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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 1: A is For Awesome
Slide 2: B is for Babies
Slide 3: C is for Confusion
Slide 4: D is for Damned
Slide 5: D is for Discipline
Slide 6: F is for Faith
Slide 7: G is for God
Slide 8: I is for Infanticide
Slide 9: J is for Jail
Slide 10: O is for Organism
Slide 11: E is for Environment
Slide 12: M is for Milk
Slide 13: N is for Nursing
Slide 14: P is for Philosophical
Slide 15: R is for Remarkable
Slide 16: S is for Software
Slide 17: V is for Values
Slide 18: W is for Writer
Slide 9: J is for Jail

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.