If a new mother
takes her baby along to visit someone and leaves a baby item
behind in the house, a woman in that household will become
pregnant in the near future.
Placing a bible
and a pair of scissors underneath a baby’s pillow will ward off
If someone looks
at a robust baby, or a garden, with envy, this is known as the
‘evil eye.’ The baby or the garden could shrink as a result.
protect their baby from receiving the evil eye by placing some
soot on the baby’s forehead.
Asafoetida is a
brown sticky substance that is derived from the roots of some
plants. It was once believed that placing this substance in a
blue cloth and placing it in the baby’s hand, or placing it in
the hair, will ward off evil spirits.
If a baby urinates
while being taken out for a walk, the person walking the baby
must place their finger in the urine and rub it into the baby’s
If a woman is
having a menstrual cycle, she should never walk into a bedroom
to see a baby – but only if it’s a boy baby.
If a baby falls
asleep as it is about to be taken somewhere out of the house,
the mother must say it’s name and say, “We are going.” This way
the baby will behave while it is out.
A baby can be
cured of a big bellybutton if the father of the child places his
big toe inside the navel and pushes it out.
If a baby is
nursing and burps on the mother’s breast, she should hit the
baby across the mouth three times with the breast. If she fails
to do so, the breast will swell and cause her much pain.
While nursing a
baby boy, the mother must make sure that no milk falls onto his
penis or else he will become impotent.