Babies have always been and continue to be a lot of work. They need constant care and attention and tend to leave parents often feeling overwhelmed and sleep deprived. For those that do not have any relatives nearby, rearing a child can be that much extra work. But imagine how parents raised children long before there were dishwashers, washing machines, formula, disposable diapers and most importantly, medicine. During the 18th century, babies had a less than 50% chance of reaching the age of 5 and only half of those that did made it to 10. But what else has changed over the decades?
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