I’m not the biggest fan of babies. In fact, they sort of scare me. It’s the way they squirm around and can’t control their movements, not to mention how easy it is to just drop one on the head by accident. My former roommate is an even bigger anti-baby person and has joked about throwing one in a washing machine on multiple occasions, but I won’t get into that.
But I do have to admit: Russian babies are adorable. Precious. Just so darn cute. Seeing one bundled up even momentarily switches on my maternal instincts! And then seeing them proceed to scream, cry, throw up, etc immediately switches those instincts back off. I always have an urge to take a picture of a particularly cute baby that I pass by, but that’s creepy, not to mention border-line pedo. So, thanks to google images, here is a bundled up baby for your viewing pleasure. Everybody now: Awwwww.
It’s something about the way that they’re dressed during the winter that melts my heart. Since being in the cold makes you sick*, parents wrap their kids up in massive puffy coats, puffy pants, boots, and a hat (most likely with pom poms on them). Kids sort of waddle around because their arms and legs stick out due to the bulky winter gear. And to up the cute-factor, parents drag them around on sleds everywhere!! Currently, there’s a lot of snow on the ground (because remember, winter started in October), and I guess it’s easier to transport children on sleds rather than in carriages.
Russians who are reading this are probably thinking that I’m strange for writing about their babies, and while that’s a fair judgment, I’m just writing about yet another difference between Americans and Russians. I have never ever seen kids being towed around on a sled before in America, and I think it’s awesome. And I like the Russian toddler style. Don’t judge me.
*Let me just be loud and clear about this one. Being in the cold does not make you sick. I repeat: Being in the cold does not make you sick. When it’s cold out, people tend to stay inside more, and with more people inside, that means more germs are bouncing around. Which means that you are more likely to get sick because there are so many germs and viruses circulating in a room. But you don’t get sick just from being outside in the cold without a hat on. So lay off me, alright Russian grandmas? Sometimes I don’t like wearing a hat. You can deal with it.