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#1 .Jerry.

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:41 PM

I have my little "Maternal and Child Welfare Service" notebook from when I was a baby.  We are talking last half of the 1960s.
Listen to these gems....

NOTE - DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.  THIS INFORMATION IS VERY DATED!  I AM SERIOUSLY OLD AND SOME OF MY PROBLEMS ARE PROBABLY DUE TO THIS ADVICE.  roll2.gif

- at approx 3 weeks of age:
"Delrosa 5 drops in 2 tablespoons boiled water.  Increase delrosa twice weekly by 5 drops until having two teaspoons in 2 tablespoons boiled water".  -  Delrosa was a rosehip vitamin C drink.  I was actually a breastfed baby.  

- at one month old:
"Vegemite size O  (circle drawn on the paper) in one tablespoon boiled water.  Increase vegemite gradually up to 1/4 teaspoon at 3 months"

- at 2 1/2 months:
"Cows milk 3 ounces in boiled water with 2 teaspoons sugar"

- at 3 1/2 months:
"Raw egg yolk daily.  Commence with one drop and increase by one drop each day up to 1/4 teaspoon then increase by 1/2 teaspoon weekly until having whole yolk daily.  No egg white."

#2 ednaboo

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

lol - I remember Delrosa.  My mum weaned my sister onto it (from BF) back in the 80's.  

Fancy giving a baby vegemite water!

#3 Escapin

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

Pretty funny. Mum gave me a baby book from the 70s that says don't let your child suck their thumb, as it leads to masterbation...

#4 Sassy Dingo

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:45 PM

I was grossed out by the egg yolk. I wonder what that was supposed to achieve?

#5 geckogirl

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

QUOTE (ednaboo @ 18/01/2013, 09:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
lol - I remember Delrosa. My mum weaned my sister onto it (from BF) back in the 80's.

Fancy giving a baby vegemite water!



My Mum tells me that she followed the nurse's advice to the letter and that vegemite water was the first food she ever gave me.

#6 Therese

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:47 PM

Last week my mum and I were talking about the fact that I had Vegemite water as a baby. Imagine that being given as advice now laughing2.gif

#7 VintageEyes

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:51 PM

QUOTE (ednaboo @ 18/01/2013, 09:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
lol - I remember Delrosa.  My mum weaned my sister onto it (from BF) back in the 80's.  

Fancy giving a baby vegemite water!

My guess would be for the vitamins, before vitamins tablets were commercially available and some people were vitamin deficient due to poor diet.

#8 Cacti

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

QUOTE (.Jerry. @ 18/01/2013, 08:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
- at 2 1/2 months:
"Cows milk 3 ounces in boiled water with 2 teaspoons sugar"

- at 3 1/2 months:
"Raw egg yolk daily.  Commence with one drop and increase by one drop each day up to 1/4 teaspoon then increase by 1/2 teaspoon weekly until having whole yolk daily.  No egg white."


These two were in my husband's book from the early 80s. The cows milk one was written in their twice, his mum mustn't have listened the first time! I know my mum was told the raw egg yolk one, she says that was when she stopped going to the baby clinic for advice.

#9 katrina24

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

I'm another vegemite water baby. Had delrosa too. I was late 70s.

#10 wildflowers

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

I am going to have to ask m Mum if I had vegemite water.  I remember dunking my nieces dummy in glycerine 20 years ago.  She loved it.  Thankfully it didn't ruin her teeth.

#11 .Jerry.

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

QUOTE (VintageEyes @ 18/01/2013, 08:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My guess would be for the vitamins, before vitamins tablets were commercially available and some people were vitamin deficient due to poor diet.

Probably.  Later in the notes it mentions Pentavite, which my daughter also had for the first two years of her life (after being born premature).

The raw egg grosses me out too.  I don't even like soft boiled eggs to this day.  


#12 imamumto3

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:56 PM

I know I have my book some where, I will have to look for it and see if it says anything interesting.

#13 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:59 PM

DH is a late 60's baby. The egg whites and Vegemite water are in his clinic book too. Must be something they did back then.

I must ask mum if she did that us.

#14 Luvmy4ferals

Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:01 PM

I had vegemite on my dummy as I didn't like honey like my sister did laughing2.gif
In my DH's book from e
late 60's it says
at 6 weeks 3oz orange juice daily
At 10 weeks farex with cows milk
At 12 weeks strained mixed vegies with grated cheese  shrug.gif




#15 mez70

Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:10 PM

mmmmmmm DELROSA that stuff was divine and I am not ashamed to admit that even as an older child I would always try and scam it rather than cordial out of mum (not that we had heaps of cordial either)..




#16 FluffyOscar

Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:10 PM

Delrosa was yum!

You think that's bad OP, my MH book (mid 70s) specifies condensed milk, fluoride drops and lamb brains (not all together). The MHN was suspicious of wogs (Italians) and was very untrusting of my mum's ability to parent.

Luckily I was a breast fed baby, though my poor sister got the fluorides drops.

Edited by FluffyOscar, 18 January 2013 - 09:12 PM.


#17 StopTheGoats

Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:12 PM

QUOTE (Escapin @ 18/01/2013, 09:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pretty funny. Mum gave me a baby book from the 70s that says don't let your child suck their thumb, as it leads to masterbation...


I was a thumb sucker...

#18 cantstayaway

Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:14 PM

QUOTE (Luvmy4 @ 18/01/2013, 09:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I had vegemite on my dummy as I didn't like honey like my sister did laughing2.gif
In my DH's book from e
late 60's it says
at 6 weeks 3oz orange juice daily
At 10 weeks farex with cows milk
At 12 weeks strained mixed vegies with grated cheese  shrug.gif



I was born in the early 70s.  Mum was given the orange juice advice, followed it and gave me an allergy to oranges.  I used to break out in hives when I ate an orange until I was about 10.

#19 Monket

Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

You know what?  There might be something in this.  My brother sucked his thumb for many years and he is most definitely a w*n*er.

#20 loulou_b

Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:45 PM

I swear I can remember the smell of del Rosa......so sweet.
I can't begin to imagine how much sugar was in it!


#21 heart-beat

Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:45 PM

QUOTE (JuniorSpies @ 18/01/2013, 10:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was a thumb sucker...

biggrin.gif & also at ^ Monket!
You've got me interested now jerry. Will have to see what info my book contains (late 70's).

#22 snuffles

Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:51 AM

I remember in my book (late 70s) the entries from the nurse telling my mum to start giving me solids at about 6 weeks, and the entries becoming more and more frustrated sounding as mum didn't heed this advice until I was 6 months...



#23 ScarfaceClaw

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:02 AM

We read my FIL's book from the 50s.... it's hilarious!
condensed milk 3 times a day, no night feeds, to be placed outside once a day, orange juice....

No wonder is growth was off the charts! All that condensed milk....

#24 imamumto3

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:08 AM

I always remember my mum telling me about an aunt whose 2 daughters needed more than breast feeding so they were fed condensed milk, both girls as children were big kids and are still overweight now as adults.  both parents and the 2 brothers who were not fed the condensed milk were and still are on the skinny side

#25 Prickly

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:26 AM

My parents still bang on about how bad my reflux was...my book says 1/2 & 1/2 water and cows milk, 2 teaspoons of condensed milk and 2 teaspoons of brown sugar. This was from 6 weeks old.





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