In the eighteenth century, medical concerns that swaddling weakened rather than strengthened children's limbs merged with new ideas about the nature of children and how they should be raised to gradually reduce the use of swaddling.
At the height of the bustle's popularity in the s and s, dresses for girls between nine and fourteen had fitted bodices with skirts that draped over small bustles, differing only in length from women's garments.
These garments were made by mothers or commissioned from seamstresses, with ready-made layettes available by the late s. However, while children did not wear steel cages to give their skirts a fashionable shape, they still wore some form of the corset.
By mid-century, colorful prints gained popularity for older toddlers' dresses. The corset also called a waist sometimes was lighter and more flexible than their adult counterparts.
The Victorians believed that a corset of some sort was necessary for the health of a person. Another example would be the growing distinction between adult and child clothing by the 17th century.
All children up to age 6 wore frocks. This way the children would not be hindered in their movements doing all the things that kids do growing up. Today, there is an abundance of children's clothing on the market decorated with animals, flowers, sports paraphernalia, cartoon characters, or other icons of popular culture-most of these motifs have masculine or feminine connotations in our society and so do the garments on which they appear.
In the s, simpler, tailored outfits with pleated skirts and sailor blouses or dresses with full skirts gathered onto yoked bodices signaled that clothing was becoming more practical for increasingly active schoolgirls.
He held her gently, firmly.