Baby Meets World
Suck, Smile, Touch, Toddle: A Journey Through Infancy
By Nicholas Day
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312591342, 356pp.)
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
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A dynamic new story about how babies make their way in the world--and how grown-ups have tried to make sense of these tiny inscrutable beings.
As a new parent, Nicholas Day had some basic but confounding questions: "Why does my son find the straitjacket of his swaddling blanket comforting and not terrifying? How can he never meet a developmental norm and still be OK? And when will he stop sucking my finger? "So he went digging for answers. They were not what he expected.
Drawing on a wealth of perspectives--scientific, historical, cross-cultural, personal--"Baby Meets World" is organized around the mundane activities that dominate the life of an infant: sucking, smiling, touching, toddling. From these everyday activities, Day weaves together an account that is anything but ordinary: a fresh, surprising story, both weird and wondrous, about our first experience of the world.
Part hidden history of parenthood, part secret lives of babies, "Baby Meets World" steps back from the moment-to-moment chaos of babydom. It allows readers to see infancy anew in all its strangeness and splendor.