Saturday, 2 November 2013

Black Puddings, Bunting And Biggins

Pudding caps or bumpers were padded hats commonly worn by small children learning to walk to protect their heads from any falls. It was thought that if children fell too frequently unprotected their brains would turn to a soft pudding-like consistency, hence the name "pudding cap." Children were often referred to as "little pudding heads" because of this belief. Here’s a ‘black pudding’ …


Possibly where Mark Twain got the idea for his character called “Puddenhead Wilson”

… and here’s a bunting – a type of sleeping bag for babies


…and finally a child in a Biggin Cap

biggin cap

These are all children’s garments – do not confuse them with


Thanks again, Noreen Marshall, for teaching me these words!

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