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History of “Don’t Throw the Baby out with the Bath Water.”

18 January 2013

 

Bath Time!

Ever wonder where we get the saying, “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water,” from? Back in the day bathing was a luxury and labor intense, read more about that here. The bath consisted of one large tub or something like a tub. Large buckets of water were fetched and heated then poured into the tub. This in itself was hard work, which is why many took baths once or so a year! Baths were so labor intense that bath times were established for each member of the family. The men bathed first, women next, then children and finally the baby. By the time the baby was put in the tub, which had been used by everybody in the family before, the water was so dirty you could actually lose the baby in it! So that’s how we got, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!” And we worry about a little mud getting underneath the baby’s fingernails today! :)

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2 Comments to “History of “Don’t Throw the Baby out with the Bath Water.””

  1. What a pile of crap. Dont let posts like this spoil the credibility of your entire website. Look up wikipedia or something when in doubt – or at least mention some source

  2. Gee Pullman, why the attitude? Give me a break will ya? Wikipedia…seriously? What I wrote is IN FACT, a known reason for the saying, it may be somewhat of a fable, but somehow it is still heard of today. Although there is no evidence to confirm that families bathed serially in the same bathwater,they may have occasionally done so to save the extra labor. And, if you just Google this you will find plenty of “sources” to back this up. Drink some green tea, or Camomile tea, it really, really relaxes the nerves. Have a wonderful day! :)

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