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21 Baby Old Wives' Tales That Will Make You Giggle

That old lady told me to do what to my baby?

That old lady told me to do what to my baby?

Want to learn how to dry up your breast milk?

Do you know how to turn your baby’s outie belly button into an innie?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you stuck manure in your baby’s shoes?

Why would you feed a baby fresh rabbit brains?

These questions are answered by good ol’ ‘ old wives’ tales about babies! Get ready to laugh and gasp with this round up of baby folklore advice.



  • Don’t Cut a Baby’s Hair Before His First Birthday 1 of 21
    Don't Cut a Baby's Hair Before His First Birthday
    If you cut a baby's hair before his/her first birthday, they will have "bad" hair.
    image source: photosofcutebabies.com
  • Turn Your Outie Belly Button Into an Innie 2 of 21
    Turn Your Outie Belly Button Into an Innie
    If your baby has an "outie" push the stub in with an egg and tape a quarter or silver dollar to the belly button and bury the egg. In a week, take the money off and the baby will have an innie.
    image source: sodahead.com
  • Dry Up Your Breast Milk 3 of 21
    Dry Up Your Breast Milk
    If you are trying to dry up breast milk, express some milk into a glass, pour the milk on a rock, and when the milk drys from the rock, your milk will be dried up.
    image source: meowmiix.com
  • Bathe Your Baby in Guiness 4 of 21
    Bathe Your Baby in Guiness
    Bathe your baby in Guiness Stout to help nourish his skin.
    image source: thegoulbourne.co.uk
  • Don’t Let Your Baby Look in the Mirror 5 of 21
    Don't Let Your Baby Look in the Mirror
    Never let a baby under 1 year old see his reflection--it will take his soul.
  • Don’t Wash Baby’s Clothes Before It’s Born 6 of 21
    Don't Wash Baby's Clothes Before It's Born
    Never wash the baby's clothes before it is born; it is bad luck to wash them.
    image source: madeformums.com
  • Cry Baby 7 of 21
    Cry Baby
    A new baby has to cry a certain amount or his lungs won't develop.
  • Don’t Tickle a Baby’s Feet 8 of 21
    Don't Tickle a Baby's Feet
    If you tickle a baby's feet, it will make it stutter.
    image source: disneybaby.com
  • Whipping Egg Whites For Better Bones 9 of 21
    Whipping Egg Whites For Better Bones
    If you whip egg whites to a foam and rub it on your babies ankles and knees it will make their bones stronger and they will walk sooner.
    image source: filtsai.com
  • A Baby That Can Sing 10 of 21
    A Baby That Can Sing
    Rub apple on a baby's tongue so he can sing well.
    image source: appleadayproject.wordpress.com
  • Your Baby’s Future 11 of 21
    Your Baby's Future
    To learn about your baby's future, place books, few coins and a bottle in front of him. If he reaches for the books - he'll be a scholar. If he reaches for the coins - he'll be wealthy. If he reaches for the bottle - he'll be a drunk.
  • Burn That Diaper 12 of 21
    Burn That Diaper
    Burn the first dirty diaper, and the child will have no stomach cramps.
    image source: diaperlogue.blogspot.com
  • A Dog’s Lick 13 of 21
    A Dog's Lick
    Letting a puppy lick the baby's face after eating prevents illness.
    image source: babydon.com
  • Ironing Boards are Bad Luck 14 of 21
    Ironing Boards are Bad Luck
    Putting a baby on an ironing board is bad luck.
    image source: asia.ru
  • Fresh Rabbit Brains! 15 of 21
    Fresh Rabbit Brains!
    To ease teething, rub the baby's gums with fresh rabbit brains.
    image source: clipart.dk.co.uk
  • Put Baby in the Rain 16 of 21
    Put Baby in the Rain
    A fretful child can be calmed by holding her out in the rain for a few minutes.
    image source: fun4friends.net
  • Blow Smoke in a Baby’s Ear 17 of 21
    Blow Smoke in a Baby's Ear
    Blow smoke in a baby's ear to put him to sleep.
    image source: reuters.com
  • Sleep Smiling 18 of 21
    Sleep Smiling
    A baby who smiled in his sleep is listening to angels.
    image source: disneybaby.com
  • Stormy Night 19 of 21
    Stormy Night
    A child born on a stormy night will be nervous.
    image source: deviantart.com
  • Manure in the Baby’s Shoes 20 of 21
    Manure in the Baby's Shoes
    To make a child grow tall, put manure inside the baby's shoes.
    image source: guardian.co.uk
  • Kissing the Soles of a Baby’s Feet 21 of 21
    Kissing the Soles of a Baby's Feet
    On your first visit to a new baby, kiss the soles of her feet for good luck.

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