Fish Pudding for Tea Washing Nappies. Did the 1950s Mum Really Know Best? STRESSED.OUT NEW MUM LOUISE BATY TRIED OUT 1950S PARENTING METHODS - AND DESPITE THE SLOG SHE PICKED UP SOME USEFUL TIPS

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Fish Pudding for Tea Washing Nappies. Did the 1950s Mum Really Know Best? STRESSED.OUT NEW MUM LOUISE BATY TRIED OUT 1950S PARENTING METHODS - AND DESPITE THE SLOG SHE PICKED UP SOME USEFUL TIPS


Byline: LOUISE BATY

My daughter Marianne, 14 months, is dressed in baby skinny jeans, while I have a sleek, newfangled buggy and follow all the latest parenting trends.

But sometimes it can feel modern life is too fast-paced for this sleep-deprived, disorganised mum. My boisterous daughter often runs riot as I battle with housework and I'm running out of ideas to feed her.

But I wonder whether I might learn something from new book A 1950s Mother, which reveals child-rearing methods from the 50s including teaching old-fashioned manners and cooking everything from scratch. NAPPIES 50s mum 50s mum Did the parents of the past have it sussed? Author Sheila Hardy says: "The 50s heralded a turning point in the way children were brought up. During the war, many women raised families on their own."

" Thankfully, my husband Chris is a brilliant, hands-on dad - but it was a different story 60 years ago. "Most men didnd the house," explains Sheila.

little around the house," explains Sheila. "The idea of lying with a newborn on his bare chest so his wife could get some sleep after the birth was unthinkable for the 1950s man."

f lying with a newborn re chest so his wife some sleep after the unthinkable for the ." so far, so sexist. I'm g out much hope for ment. So will the 50s out or is modern best? " Hmm... so far, so sexist. I'm not holding out much hope for this experiment. So will the 50s way win out or is modern parenting best VINTAGE NTAGE PRAM Unlike today's state-of-theart compact buggies, prams of yesteryear were decidedly chunky. I decide to try out the Balmoral - a stunning vintage coach-style pram, manufactured in the UK by Silver Cross since 1877.

PRAM oday's state-of-thect buggies, prams of were decidedly decide to try out ral - a stunning ach-style pram, red in the UK by s since 1877. bestseller, despite of PS1,450. Celeb Cooper has one ughters months, e, who nths.

It's still a bestseller, despite a price tag of PS1,450. Celeb mum Lily Cooper has one for her daughters Ethel, 19 months, and Marnie, who is five months.

I feel ultra glam, proudly wheeling the ultra oudly g the classy Balmoral up moral up the street while Marianne bounces around, testing out the sought-after pram's handcrafted suspension.

There's plenty of room for her to stretch out - ideal in the 1950s when parents were urged to give their offspring daily doses of fresh air.

Busy mums often left their babies outside in their prams, while they got on with housework indoors - something that's unthinkable now.

housework indoors - something that's unthinkable now.

There's no doubt the Balmoral is gorgeous and a pleasure to steer once I've got the hang of it. But at 37kg, it weighs 28kg more than my compact, modern pushchair. I couldn't manoeuvre myself on to the number 68 bus with this.

There's no doubt the Balmoral is gorgeous and a pleasure to steer once I've got the hang of it. But at 37kg, it weighs 28kg more than my compact, modern pushchair. I couldn't manoeuvre myself on to the number 68 bus with this.

If I was a 50s mum, I wouldn't have got much help pushing it around either because, as Sheila explains: "Many new fathers were reluctant to be seen pushing a pram."

If I was a 50s mum, I wouldn't have got much help pushing it around either because, as Sheila explains: "Many new fathers were reluctant to be seen pushing a pram."

Although I probably wouldn't be too keen on sharing it anyway as this pram is so beautiful...

Although I probably wouldn't be too keen on sharing it anyway as this pram is so beautiful...

REUSABLE NAPPIES Disposable nappies were yet to be invented in the 1950s. Parents relied on terry towelling nappies, which needed thorough washing between uses. Considering Marianne goes through around six nappies a day, that's a lot of washing.

a day, that's a lot of washing. …

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