In a New Zealand Plunket Baby Record book dated 1954 there are 12 needs listed for a baby.
Numbers 5 and 11 tell us something of the advice that was given to mothers back then:
“BATHING – Bath and dress very quickly in a cosy corner. No dawdling
MANAGEMENT – Fond and foolish over-indulgence, mismanagement and “spoiling” may be as harmful to an infant as callous neglect and intentional cruelty.”
In comparison in 1986 the Baby’s Health and Development book had this advice:
” It takes time to love and understand your baby. Most of all, your baby needs you to be nice to him. He loves to smell and touch your skin.
Whenever your bath and change him, he loves hugs and kisses, smiles and songs, and talk.”
“There is actually no right or wrong way to serve a meal. The only requisites are good table manners, cleanliness and orderliness. However, a few suggestions might help the busy housewife in arranging for smoother and brighter family meals.
The children can help. As soon as they are able, children should take the responsibility of setting and waiting on the family table. This not only saves Mother many steps, but instills good habits of discipline and unselfishness. Boys as well as girls should share the work, and this also applies to washing and drying the dishes.
Making the Meal Table Attractive.
Whether you use d’oyles or a real damask linen table cloth, the chief essential is cleanliness, freshness and neatness. Knives, forks, spoons, water glasses and table napkins, should be neatly set. Flowers brighten the meal, but should be low enough to look over. Table napkins at left of fork or in plate space between knife and fork. Serve and remove everything excepting tea or drinks, from the left of your guests. Move quietly.”
“Tui”, Lady Editor, N.Z Dairy Exporter.