February 14, 2019

Official Baby Care Guides by the Department of Hygiene, Kansas State Board of Health From the Early 20th Century

When it comes to childrearing advice, we’ve come a long way, baby.

Modern parenting isn’t easy. Childcare books and blogs are filled with so much contradictory advice, it makes you want to throw your own tantrum. But there’s good news: You don’t live in centuries past, when baby advice wasn’t merely contradictory; it was also bizarre and borderline criminal.

Below are some baby care guides from the Kansas State Board of Health from between the 1900s and 1920s:

A poster issued by the Kansas State Board of Health, outlining good infant care.

This poster, issued by the Kansas State Board of Health, informs parents about the danger and treatment of Infantile Conjunctivitis and how to avoid needless blindness in children.

This poster, issued by the Kansas State Board of Health, includes information on good baby care.

This poster, issued by the Kansas State Board of Health, illustrates how to bathe a baby.

This poster, issued by the Kansas State Board of Health, informs parents how to safely insure their baby has fresh air for his health.

This poster, issued by the Kansas State Board of Health, compares the costs of bottle feeding the baby and breast feeding the baby.

This poster issued by the Kansas State Board of Health shows important factors for ensuring safe milk for children.

This poster, issued by the Kansas State Board of Health, outlines ways persons can help keep babies healthy.

This poster issued by the Kansas State Board of Health describes how a community can help keep babies healthy.

Kansas State Board of Health, outlines what the nation can do to help with healthy babies. The message is sponsored by the Children's Bureau of the United States Labor.

This poster, issued by the Kansas State Board of Health, outlines state responsibilities and programs for healthy babies.

This poster, issued by the Kansas State Board of Health, informs parents about Infantile Conjunctivitis and how to prevent needless blindness.

(Images: Kansas Memory)




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