Moms from the 60s didn't have the luxury of disposable diapers. Terry cloth diapers, fastened with large safety pins, were by far the main type of diaper in 1965, leaving mom the gory task of scrubbing and washing baby's best efforts in her Rolls Razor Twin Tub. By the end of the 1960s, Pampers disposables had become hugely popular — one of the fastest switches in consumer buying patterns ever!
With no ready-meals or microwaves, moms spent much of their time cooking. Meat and vegetables made up the staple meal, with take-out fish n' chips a weekly treat. "Instant" food was limited to Spam and other tinned items. We moms didn't launch into spaghetti bolognese or prawn cocktails until the 1970s.
Much of mom's time was spent shopping. She probably visited the corner shop and the grocer daily; and the local butcher, the fishmonger, and the baker more than once a week.
Most women either chose to give up work or were "let go" when pregnant! In 1960, only 35 percent of married women worked at all, and most chose to give up work when they had babies. It was still legal to sack someone who was pregnant until 1975. Only 17 percent of moms who worked during pregnancy in 1961 went back to work before their children were five, compared to 65 percent of women today.
Poor mom wasn't likely to receive a Mother's Day gift from her grown-up kids. Few families ever went out to a restaurant or drank wine, so there were no big celebrations. It wasn't until the 1970s that eating out and enjoying a glass or two became popular.
It may be thought of as the permissive swinging 60s, but only 5.8 percent of babies were born to unmarried moms in 1961, today 44 percent of moms have not tied the knot.
Heavy metal strollers or carriages were still most popular for babies, and their basic design hadn't changed much since the Edwardian era. They needed a hefty push to climb curbs, and you can forget trying to get them on a bus — especially as low-floor buses weren't introduced until the 1990s.
Half of all women smoked in the 1960s, compared to one in five today. It wasn't until 1964 that the first major report into smoking health issues appeared.
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