20 Beautiful Baby Traditions From Around The World

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Not the shower you were thinking of

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In Iran, a shower for the mother doesn’t happen until 10 days post labor and delivery. There’s a party involved, sure, but there’s an actual shower that needs to happen first. After mom is cleaned with hot water, she’s also given a special massage with herbs, a facial, and is painted with henna. Once the mother is clean and pampered, the baby is given its first bath. This is why some moms opt to wait the ten days or until the umbilical stump falls off. After all this, the mother is allowed to receive family and friends for a meal, and her guests bring the baby gifts. Traditionally, close relatives give the baby items made of gold.

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