Category:
Babies and Toddlers

1904 Baby Parade

Children should be forced to do this nowadays.



Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 24, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Parades and Festivals, Babies and Toddlers, Children, 1900s

Underwater Escape Toddler

1972: By the age of two, Annie Laurie Alexander had mastered the art of escaping from ropes binding her hands and feet, while underwater.

I suspect that letting a two-year-old do this nowadays might earn the parents a visit from protective services.

Source: Life magazine (Jan 21, 1972)







Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 06, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Swimming, Snorkeling, and Diving, Babies and Toddlers, 1970s

Pram Side Car



The antecedent of all those modern tagalong baby trailers.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 31, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Babies and Toddlers, 1950s

Lactagol



Source.

So far as I can tell, cottonseed of any variety does not promote breast milk production. Flaxseed however is another thing.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 13, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Body, Pregnancy, Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil, Babies and Toddlers, Nineteenth Century

The Gro-Clock

Thanks god I'm not a parent! Not only the headaches, but the expense! $54.99!





Posted By: Paul - Sat May 27, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Technology, Babies and Toddlers

Happy



Wikipedia article here.

Another, lesser-known, candidate for "Worst TV Show Ever." As a critic said at the time:

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Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 17, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Television, Babies and Toddlers, Fantasy, 1960s

Giant Baby Heads



Full story here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 06, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, Babies and Toddlers

License Plates for Strollers

Back in 2006, Jill Starishevsky started a business selling license plates for strollers. The idea was that when your nanny was out with the baby in the stroller, people could anonymously report on her behavior (whether good or bad) via the website, HowsMyNanny.com, listed on the plate. So kinda like those "How's my driving?" signs on the back of trucks.

Her site is no longer active. It lasted until 2009, and has now been replaced by a spam site. But the original site is preserved on the Web Archive.

I see two problems with her business plan. First, her customer base was limited to people with nannies. And second, I don't think the purpose of the license plate would have been evident to your average member of the public.

HowsMyNanny.com screenshot

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 06, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Signage, Babies and Toddlers

Baby’s burps predict his future

Back in 1964, Dr. Milton Berger called attention to the predictive power of a baby's burps. A baby with "strong and clear" burps will grow up to be a leader. However, the majority of people are "dithering" burpers. They'll become your run-of-the-mill member of the faceless masses.

Odd theory, but probably as good a predictor of future success as anything.

The Fresno Bee - Aug 21, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 20, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Babies, Predictions, Babies and Toddlers, 1960s

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