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18th and 19th century homes contained many hazards for young, mobile children. Open fires posed a particular danger, as did the scalding water usually heating over it. Baby tenders like this one kept little ones temporarily out of harm's way while older household members performed their day-to-day tasks. Most households did not use such devices. They often relied instead upon older children to watch over younger siblings. Young children were often left entirely to their own devices, sometimes with tragic results.


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Baby tender

creator   Unidentified
date   c. 1820
location   New England
height   21.375"
width   17.75"
depth   17.75"
process/materials   wood
item type   Household Goods/Furniture
accession #   #1960.17

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