It seems a common practice in some parts of China for a mother and her newborn child not to leave the house/apartment for at least thirty days after the child’s birth. Since the Yue Sao believes this to be the correct path, below is their impassable threshold for the next 23 days or so.
Shanshan has no problem with this. She is very good at entertaining herself, and the Yue Sao has quite a lot of good stories. And, of course, the parents come over fairly often to visit.
I’m not sure of the original intention, but I think this does make some sense:
- Establishes a safe home space for the child (sound, touch, smell, etc)
- Keep the child away from possible outside injury
- Makes the child the mother’s focus of attention
- Lets the mother rest (fully acknowledging that she’s still working)