Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
Babies are such a nice way to start people.
A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase.
It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge.
Where did you come from, baby dear?
Out of the Everywhere and into here.
~George MacDonald, At the Back of the North Wind
Every child begins the world again....
~Henry David Thoreau
Aside from new babies, new mothers must be the most beautiful creatures on earth.
Getting down on all fours and imitating a rhinoceros stops babies from crying. (Put an empty cigarette pack on your nose for a horn and make loud "snort" noises.) I don't know why parents don't do this more often. Usually it makes the kid laugh. Sometimes it sends him into shock. Either way it quiets him down. If you're a parent, acting like a rhino has another advantage. Keep it up until the kid is a teenager and he definitely won't have his friends hanging around your house all the time.
Always kiss your children goodnight - even if they're already asleep.
~H.Jackson Brown, Jr.
It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't.
~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money.
~Elinor Goulding Smith
Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething.
~Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar
A soiled baby with a neglected nose cannot be conscientiously regarded as athing of beauty.
The moment a child is born,
the mother is also born.
She never existed before.
The woman existed, but the mother, never.
A mother is something absolutely new.
There are three reasons for breast-feeding: the milk is always at the right temperature; it comes in attractive containers; and the cat can't get it.
Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other.
...a little child, born yesterday,
A thing on mother's milk and kisses fed...
~"Hymn to Mercury" (one of the Homeric Hymns), translated from Greek by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Children are one third of our population and all of our future.
~Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981
Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky.
A crying baby is the best form of birth control.
A baby is a blank cheque made payable to the human race.
~Barbara Christine Seifert
A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.
People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.
~Leo J. Burke
Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.
If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family.
Babies are always more trouble than you thought - and more wonderful.
Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again.
~Jimmy Piersal, on how to diaper a baby, 1968
If you were to open up a baby's head - and I am not for a moment suggesting that you should - you would find nothing but an enormous drool gland.
Adoption is when a child grew in its mommy's heart instead of her tummy.