7 Reasons Why Southern Babies Have It Best

November 7, 2014 | By | Comments (19)

I just had my very first baby. And about a week into life with my little girl Vivian, I came to realize, as I shook off a spontaneous bout of crying and chugged my second cup of coffee, that there’s no better place for a baby to be born than in the American South.


Here’s why it’s grand to be a Southern baby:

1. Your feet won’t be tortured with shoes or socks.

That’s right, you’ll be living every California surfer’s dream by spending the first quarter of your life barefoot. It’s just how babies roll down here. We can’t resist seeing those adorable tootsies (plus, it’s hotter than heck).

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2. Two words will be bred into your vocabulary …

Sir and Ma’am. Both are part of a Southerner’s right of passage. And, trust us, in 20 years you’ll be glad to have “Yes, Sir” or “No, Ma’am” roll off your tongue when you’re trying to charm the parents of your boyfriend or girlfriend.


3. The 3 Bs: Bows, Bonnets and Bloomers.

You’re destined to don a big bow, beautiful bonnet, or adorable bloomers (maybe all three at the same time!). Only in the South does every baby store stock the 3 Bs, things every baby should own, and things Southern babies wear best.

Vivian in her Beaufort Bonnet Company Bow Swaddle

Vivian in her Beaufort Bonnet Company Bow Swaddle


4. It’s easy for momma to take the edge off.

There’s no sweeter way to ease back into drinking alcohol than bourbon balls, a Southern specialty. Mommy can pop one while rocking you to sleep, and she’ll sleep as soundly as you do. Bonus: she can get ‘em handmade and delivered from the folks at Van Winkle distillery, who are spiking their recipe with Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, the finest bourbon in the world.

Pappy Bourbon Balls

Pappy Bourbon Balls


5. Your name means something special

Mom and Dad plucked your moniker from a family tree (inspiring novelist, local hero, or a sacred place). Southerners choose names for their babies that mean something and come with a story, never “just because.” And if you’re a girl, there’s a good chance you might be called two names!


6. The casseroles are coming!

Here in the South, entire neighborhoods team up to feed new parents for weeks on end so they can spend less time in the kitchen (and more time cuddling with you.)

Sausage, Pepper, and Grits Casserole Recipe

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas


7. No one will ever steal your clothes (or stroller blanket, or sunhat) … We’re not afraid anymore to buy the quality we want for our children, which is a breather becasuse after reading some tandem stroller reviews I really wanted the best one!

… because it’s all monogrammed. You’ll grow to love your monogram. Especially the custom-drawn heirloom monogram your grandmother had designed especially for you. Below: Heirloom Monogrammed Bloomers from Elizabeth Joyce Monograms. Free shipping with code “SL” through December 1.

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  1. Steph

    We southerner’s take pride in our roots……Just like any other. My daughter has two family names that she goes by and YES….there is a story and history behind both of these names. I am not ignorant, I am college educated and I DID keep my manners through all of the liberal college classes. Just thoughts on how we as southerners love OUR southern ways. GEEZ you people from the north….:Lighten up.

    November 24, 2014 at 9:48 am
  2. Judie Kiker Kopfman

    Growing up in the New Orleans area, both my younger twin sisters and I understood the importance of being polite, knowing how to carry on a conversation – when we should talk and when we should be silent – but most of all, being able from a young age to know many things about the South and its heritage. Throughout our lives, we have kept the values taught to us and instilled them in our children.

    November 23, 2014 at 11:04 am
  3. Ellen Joy

    nice blog when my child came with my life !! i really offering her or him that =)
    thanks for give us informative idea ..

    November 18, 2014 at 4:23 am
  4. southern mom
    November 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm
  5. Cheryl Kucharek

    Christie not very lady like to call us northerners,ingnorant, so much for your self righteousness, of being from the south,maybe you should grow up& treat others as you would like too be treated. god bless from a daughter from the north whom her daddy was from the south & taught his daughters the meaning of being polite, no matter where we all are from GOD BLESS Cheryl k.

    November 10, 2014 at 11:24 am
  6. Jenny

    I’m pretty sure those little boys are Prince William & Prince Harry…Adorable, but not southern!

    November 10, 2014 at 9:53 am
  7. Donna

    Some people just won’t let you be proud of anything without being offended themselves. It was an article about the South, not against any other area of the country. The article is from Southern Living. We’re proud of these things and a lot more. They’re traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation. We laugh at them too sometimes. If you do the same things where you’re from, but your grown children don’t have manners and you don’t have humidy in the air, then have someone that’s not from the South write an article about that. Geeze!

    November 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm
  8. Jennifer

    Love this article! My third little Southern baby was born in June and his birth announcement picture was actually of him in the beautiful blue bow Beaufort Swaddle. This article made me smile…so true!

    November 8, 2014 at 11:42 am
  9. me

    My babies were southern “transplants” and did learn to say, “Yes sir, yes ma’am” when they were in school. But that all went out the window when they went to college! But that ‘ya’ll’ thing was hard to get over, too. Oh, and those casseroles aren’t just a southern thing, either. They happen out west, too. Southern culture is torture as is humidity! Glad I got out when I did.

    November 8, 2014 at 10:17 am
  10. Marci Pinion

    Such sweet Southern traditions passed down from one generation to another! So blessed to be raised by a Southern Belle in Mobile, Alabama.

    November 8, 2014 at 9:13 am
  11. CJ

    That was supposed to read “Are you sure…” (Smart phone stupidity 🙂

    November 8, 2014 at 8:55 am
  12. CJ

    Are you site they only do these things in the south? I’m not convinced. From a transplanted northerner.

    November 8, 2014 at 8:53 am
  13. Bonnie

    Bless your heart Jeanne since God did NOT bless you by giving you the dubious honor of being born and raised in the SOUTH!

    November 8, 2014 at 7:40 am
  14. Christie

    Jeanne, you are just ignorant. You must not be a mother and must be from the North.

    November 8, 2014 at 5:10 am
  15. melanie

    Jeanne bless your heart, are we to assume you have not been blessed with children. For if you had you would know about”crying”

    November 8, 2014 at 4:35 am
  16. Holly Modl

    This is 100%TRUE! Just wish I had those burbon balls when I had my first beautiful baby girl 😃

    November 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm
  17. Vicky

    Bless your heart, Jeanne. You must not be from the South. A true Southern girl lifts up her fellow mother and gets her a tissue when her mascara starts running from her tears. Nothing wrong with feeling overwhelmed from a newborn, a toddler or even a teen! No reason to call for big girl panties and make the girl feel worse!

    November 7, 2014 at 6:10 pm
  18. ann woodward

    Well, jeanne, bless your heart, whoever knew you were smart enough to come up with that important thought?

    November 7, 2014 at 5:23 pm
  19. Jeanne

    and why did you start crying? I believe that you should have done that “BEFORE” conception!!!! It’s time to put on your big girl panties and get to work!!!!

    November 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm

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