From the Editor: This post was originally published in 2011. As my 40th birthday approaches I thought it would be fun to re-visit these instructions my mom received in 1972.
Wanna see something funny?
A while ago my mother presented me with copies of the handouts she got from the pediatrician at each of my well-baby visits back in the early 1970s. We were doubled over laughing at these instructions. Boy, times have changed. The most outdated advice comes later in the first year, but I think you’ll enjoy these as starters:
First, these are the instructions they gave my mom (age 26, already married for 6 years and mom to a 3-year-old) when she brought me home from the hospital. There’s a lot of information about bottle-feeding supplies, but my mom had decided to breastfeed instead. In 1972 this still wasn’t so commonplace and a nurse asked her increduously, “Are you sure you want to do that?”
And at my one-month check-up, my mom was allowed to start giving me juice, cereal, and fruit too. Really, JUICE?? Maybe this is why one of R’s great grandmas asked me when R. was 6 weeks old, “Does the baby drink orange juice yet?” I guess fruit juice was de riguer for infants born during the Nixon era.
Just wait…it gets better. Around 5 months I get to start eating sirloin steak. I’m not even kidding.