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The question is probably a subject for a book, but I am really curious: how did parenting look in the middle ages? How did the common folk bring up children? How were the children clothed, what was used instead of diapers?

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closed as too broad by Pieter Geerkens, lins314159, Steven Drennon Jan 1 '14 at 7:24

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This may be closed on the basis that you admit it is a book length question. I hope that we can find some short, incomplete answers. –  Mark C. Wallace Dec 31 '13 at 15:37
"What did <historical people> use instead of diapers?" should be its own question, I think. There are some interesting answers across a range of cultures and time periods. –  Alex P Dec 31 '13 at 18:01
Google "cloth diapers". They are still used, even in the countries with real diapers available –  DVK Jan 4 '14 at 15:58
Diapers, LOL. Rich people used swaddling. Poor people put babies and toddlers in the hay. In England middle class houses were carpeted and roof stuffed with a kind of hay called "thresh". Infants were just laid about in beds of the thresh. When they soiled it, it would be turned over, or when it got bad, it was thrown out and new thresh added. The cats would go up in the rafters and piss in the thresh, talk about stinky odor. –  Tyler Durden Apr 27 at 17:01

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