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Baby Meets World: Suck, Smile, Touch, Toddle: A Journey Through Infancy (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 22. April 2014

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Nicholas Day has birthed a perfect book: expertly researched, beautifully written, wise, warm, honest, funny.  What makes it fascinating is the same thing that makes it reassuring:  When it comes to caring for babies, there has never been one right way to do it, but dozens—contradictory, bizarre (goat wet nurses!), hilarious in retrospect but always well-meant.   If you have a baby, expect a baby, were or still are a baby, this is a book for you.”—Mary Roach, author of Stiff and Gulp

“With wry humor and sharp writing, Nicholas Day explains how -- as in childbirth -- raising a baby is often a reflection of the time and place in which it happens. Most important, he offers the perspective parents so often lack in the fog of battle. If you read one parenting book, make this it.”—Tina Cassidy, author of Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born

Baby Meets World is a breath of fresh air for parents increasingly pressured to do the next “right” thing for their children. By exploring the wondrous complexities of early development in the context of personal experience as well as cultural norms, fads, and fancies, Nicholas Day provides a fascinating, entertaining, and ultimately reassuring look at what babies really need.” —Susan Linn, author of The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World

“Babies, yours or anyone else’s, won’t look the same after you’ve read Baby Meets World. Nicholas Day unearths the many peculiar things “experts” and other adults have believed about infancy down the ages. With a fresh curiosity any baby could admire, he also pays rapt attention to some very normal things all babies do. He makes the familiar strange and utterly fascinating. What better antidote to all our fretting?”—Ann Hulbert, author of Raising America: Experts, Parents, and a Century of Advice About Children

"The challenges that face new parents are timeless, but as this wry, accessible, and provocative book demonstrates, the responses of various cultures and historical eras differ profoundly.  Anyone interested in infancy, or simply the significance of a baby’s smile will benefit greatly from this book’s astute insights drawn from history, anthropology, physiology, and developmental psychology."—Steven Mintz, author of Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood

"In Baby Meets World, Nicholas Day brings us the book about infants that parents should have had all along: smart, funny, and tender, with just the right amount of edge. Engaging and enlightening, it belongs in the diaper bag of every new mom and dad." —Annie Murphy Paul, author of Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives

“A thorough look at an ‘inscrutable creature,’ a ‘glorious, unfathomable mystery’: the infant . . . An entertaining study of newborn behavior.”—Kirkus

“Nicholas Day’s edgy Baby Meets World is the anti-child-rearing book – a brilliantly researched, fascinating volume that just happens to focus on the subject of babies . . . excellently researched, interesting guide to the history of babies that parents will dig – as will people who never intend to procreate.”—Shelf Awareness

“What Day offers here is unique: A tour through the history and science of infancy. Equal parts funny and fascinating, Day investigates the mysteries of newborn behavior and explores the surprising backstories behind everything we know – or think we know – about babies. An engaging read that’s also bound to reassure shell-shocked new moms and dads that there’s no real right way to care for an infant.”—

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NICHOLAS DAY has been a wine salesman, a wedding cake baker, a fairground maintenance man, and a stay-at-home father. He writes about the care of children for Slate and the feeding of them for Food52. His writing has also appeared in Salon, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, and Time Out Chicago, among other publications. He lives in Chicago with his family.


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I love this book 3. April 2013
Von Emily Bazelon - Veröffentlicht auf
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I love Nick Day's writing: Sharp, smart, inquiring, and rigorous--about kids and the science of infancy. It's exactly the kind of reading about child rearing I can bear to do, because it's the opposite of preachy. And stop me if this sounds wrong, but I appreciate Nick for making babies his focus as a male writer. It's still relatively unusual for guys to make this their quest. This is a wonderful book: I'm so glad I got to absorb all Nick has learned.
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One of the best books I have ever read 20. Juli 2013
Von Penny Thoughtful - Veröffentlicht auf
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I wish I had been able to read this book before I had kids. I don't know that I would have done anything differently, but I would have been a lot less anxious and enjoyed it a lot more. The William Sears/LLL types who try to make you feel like a horrible person if the word "Similac" even crosses your mind seem a lot less scary in comparison with a time when the LUCKY babies were the ones who got rolled underneath a GOAT (who apparently developed attachments and would come running when the babies cried). And again, the Continuum Concept folks who shame you for putting your baby down because you need both hands to open a can of food (food isn't supposed to come in cans), much less because you have to work in a place that doesn't let you bring your baby along (although this problem has been around in our culture for multiple centuries), seem far less intimidating compared with a time (in current memory! I have an elderly relative who remembers this) when babies were strapped with anti-thumb-sucking devices to keep them from growing up to be horrible people.

This book offers NO PARENTING ADVICE WHATSOEVER, it just offers a fascinating glimpse into history and culture that somehow makes today's parenting seem a lot less anxiety-provoking.

DISCLAIMER (that doesn't really have anything to do with this book, I just need to put it out there): I know I'm going to get downvoted for what I said about some hallowed institutions. If you LIKE Dr. Sears, LLL, and/or the Continuum Concept, then awesome, more power to you, go for it, you rock, I've got your back. I don't mean to force my own negative experience on anyone else. Do what works for you.
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Witty, smart and just great 2. April 2013
Von Jude Stewart - Veröffentlicht auf
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Give yourself a treat and check out this book. Whether you're a parent yourself, a friend (or child) of parents, or just a curious human, there's marvelous grist to be found here about the minor miracle of making a little human. Day is a lovely, clever writer, an astute and funny observer of little people, and a damn fine researcher with a nose for truly stunning finds. I guarantee you will like it.
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Compulsively readable exploration of a great human mystery 14. September 2013
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Nicholas Day's Baby Meets World isn't for everyone. I'd only recommend it to those who have a baby, or are going to have a baby, or have had babies, or work with babies, or count babies among their circle of acquaintances, or perhaps are simply interested in babies as one of the epistemological limits of the human condition. If none of that applies to you, I hear that novel about the angsty teen wizard vampire heartthrob is pretty good.

Bucking the trend in baby books, Day claims he has no advice to offer parents. That's not strictly true, as some excellent advice is implied here. Babies can adapt to almost anything, other than neglect - but that doesn't mean they should have to. And: we have available to us a vast storehouse of lore about babies, most of which is dubious if not outright false, and all of which is far more about the cultures that produced it than these new members of those cultures. And: yes, as a parent, you'll make mistakes. So has every parent, but somehow a considerable number of babies have survived. And: babies need and deserve to be loved.

Baby Meets World is a bricolage of scientific research, historical and present beliefs (amusing or horrifying) about it, and personal anecdote. As Day points out, writing a book about infants means writing about parents, and about those who would advise, analyze, and replace them. He gives parents and other caregivers perspective for thinking critically about all that parenting advice. So too the cross-cultural comparisons of baby-raising, which demonstrate that while there are certainly wrong ways to care for an infant, there are also a great many right ones. But for me it was the fascinating facts plucked from infancy research which really made Baby Meets World such a delight.

I ran across Baby Makes World just as my first grandchild was being born, and as assistant baby caretaker found it useful, even though it's not a parenting book in the traditional sense. But the real significance of Day's book is not in helping parents. For here's the thing: infancy is one of the great mysteries of human existence. We've all been infants, and many of us have intimate, often obsessive relationships with infants. It's a universal experience - but an experience that as adults we have no direct, subjective access to, because we can't understand it at the time and retain no memory of it later. Infancy is an asymptote of phenomenology, a place in our own existence we have been but can never return to, even in our memories.

By weaving together his strands of personal experience, cultural mythology, and scientific research (all often delightful - who knew there's a whole field of baby-smile studies?), Nicholas Day has led us, blindfolded though he and we may be, back through that unknown place. Even without his book it's hard not to be astonished by your baby every day; after reading it, I can see how each of my granddaughter's new discoveries fit into the patterns babies have repeated for millennia, see the rituals that each infant repeats all on its own but in a mysterious inherited communion with every baby that's gone before it or will come after. In showing us how baby meets world, Day lets the world meet the baby.
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A fascinating book 5. Mai 2013
Von Leah Collums - Veröffentlicht auf
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I read several articles on by Nicholas Day and found them all so interesting that when the book was published I bought it right away. I read the whole thing in just a few days and was totally fascinated with all the topics the author discusses. He really had me looking at babies, and humans, from a new perspective.
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