Baby’s Friend

Baby’s Friend? That’s an interesting title and name for an object which may have been responsible for illness amongst babies.

It was the trade name of a baby’s drinking bottle and we have one of them in Market Lavington Museum.

Baby's Friend - a late 19th century feeding bottle at Market Lavington  Museum

Baby’s Friend – a late 19th century feeding bottle at Market Lavington Museum

This is the bottle. As ever, glass items can be hard to photograph.

The stopper comes out and a rubber teat could be fitted instead.

With stopper removed

With stopper removed

Embossed writing on the bottle

Embossed writing on the bottle

There’s the legend, embossed on one side – Baby’s Friend and improved feeding bottle.

This item dates from the late 19th century when it was hard to keep the rubber teat germ free and this was a frequent cause of tummy upsets for baby.

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