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Cross Stitch Poem for a Baby Shower Gift

It's been more than a few years since I've attended a baby shower and I recall a poem that was crossed stitched for one of my friends 20+ years ago. I can't remember it and I am hoping that someone maybe able to help me. It was about allowing the "dust and cobwebs can wait" (I think...), babies don't wait and grow up too quickly but "housework can wait".

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Sound familiar to anyone? As I've been asked to attend a baby shower soon, I would like to be able to cross-stitch it as a gift. I hope someone may remember where I might be able to find this sweet verse.

Thank you!
Doreen from Nova Scotia

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March 29, 20060 found this helpful

Doreen, is this your poem?

Cooking and cleaning can wait till tomorrow 'cause babies grow up we've learned to our sorrow, so settle down cobwebs, dust go to sleep, I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

Isn't that the cutest thing you ever heard? That will be nice cross stitched as a gift.

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March 29, 20060 found this helpful

Babies Don't keep

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.

Dolly _ Schweb @ telus. net

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March 30, 20060 found this helpful

It's possible that Mary Maxim catalog might have it; otherwise, go to a craft store and look in all of their catalogs.

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March 30, 20060 found this helpful

That's it! Thanks to both of you!

Cheers!

Doreen

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May 1, 20060 found this helpful

The version I know goes like this:

I hope my children look back on today and see a mum who had time to play.

There will be years for cleaning and cooking but children grow old while we're not looking -

So settle down cobwebs,

dust go to sleep

I'm cuddling my children

'Cos children don't keep.

Another one I like is:

Watch over her Lord,

This child that I love.

Watch over her Lord

From your heaven above.

Keep her from suffering,

Loved let her be.

Watch over her Lord

As you've watched over me.

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June 14, 20060 found this helpful

the poem you are looking for is

"Cleaning and Scrubbing

Can wait 'til tomorrow

For babies grow up

We've learned to our sorrow

So quiet down cob webs

Dust go to sleep

I'm rocking my baby

And babies don't keep.

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August 22, 20060 found this helpful

MY MOTHER STITCHED THIS POEM FOR MY SON 28 YEARS AGO. HERE ARE THE WORDS: "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!!"

I'M LOOKING FOR THE KIT TO DO THIS FOR A FRIEND. IF YOU FIND ONE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, OK?

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November 2, 20060 found this helpful

Cleaning and cooking can wait 'till tomorrow

For babies grow up, as we've learned to our sorrow.

So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep,

I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.

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February 10, 20070 found this helpful

Where is the Mother whose house is so shocking?

She's up in the nursery..blissfully rocking.

Cooking and cleaning can wait 'til tomorrow,

but babies grow up, which I've learned to my sorrow.

So, settle down cobwebs,

Dust, go to sleep

I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep

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February 11, 20070 found this helpful

QUIET DOWN COB WEBS DUST GO TO SLEEP

I'AM ROCKING MY BABY CAUSE BABIES DON'T KEEP.

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March 14, 20070 found this helpful

I've heard a much longer poem entitled "Children Don't Wait." I wonder does anyone know that one??

I sure hope so

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May 12, 20070 found this helpful

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow, For children grow up we've learned to our sorrow.

So quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep. I am rocking my baby and babies don't keep!

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May 19, 20070 found this helpful

Babies Don't Keep

Mother, oh Mother,

come shake out your cloth,

empty the dustpan,

poison the moth,

hang out the washing

and butter the bread,

ew 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 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).

The cleaning and scrubbing

will wait till tomorrow,

for children grow up,

as I've learned to my sorrow.

So quiet down, cobwebs.

Dust go to sleep.

I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep'

~Author Unknown ~

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June 15, 20070 found this helpful

I think the poem you may have recalled is...

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow

For children grow up, we learn to our sorrow.

So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep

Im rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

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July 25, 20070 found this helpful

Does anyone have this pattern or know where I can find it? My mother had it on the wall when I was a child and I would like to make it for my sister. It had a woman in a rocking chair holding a baby. Thanks!

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September 19, 20070 found this helpful

I had the cross stitch - I know the poem

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait til tomorrow

for babies grow up we learned to our sorrow

So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep

I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep

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September 23, 20070 found this helpful

Has anyone found where you can buy the cross-stitch kit for "cleaning and scrubbing can wait til tomorrow"? if so, please share! thanks!

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October 8, 20070 found this helpful

I hope that my child, looking back on today,

remembers a mother who had time to play.

Children grow up when you're not looking,

there will be years ahead for cleaning and cooking.

So hush now cobwebs, dust - go to sleep

I'm rocking my baby cos babies don't keep

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December 18, 20070 found this helpful

I googled and found this:

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait for tomorrow,

For babies grow up, I've learned, to my sorrow.

So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep.

I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.

(Ruth Hulburt Hamilton)

Such an important message!

God bless!

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February 24, 20080 found this helpful

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow, for children grow up we learn to our sorrow, so quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep, I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

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April 22, 20080 found this helpful

The saying goes "cleaning and scrubbing can wait til 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".

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May 23, 20080 found this helpful

I remember it slightly differently, got it from a La Leche League calendar many years ago...

ettle down cobwebs,

dust go to sleep.

I'm NURSING my baby,

and babies don't keep

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May 28, 20080 found this helpful

My mother had this on my dinning room wall in Nova Scotia back in 1980. I just quoted it on facebook for my aunt who was cleaning. WOW. Has anyone got more history on this poem?

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July 18, 20080 found this helpful

The title of the poem is "Song for a Fifth Child" by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton. It was published in The Ladies' Home Journal in 1938. It is a great reminder of priorities in mothering!

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July 27, 20080 found this helpful

Did you ever find where one can buy that cross stitch of Cleaning and Scrubbing can wait till tomorrow, for children grow up we learn to our sorrow.... I am looking for it too, I have one from 30 years ago but I am looking for another kit.

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November 21, 20080 found this helpful

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait until tomorrow, because babies grow up, I've learned to my sorrow. So hush-a-bye cobwebs, dust, go to sleep. I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep!

Hi Doreen - not sure how long you have been looking for this but is this what you were looking for?

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February 17, 20090 found this helpful

The version I have heard is:

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait 'till tomorrow,

for babies grow up, much to our sorrow.

So quiet down cobweb-dust, go to sleep.

I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

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June 8, 20090 found this helpful

Ladies -

This one is as old as the hills (and me)! It is the last refrain from "Song for a 5th Child" by Ruth Hamilton.

"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 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).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,

For children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.

So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.

I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep."

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July 3, 20090 found this helpful

We had this poem on the wall of the Maternity Ward!

I hope my child looks back on today

and remembers a Mum who had time to play

There will be years for cleaning and cooking

But children grow up when we are not looking

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow

Cos babies grow fast, we learn to our sorrow

So settle down cobwebs, dust go to sleep

I'm cuddling my baby, and babies don't keep xx

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April 18, 20100 found this helpful

I don't remember it being cross stitched but, this poem hung over our kitchen sink all my life. Seems it was a print with a mother rocking a baby & pans & various cleaning items floating around. It was longer than the 4 basic lines but it defin. didn't have Kanga & Roo in it. Seems as the many years have gone by it's been added to & parts taken from. I wonder if it's posible to see that one in the 1938 'Ladies Home Journal?

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May 18, 20130 found this helpful

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow...

for babies grow up we've learnded to our sorrow...

o quiet down cobwebs...

dust go to sleep...

I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep!

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August 20, 20130 found this helpful

I did two of these, back in the late 70's/early 80's. It was a big crewel kit, a Sunset from 1976. The mother had the baby wrapped in a shawl, and when you lifted the shawl fringe, you saw her hand. I just found one on ebay.

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March 16, 20160 found this helpful

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait til tomorrow for babies grow up I've learned to my sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep. I'm rocking my baby cause babies don't keep

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April 9, 20160 found this helpful

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow for babies grow up we've learned our sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs dust go to sleep I am rocking my baby and babies don't keep

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May 13, 20160 found this helpful

"Cleaning and scrubbing can wait til 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."

I crewel embroidered this in 1979 for my son and years later gave it to my church. When they remodeled, it was lost. I so wish I had it back to hang in the spare room for my grandchildren.

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