Despite the publisher's protest to the contrary, this ode to the physical and spiritual perfection of babies is almost too cute for words. ``Babies are meant to be naked, as surely as they are meant to be nurtured and loved,'' writes Quindlen, novelist (One True Thing, 1994, etc.), former New York Times columnist, and popular chronicler of yuppie motherhood. And while photographer Kelsh may seem at first glance to have captured these naked babies in rarely photographed poses--they drool and cry and play with their wee-wees, they wrinkle and dimple in their rolls of fat--they are still undeniably cute. Even the isolated hand or toes or pair of eyes conveys the essence of adorableness. And, after all, why pretend that it could be otherwise?