Mother feeding baby, circa 1950s


This 1950s Schedule for New Moms Needs to Be Seen to Be Believed

Aug 14, 2019

Raising a baby is hard work.

Maybe they aren’t sleeping well or refuse to latch. Perhaps you’re getting a lot of input from your parents who want you to do as they did.

There can be a lot of cooks in the kitchen when raising a child, because it takes a village and sometimes that village is extremely loud.

Raising a baby is hard work a lot.

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That’s probably why when a daily routine from the 1950s resurfaced on Facebook, people were interested to see if and how much raising children has actually changed.

1950s baby feed schedule

According to a routine called “Baby’s Day: Four-Hourly Fed,” a baby should be bathed twice a day, and should sunbathe for 30 minutes a day in summer and an hour a day in winter. (Babies in the sun would benefit from protective clothing and shade!)

Based on this routine, every day at 4 p.m. is orange juice time for your little one. (Note: The World Health Organization is urging a ban on foods with high sugar levels.)

Meanwhile 2 p.m. is reserved for “Mothering.”

Then there’s the regimented “hold out” pattern which has confused a lot of modern parents, but according to commenters, simply means holding out your child so they can go to the bathroom.

And after all the sunbathing, juice drinking, feeding, leaving kids outdoors to sleep and mothering, bedtime is 6 p.m. — uninterrupted, save one feeding at 11 p.m. — until 6 a.m. the next day. Nice.

On Facebook, many parents didn’t see too much wrong with it because it felt very similar to how they parent today.

Others talked about how they gave their kids orange juice when they couldn't poop.

Others found carving out time for mothering to be particularly hilarious.

And some were just shocked that kids could sleep that long.

How different is this ‘50s parenting style from yours?

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