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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Reference: F. Truby King, Feeding and care of baby. Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1942, p. 74
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