This time I'm featuring the baby section from my Eaton's winter catalogue from 1961 - these are such fun posts to do - I've done two others from this catalogue - here and here - the baby section is just too cute. I'm going to show you most of the pages, some are just a bit ordinary - like sheets and cloth diapers! You could buy a dozen gauze diapers for $2.99, the pins cost 23 cents and the plastic pants were 2 for 49 cents!
Everybody had "walking shoes" back then, even when my children were born, that type of shoe was still popular. I haven't bought children's wear for a lot of years, I know these shoes were expensive when Carla started wearing them in 1983, the most expensive pair of good quality leather shoes was $3.97. There's some funny names on some of the footwear - I've never heard of "blucher boots" before??
Moving on to the nursery needs page - I guess a change table used to be called a "bathinette" - the solid plastic bath was removable, equipped with drain hose so it could be used in the kitchen, bathroom or nursery, one of these beauties cost $29.95, that seems high, I imagine most people just had the plastic tub that fit in the kitchen sink. I see the plastic baby hangers, I had those and there's still some around.
A layette was probably the way to get all your baby needs with one stop shopping - vests, gowns, safety pins, diapers, blankets, towels and facecloths, quilted pads, sheet, plastic pants.
Are these two piece pajama sets with snaps still in style? I used those for my kids - I hope they still have them when I might need to buy baby clothes again, someday I will, I hope!!!
Oh, the babies look happy, decked out in all their finery!!
Let the wind blow - they're ready for snow!!
Look at the Gro-Up Crib Bed - from crib to junior bed -features the ever so handy "Sit-In" side for easy entrance and exit. Teething rails in white, non toxic plastic!!!
There's a Pyrex baby bottle on this page - 3 for $1.17
I can't believe the baby seats - I guess it was better than nothing but a far cry from what is used today - everything on this page has changed so much - play pens, seats and especially the car seat!
And to finish it off - the baby carriages and strollers - look at that baby stuffed into that stroller on the bottom - he doesn't look very comfortable!!! Look at the car beds - striped or plaid were available - I can't even imagine using one of those but I guess people did!! The strollers are very nice - did you have one for your children? I had to have one, I felt so proud walking around with my new baby in that blue carriage, but, really, it was never used that much, my kids were born in August and September, by the time winter was over, they were in a stroller - actually, my stroller looked something like the ones on the bottom and that was 1983 - but now, they have really changed.
As always, click on a pic for a better look.
Last week I participated in the Wonderful at Home link party for the first time, my post $1 Spent Here, $1 Spent There was featured - thanks, Kristen! Check out the party this week and maybe you have something yourself to share at the party.