Parents sometimes have an attitude of, “I was brought up in the school of hard knocks, no one babied me.”
I hoped that somehow we wouldn't have to spend that Martian anniversary being congratulated and petted and babied.
Had she dared, she would have babied Martin to an even greater extent than she did.
Harriet insisted that she did not wish to be "babied," but, the guardian was firm.
We babied him abominably—he was, for two years, the only subject we had for such malpractice.
Mike dearly loved cauliflowers, and babied ours as a flower gardener babies his hybrid tea roses.
It's nonsense for a great hot-blooded clown, like me to be babied with a fire.
When his feet got well—I had toadied and babied him so—he was plum ruined.
Mrs.Robinson had always been babied by the girls, and that she was very nervous her whole family knew too well.
She thought we all ought to give up and stay with you, but we told her you disliked to be 'babied.'
late 14c., babi, diminutive of baban (see babe + -y (3)). Meaning "childish adult person" is from c.1600. Meaning "youngest of a group" is from 1897. As a term of endearment for one's lover it is attested perhaps as early as 1839, certainly by 1901; its popularity perhaps boosted by baby vamp "a popular girl," student slang from c.1922. As an adjective, by 1750.
Baby food is from 1833. Baby blues for "blue eyes" recorded by 1892 (the phrase also was used for "postpartum depression" 1950s-60s). To empty the baby out with the bath (water) is first recorded 1909 in G.B. Shaw (cf. German das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten). Baby's breath (noted for sweet smell, which also was supposed to attract cats) as a type of flower is from 1897. French bébé (19c.) is from English.
"to treat like a baby," 1742, from baby (n.). Related: Babied; babying.
baby ba·by (bā'bē)
A very young child; an infant.