7 things 1980s moms just didn’t know

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While we might miss the shoulder pads, big hair, and retro TV or video games of the decade, there are plenty of traditions we should be glad we get to leave in the past.

Seatbelts and helmets are non-negotiable

In the 80s, people didn’t realize the importance of seatbelts and protective gear like pads and helmets. Fast forward to today, where moms across America can be heard saying to their kids, “this car isn’t going anywhere until everyone buckles up!”.

Too much sun causes skin damage

The typical 80s child was lucky to be lathered in SPF 8, and baby oil was advertised to adults as a healthy tanning option. We can’t blame the moms back then; no one knew much about sun damage! But millions of wrinkles and warnings from dermatologists later, you know that your baby’s skin is delicate and in need of serious protection.

Fat doesn’t make you fat

In the “diet-crazed” 80s, people became convinced that low-fat foods would keep them skinnier than whole fat alternatives. This caused widespread consumption of carbohydrates and unhealthy low-fat alternatives. Moms today enjoy more foods with healthy, whole fats, like butter, milk, and avocados.

Young children don’t make the best babysitters

In the 80s, it was socially acceptable to have a 9-year-old babysit your kids while you stepped out of the house. Nowadays, most parents would be more comfortable relying on a sitter who’s a little older, and preferably one who can reach the stove.

It’s dangerous to put huge stuffed animals and electronics in cribs

Many 80s babies learned to entertain or comfort themselves by interacting with plastic play consoles and gigantic stuffed dolls in their cribs. Today, parents keep their children’s cribs bare to reduce any dangers toys and electronic games may pose.

Jungle gyms can be fun and safe

Jungle gyms of the 80s looked like complicated workout equipment. They were made almost exclusively of metal, and could sizzle your skin in 5-seconds flat on a sunny day. Thankfully, you have safer, more entertaining playground options for your little one.

Google is awesome

This one might not seem fair, but honestly, moms of the 80s just didn’t have the same access to information that you do. The 80s mom was figuring it out as they went, making the most of old wisdom and huge – often poorly understood – technological advancements to create the best life for their babies.

Just like the 80s mom did, you’re carving your own path. You’re using exciting new technologies like the phone in your hand to help make the best life you can for your baby. You’re part of a new generation of moms, and sometimes it can be hard to know where to look for the support you need in this modern age.

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