Baby window cages for an infant’s… health?
As you can see here, the results were mixed. Contained? Yes. Well-ventilated? Indeed.
Safe? That’s questionable… especially the further back you go — like to when infants were suspended from high buildings in baby window cages (in what was considered fresher air outside — though knowing what we know today, we’re skeptical that was the case).
Would you consider using a baby window cage today?
Take a look and see what you think of a few of these contraptions from the past — things that more often looked like baby cages than a safe spot to park junior in the afternoon, and gradually morphed into cribs with lids.
Baby window cage: Where the President’s granddaughter slept (1916)
Little Ellen Wilson McAdoo, daughter of the secretary of the treasury, and granddaughter of President Wilson, is a “fresh air baby.”
In the box-like crib shown [here], the young lady takes her daily naps and her evening rest. The crib is so constructed that it may be swung out from the window so as to allow the child fresh air without the care of nurse or mother. It is securely fastened and accident-proof.
Baby window cages
The vintage Boggins open-air sleeping compartment for babies
From The Health-Care of the Baby, by Louis Fischer (1920)
A convenient outdoor sleeping compartment readily attached to any window can be bought under the name of “Boggins’ Window Crib.”
This outdoor crib is admirably adapted for city apartments. It is thirty-six inches long, twenty-four inches wide and twenty-seven inches high. The illustration shows how comfortable the baby can be in this crib, and how he can be kept in view of his mother or nurse.
The metal roof is insulated, so that the compartment is always cool in summer. The reinforced screens make it absolutely safe. The baby can not fall out, and flies or mosquitoes can not get in.
Baby is given fresh air in a baby window cage
From Popular Science (Oct 1923) – Colorized photo
Babies of flat and tenement dwellers, whose tiny lungs have been forced to breathe stale and overheated air, are offered relief by the recent English invention pictured [below].
A large metal crate is attached to the outside of the window by two stout iron poles. A baby basket can easily be lowered inside. If insects are likely to trouble the child, the crate can be screened.
Vintage screened bassinet for baby (1941)
Your baby will be safe in this screened-in crib. You can let him enjoy the sun, yet be protected from undesirable insects or playful pets.
Crib and Pad Built of selected kiln-dried hardwood and galvanized screen wire. Sturdy and strong it will last you many years.
Specially convenient — top lifts up and slides. Complete with link fabric spring and cotton mattress that fit crib perfectly. Your child will be completely comfortable, and completely happy with his “sweet dreams.” Link spring will give him enough support, and the softness of the cotton mattress will lull him to sleep. Bassinet size: 21×36 inches. Height, 31-1/2 inches. Choice of Ivory or Maple finish.
Kiddie Koop: A baby crib that closes so mom can do chores (1950)
A bouncy new baby is wonderful fun — but quite a burden, too! Your baby will be safer… easier to care for in Kiddie-Koop – Trimble’s Practical Safety Crib
Young mothers are all alike when it comes to Kiddie-Koop baby care… they like it! In Kiddie-Koop, Baby enjoys his sleep AND his play and exercise in perfect safety. You are free to do the thousand things you must do with a new baby in the house.
This practical safety crib will make Baby even more fun, because Trimble’s Kiddie-Koop makes baby care easier for you… safer for Baby. When you put Baby in safety-screened Kiddie-Koop. he’s there to stay. He can’t get out, can’t throw toys out… pets and older children can’t hurt him… he is safe — and you know it, even if you are out of sight!
Go to your department, furniture or baby store — ask about the Trimble Kiddie-Koop. You will see how attractive and practical this safety crib is — and it’s economical, for you’ll use it from birth to big bed age, and it comes complete with special wet-proof Vinylite covered Hairflex mattress.
Screened and covered vintage baby travel crib bed (1962)
FOR HOME AND AWAY! A full size 18″ x 36″ crib on easy-moving casters, with adjustable height to avoid bending over. Folds quickly into a compact carrying unit, has tubular telescoping legs that convert it to a super-size travel bed.
Heavyweight fabric: washable, durable. Both body and top are screened with rust-proof, flexible fiberglas. Use it indoors or out! Manufactured by the makers of famous KANTWET… the nation’s finest crib mattress.
Covered baby cribs from 1973
Screen-topped accessories go indoors and out!
Lady, is this your litter? A bizarre trash can baby cage (1969)
This photo of a mother and her child visiting the park probably fell under both the “strange” and “amusing” categories: the baby is tucked under an inverted open-frame trash can — a makeshift playpen — while mom peacefully crochets on a bench in the background.