Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow.
For babies grow up we’ve learned to our sorrow.
So, quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
– Unknown

35 thoughts on “Baby

  1. Hello, I found your website by searching for this poem. I’m trying to purchase a few of these exact stiched pictures for my sisters and I. My mom had one hanging in her room when we were kids. Do you know anywhere where I can find one?

  2. Hello Maggie,

    I am delighted to see this image on your site! My Grandma, who passed away when I was four, had cross stitched this pattern for my mother. We moved a lot during my childhood– I grew up in twelve different houses– and the picture managed to stay with us until a few years ago. On a whim, I thought I would try to locate it on the internet– I did– on your page! The image instantly takes me back to my childhood. Do you have any idea how I could replicate it?

    Kind regards,

    • Hi Katharine. I know you commented on my page ages ago. I’m sorry I’m just now replying. I had some comments get lost in cyberspace and I just now found them. Yours wasn’t the only one. As to the needlework, this is one that my mother did when we were kids. It’s always hung above her sewing machine. I could ask her where she found the pattern for it and see if she remembers any details. If I find out any info I’ll repost and let you know. Best, ML

  3. Love this, thank you for sharing, Would love to have this in my room, it goes by too fast 🙂 I miss her and she’s only in kindergarten lol I’m hoping someone will reproduce this so we can get our hands on this sweet image 🙂

  4. I stitched this when I was expecting my first child. She’s all grown now and expecting her first. This sure brings back memories.

  5. This quote I believe is the core of the foundation that sets the direction of any family. My wife stitched this years ago when our children were just baby’s. Our three children are strong and carring parents. There children are all strong and loving children. What else is there? Gary Highfield

  6. I made this when my children were babies. I’m awaiting the birth of my first Grandchild….guess I better get it out and put it up again. Thanks for the memory!

  7. I, too, stitched this when I was expecting my first child in 1978. Now I am awaiting the birth of my 3rd and 4th grandchildren……and I can’t find my needlework!! Does anyone know where I can purchase another pattern just like this one?

    • I wish I could tell you. I’m hoping to convert the one my mom had that she used to make this to a digital format so people can get it again. I’ve had several people ask me. If I ever get to it I’ll be sure and let you know.

  8. I did this picture for my first grandbaby and may still have the graph. If I do and it isn’t copyrighted, I would be happy to share it.

  9. I stitched this exact picture when I was expecting my first daughter in 1979. When I moved I downsized and gave this item away. I have been regretting this action ever since!!! Now my daughter just had her first son (and my first grandbaby), and I would so love to stitch this very item again for my daughter. It is the exact one I lovingly stitched way back when. HELP!!! I hope you can get a handle on where all of us who love this very same embroidery can purchase it. Thanks so much in advance for any assistance you can give all of us in purchasing this embroidery kit.

  10. I recently found this embroidery piece that my mother-in-law made when our second son was born in 1987. He and his wife our now expecting their first child and we are passing it on to him. On the back she included the poem from which it was taken. For anyone interested……….

    The verse used in “Babies Don’t Keep” has been adapted from the following copyrighted poem by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton which first appeared in the Ladies’ Home Journal in October 1958.

    Song for a Fifth Child

    Mother, oh mother, come shake out your cloth!
    Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
    Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
    Sew on a button and make up a bed.
    Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
    She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking!

    Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little boy Blue
    (Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
    dishes are waiting and bills are past due
    (Pat-a-cake, darling and peek, peekaboo).
    The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
    And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
    But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
    Look! Aren’t her eyes the most wonderful hue?
    (Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

    Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
    But children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
    so Quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep.
    I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep.

    1958…………..Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

    Hope you all enjoy this wonderful poem. Seems like there is a lot of interest in making this kit available again. Maybe some company will see the need and produce it again. It is so meaningful!!!

  11. I started cross-stitching this exact picture for my little baby boy’s room when he was just 9 months old. I gave up on it because I was so slow doing it. I kept it safe down through the years. I took it out again 26 years later and finished it for my son’s little daughter. It’s still hanging in her bedroom and she’s 10 years old now.

  12. I sure hope someone finds a “reasonably” priced version on this saying for all of you stitchers! I looked online and only found others willing to share their already completed versions, and they were $94.00! Yikes! Maybe look for it at a craft site like “” I’ve looked, but haven’t found a pattern like the one shown above. It’s my favorite. I found one with just words, but it lacked the personal touch of the mom in the rocker one!

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