Sometimes the Past Offers Wisdom, and Sometimes It Suggests Rubbing Kerosene On a Baby's Head: Studies in Crap Presents Our Babies

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Our Babies: Their Feeding, Care, and Training
Dr. Herman N. Bundesen
Date: 1941
Discovered at: Estate sale

Representative Quotes:

page 47: "Clothing is put on the baby to protect him from cold, dampness and injury, and to keep him comfortable."

page 51: "The bowel movement in a soiled diaper should be removed at once by shaking it into the toilet. The diaper, whether soiled with stool or urine, should then be rinsed in the toilet (if it flushes) by dipping it up and down several times."

To today's reader, much of the advice Our Babies author Herman N. Bundesen offers greatest-generation mothers about rearing their not-quite-boomer kids might seem hopelessly antiquated.

He proposes breast feeding, cloth diapers, natural foods, little-to-no-sugar diets and all sorts of last-century madness -- folkloric "wisdom" from an age when a lack of cribs pretty much invited bears to make off with our newborns.

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