This question might be a little broad, but I would like to know about child rearing practices in Mediaeval Europe. To narrow this down, the time and place that I am particularly interested in are those regions that today comprise France and Germany, and specifically from the 11th century onwards. The sorts of questions that I am interested in concern:
- How involved were men in the raising of children?
- Did people co-sleep, or place babies in separate cribs?
- Did babies wear some kind of napkin to catch their excrement?
- How frequently were babies washed? (I know that people in general didn't wash frequently, but adults are better adept at keeping themselves reasonably clean)
- Were babies carried throughout the day or were they left to play? What sorts of toys did they play with?
And probably a dozen other questions of that nature. General information about this would be interesting, even if it doesn't address the five questions above.