Baby Meets World

Suck, Smile, Touch, Toddle: A Journey Through Infancy

Nicholas Day

St. Martin's Griffin

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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.

 

 

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Sucking: A Love Story


 
From the moment my son was born, the one and only thing he asked of the world was that it give him something to suck. Among the very first photos I took of him, there’s a shot that foretells the next half year of his life. His pink-gray hand, wrinkled and fuzzy, takes up almost all the foreground. It’s expertly splayed with tension, as if he’d practiced jazz hands in the womb. In the background, slightly out of focus, is his mouth, agape, bobbing for boobie.
He’s missing.

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Nicholas Day

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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Baby Meets World
Suck, Smile, Touch, Toddle: A Journey Through Infancy
Nicholas Day

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
4/22/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250044815
ISBN10: 1250044812
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$15.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
April 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312591342
ISBN10: 0312591349
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$25.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
April 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250038616
ISBN10: 1250038618
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$9.99
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