Preparing for Baby in 1952
I have a new book and it will probably provide blog fodder for a few weeks: How to Care for Children, published in 1952 as part of the Homemakers Encyclopedia.
The entire encyclopedia consisted of:
- Decorating Handbook
- How to Care for Children
- Etiquette for Everybody
- The Hostess’s Complete Handbook
- Indoor and Outdoor Gardening
- Needlecraft for the Home
- Food-Buying and Meal Planning
- Housekeeping Made Simple
- Personal Beauty and Charm
- Home Repairs Simplified
- Hobbies for Everyone
- Fashion Sewing on a Budget
The used book store didn’t have the whole encyclopedia. I do wonder about the Hobbies volume. What hobbies might the encyclopedia cover besides needlecraft, gardening, sewing and cooking?
But I decided that of all the things that might interest me about the 50s, what interested me the most was child rearing. How has the advice dispensed to new mothers changed and stayed the same over the last 50 plus years?
Do over the next few posts, I’ll be delving into that. In the meantime, some humor.
The original title is “Let your husband take part in the preparations,” but I think we can do better than that. Can you come up with a funnier caption?
There’s so much to work with here. Is this some sort of parent preparation class? Where are the expectant mothers? Were parent preparation classes segregated in the 50s, sort of like sex ed is today?
Fire away with your new captions in the comments section!