Ensuring and Insuring Your Baby’s Diet…

As it turns out, no matter the decade (or century!), everyone has advice for mothers–even insurance companies! This week’s feature is a short pamphlet created by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Feeding Your Baby was published in the 1920s and includes detailed daily meal plans from children from infant up to 6 years. The pamphlet also contains suggested food preparations (“older children…may eat a little raw cabbage, carrots, or celery if grated or ground“) and advice (“never serve eggs and meat on the same day”). 

In addition to Feeding Your Baby, Special Collections is home to a number of other Metropolitan Life Insurance Company pamphlets (mostly small cookbooks), dating from the 1910s to the 1970s.  A list is available online.

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