In Thailand, I once saw a baby’s crib hanging from the rafters of a family front porch. The mother, smiling gently into the crib, swung it back and forth with such intensity, I got a little motion sickness just watching.
“We do this so the child has balance,” my Thai friend told me later. “The baby won’t get sick from a boat or car later on. “
Then she asked, “What do you do in North America to make the baby stronger?”
To be honest, I couldn’t really answer, not being a mother, godmother, aunt, or even honorary aunt. I pictured Baby Mozart CDs and stackable plastic rings and huge strollers, but that’s just my limited outsider’s view. To welcome a newborn into the world, I know, there are rituals too.
Here are seven ways babies are welcomed into life around the world.