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8 Bizarre Baby Rituals From Around the World (PHOTOS)

by Mary Fischer April 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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Ireland

The Irish sprinkle some of the parents' wedding cake on the baby's head at the christening as a symbol of the circle of life. The top tier of the cake is saved, and what's not used on the baby is served to guests.

The Irish sprinkle some of the parents' wedding cake on the baby's head at the christening as a symbol of the circle of life. The top tier of the cake is saved, and what's not used on the baby is served to guests.

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LadyM...
LadyMinni
April 30, 2013 at 7:03 PM

The spitting thing is common in most of eastern Europe. In old China they would insult the baby instead of praising it as to not make the gods think they were vain.

Rebec...
Rebecca-s88
April 30, 2013 at 7:47 PM
Irish ones a lie, it's kept to be enjoyed on the first anniversary or christening whichever comes first.
jalaz77
jalaz77
April 30, 2013 at 9:05 PM
Coining. A coin is rubbed on the skin to help with illness leaving marks. SE Asia is the place where that is done. In America they can be charged with abuse and have been.
mypbandj
mypbandj
April 30, 2013 at 9:52 PM

And in America, baby boys are strapped down to a table while a doctor rips and cuts away the skin on his genitals to make them look "nice." 

Facebook comment from Sloane Michelle Sanders
April 30, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Some women here in America do the same thing as Balinese women.....never put their babies down.  Let me tell you, a coddled brat who has been nothing but held since he or she was born is a miserable baby to watch!  mypbandj, my son was circumscized and lived to tell the tale.  Seriously, it's not as horrible as people make it out to be.

danit...
danithegreat
April 30, 2013 at 11:12 PM

So in Spain I guess I can understand the jumping thing. But why do they dress like Santa? 

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Nonmember comment from Skittles
April 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Sloane you get to tell your child why you had him strapped down and let a doctor rip the most sensitive part of his body off because well why not.and have fun explaining to him how he can never get it back.
Maias...
MaiasMommy619
April 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM

mypbandj...eye rolling

Facebook comment from Randi Zboyan
April 30, 2013 at 11:51 PM

sloane why dont you get the hood of your clit surgically removed and then tell me how its not terrifying.

mamar...
mamarosebug
May 1, 2013 at 1:37 AM

danithegreat....reading is a vital part of being human...learn to read....it says Satan not Santa lol

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