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Old 03 April 2017, 02:27 PM
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Nursery rhymes have a lot of sources, some of which are intended to teach new parents what not to do. I think Rock-a-bye-baby is probably one of them; i.e., be careful where you leave your children.

Folk tales (which are often the source of Fairy Tales, and are definitely not originally intended for children) are the same way. All those stories about changelings? They're saying "don't leave your baby unattended"