Today we’re looking at baby carriers in William Hogarth’s The March of the Guards to Finchley from 1750. The March of the Guards to Finchley, depicts a fictional troop of buffoonish British troops in Tottenham Court Road, in London, on their way to fight the Jacobean forces in the uprising […]
This painting by Jan Steen features common baby accessories from the 17th century: teethers, falling caps, and leading strings:
A young woman nursing a baby, was painted in 1868 by Dutch landscape painter, Jacob Maris. He was living in Paris when he painted this portrait of his wife Catharina Hendrika Horn breastfeeding their first baby, Guillaume [gee-um] who was born in April of 1868 and tragically died the following […]
Learn about the humoral theory and it’s ideas about pregnancy, birth, and infant care including breastfeeding.
Beatrice Baxter Ruyl was a progressive, well-educated woman who came of age at the turn of the 20th century. She worked as an illustrator and author, focusing on depictions of the Zuni Pueblo, but she is best recognized as the subject of breastfeeding photography by Gertrude Kasebier in the early 1900’s.
What was measles like for people before vaccination? Watch or read about measles in the Tudor era.
An Egyptologist from 1904 considers the infant carriers found on a 3,500 year old tomb wall.
In 1913, breastfeeding was highly recommended by medical professionals due to the high infant mortality associated with cow milk substitutes. But how were new mothers educated about breastfeeding? The recommendations might surprise you. Boracic acid, anyone?
What if crawling is unnecessary? There are cultures in which babies are not allowed to crawl and are never given floor time. What effect does that have on their development?
Imagine a world where there are no books about keeping your baby healthy in your language, even in your country: that was the case in England until Thomas Phaer published “The Boke of Chyldren” in 1544.