Parenting is hard and no one really knows what they are doing. In this case, not even the pediatricians or the so-called experts that wrote “parenting tips” books in the 19th and 20th century. Reading all this parenting advice from the 19th, 20th and 21st century would make you wonder how so many people are alive today. Some of it is extremely dangerous, some of it is only silly, and some of it is based on prejudices and gender roles, but thankfully most of it is discarded nowadays, although I’m sure in the future people would have something to say about the advice we give today. Here are 50 terrible and hilarious vintage parenting advice!
Smoke While Pregnant
Not only smoking while pregnant was seen as normal, but it was also encouraged, from advertisements like the one seen above to medical textbooks that claimed that enjoying a pack a day while pregnant was ok.
Potty training beginning at 2 months old
It’s hard enough to potty train a 2-years-old, imagine a two-months-old! This nonsense idea was popular in the 19th and early 20th century because it was believed that controlling the bowels avoided diarrhea infections.