Belly Button Box Preserves The Tie That Binds
A very special record, or re-cord, of a very special time. That's the purpose of this teardrop shaped wooden keepsake box specially designed to keep your child's umbilical cord, for goodness sakes. You can cut the cord, but you'll never cut the ties that bind!
This traditional Japanese keepsake is made from Paulownia wood, which has intrinsic anti-bacterial and preservative qualities that prevent the growth of mold and mildew on your child's precious belly button - because that would be gross.
The teardrop shape represents a mother's tears of joy. All you Moms out there, you know what I'm talking about.
The teardrop shaped "heso no kiri no hako" (belly button box) shown here is sold at Japanese online retailer Rakuten's website for 630 yen (about $6.70) and a name or message in Japanese script can be applied to the box's lid for 500 yen about ($5.30) extra.
This style is one of many available, and Rakuten also stocks larger Paulownia wood boxes with dedicated spaces for baby teeth, and first fingernail & hair cuttings. Slightly creepy for some but a precious keepsake for others, and why not? Your call may be recorded but your child never can.
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