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  • Thanks, chained! Added it to my hats list. :-)

    May 14, 2010

  • "A specialized type of cap for toddlers learning to walk was the 'pudding' or padded helmet designed to protect the infant's head in case of a fall. Abigail Adams wrote to a friend in 1766, asking to borrow the quilted 'contrivance' for her little girl 'Nabby,' just beginning to walk. She explained, 'Nabby Bruses her forehead sadly. she is fat as a porpouse and falls heavey.' The affectionate term 'puddin' head' was derived from the pudding caps many toddlers wore. Williamsburg milliners advertised 'Quilted Puddings for Children.'" (Seen here, in an article that also features a picture of said cap.)

    May 10, 2010