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May 8, 1943

Life with Baby: A Manual in Photographs

JAMA. 1943;122(2):142. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840190072035

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The photographs in this book portray various stages in bathing, dressing, feeding and sleeping a new baby. They are nice photographs, but only the one showing how to lift a baby out of a bathinette is of real value. The text accompanying the pictures is reliable as far as it goes. Untrained observers and people who need illustrations for guidance also need definite, minute instruction. Some of the major omissions follow. In the section on bathing the baby, details of how to wash the face—not just the nose and ears—should be given. Unless mothers are told specifically to dry between the fingers and toes, they usually omit it for fear of hurting the tiny infant. Feeding is usually the mother's biggest worry. The section on feeding can only add to her confusion. A special sterilizer is the one method shown and mentioned for sterilizing bottles and nipples. Miss Godwin, a

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