It was the sternest school of self-reliance, from babyhood to the grave, that human society is ever likely to witness.
This region is new; so new that it may be said to be still in its babyhood.
Miss Patricia was usually antagonistic to all male persons safely past their babyhood.
And this father of hers—that she had revered from babyhood—was a forger!
The windmiller took more notice of him than he had been wont to do of his own children in their babyhood.
Good-night, friend of my babyhood, my girlhood, my womanhood.
There were moving pictures of her; pictures of her in her babyhood, her girlhood, in old-fashioned costumes and poses.
From the boy's babyhood the father had realized it with fear in his heart.
Ann had been the deus ex machina of the house since Christa's babyhood.
She had been accustomed to it from her babyhood, and was as fearless as any of her brothers.
baby late 14c., babi, dim. of baban (see babe). The verb meaning "to treat like a baby" is from 1742. 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. Baby blues for "blue eyes" recorded by 1944 (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. Ger. das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten).