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New born baby traditions in Poland


Franco 1 | -
27 Dec 2010 #1
I rent a house to a Polish couple, they are expecting their first baby any day now. I would like to know if there are any Polish traditions associated with first babies? I would like to congratulate them in a Polish way seeing as they are on there own with no Polish family to be with them!

Thanks

Franco
Wroclaw Boy
27 Dec 2010 #2
I would buy some baby suits, long sleeve with the hand protectors to prevent them scratching themselves and to keep the teeny hands warm. Cant have enough of those for a new born.
Zed - | 195
27 Dec 2010 #3
Normally you would only buy anything for the baby/mother if you're invited to the baby's christening ceremony and/or party. At least that's the custom here in Poland. But even if you're not invited, buying a gadget or two would certainly be nice of you, although normally not expected.
Marynka11 4 | 673
27 Dec 2010 #4
When you go over and "meet" the baby for the first time, you should bring something small, like a toy or romper. What is not customary in Poland (at least where I come from) is to give gifts for the baby before the baby is born. It's supposed to bring bad luck or something.

Something for the mother is always nice.
Wroclaw Boy
27 Dec 2010 #5
What is not customary in Poland (at least where I come from) is to give gifts for the baby before the baby is born.

Yeh thats a big no no in Poland.
Sokrates 8 | 3,345
27 Dec 2010 #6
Be original buy a dildo.

Also no buying stuff before its born, if you're not close family thats bad luck mate.
jonni 16 | 2,481
27 Dec 2010 #7
Also no buying stuff before its born, if you're not close family thats bad luck mate.

Same in the UK - bad juju.

Be original buy a dildo.

For a newborn, I prefer to give an ashtray - in later life one can never have too many.
Swentik123
22 Mar 2011 #8
i am third generation of polish decent in my family, when you greet the baby for the first time, you stuff money down the front of its onsie. that is what my family does, and we call it "polish money" and they are to keep it and not to spend it.
FlaglessPole 4 | 657
22 Mar 2011 #9
you stuff money down the front of its onsie

c'mon what kind of message is that to a newborn baby? See son, you must grab it, really grab it and hold on to it like your life depended on it, it'll keep you warm during the winter... Grow up and buy a wallet instead!!

we call it "polish money" and they are to keep it and not to spend it.

that sounds like another of those Polish jokes
Krystyna
27 Mar 2013 #10
Merged: Polish Traditions for new baby

I'm Polish born in USA and observe all Polish traditions, and my daughter is expecting. There will not be any baby shower. When baby is born, we have christening and family get-together. Are there any customs or traditions performed for my first grandchild?
Ana27 - | 4
27 Mar 2013 #11
polish tradition for a new baby is to meet and drink a lot of vódka... ;)
seriously we do not have any special traditions just christenity and after that family get together.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,369
27 Mar 2013 #12
don't forget the God-parents. be careful though.... some friends will run a mile, if they think they are going to be asked.

the day is another good reason to sit at the table, eat, chat and drink vodka.
mlordmistress
26 Feb 2020 #13
what about making a gift? is it bad luck to start making something, or just when you actually gift it to them?
Lyzko 45 | 9,436
26 Feb 2020 #14
I think that Poland is one of the countries which has a "Naming Day" instead of the traditional "Birth Day", in the sense of counting the year of conception as the date of one's birth. Is that correct more or less?
Miloslaw 19 | 4,971
26 Feb 2020 #15
Yeah, saints days....
Lyzko 45 | 9,436
27 Feb 2020 #16
You mean there's a Saint Renata??
News to me:-)
kaprys 3 | 2,245
27 Feb 2020 #17
The year of conception counts as the year of birth as long as it is the same year.
Name days are popular just like birthdays are.
You usually buy a small gift when you visit a newborn for the first time.
Lyzko 45 | 9,436
27 Feb 2020 #18
Yes, I remember doing so some time back when visiting a young Polish couple having recently moved to New York upon the birth of their daughter:-)

"Z okazji Waszego imienia!", was how my salutation read at the top of the card I sent them.
mafketis 37 | 10,904
28 Feb 2020 #19
Name days are popular just like birthdays are.

But their relative popularity has drastically changed. I remember when imieniny were by far more important and birthdays were a kind of secondary afterthought... now it's more or less reversed with birthday customs rapidly homogenizing the the general western way and imieniny becoming a kind of secondary afterthought.

A lot of it is marketing of course and if Polish people are happy with that then... so be it, it just makes the country a little less distinctive (which is exactly what many Poles want).
kaprys 3 | 2,245
28 Feb 2020 #20
@mafketis
There are name days everyone kind of know of like Barbara or Marcin.
As for me, they have never been more important than birthdays. When I was a kid, it was just another chance to get a gift. Birthdays have always been more important.

@Lyzko
Z okazji imienin*

And you send such cards to people who are celebrating name days not the birth of their child. ..
Lyzko 45 | 9,436
28 Feb 2020 #21
Thanks, kaprys!

Actually, it was a naming day which was being celebrated:-)
kaprys 3 | 2,245
29 Feb 2020 #22
@Lyzko
A naming day? Or a name day?
mafketis 37 | 10,904
29 Feb 2020 #23
Naming day sounds like a ceremony where a baby is formally given a name.... "Name day" is the expression I've always used in English for imieniny..
Lyzko 45 | 9,436
29 Feb 2020 #24
I see, sort of the like what we would call a "bris". Name day was what I had in mind, kaprys.
Perhaps the distinction is more important in Poland than it is here in the States.
mafketis 37 | 10,904
29 Feb 2020 #25
irthdays have always been more important.

How old are you (in general terms)? I've asked a friend or two who grew up before the 00s and they all said birthdays weren't really a thing when they were kids - it was all imieniny...

In capitalistic terms birthdays are more about consumption and so they've been heavily marketed (like buying expensive things for christmas presents)...
Ironside 53 | 12,420
29 Feb 2020 #26
they all said birthdays weren't really a thing when they were kids - it was all imieniny...

Maybe it depends on where, who and how, in my experience birthdays were the thing ....


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