Window Baby Cages
The origin of “baby cages” can be traced back to Dr. Luther Emmett Holt’s 1884 book, The Care and Feeding of Children. In the book, Dr. Holt recommended fresh air for babies, as he believed it would purify the blood. While some parents simply placed their infants’ baskets near open windows, others hung chicken-wire cages to expose babies to fresh air. In 1922, the first commercial patent for a baby cage was filed by Emma Read of Spokane, Washington. Baby cages became popular in London in the 1930s, particularly among apartment dwellers without access to backyards. The popularity of baby cages declined in the second half of the 20th century, likely due to growing concerns for child safety. Even Eleanor Roosevelt, who knew little about baby care, used a baby cage until a neighbor threatened to report her to authorities.