The World's Sweetest Baby Traditions

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In Mexico, it's common for pregnant women to crave a mug of champurrado -- a thick hot chocolate made with masa (dried, ground corn).

New Dutch mothers traditionally receive beschuit met muisjes, biscuits sprinkled with sugar-coated anise seeds. Anise seeds are thought to help stimulate breast milk production.

In certain parts of Ethiopia, a baby is expected to sneeze as soon as she's born. If she doesn't, a thread is used to tickle her nostrils.

In Turkey, people speculate that a woman is carrying a boy if she craves sweets, a girl if she prefers spicy foods.

Originally published in the February 2011 issue of American Baby magazine.

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