So I was particularly pleased when my Mum sent me my Plunket Book. It has a white and blue cover and is falling to bits. I was 3.12kg and 3.3kg when first seen by Plunket at 2.5 weeks.
There is a suggested routine at the front of the book, which is about as laughable as any other timetable oriented routine I've seen for babies. It does include sun bathing time(!) and lots of outside sleeping time. It allows thirty minutes relaxation and recreation time for the mother in the evening, so perhaps I should consider it!
What I find really interesting is the six important headings that the book includes: they are very close to the eight needs of children that I teach in my course.
- Exercise (fresh air and play)
- Love and Security
- Rest and Sleep
- Development (physical and mental)
- Nurse's Comments and Advice
There is an emphasis on iron rich foods that is familiar to today's parent. Meat juice is suggested, and egg yolks every other day. Sieved meat pulp (made from liver or kidney) was one handwritten recipe and there was a suggestion of fruit juice in the afternoon (at seven and a half months old). Plunket nurses today would cringe at the fruit juice recommendation!
Anyone else have their old Plunket Book?