Popular baby customs: where from


Human traditions at times sound funny. You hear about them you don’t know how they came about. You wonder how those popular stories came about. Some of these popular stories are related to babies. Read about some here.

Stork – the baby courier
The stock story is now the most popular way of explaining to children how babies arrived. It was believed that the first place where this occurred was in the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. By the 1930s, the gooseberry story which served the same purpose was completely replaced by this one. This was further boosted by the 1941 Walt Disney movie ‘Dumbo’ in which it was Mr Stork who delivered the favourite elephant baby to his mother.

Pink for girls, blue for boys
That is how babies should look. This idea started in the 1920s. It was not really accepted at that time. It became standard practice the decade after. Before then there was no colour distinction in dressing boys and girls. It is now being explained that this choice came about because a man is more attracted to the clear blue sky for hunting and a woman’s eyes are more attracted to the pink and red colour of fruits and berries during foraging.

Born with a caul
A baby born with a caul has a part the amniotic membrane draping across the head and the face. This is interpreted to be lifelong good luck. This is a belief that dates back to the 16th century when it was considered that the caul was lucky because it saved a drowning baby. The caul became a hot cake especially to sailors and fishermen.

Bathing a baby
We are now being told that babies are being bathed too much nowadays. About a hundred years ago, it was ill-luck to bath a newborn baby. Then, people even did not wash their babies until they turn 5 years. Before then, it was considered that they were still weak.

Bye baby
The ‘bye’ is one of England’s baby sleep inducing words in songs for generations.  It is not strange for Hush a bye Baby to be the most worldly known lullabies in the English speaking world. Since 1765 when it was first printed it has not changed.