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What did children wear in the Stuart times?

The Stuarts didn’t really believe in childhood. Young people were seen as little adults and were expected to behave that way too. Babies were ‘swaddled’ which means that they were wrapped up very tightly and they were sometimes hung on the wall too. Stuart people believe that this helps the baby’s bones to grown straight and strong. It also kept them out of the way of the rats !! Once a child is old enough to wear clothes, each child wears a dress including the boys until they are about 6 or 7. Then the boy is breeched and can start wearing breeches instead of his dress.


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