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Baby, Unplugged: One Mother's Search for Balance, Reason, and Sanity in the Digital Age

Baby, Unplugged: One Mother's Search for Balance, Reason, and Sanity in the Digital Age

by Sophie Brickman

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Overview

A charming, meticulously researched, and illuminating look at how technology infiltrates every aspect of raising children today, filled with helpful advice parents can use to best navigate the digital landscape, and ultimately learn to trust their own judgment.

There’s an app or device for nearly every aspect of parenting today: monitoring your baby; entertaining or educating your toddler; connecting with other new parents for tips, tricks, and community—virtually every aspect of daily life. But it isn’t a parenting paradise; the truth is much more complicated. 

The mother of two young daughters, journalist Sophie Brickman wondered what living in a tech-saturated world was doing to her and her children. She turned to experts, academics, doctors, and innovators for advice and insight. Baby, Unplugged brings together Brickman’s in-depth research with her own candid (sometimes hilarious) personal experience to help parents sort through the wide and often confusing tech offerings available today and to sort out what’s helpful and what’s not.

Filled with relatable and entertaining stories as well as practical takeaways, Baby, Unplugged is destined to become a touchstone for parents today, giving them the permission to forge their own path through the morass of technological options, to restore their faith in themselves, and to help them raise good, social, and engaged people in the modern world. 



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062966483
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/07/2021
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 704,582
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sophie Brickman is a writer, reporter, and editor who has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Elle, Saveur, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other outlets. Her work has also appeared in the Best Food Writing and the Best American Science Writing anthologies. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Parentech

1 The Quantified Child Do We Really Need This Much Baby Data? 31

2 It Takes a Virtual Village Can Online Parenting Groups Replace IRL? 61

3 Baby Paparazzi If You're Capturing the Moment, Are You Ever in It? 93

4 Buy, Buy, Baby Are We Strong Enough to Escape E-commerce? 131

Part 2 Babytech

5 Plug and Play Are Smart Toys Better than Analog Blocks? 157

6 Couch Fingerlings Is Preschool Programming Worse than Ever? 187

7 Swiped Out Will Interactive Apps Change the Game? 215

8 See Spot Sprint Can E-books Improve Upon Print Ones? 253

Conclusion 287

Acknowledgments 305

Index 309

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