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In articles I often read the author refer to a baby as "baby", without an article. Example:

She insists there is no modern proof that it is safe for baby

Our midwife does the same, always referring to "baby".

When baby does this

I'm not a native speaker English speaker and that's contrary to my intuition which is to say "the baby" so I'd appreciate an explanation.

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  • Just curious, but what is your native language? French, Spanish...? Dec 11, 2020 at 18:10
  • @Cascabel German
    – Tobias
    Dec 11, 2020 at 18:30
  • Thank you, yes, my question was a duplicate, sorry about that. Thanks for pointing me to explanations.
    – Tobias
    Dec 11, 2020 at 18:30
  • Compare "The ideal Christmas present for Mum!" (not "your mother"). The writer is 'speaking' as though they were a member of your family. Dec 12, 2020 at 9:15

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