The baby score sheet included questions about mother’s work outside the home, baby’s diet, including age at weaning, formula, age at the introduction of solid foods and cod liver oil. Questions about sleep included what time the child went to bed at night, the number of naps and whether the child slept alone. Marks were given for being chair broken, sleeping with the window open and getting a daily airing.
While it’s hard to imagine health as a public competition, the urge to compare children is still alive in well in the checkout line. True health and wellness are more than measurements and milestones.