The Baby's First Two Years
by Richard Mason Smith (9781231242308)

The Baby's First Two Years
Richard Mason Smith
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 28
Category: History
ISBN: 9781231242308
ISBN-10: 1231242302

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 Excerpt: ...The shaped stockinet diapers are absorbent and neat to use, but they are expensive. If hemmed diaper cloth is used, remember that a handmade hem is softer than machine stitching. The first diapers should be 18 X 36 or 20 X 40 inches. As the baby does not use the smallest ones for long, the first set may consist of two dozen small ones and two dozen 22 X 44 or 22 X 48. The larger ones can be used to put outside the smaller diaper to keep the flannel petticoat dry. In putting on a diaper these things should be borne in mind: --1. Have the diaper snug, but never tight enough to pinch the baby's stomach or legs. Vomiting and red lines about the leg are often the result of a desire to make the baby look neat. 2. Do not bring too many thicknesses up between the legs. 3. If the diaper is fastened to the band or shirt in front, do not fasten it tight enough to cause friction on the genitals. Tightness or rubbing here may result in irritation, or may cause the child to masturbate. In boy babies care should be taken that the penis is held down, not up, by the diaper. If a small inside cloth from three to five inches square is placed next to the baby, the diapers will not become so soiled. This inside cloth is particularly useful when there is diarrhoea: it should be burned after using. Very soft crfipe paper diapers are sold, which are practical for use in traveling. The diapers should be washed each time after they become wet, even if they are not soiled. Rubber stork pants or diapers should never be used, except, perhaps, on a journey or for some similar occasion. These rubber diapers keep in all the moisture, and they are therefore bad for the baby's skin. Second Set A Shirts. A Bands. 3 Flannel petticoats. Short white dresses. Petticoats if desired. Shirt and band...

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