Pudding Caps, Then and Now

My mother dropped me on my head when I was a toddler. She plopped me down on a baby bicycle seat and rode off without strapping me down. Ouch! My poor pudding head!

The Bumper Bonnet sold by One Step AheadIn the 18th century toddlers sometimes wore padding wrapped around their torso – referred to as pudding – to protect from falls. Similarly padded head protection was called a pudding cap, and was worn when learning to walk. As everyone knew back then, if you fell on your head too many times, your brain would be become soft, making you a "pudding head."

Fast forward to today. Worrisome parents have many head protection options:


2 Responses to “Pudding Caps, Then and Now”

  1. Fitzgerald says:

    Thanks for all the great info.

    August 28th, 2005 at 4:16 pm

  2. Magan Chaplin says:

    As a legal representative, I am ready willing and able for the patent war for all these baby walking helmets! I am also available for house purchases and will readings!

    September 4th, 2005 at 3:04 am