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Baby Meets World: Suck, Smile, Touch, Toddle
     

Baby Meets World: Suck, Smile, Touch, Toddle

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by Nicholas Day
 

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ISBN-10: 0312591349

ISBN-13: 2900312591341

Pub. Date: 04/02/2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900312591341
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Pages:
368

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Suck

1 Sucking: A Love Story 11

2 Lactation and Its Discontents 21

3 The Very Weird, Perfectly Normal Story of Wet Nursing (Plus, Some Goat Milk and Beer) 37

4 Tasty, Tasty Thumb 53

5 Pacifiers: The Next Menace 73

Part 2 Smile

6 The Birth of a Smile 89

7 "A Mother Evidently Perceives Her Baby to Be a Person Like Herself" 103

8 Get Happy 117

9 A Few Words on Some Small Subjects Like Culture, Civilization, and the Origins of Happiness 137

Part 3 Touch

10 The Power of Touch 149

11 A Brief History of How We Have, and Have Not, Held Our Children 163

12 A Blessed Break from Emotion and a Sudden Detour into Physiology, Carnival Midways, and Kangaroos 183

13 In Which Touch Gets Perhaps a Little Too Much Power 195

14 Finding the New World 221

Part 4 Toddle

15 Who Put the Norm in Normal? 229

16 Where Movement Comes From 249

17 Just Your Normal Milestone-Meeting, Spear-Throwing Infant 275

18 The Murky Origins of Bipedalism, or The First Toddler 285

Coda, or A Bedtime Story 295

Notes 315

Acknowledgments 341

Index 343

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