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to ask the older parents on MN

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VegetariansTasteLikeChicken Tue 11-Feb-14 12:39:55

what you did in your day that would have got you sacked from MN today and potentially a visit from ss

I slept on my tummy, mother smoked when pregnant. .. and my nan thinks asprin is the best thing to give a baby for teething. And rice in my bottle from probably day one to get me off to sleep

Joysmum Tue 11-Feb-14 12:42:19

I'm not an older mum but I co-slept with my DD.

VegetariansTasteLikeChicken Tue 11-Feb-14 12:43:31

Also what guidelines do you think are ridiculous and likely to be changed in 10 years?

Silvercatowner Tue 11-Feb-14 12:46:13

My HV told me to feed my (fully bf) son every 4 hours. I was young and naive and I did what I was told. Looking back - I cringe, poor kid.... he spent 3 hours out of 4 yelling for food and I thought he was being unreasonable and fussy. I also started him on solids at 3 months. Everyone did.

VegetariansTasteLikeChicken Tue 11-Feb-14 12:46:30

I co-slept with dc2, never planned on it (he just wouldnt leave my boob alone) and i needed sleep

VegetariansTasteLikeChicken Tue 11-Feb-14 12:48:10

Yeah, I think that was standard everywhere, I was on baby food then

DanceParty Tue 11-Feb-14 12:48:41

I would tell you......but I don't want a flaming. MNers are incapable of realising that "things were different then" and judge everything by today's standards confused

onepieceoflollipop Tue 11-Feb-14 12:50:24

My mum told me she bf my little brother every 3 hours rather than the prescribed 4. She knew this was right but still felt she was breaking "the rules" She was advised she should make him wait the full 4 hours.
She also "let" me and db drop our 10pm feed, meaning she had to get up at 2am as that was when we woke for milk. She said she just went to bed at 8pm herself to get a good chunk of sleep.
I am not close to my mum, but I am pleased she broke the rules of the day.

PuppyMonkey Tue 11-Feb-14 12:50:41

My mum put Nivea cream on us when out in the sun, not sun cream. We all had awful sunburn every year.

onepieceoflollipop Tue 11-Feb-14 12:51:51

My dh was weaned on the usual rusk, weetabix etc (late 60s) at 12 weeks I think. he is coeliac. Not mil's fault though.

onepieceoflollipop Tue 11-Feb-14 12:52:55

Puppy when i was little I think my parents regarded "sun tan lotion" (we now know it as sun screen) as a luxury cosmetic item.

stopgap Tue 11-Feb-14 12:54:41

I was born in 1977. My mum put me into a cot and in my own room on day one.

She stopped bf'ing at four weeks on HV's advice, as milk was deemed "too watery and low in quality".

I was left in my pram at the bottom of the garden for four hours every afternoon.

Weaned onto solids at 3.5 months.

stopgap Tue 11-Feb-14 12:55:30

onepieceoflollipop I'm also coeliac.

PuppyMonkey Tue 11-Feb-14 12:56:38

I don't think I was even aware there was such a thing as sun cream until I was in my teens.

SirChenjin Tue 11-Feb-14 12:59:47

We went out without sunscreen (had it even been invented in the 70s?) and spent most of the summer picking at blistered skin

I ate chewing gum off the street (I do boak at that a little now..) and survived to tell the tale

We used to play dare in the street - which involved lying down in the middle of the road and making the cars stop

We went on car journeys with no car seats in the back, surrounded by a fug of ciggie smoke

We were smacked by our parents <shrug>

We were weaned at 3 days old (OK, slight exaggeration, but not much)

We sat next to electric bar heaters in our nylon nighties

My toes curl when I look back at some of the things my parents/we did in my childhood shock

onepieceoflollipop Tue 11-Feb-14 13:01:38

Hi stopgap.
Dh's was diagnosed as a young toddler, all his hair fell out!
There was a lot of misunderstanding about breast milk in the 60s/70s I think.
Mil had great issue/anger that I wantd to bf and was able to. She was really upset that it meant she couldn't give the dgc a bottle.

onepieceoflollipop Tue 11-Feb-14 13:02:16

Oh yes, nylon nighties!

onepieceoflollipop Tue 11-Feb-14 13:04:11

Depending on what you read, sunscreen was first available in the late 60s...don't think it was widely used until years after that.
I remember babies having large frilly sunhats!

YoureBeingASillyBilly Tue 11-Feb-14 13:05:03

Im not older but i co slept with ds2.

also ds1's first solid was at 10 weeks old. And was a smartie. I was that thick

VegetariansTasteLikeChicken Tue 11-Feb-14 13:05:40

Baby pics of me (maybe 4 months old?) In a bikini rockin a baby tan... Next to mum looking enviable for someone 4 months post partum covered in Hawaiian Tropic and or babyoil. And this was not England. Hot climate

VegetariansTasteLikeChicken Tue 11-Feb-14 13:06:42

Ooh was it a post e-number Smartie?!

NCISaddict Tue 11-Feb-14 13:06:49

I breastfed my DC's on demand but they were in their own room from 3 weeks, slept on their backs. Didn't cut out much apart from alcohol when pregnant. I weaned at four months onto fruit and veg and baby porridge, no wheat until six months I seem to remember, may have been 9 months. They had some jars, some homemade. I smacked occasionally. DC's are 22, 20 and 17 and seem to be fine.

thegreylady Tue 11-Feb-14 13:08:17

First solids in bottle from about 6 weeks. Always put to sleep on tummy. A teaspoon of sweet sherry in bottle for colic. Bottle feeding recommended because you could see how much baby had eaten blush blush

HerGraciousMajTheBeardedPotato Tue 11-Feb-14 13:08:18

My brother and I often travelled in the car boot.

Ironically, this was because of the massive amount of space our little sister's car seat took up!

YoureBeingASillyBilly Tue 11-Feb-14 13:08:35

It was 8 years ago so not sure if post or pre e number smarties. I know it wasnt a blue one grin

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