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Babies Don’t Keep Poem With Free Printable Keepsake

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I know this sweet Babies Don’t Keep Poem will hold a very special place in your heart. Whether you are holding your first child in your arms or are a seasoned mother to many.

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There is one thing that all mothers know; and that is that the newborn phase is here for only a short time.

Feel free to print out a free copy of the Babies Don’t Keep Poem to place in your favorite corner of your nursery. Use it as a reminder that all the precious time you spend rocking your baby is not wasted.

Savor the quiet times with your little one because time is fleeting and there will always be house work to be done.

A Bit of The History Behind The Babies Don’t Keep Poem

This sweet poem by Ruth Hamilton First appeared in the Ladies Home Journal in 1958.

She wrote it after her fifth child, a baby girl, was born. Her other four children were already eleven, nine, seven, and five years old by the time baby girl Jane came along.

I identify with the age gap between her children because there is a thirteen year gap between my three children.

The relationship between siblings when there is such an age gap is one of the sweetest things I have had the privilege to witness. Their love for the sweet new addition to the family is unconditional and pure.

Song For a Fifth Child (Babies Don’t Keep Poem) By Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Babies don't keep poem by Ruth Hamilton

Mother, o mother, come shake out your cloth!

Empty the dustpan, poison the moth, Hang out the washing and butter the bread,

Sew on a button and make up a bed.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking? She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking!

Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue (Lullaby, rockaby lullabye loo.)

Dishes are waiting and bills are past due (Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo.)

The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew. And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo.

But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo. Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?

(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.)

Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait ’til tomorrow, But children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.

So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep.I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

Poem By Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

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    More Cute Baby Quotes

    “I loved you from the very start. You stole my breath, embraced my heart. Our life together has just begun. You’re part of me, my little one.”

    “The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck, are the arms of your children.”

    “And then my soul saw you and it kind of went “Oh, there you are! I’ve been looking for you.”

    “A baby makes love stronger, the days shorter, the nights longer, savings smaller, and a home happier.”

    “Your first breath took ours away.”

    “Fairy tales do come true. Look at us, we had you.”

    “Babies are bird of stardust, blown from the hand of God.” -Larry Barretto

    “Ten little fingers, ten perfect toes, fill our hearts with love that overflows.”

    “Sometimes the littlest things take up the most room in your heart.” -Winnie the Pooh

    “I love you forever, I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” -Robert Munsch

    “And she loved a little boy very, very much, even more than she loved herself.” -Shel Silverstein

    “Your little feet make the biggest footprints in our hearts.”

    “When I watch my baby sleep, my world is at peace.”

    “For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you.”

    “Baby boys have a pocket full of mischief and a saddle always overflowing with joy and excitement.”

    “A little miracle sent from above, a baby to cuddle and love.”

    “A little girl is sugar, and spice, and everything nice, especially when she’s taking a nap.”

    Bible Verses About Babies and Children

    baby boy sleeping in his crib with the verses form numbers 6:24-26 framed above his crib.
    Bible verses from Numbers 6:24-26 hanging above our toddlers crib. I’ve prayed these verses over our boys for going on eighteen years.

    Jeremiah 1:15

    “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.”

    Psalm 127:3-5

    “Children are a heritage from the Lord, Offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”

    Matthew 19:14

    “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

    James 1:17

    “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

    Psalm 139:13

    “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

    1 Samuel 1:27

    “For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to Him.”

    Matthew 18:10

    “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.”

    Proverbs 22:6

    “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart form it.”

    Numbers 6:24-26

    “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

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