June 7, 2008

Do You Remember Your First Bottle?

Here are a few things that I've learned after reading the articles.

I'm not summing up the entire history, just part of it. So, here is a bit of the early history in the 17th to the 19th century. I'd like to note that this is not an official site. It's a collector site.

In 17th century, leather and wood feeding bottles were used in Europe. Later they evolved into pewters feeding bottles and pap boats. Many of them had a flask shape. As the bottles evolved through the next 400 years, one thing remain common. They were not hygienic, mostly because it was not possible to entirely clean these bottles. So, the mortality rate among babies under 2 years old was quite high.

The pap boats (there are photos of them) and the cups were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the 1880's the bottles were made by potteries, but they were difficult to clean as well. Later, the glass blowers used the same design to make free blown bottles instead of pottery.

To read further and learn more, take a look at the articles. Besides the articles, there are galleries and collections. There is also a page about pacifiers. There are links too, but I have not checked them. So I don't know if they are safe and/or are updated.

There are a few minor problems with the navigation. Nothing major. However, there is a big problem viewing the "collections" pages. You can't enlarge the images (you supposed to be able to so). You'll get a 404 error message instead. I don't know what's going on over there, but I hope it'll get fixed. What a bummer, but you can at least still see their thumbnails (the little images).

By the way, there a few images of ancient cups from the "B.C centuries".

Baby Bottles History

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