Have you ever found yourself eye-rolling at the pregnancy or baby advice that has been given to you by someone that has a couple of decades on you?
Times have changed, that’s for sure.
- A natural childbirth wasn’t so much advised as just expected. The epidural was not the norm and women had very little control over their birth and options. A birth plan was not a “thing”.
- Car seats and safety were not even on the radar for many parents. In fact many remember squeezing up to ten children in to one car without batting an eyelid.
- Finding out the gender of your baby was something that happened when you gave birth. Pre-natal appointments often consisted of just a doppler to check the heartbeat and a measuring tape to confirm your bump size matched up to your due date.
- Many fathers-to-be could be seen pacing the corridors of the hospital as it was not the norm for the father to be present at the birth.
- Babies were weaned on to solids by the time they were three months. Research and medicine soon increased it to 4 months and these days it is 6 months.
- It was not abnormal to leave your sleeping baby outside the house in their pram.
- Cartoons were only for Saturday mornings or special occasions!
- Feeding your child with formula was considered a symbol of wealth for many.
- Children were allowed to play outside without supervision for hours on end.
- Bath-time might have been once a fortnight and the bath was usually shared between several children.