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Drawing by Rembrandt of a woman teaching a child to walk with leading strings and a falling cap, or valhoed, 1646

A baby bumper headguard cap, also known as a falling cap, or pudding hat, is a protective hat worn by children learning to walk, to protect their heads in case of falls.[1]

Known as a pudding or black pudding, a version used during the early 17th century until the late 18th century was usually open at the top and featured a sausage-shaped bumper roll that circled the head like a crown. It was fastened with straps under the chin.

The modern-day version can be many colors and may cover the entire head like a helmet.


  1. ^ "Cap". The Met. Retrieved 28 May 2016.