Here is a series of photographs from the Nelson archive (ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) that feature Gen-X babies and 1970s baby equipment. They underscore for me the work of the the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and how much products for infants have improved over the last four or five decades.
In 1972, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Act. The law gave the CPSC the power to develop safety standards and pursue recalls for products that presented unreasonable or substantial risks of injury or death to consumers. I’m sure it contributed significantly to our litigious society, but has also done enormous good for Americans.
Thankfully, most, if not all, of the products in these pictures would never make it to market today. They include car seats without ample harnesses and a baby bed with ridiculously wide spaces between the bars. Also, a baby changing table without a belt to secure a baby and prevent falls.
Does any of this 1970s baby equipment look familiar to you?