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The ABCs of Babies
Posted May 13, 2010 to photo album "The ABCs of Babies"
Babies may be universal, but the way that society and culture has viewed the little darlings has changed through history.
Slide 9: J is for Jail
Many poor European parents in order to avoid the burden of an extra mouth to feed would smother their baby, and then claim that they accidentally rolled over on their infant in the middle of the night. Consequently, in the 17th century, England, France and Germany passed laws that that threatened parents with jail if they were found sleeping with infants under the age of two. With such laws, cradles like the one from Wales (circa 1700) became commonplace. The residue of these anti-infanticide laws survive today in Western infant sleeping patterns, where it is still often assumed that infants are safer sleeping in their own crib.