While you're here, we thought you'd enjoy some interesting baby ceremonies from cultures around the world:
- It's Maori tradition (New Zealand) to plant the baby's placenta on the land your ancestors came from, as a way to tie generations together.
- In Turkey, after a baby is born, parents don't take him or her out of the house for the first 40 days.
- In India, a ceremony called Annaprasan is held when the baby start eating solids (baby payesh is made of rice and milk, and often boiled with sugar).
- Because Australia is so warm, a baby is dunked in water from the moment she's born whereas in the UK, until an infant's umbilical cord falls off, you give her only sponge baths.
- When a Brazilian baby hiccups, you take a thread from her clothing or blanket, lick it, and put it on her forehead. It's supposed to make the hiccups go away.
- In certain parts of Ethiopia, a baby is expected to sneeze as soon as she's born. If she doesn't, a thread is used to tickle her nostrils.