In 1923 “The Mothercraft Manual” by Mabel Liddiard was a popular book. Liddiard was one of the first female child psychologists and believed the mother needed to be trained through childcare courses and thought precise rules of how to be a mother if
“she was to give her best.”
The Manual aimed to help mothers carry out these duties and provided also with daily schedules for living that included precise times of waking, feeding, bathing and even playing.
These times child rearing was not light pass time. No, it was about ‘training’ and ‘doing a good job’.
It has run twelve editions, and still available today.
Hence a classic in the childcare manuals of the 20th century.