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The Plunket clock (2nd of 2)

The Plunket clock

The Plunket clock symbolised that organisation's emphasis on strict routine when parenting. Young babies were supposed to be fed every four hours between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., with sleep, exercise and bathing in between. Women did try to follow this routine, but most (by necessity) took a somewhat more relaxed approach than the clock dictated.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: F. Truby King, Feeding and care of baby. Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1942, p. 74

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Lesley Patterson, 'Parenting - Mothers, fathers and parenting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/diagram/26331/the-plunket-clock (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Lesley Patterson, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 26 Jun 2018