When you were a kid, do you remember how different things were? Kids could ride their bikes all over town without helmets, no one used seatbelts, and our parents pretty much all smoked around us. And if you were a baby in the 1960s, things were also pretty different—because you basically were starved out by the doctor’s orders. This was a weird generation, guys.
One woman, Micala Gabrielle Henson, posted a 1968 infant care document she’d found in her mother’s belongings.
And, naturally, because it’s totally bonkers, the post went viral. It’s only been 50 years, but it feels like a different lifetime — and a totally different planet!
My mom was going through her things and we saw this, it's rules in regards to just having a baby. It gave me a chuckle....Posted by Micala Gabrielle Henson on Friday, March 29, 2019
Beyond the totally nutso no-visiting the baby policy (which, hello, deep-seated attachment issues) readers balked at a lot of the content in the “helpful” sheet. Like the random green coconut cake, and putting newborns on an intermittent fasting diet from which the father must be excluded. For the record, today moms are supposed to see the baby as much as possible—and they’re supposed to feed whenever the baby is hungry!
While this particular sheet said, “no smoking,” people remember a time when ashtrays were allowed in the hospital room!
And the green coco(a)nut cake? There were some very specific reactions to that one…
Maybe something to do with green breast milk?
But for real—imagine not letting the baby visit the mom? Imagine the risks…
Of course, there were some people just trying to put it all into perspective.
As for the nipples, it was of BIG concern.
But for real, these were the LAWS.