Babies: history, art, and folklore

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Packed with traditions, superstitions, lore, and scientific discoveries from all over the world, this delightful, colorfully illustrated volume offers a wealth of information on a wide range of topics relating to birth and babies.A wonderful gift for parents and parents-to-be, Babies recounts every imaginable practice from ancient times to the present, unveiling changing attitudes toward babies and the care given them. Authors Beatrice Fontanel and Claire d'Harcourt reveal traditions involving and advice on dealing with pain during childbirth, choosing a name, putting a child to sleep, giving the first bath, dressing the baby, and different ways to carry and transport an infant.

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In the Middle Ages, it was believed that a concoction of herbs boiled in white wine could aid conception, and a garlic clove was used for an early version of the home pregnancy test. According to a ... Read full review



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About the author (1997)

Fontanel is a French journalist.

D'Harcourt is an editor, book designer, and illustrator.

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