Let a child's home be the happiest house to him in the world; and to be happy he must be merry and cheerful; and he ought to have an abundance of playthings, to help on the merriment. If he has a dismal nurse, and a dismal home, he may as well be incarcerated in a prison, and be attended by a jailor. It is sad enough to see dismal, doleful men and women, but it is a truly lamentable and unnatural sight to see a doleful child. The young ought to be as playful and as full of innocent mischief as kittens. There will be quite time enough in after years for sorrow and for sadness.
Bright colors, plenty of light, clean windows (mind this, if you please), an abundance of good colored prints, and toys without number, are the proper furnishings of a nursery. Nursery! why, the very name tells you what it ought to be - the home of childhood - the most important room in the house - a room that will greatly tend to stamp the character of your child for the remainder of his life.
There are cases where people object to a wet nurse and then frequently, too, none can be found. In that event the best food must be resorted to that can be found.
Reason, as well as experience, abundantly proves that the object to be aimed at in hand-feeding is to imitate as nearly as possible the food which nature supplies for the new-born child, and therefore the obvious course is to use milk from some animal, so treated as to make it resemble human milk as nearly as it may be. The following rule is considered about the best:
Fresh milk from one cow;
Warm water, of each one-quarter of a pint,
Sugar-of-milk, one teaspoonful.
The sugar-of-milk should first be dissolved in the warm water, and then the fresh milk unboiled should be mixed with it. The sweetening of the above food with sugar-of-milk, instead of with lump sugar, makes the food more resemble the mother's own milk.
After a child begins teething any of the following foods may be given: The food that suits one infant, however, will not agree with another. The one that I have found the most useful is made as follows: Boil the crumb of bread for two hours in water, taking particular care that it does not burn, then add only a little loaf-sugar (or brown sugar, if the bowels are costive) to make it palatable. Mix a little new milk - the milk of one cow - with it, gradually, as it becomes older, increase the quantity until it is nearly all milk, there being only enough water to boil the bread; the milk should be poured boiling hot on the bread. Sometimes the two milks - the mother's and the cow's milk - do not agree; when such is the case, let the milk be left out, both in this and in the foods following and make the food with water, instead of with milk and water. In other respects, until the child is weaned, make as above directed; when he is weaned, good fresh cow's milk must, as previously recommended, be used.