In Greek and Roman mythology, Hygieia, daughter of the god of medicine, was the goddess of health, cleanliness, and hygiene.


Outrageously good name for a nursing bottle, isn’t it?

What conscientious mother

wouldn’t use it?

(Spoiler alert ~ I was a Hygeia baby. And no, we did not have servants.)

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Manufactured in Buffalo, the glass bottles sold for $.35 ($.29 on sale) in 1949.

They were invented by a physician to protect his own baby from the dangerous bacteria (and the looming likelihood of death) lurking in the imperfectly-washed narrow-necked ones.

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The ad states another unflinching truth: Hygeia bottles are used by hundreds of thousands of intelligently-cared for infants.

Hmm, I wonder if my mother was at all influenced by that. What do you think?

Toni 8/6/15

This and other vintage baby frippery is for sale at Some Bit Of Stuff.

One thought on “DID SOMEONE SAY #TBT?

  1. Hygieia bottles were piggybacking–just to mix metaphors or pan puns–on Egyptian recognition of the importance of breastfeeding; think: many early pictures of Isis breastfeeding Horos (he becomes Pharaoh); statues of Demeter, Gaia, and Hera show up in tombs, all breastfeeding NOT using the Hygieia. That said, as soon as I had our first baby my father brought my mother here to help me for a week. He carried in a chocolate cake (for the man who lives with me); my mother carried in a baby scale (“just to make sure Sarah gains weight from this nursing you’re doing…) I’m surprised she didn’t bring Hygieia bottles too.


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