I found these in an article on parents.com. It is a compilation of the best advice provided to American families over 75 years from American Baby magazine. There is great advice from way back in the 1950's.
As I was going through this I realised, as I have done many times over this parenting journey of mine, that there is nothing like a little bit of common sense to get you through the day.
There are some things that I have heard or read that really make me wonder about the motivations people have to start 'fixing' what was not broken. Don't get me wrong - progress is amazing and done for the right reason in the right measure it can have incredibly positive ramifications. But progress is not always forward thinking, sensible, rational or correct - and is then not progress at all.
Follow your heart. Trust in yourself. I am a firm believer that you have to read as much as you can, listen to as many opinions as you can; but at the end of the day you need to go with what you believe is the right solution for you. And don't get caught up in the excitement of the 'new thing' that everyone is doing. The back flip on introducing high allergen foods in the last 12/18 months is a perfect example of how wrong it can get.
On a lighter note - the bloopers at the end are priceless. My favourite's (I honestly could not choose only one) -
- During labor, give the mother a mild sedative or alcoholic drink, to reduce her appreciation of pain. February 1971
- Depending on the state of his nervous system, your husband can give you reassurance during labor. But he should not be present for the actual delivery. January 1965
- Eight months is a good time for Baby to take chewing lessons. Give him crusts of stale bread or a clean, fairly large bone. April 1958
- Do not pick up a baby while he is vomiting. Leave him lying face down. December 1968