To believe this? - Is this just an old wives tale? 50's baby routine. My partner thinks I'm stupid to believe mums used to do this..

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NinaJade666 Mon 08-Jul-13 11:28:53

So I've heard from lots of people that 'back in the day' (specifically the 50's) that new mums were advised to get baby into a strict routine, which involved parking babies in their pram at the end of the garden and bringing them in every 3 or 4 hours for a feed. Crying or not.

My partner says don't be an idiot and believe that, that's just an old wives tale. QUOTE - "They never would have done that. Put baby as far away as possible from mum? In the garden alone? They weren't stupid back then you know."

Anyone know if their parents or grandparents did this or were advised to?
Any links anyone can provide to 'prove' I'm right? Or wrong?

TIA

PepperPotts Tue 09-Jul-13 21:26:11

My mum did this, late 70s early 80s.

When I had DC3 he used to fall asleep every morning on the school run, he's a May baby so the weather was nice and I used to leave him outside the back door until he woke up, it could be 3 hours (most he slept for 12 months!)

It was great, He was always in the shade and I was never more than 10 yards away. I wish I'd done it with dc1 and 2!!!

1944girl Tue 09-Jul-13 22:53:37

Back here again

My said she put a few drops of whiskey in my bottle at the late night feed so I would sleep all night.This was from 2 weeks old and she repeated it with her four younger children.We were all given liberal doses of Gripe Water for colic.Whiskey was also rubbed on the gums of a teething baby.It's a wonder we did not grow up to be alcoholics.
My grandmother would wean babies with ''boily''.This was small pieces of white bread soaked in boiled milk.When cool it was spooned into the baby's mouth.My mother used to hold us on a tiny pottie from a few weeks old.This was done after every feed until the baby performed, only then was a nappy put on.She told me I was potty trained at 12 months old by this method.
Some of this I found hard to believe, but DM insisted it was true.

LadyHarrietdeSpook Tue 09-Jul-13 22:57:02

MIL did this to LorddeSpook. Found him covered in poo one time. I guess he hadn't cried? Dunno.

LauraPashley Tue 09-Jul-13 23:00:34

My dcs are only 5 and 2 and they had almost all of their naps outside! Seems only sensible to me, they get fresh air and it means no tip toeing around inside the house at nap time! I used to try to time so I took a wee walk to the shops, did my errands and then they fell asleep on the way home and got parked in the garden! Never left to cry though, but I did do this in ALL weathers!

LongDeadMotherofHorrors Wed 10-Jul-13 08:19:22

1944 girl - not endorsing whisky or boily but potty training from the get go worked for my girls. Straight after a feed I'd pop them on the potty. Graduated to a loo as soon as possible. Sorted by 12 months. No transition issues. (Did have to carry the portapottee everywhere though!) Whereas with my son I had to migrate him from nappies to potty and it took ages - 2 and half before he was pull-up free.

NinaJade666 Wed 10-Jul-13 10:06:36

Well just updating smile I think my other half has finally agreed that I am right grin

I'd just like to say thank you for all the wonderful stories (good and bad)

Keep them coming if you want!

Also just to add, I don't judge or think bad of any mum who did take up this sort of routine (and there of course were some who didn't) Like many have said it was just 'the done thing' or it was advised by professionals etc.

There were a few stories on here that really pulled on my heart strings!

SecretSix Thu 11-Jul-13 22:09:22

I asked mum about this, having posted up thread about my sister - Mum said not only was the advice to leave baby in the pram in the garden to cry, but to do the hoovering so she couldn't hear her shock

It's a wonder I was born at all, given she's my elder sister. Mum said she wouldn't settle at all unless she was being carried, rocked or the pram was moving. For about 2 years!

Whothefuckfarted Sat 13-Jul-13 09:08:40

My Nan, said she was told to leave all her kids to cry including my mum, no picking up unless it was feeding time. Spoiling the baby they said. She says she remembers sitting on the stairs crying herself day after day as she wasn't 'allowed' to comfort her baby. Sad really..

No wonder my mum is so emotionally stunted.

primallass Sat 13-Jul-13 09:43:45

I have a lovely photo of my daughter, wrapped up cosy sleeping in her buggy outside in the winter, with a robin sitting on the handle.

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