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The ABCs of Babies

Posted May 13, 2010 to photo album "The ABCs of Babies"

Babies may be universal, but the way that society and culture has viewed the little darlings has changed through history.

Slide 1: A is For Awesome
Slide 2: B is for Babies
Slide 3: C is for Confusion
Slide 4: D is for Damned
Slide 5: D is for Discipline
Slide 6: F is for Faith
Slide 7: G is for God
Slide 8: I is for Infanticide
Slide 9: J is for Jail
Slide 10: O is for Organism
Slide 11: E is for Environment
Slide 12: M is for Milk
Slide 13: N is for Nursing
Slide 14: P is for Philosophical
Slide 15: R is for Remarkable
Slide 16: S is for Software
Slide 17: V is for Values
Slide 18: W is for Writer
Slide 10: O is for Organism

Slide 10: O is for Organism

Although two of the stars of Babies, Mari in Tokyo and Hattie in San Francisco, will both grow up in technologically sophisticated cultures, their upbringing is likely to be quite different. For one thing, babies in Japan commonly sleep with their parents, as the illustration from “Japanese Family & Culture,” published by the Japan Travel Bureau, indicates. In this way Japanese culture helps put the emphasis on the group over that of the individual. In the United States, babies are often relegated to their own crib. The authors of a study on children rearing practices observed in 1985: “In Japan the infant is seen more as a separate biological organism who form the beginning, in order to develop, needs to be drawn into increasingly interdependent relations with others. In America, the infant is seen more as a dependent biological organism who, in order to develop, needs to be made increasingly independent of others.”