers
- In Ancient Rome, an olive branch would be hung from the front door of a house if a boy was born, and a strip of woolen fabric was hung if the child was a girl. Eighteenth-century London houses hung strips of ribbon on their doorknockers: pink for a girl and blue for a boy….. This is where we picked our pink for girls and blue for boys from…..?
- In parts of England, a newborn’s head was washed in rum for luck. It was common all over Europe to give the infant a dab of butter and a little sugar to signify the hoped for riches that the child would have in the future…. The same way sugar, salt, palmoil and kolanut are used in this part of the world during a baby’s naming ceremony.
See… every country has a tradition and some of ours even originated from other countries’ traditions. What are the unique ones for your country’s tradition?