Bizarre baby routine from the 1950s resurfaces – including daily sunbathing and an 11pm bedtime – The Sun

A BAFFLING baby routine guide believed to be from the 1950s has surfaced online – and parents are shocked at the seemingly unusual steps.

According to the “Baby’s Day” list, the bizarre instructions include letting your baby “kick without clothes on” at 9am and having a drink of orange juice at 4pm.

The guide, which appears to have been ripped from a book, was posted on an Australia Facebook group with the caption: “Apparently this is how it was done 70 years ago”.

It says that a baby’s day should start at 6am, and should involve a feed, change, a “hold out”, and then being put back down to sleep again until 9am.

They should then be woken up for a drink of water and the “naked kick”, and only in summer should this slot include a “daily sunbath” [sunbathe].

Then, at 10am, another feed takes place, along with a nap outdoors which ends at 1pm.

Parents should then give their youngsters another glass of water, along with the chance for a kick and a play, and if it is winter, this is when you should do the “daily sunbath”.

When 2pm strikes, another feed takes place, along with a hold out and an outing, along with the vague instructions of general “mothering.”

It continues that 2pm includes a feed, 5.30pm has a bath, following by a feed, hold out and sleep at 6pm.

This nap time should be in the cot with no lights on, windows open, the door shut and no dummy allowed.

The final slot of the day is 10pm or 11pm, when the final feed takes place in a darkened room, along with a change.

You should then be able to let your tot sleep through the night until 6am – where it all begins again.

HOW MUCH SLEEP SHOULD YOUR CHILD GET? has outlined the recommended amount of sleep for each age group, from babies to teens.

These are:

  • Newborns (up to three months): 14 to 17 hours
  • Infants (four to 11 months): 12 to 15 hours
  • Toddlers (one to two): 11 to 14 hours
  • Preschoolers (three to five): 10 to 13 hours
  • School-age (six to 13): 9 to 11 hours
  • Tweens and Teens (14 to 17): 8 to 10 hours

The strict guide left many parents baffled, while some joked “how they had survived without it”.

One parent wrote: “Wait! So did the baby follow it as well? Because if it did then maybe we need to go back to this so we can all get more sleep.”

Some were confused to the language, and queried if “hold out” meant placing your baby over a basin to see if they’d go to the toilet by themselves.

And some parents said the timings didn’t seem accurate, but were enlightening as to how other generations raised their kids.

Meanwhile, we tested a family’s toys and other household items for harmful bacteria.

And a mum was shocked to discover she’s BANNED for talking about sleep deprivation in mothers’ support group.

In other parenting news, we told you about the mum who warned her son has been left permanently disabled by common CMV virus which can be passed on by not washing hands while pregnant.


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