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.
There was no real concept of "childhood" until the 18th-19th c. Children were small adults and they were expected to contribute to the family, especially in rural areas. They would be given tasks to do that were akin to their age. As young as 3 years old girls were taught to sew or knit to make clothes. Men didn't tend chidren but did teach necessary tasks. I seriously doubt if any children in the 11th c had "toys" other than nobility and royalty. Older children would watch the youngest so the mother could perform her many jobs. She would have nursed all of her children, possibly more than one at once as birthrate was high and it was cheaper to nurse than feed them food. They were dressed in smaller versions of what adults wore and un-pottytrained babies would have not had a "diaper" of any kind.
My comments are the result of reading a wide range of sources; I don't have any one to add, but I'll look. The main reason I suggested children didn't play with toys is that they were put to work of some kind at a fairly young age. However, I'm sure they made up games as children are wont to do anywhere when they had time and opportunity.