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Mums left confused after 'bizarre' baby routine from the 1950s resurfaces

Section: Parenting

Whether you're a first-time parent or onto baby number 3, we can all agree that sleep routines are incredibly tricky to master and we welcome any tips and advice with open arms! 

Whatever your daily schedule (if you even have one), we bet it's miles apart from this bonkers routine used 70 years ago...

After Mum's Grapevine posted the 1950s baby routine called 'Baby's Day' on Facebook, parents were left both confused and amazed by the schedule that mothers actually followed back in the day.  

The post read: 'Apparently this is how it was done 70 years ago. Two baths a day, orange juice, outside for naps.' 

Back when life was simpler with cloth nappies, and washing machines were far into the future, mothers would start feeding their babies at 6 am, change their nappy, 'hold out' and let the baby sleep again. 

If you're wondering what 'hold out' means, don't worry, as one mother answered all our questions as she said: 'hold out is sit on potty ha ha'. 

Someone even recalled it being a part of their routine: 'yup that’s how we did it. Way back in the old days!' 

After the first feed, at 9am, it was time for a drink of water and the baby to kick on the bed without clothes, finished with a 'sunbath'. 

The schedule also mentioned that mothers have a dedicated time to have an 'outing' to do some 'mothering' which people found hilarious.

'Works really well once you get the baby to “read the rules” and take their naps on cue.' another commented. 

The post has received over two thousand comments. 

After the baby's 6 pm feed, they are put to sleep without a dummy. 

The last thing to tick off the list is changing them again and putting them down to sleep until 6 am. 


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.”

What do you think of the 1950s routine? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

Now read:

"Never hug your child!" and other terrible parenting advice from the past 100 years


While training as a journalist at the University of Gloucestershire for 3 years, she was nominated for the Best Feature Category at the Midlands Student’s Media Awards this year, and Head of News and Social Media for the university’s radio station, Tone Radio. Ellie has been published by the likes of Heatworld, Heart, Gloucestershire Live, and ITV West Country. 

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