Translating Babies

Infants do come with instructions, but are they all that hard? A new book makes them seem so

Some people just have a way with babies. Unfortunately, it is often someone other than the baby's parents. My aunt Lena, for instance, has an uncanny ability to read a baby's cries. Lena, who has six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, has run our family's unofficial "baby boot camp" for three generations. New parents in our clan will show up at her house with their eyes pinwheeling from exhaustion, only to have Lena quickly dispense her diagnosis: "This baby's so tired. Why on earth don't you put him to bed?" If she likes you, she will take your cranky baby for 24...

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