It is believed in many cultures across the world to withhold from buying clothes for the baby before it is born. Often babies are handed down clothes of their other siblings or other babies around. New clothes are only bought after the birth of the baby.
After the baby is born,Â the mother and the baby are not supposed to leave the house till about 40 days. The real reason for this was because since the child is newly born,Â his/her immune system is underdeveloped and thus is prone to infections and should be kept indoors and protected in general.
Babies around the world are asked to wear different things like a red thread or a black kohl dot. This is believed to wade off evil spirits lurking around that would take away the happiness out of a child or the home the child is born in.
It is believed as bad luck for a child to see himself in the mirror before it is 6 months old. This rule was created so that the child doesn't hurt himself from the mirror,Â however it has been misinterpreted as a superstition and considered unlucky.
In many parts of the world it is considered extremely unlucky to cut the nails of babies that are less than 12 months old. While this was propagated in the interest of the safety of the baby, people in villages took this up as a sign of superstition and bad luck to cut a baby’s nail.
One of the many superstitions around a baby entail not leaving the infant's clothes hanging after sunset. The evil spirits that move around are prone to catching it and casting spells on the child. This of course isn’t true. This practice is done to keep the child's clothes free from insects and germs in the air while the clothes are drying in the open.
In India it is believed that a child should not be skipped or crossed over as that would stunt the height of the child forever. This is scientifically not true and is a superstition. This was created to prevent hurting a child,Â however it was misinterpreted as a superstition.
Cats are considered evil spirits in many communities in the world. It is a widely believed superstition that a cat should not be near a baby as it could transfer it's evil spirits into the infant. This belief was created to prevent attack of the animal on the child,Â however misjudged as a superstitious belief.