1934, New Aluminum Bassinets
"'Who's afraid of the big bad sand man,' coo these new arrivals at Los Angeles County Hospital on February 26, 1934. You see, they're among the first babies in the world to sleep in aluminum bassinets, which entitles them to be just a wee bit cocky, we should say. Heretofore bassinets have weighed in the neighborhood of 15 pounds. These light alloy baby baskets weigh only 7-3/4 pounds each, complete with name plates and safety pin holders, which is a real advantage, according to the nurses who carry them around all day. The aluminum bassinets are safer, possessing no sharp corners for baby to bump his head on, and no open sections for him to shove his tiny fists and feet through. Smooth sides and rounded edges make them easy to keep clean and sanitary. The bassinet cart also is designed along efficiency lines, being constructed chiefly of aluminum tubing."