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Are You My Cousin?: Baby Care 1940's Style

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Baby Care 1940's Style

Back in the summer I became the curator of sorts (if you will) of several generations worth of family history material.  Among my grandmother's things I found this large envelope.

I opened it to find this:

A Baby care manual published by The Parent's Institute, Inc. out of New York. (That really is a cute baby on the front cover!)

This is the table of contents of all the articles in the manual - articles that are not really that different from the magazines today.  For example there is Caring for you newborn infant, This is the Way a Baby Grows, and Guard Against Children's Diseases.  My favorite was the article on a new mother's schedule.  According to the article, after caring for the baby and the home a new mother should have an hour of "free time" in which to entertain friends or do something for herself.  Entertaining never crossed my mind in those "newborn days"!

Actually, this manual appears is in excellent condition.  Almost untouched. I wonder if my grandmother even used it.  



Anonymous micrognathia said...

This is so vintage. I remember my granny taking care of me. it really is so different to the generations of the youth today.


December 1, 2011 at 1:16 AM  

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