NURSE CHILD WANTED, OR TO ADOPT -- The Advertiser, a Widow with a little family of her own, and moderate allowance from her late husband's friends, would be glad to accept the charge of a young child. Age no object. If sickly would receive a parent's care. Terms, Fifteen Shillings a month; or would adopt entirely if under two months for the small sum of Twelve pounds.
This kindly nineteenth-century advertisement had a hidden meaning. If a woman paid her adoption fee to a baby farmer
and handed over her infant, no one ever had to worry about that baby, ever again. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena
on Jun 7, 2008 -
So we've already learned how babies are made in Germany
. But we haven't seen Russia
. Could be NWS if you work with people who don't know where babies come from.
posted by Lord_Pall
on Jan 21, 2008 -
"I am on a near-daily treasure hunt of sorts. I scour our American past to help understand modern breastfeeding..." The Black Breastfeeding Blog
, with photographs and history.
posted by kmennie
on Nov 12, 2007 -
Little Mukesh is the most badass kid in his nursery. His little friends all have pet dogs, cats, ponies, goats, you know... same old thing. But not Mukesh! No no no! His
parents got him
a pet COBRA
! (Albeit clearly defanged. I mean, he is
a baby & all.)WARNING: Do not click link if you don't want to see a bare-butted baby piss off a spitting cobra.
posted by miss lynnster
on May 8, 2007 -
The Crying Game.
The Japanese proverb Naku ko wa sodatsu
says that "A crying child thrives." During the annual Konaki Sumo
("Crying Sumo") festival held at certain temples
in Japan, babies are held facing each other and encouraged to cry
by priests and sumo wrestlers. The one who bawls first, or loudest, is the winner, thought to be blessed by the gods with good health.
posted by gottabefunky
on Apr 30, 2007 -
The Childbirth Centrifuge
You must be pregnant to ride this ride. Why push your baby out when you can spin the sucker out? This device probably makes one mean martini, too. Unlike many patent applications, the Apparatus for Facilitating the Birth of a Child by Centrifugal Force is described in great detail, making me wonder whether a prototype actually got constructed. Link goes to a summary. Click through for the completely confusing text of the patent.
posted by fleener
on Jan 25, 2007 -
Mum with no arms
changes baby's nappy with her feet. There's something really unnerving about this (rather old) video, but it sure puts Gondry
posted by tombola
on Jan 17, 2007 -
Grandma's Little Helper
Tired of bluehairs clogging up the left lane doing 20? Apparently, there are companies who feel the same way. Aware Car has developed a computer system that tracks other cars
and compensates for the losses in reflex that accompany aging. This is only one example of the new industry of providing technology to the elderly, who will reach record numbers in the next 20 years as the Baby Boomers continue to age
. Pictures show GPS tracking for wheelchairs, "caller ID on steroids", and the new driving system in action.
posted by PreacherTom
on Dec 5, 2006 -
Celebrity Baby Blog
explains Babywearing, how to do it and what could be the best way to do it for you and your baby. "Wearing your baby is one of the best things you can do to promote healthy bonding and attachment between you and your little one. Did you know that babies that are worn cry less and are easier to soothe? There are four main types of soft baby carriers: wraps, mei tais, slings and pouches. All are excellent for different types of carries and or different aged children."
posted by k8t
on Oct 30, 2006 -
My shit doesn't stink. I'm serious—my mother told me so.
So there. Abstract of study published in the Journal of Evolution and Human Behavior, "My baby doesn't smell as bad as yours: The plasticity of disgust", found here.
posted by emelenjr
on Jul 12, 2006 -
proudly creating a generation of children who randomly slam their heads into the ground after not learning the do-not-hurt-head part of growing up.
posted by pivotal
on Aug 23, 2005 -
Lucky Baby (CNN):
Not only did this baby survive a collapsed building because her Mountain Buggy stroller protected her, but it was the same type of stroller that was recalled by the CPSC on the same day
posted by CG
on Jul 20, 2005 -
Baby's 'second head' to be removed by surgery "This parasitic formation is fed by and drains off the blood supply system of [baby’s] head."
"This is medical history,"... The condition, known formally as Cranio Pagus Parasiticus, is extremely rare, with only seven other cases ever reported.
posted by dfowler
on Feb 6, 2004 -
Be a hero!
That big bad Michael enjoys dropping his kids off balconies, and it's up to you to stop him... just don't get hit by falling vinyl!
posted by adamms222
on Dec 6, 2002 -
Brooklyn Welcomes Romeo Beckham!
The stuffy old Daily Telegraph
heartily approves of Romeo
, the name Victoria and David Beckham have given to their new baby
, a brother to Brooklyn
. So now an extra throne must be added to the happy parents' atrocious, unmissable website
. I would have let this foolishness pass, had I not noticed with alarm that there already exists a bottomless resource
catering to those who insist
on giving their offspring Shakespearean names. If this is a trend, how bad can it get?[Please, no suicide jokes.
Or, to put it in Shakespeare's own words, from Romeo and Juliet
no less, is this a case of "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by another name would smell as sweet"[Act ii, sc.2
] or, rather, of "the children of an idle brain begot of nothing but vain fantasy"?[Act i, sc.4
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 2, 2002 -
"I just can't believe that I'm having a baby."
The yearbook at Pinellas Park High School this year included a 12 page spread about teen pregnancy and highlights some students and their experiences with staying in school while pregnant. Some see it a step in educating students about the issue, others see it as a glorification of teen pregnancy. Having had an older sister almost not finish high school because of a pregnancy, I'm all for education, but is the yearbook the appropriate place?
posted by turacma
on Jun 11, 2002 -
Veganism nearly kills baby?
A New york couple is charged with reckless endangerment after there baby is taken to the hospital underdeveloped and near death. The article doesn't specifically say veganism was the reason for the baby's poor health but strongly impies it. [link via plastic]
posted by drezdn
on Apr 30, 2002 -