Some nice things people have said about Baby Meets World:
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