(The notation of a section of Kentucky in connection with a superstition shows that it has been reported only from that section. The absence of localization indicates that the superstition is general. The attribution to definite localities is necessarily somewhat loose.)

1. A woman in travail should hold salt clenched in her two outstretched hands...............Mountains

2. In a case of child labor, place an axe edge up under the bed of the mother................Mountains

3. If an expectant mother places her hand upon her body, the child will have a birthmark at the position on its body that she presses...........Mountains

4. An expectant mother should not have her teeth filled.

5. In a case of child labor, cross hazel twigs, put them across an open Bible, and place them under the pillow .............................Mountains

6. Wine is necessary to women with child. At communion a pregnant woman, whether a church member or not, may receive the communion wine.......................................Mountains

7. To drain a woman at child-birth, the physician places his shoes on the woman and makes her walk about in them until the time of the after-birth; then he places his hat on her head............Mountains

8. To hasten child-delivery, give a woman a drink of which another woman has partaken.... Blue Grass

9. To hasten child-delivery, beat a rattlesnake's rattles fine and give the powder to the one that is in labor ...............................Blue Grass

10. The number of balls on the naval string of the first child shows the number of children that a woman will have..........................Mountains

11. Children are brought by a stork.

12. A child born with a caul, that is, with the birth membranes unruptured, will have second sight.

13. If a green veil shrouds the face of a new-born child, the child is gifted with prophecy.......Mountains

14. If an enemy, at the birth of a child, can get possession of the baby's after-birth, he can control the child's fate for evil ever afterwards.

15. If you visit a new boy baby and kiss it, you will have good luck...............North-eastern Kentucky

16. If you make fun of a little baby, you will have the thing that you ridicule in it........................................Central Kentucky Negroes

17. If one finds a baby-pacifier, there is going to be an addition to the family.

18. When a baby smiles in its sleep, angels are talking to it.

19. A child that is born on Christmas Day can understand the speech of animals...........Mountains

20. A baby's crying at christening is a good-luck sign.

21. If a child's ear runs into the cheek without a crease at the lobe, it will have criminal tendencies.

22. Bald-headed babies are from fine stock.

23. If a child's hair is long and heavy, the child will not grow, as all its strength will go into its hair..................................Central Kentucky

24. If a baby is born with an unusually large amount of hair, it will have very little at maturity.....................................Central Kentucky

25. If a baby is bom with no hair or but little, it will have a great deal at maturity.......Central Kentucky

26. If a child has a large mouth, it will be a good singer............................Central Kentucky

27. If a baby has early teething, there will be a new baby in the family soon...................Mountains

28. It brings bad luck to put a new-born baby on a table.

29. If you take a baby down the hill before you take it up the hill, it will go down hill in life... Mountains

30. Carry your baby upstairs before you do downstairs, so that it will rise in the world.

31. If a child sings in bed, it will wet the bed.. Mountains

32. If you crack the first louse found in a child's head on the bottom of a tin cup, the child will make a good singer.............................Mountains

33. When a boy baby is taken for the first time on a call, its disposition will be affected by that of the man of the house................Southern Kentucky

34. When a girl baby is taken for the first time on a call, its disposition will be affected by that of the woman of the house......... Southern Kentucky

35. If a child is homely when it is small, it will be goodlooking when it is grown.

36. If a child is good-looking when it is small, it will be homely when it is grown.

37. A beautiful girl will not be nervous when she is a woman.

38. If an infant clutches a coin that is put into its hands, it will love money.

39. If an infant does not clutch a coin that is put into its hands, it will be a spendthrift.

40. If a baby's fist closes over money that is put into its hands, it will be prosperous when it is grown.

41. If a baby's fist does not close over money that is put into his hands, it will be poor when it is grown.

42. Place a child on the floor with a Bible, a dollar, and a deck of cards. The one that he chooses first indicates his future as a preacher, financier, or gambler.

43. If the hand of a new-born baby is closed tight, it will be close or saving.

44. If the hand of a new-born baby is open, it will be of a generous disposition.

45. If a child cries a great deal when it is an infant, it will make a good man or woman.

46. It brings bad luck to change a baby's name.

47. If in dressing the baby for the first time you put its right arm into its dress first, it will be right-handed.

48. If on the first time that a baby is dressed the left arm is put into the dress before the right arm, the baby will be left-handed.

49. It causes bad luck to put a baby's dress on over its head before it is one year old. 50. Pull the baby's clothes on over its feet instead of over its head, or it will never grow.

51. Do not cut the baby's nails until it is one month old.

It will be light-fingered if you do.

52. If you bite a baby's finger nails, it will steal when it grows up.

53. If you cut off a baby's finger nails, it will die before it is six years old.

54. Anyone except a mother may cut a baby's nails without damage.

55. If you place a hat on a baby's head before it is a year old, it will not grow any more.

56. You must not put a hat on a baby's head, for, if you do so, you will cause bad teething.

57. Make a baby cut teeth by putting a hat on its head before it is six months old.

58. It brings bad luck to cut a baby's hair before it is a year old. The child will die.

59. To keep a person from growing, take three hairs from the back of his neck and three from each temple, make a hole in a Columbia poplar at the person's height, put the hairs into the hole, and drive in a peg...........................Mountains

60. It is bad luck to let the baby look into a mirror before it is one year old.

61. Do not let the baby look into a mirror before it teethes. This act will make teething hard.

62. If a baby looks into a mirror, it will be small.

63. If a baby looks into a mirror before it is one year old, it will die.

64. If a baby looks into a mirror before it is a year old, it will die before it is two years old.

65. If you show a baby itself in a mirror before it is six months old, it will die before it is a year old.

66. If you measure a child on the day that it is two years of age, it will be half as tall as it ever will be.................................Louisville Negroes

67. It causes bad luck for a child to be put under a bed on its ninth birthday, for it will never grow any more ..............................Mountains

68. It brings bad luck to count a baby's teeth.

69. If a child puts its tooth under its pillow at night, it will become a five-cent piece by morning.

70. If a baby's first tooth grows into the gum above, it will be a thief.

71. If you tickle a baby, you will cause it to stutter.

72. If a child is prematurely wise, he will not live long.

73. The good die young.

74. If a baby does not fall off the bed, it will never be reared.

75. If a young child marks the furniture, it will soon die.

"It is marking itself out of the world.".................................... Western Kentucky

76. Unless a baby crawls before it walks, it will crawl in after life.....................Central Kentucky

77. A baby's sneezing at the table is a sign of death.

78. If a baby talks before it walks, its tongue will ruin it...........................Central Kentucky

79. If the teakettle boils in a room where there is a little baby, the baby will have colic... Central Kentucky

80. Never carry a baby in a funeral procession before it is a year old; if you do, it will die..................................Central Kentucky Negroes

81. If you think too much of a child, he will die. (2nd Commandment.) ...................Mountains

82. The third son has the brains of the family. Mountains

83. If any one steps over you, you will not grow any more.

84. When a baby sticks out its tongue, it wants something that it has not.

85. When a baby sweeps a floor, the act is the sign of someone coming.

86. If a child blows all the fluff from the dandelion in one blow, his mother wishes him very much; in two blows, not so much; in three blows, not enough to cease play.........................Mountains

87. Blow the seed-ball from a dandelion and then count the seeds left; the number you count will indicate the number of days until you will get a whipping.

88. The boy that steps on another boy's foot is his worst enemy; but if a girl does so, she is his best friend.. ...........................Louisville Negroes

89. If a child drops his school book and picks it up, he will miss his lesson in it. He can avert the disaster by kissing his book.

90. If a child drops his book and does not stamp it before picking it up, he will miss his lesson....................................Louisville Negroes

91. If some one picks up for a child a book that he has dropped, the former and not the latter will miss the lesson.

92. A girl who drops her school books may avert bad luck or a missed lesson by walking around each article and putting her foot on it.

93. To keep from missing his lesson, a child should step on his books........................Blue Grass

94. If a child sleeps with his text book under his head at night, he will know his lesson next day.

95. If a child goes for a switch for the punishment of another child, the former will himself be whipped.

96. On a child's birthday, he should receive a blow with a switch or other instrument of pain for each year of his life. Each blow should be accompanied by the pronouncing of a line of the following or a similar incantation, adapted to fit the age of the child:

One to live on; One to grow on; One to eat on; One to be happy on; One to get married on.