70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science
(and What I’ve Learned So Far)


The red balloon

“Nooooo!” My toddler’s anguished cry rose high into sky along with her shiny new balloon. “Balloon, don’t do that!!” Moments before, she’d been skipping down the street, holding the balloon with such care. She’d continually turn to look up at it with awe. She was so incredibly happy. And she’d refused to let me tie the ribbon to her dress or […]

When your child hits you: ‘I won’t let you hurt me’

Sunday was one of those days. Everybody was off their rhythm. Everybody was short on sleep. Everybody was cranky. If you have a 3-year-old, you know what that means: violence. By them. Toward you. I set us up for this mess Saturday night by lingering at a party and getting our toddler to bed late, then running out […]

Can We Trust Our Parenting Instincts? http://t.co/hd4mJbAC96 (latest #parenting tip on @HuffPostParents from @zerotofivebook)
Posted on Nov 21

"I just feel at a loss." "My baby seems bored." "Maybe I'm not doing it right."

"I don't know what to do."

New parents need help. If you’re still pregnant, I know, you’re more worried about caffeine, cankles, and, oh, giving birth than what to do after baby arrives. If baby’s already here, you may have said one of those quotes yourself.

I’ve been there, too. As editor of the bestselling book Brain Rules for Baby, I knew what was good for baby’s brain development. But when my own baby was born, I thought, “Wait, how exactly do I do these things?” And I didn’t have the time or energy to dig through a stack of books.

Zero to Five is the book I wish I’d had. In it, I summarize the best research on engaging with baby, sleeping, feeding, screen time, potty training, discipline, and more.

And Zero to Five is designed with new parents in mind:

  • just flip to any page for a quick tip
  • beautiful photographs of real families that you (and baby) will love
  • fun and funny stories that connect the research to real life
  • hold the baby, not the book – it’s spiral-bound, so it lies flat on its own

Sound good?



Award-winning photojournalist Betty Udesen spent hours with families to capture these images.

"The coolest—and easiest—book for new parents."


"Bound to become a modern-day parenting classic."



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