The tiniest of quarters will house sizable families of three, sometimes four generations, together with a few chickens and a pig or two tethered with just enough string to allow some freedom of movement. The baby, too, has a stout cord tied to one of his fat little ankles or around his waist. When he grows to the more active toddling stage, a gourd is fastened to his waist to keep him afloat should he fall overboard (p. 266).
Source of Descriptive Information
Forman, H. (1948). Changing China. NY: Crown Publishers.