Do you have any thoughts on Dwarf babies?
Oh boy I have lots of thoughts about dwarf babies ALL THE TIME
Dwarf babies are colloquially called Pebbles and are small with fuzzy pudgy cheeks!
Parents carry them around in slings when they’re very little and often keep them nearby when working on their crafts. The babies get comfort by holding onto their parents’ beards or hair, and they like to grab noses when they’re in reach.
(They also tend to headbutt things in reach when they get the strength for it)
Dwarves raising pebbles tend to have quite good support from others when caring for them, especially within extended families and guilds. Bearers of pebbles are highly respected for crafting life like Mahal the Maker crafted the first dwarves.
As pebbles grow, the first craft they learn (or at least try) tends to be that of a parent or other family member, because they are around them when they work.
(Contrary to popular belief, dwarf babies do not spring from the ground or the stone. The misconception that the Dwarven reproduction rate is so low is held by other races because not many outsiders ever get to SEE dwarf babies. Dwarves tend to raise their children in the mountains where it’s safe)