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#1 RedBob

Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:41 AM

Worst Baby Advice Ever

And apparently, if we teach our newborns to cry and everything will be given to them on demand, they will turn socialist.

Aha! NOW I know what my mum did wrong  wink.gif

#2 BadCat

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:32 AM

Angry breast milk is bad for babies?  

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#3 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:35 AM

I read this this morning and had a giggle.....the one that got me was feeding your baby coffee...I've had two bad sleepers, so yeah, what those two little.....darlings ...needed was CAFFEINE!!!

#4 Z-girls rock

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:35 AM

QUOTE (JingleBob @ 28/11/2012, 10:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And apparently, if we teach our newborns to cry and everything will be given to them on demand, they will turn socialist.


is being a socialist bad? now I have heard it all.

#5 MrsLexiK

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:38 AM

I know the Greeks in my family use olive oil baths, those babies have the smoothiest silkiest skin going around.

#6 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:38 AM

QUOTE (Z-girls rock @ 28/11/2012, 11:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
is being a socialist bad? now I have heard it all.

Well I think this was 1950s America so yes, socialist bad VERY BAD....red under the bed and all that....

#7 Oriental lily

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:43 AM

Being a socialist is the same as a commie.

And the fear of communism got to a hysterical level in the early half of the last century.

I also found the rules and restriction on the wet nurses hilarious.

Here is a novel idea upper middle class families.FEED YOUR OWN BABIES!!

Does make you wonder what they will be giggling about our generation in a hundred years time.



#8 MintyBiscuit

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:45 AM

So good.

I was at FIL's over the weekend and he had an old Good Housekeeping book from the 50s that covered various things, including childcare. It put a large emphasis on "holding out" the baby from two weeks to toilet train, and not picking up a crying child, and no night feeds were allowed.

I particularly enjoyed the daily routine, which amongst various household tasks for the mother included a mandated 30 minutes for mother to put her feet up (not a bad idea) and half an hour a day devoted to "mothering" - no idea who was meant to look after the kid the rest of the day wink.gif

#9 FeralSingleMum

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:45 AM

Too funny! I really laughed at this though:

QUOTE
Sackett also recommended giving babies black coffee starting at six months, to get them used to "the normal eating habits of the family".


All I'm seeing is Maggie when Bart gave her the coffee ice cream and she was crawling along the shower railing while Lisa tried to bring her down.

#10 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:47 AM

QUOTE (Oriental lily @ 28/11/2012, 11:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Does make you wonder what they will be giggling about our generation in a hundred years time.

Yes exactly! One pearler my MIL told me was when she was extolling the virtues of circumcision (DH is circumcised) it apparently "stops them from fiddling with themselves..."

Ah no MIL it doesn't. Noooo it doesn't....

(Not wanting to start the whole c debate here...DH was born in the 1960's when it was quite routine to get it done...in Australia)

#11 HeroOfCanton

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:59 AM

QUOTE (DH+Me+2 @ 28/11/2012, 11:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
All I'm seeing is Maggie when Bart gave her the coffee ice cream and she was crawling along the shower railing while Lisa tried to bring her down.

Hehe, I was thinking of the same thing last night when DH wanted to let DD taste our coffee icecream!

I like this line though:
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Does the book you're reading contradict itself repeatedly, require you to override all your parental instincts, or send you into a panic over your own inadequacy? If so, burn it.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/the-worst-...l#ixzz2DTXWNxdl

Edited by *Browncoat*, 28 November 2012 - 11:17 AM.


#12 RedBob

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:59 AM

QUOTE (MrsLexiK @ 28/11/2012, 11:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know the Greeks in my family use olive oil baths, those babies have the smoothiest silkiest skin going around.

See, I can understand that - I just Don't Quite Get the concept of rolling your nb in cow fat  blink.gif

And I did love the bit abotu feeding your 2 month old bacon - how on earth is a toothless child going to chew it  laugh.gif

#13 FeralFerretOfDoom

Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:14 AM

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And I did love the bit abotu feeding your 2 month old bacon - how on earth is a toothless child going to chew it



Easy, Bob, just convert it into formula!




#14 Fyn Angelot

Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:27 AM

QUOTE (BadCat @ 28/11/2012, 11:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Angry breast milk is bad for babies?


That's not so far from some of the stuff we get told now about anxiety and stress interfering with breastfeeding.  (Of course, the irony is that such advice increases anxiety and stress!)

#15 JJ

Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:41 AM

A lot of it is just sad... I hate to think of the generations of babies who weren't cuddled and held and played with, and mothers under pressure to ignore their instincts. sad.gif

Dr Pearl still has a following and there are others like him around, just more cleverly disguised.

#16 Liv_FERAL_sh

Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:01 PM

Is it wrong that I now want to go and buy bacon flavoured formula?

I feed gin to myself for flatulence, I should try it on DD, her bum absolutely stinks!

#17 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:10 PM

QUOTE (Livsh @ 28/11/2012, 01:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is it wrong that I now want to go and buy bacon flavoured formula?

I feed gin to myself for flatulence, I should try it on DD, her bum absolutely stinks!

Well I take gin to keep the malaria at bay....am happy to hear it also cures stomach gas....

#18 ednaboo

Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:01 PM

It's a great article, but it was rather sai where it advised not to feed your baby at night, no matter the age or how much they cried.  Poor hungry babies!

Edited by ednaboo, 28 November 2012 - 01:03 PM.


#19 Bunsen the feral

Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:22 PM

QUOTE (Oriental lily @ 28/11/2012, 11:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Does make you wonder what they will be giggling about our generation in a hundred years time.


Oh I can think of a couple of books that will be ridiculed in years to come...

#20 CallMeFeral

Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:34 PM

QUOTE (JJ @ 28/11/2012, 12:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A lot of it is just sad... I hate to think of the generations of babies who weren't cuddled and held and played with, and mothers under pressure to ignore their instincts. sad.gif


Yes, funny as it is I feel so bad for the children who were actually subjected to this claptrap sad.gif

#21 *LucyE*

Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:06 PM

QUOTE
I particularly enjoyed the daily routine, which amongst various household tasks for the mother included a mandated 30 minutes for mother to put her feet up (not a bad idea) and half an hour a day devoted to "mothering" - no idea who was meant to look after the kid the rest of the day

Most of the right people had domestic help so the mandated 'mothering' time was to actually spend time with their own offspring.




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