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Belt for babies, England, 1800-1870

Do you have an ‘innie’ or an ‘outie’? The belly button is the remnant of a foetal feeding tube called the umbilical cord. This connects mother and baby within the womb. The tube is severed after birth. This belt binded the baby around the waist after birth to flatten the umbilicus and protect this area during the baby’s first days. It is made of silk, elastic and kid (goat) hair.

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