Item of the Month: “Better Babies” on Things Which Are Bad For All Babies

By Johanna Goldberg, Information Services Librarian

When in the stacks recently, I came across two slim issues of “Better Babies: Infant Welfare and Race Progress,” one published in December 1921 and the other in April 1924.

BetterBabies_Cover-1921

BetterBabies_Cover-1924

While the title suggests an interest in eugenics, the two issues in our collection focus solely on ways to keep babies healthy, including articles on clothes for children, playgrounds and public health, the benefits of breast feeding, and disease prevention.

This last topic inspired the following list, published in the 1924 issue. As it is (coincidentally) Baby Safety Month, it seems appropriate to share it.

Which piece of advice is your favorite?

8 thoughts on “Item of the Month: “Better Babies” on Things Which Are Bad For All Babies

  1. Spitting on hankies, a trauma many of us experienced in our youth. I don’t know what to think about your comment that it only seems eugenical, perhaps you mean only mildly reacting to the turn of the century immigrant “threat”?

    • We were referring to the title , which suggests an interest in eugenics, as it includes “race progress.” But the content of the two issues did not concern race.

  2. Sorry about this but “taking the nipple in the mouth”!!! What? Whose mouth? The mother’s? This would be a nigh on impossible task. Should I assume that this refers to a bottle, not a breast?

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