1. “床头母” aka Bed’s Guardian Angel or simply FairyBed’s Mother… More commonly prayed by the Hainanese, Hokkiens and Hakkas, it is said to seek blessings from the divine for protection over their little ones and to sleep well in the night, protect them from harm and bless them with abundance of good health, to grow up strong and healthy. Especially for kids 0 – 12 years old. Big kids (adults) too if they can’t sleep well at night. Interestingly, it worked for some. 🙂
How to pray to 床母 (chuang mu)
a. The duration should be short. Place the offerings (full month celebration type of food/confinement food) on the bed, light the joss sticks and then you can prepare to burn the offerings “四方金” and “床母衣”. If you spent too long in praying, hearsay the child will have a tendency to laze in bed next time because 床母 will pamper the child too much.
b. Do not scold and punish your kid infront of the bed.
c. No FISH meat to be offered to 床母
d. No chopsticks
e. No alcohol
Just take note of these reminders and your kids will be blessed by 床母 for a happy and healthy growth!
When to pray? Typically dong zhi or on her birthday! 7th of the Seventh month. Which is 28/08/2017 for this year between 5pm to 7pm.
2. Turn the baby’s shirt and wear from inside out. OR turn the baby’s shirt inside out and hang it up on a hanger. (It worked for some, as claimed by a few of our confinement nannies..)
3. Put the daddy’s RED underwear in the babycot… Err.. well, we don’t know if the babies will feel more assured and secured thinking their daddies are Superman, maybe? And if you must put Superman daddy’s underwear, just make sure it is cleaned and washed… erm……… okay………
Sometimes it may be due to the baby gotten a fright, maybe the dog’s bark startle the baby or the airplane flew past etc.
Interestingly, one of the grandma shared “Call the baby’s name 7 times (in one breath) by his ear during at night, in the wee quiet hours. Boys left ear and girl right ear. She said it worked for all her grandchildren, they slept well after that. Worth a try perhaps?
We have many interesting stories to share but it is all based on superstitious beliefs which we will not touch on. The above were merely experiences shared by other mommies to our confinement nannies, interestingly some worked.
The only way to sleep like a baby now is after drinking 10 cans of beer. *Just kidding!*
Wishing you a sweet dreams~
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