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


The 3 best ways to boost your baby’s language skills

Speak with your baby in a certain way, new research shows, and your baby is far more likely to pick up on language. The difference is big—more than double the vocabulary by age 2. The study is making headlines now because of an education initiative to get parents to talk more to their babies. I shared a New […]

Hey Tracy: My 3-year-old is hitting and pinching her sister

Hey Tracy: I am trying to teach my 3-year-old ways to calm herself down when she’s feeling angry. I usually ask her to take a deep breath or go away from people (namely her 6-month-old sister) if she feels like hitting or pinching. Some days we can turn the mood around. Other days it seems […]

How to double your toddler's vocabulary -- my latest post @HuffPostParents @HuffPostEdu: http://t.co/jLdoaa16xT
Posted on Oct 22

"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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