Raegan Moya-Jones, mom to Anais, 7, Lourdes, 5, Arin, 3, and Amelie Rose, 9 months; Brooklyn, New York
Because Australia is so warm, we care for babies a bit differently. In America, until an infant's umbilical cord falls off, you give her only sponge baths, but in Australia a baby is dunked in water from the moment she's born. All my children loved baths. They also loved being swaddled. My friends back in Australia wrap their babies with muslin, which is a gauzy, breathable fabric. Once I tried it, I felt so strongly about it, I started a business selling my Aden & Anais wraps.
We tend to feed babies different food too. When most Americans see a jar of vegemite -- a black-paste yeast extract carried in every Australian grocery store -- they imagine it must be the most horrid thing, but it's yummy and one of the first things an Australian baby eats. It's full of vitamins and minerals and considered really healthy. My kids have a vegemite sandwich every day!
When we have birthday parties, we serve Fairy Bread, which is very Australian. It's basically white toast with butter and rainbow sprinkles. American kids think it's weird at first, but they always love it when they try it.