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

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

Parents magazine

Zero to Five summarizes the best parenting research. Seventy tips are paired with full-page photographs to create a beautiful, parent-friendly book.

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Tracy Cutchlow
The Author

Tracy Cutchlow

Before writing Zero to Five, I edited the bestselling books Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby. I'm a former editor at The Seattle Times. My writing on parenting has appeared in publications from the Huffington Post to the Washington Post.

I like to think I’m a recovering perfectionist, but I still do way too much research on every little thing. Somehow I'm a stay-at-home mom who freelances full-time (feels like it!). You can find me biking around Seattle and failing to persuade my preschooler to take a nap.

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Betty Udesen
The Photographer

Betty Udesen

Moments are special, don’t you agree? My role is to anticipate fleeting glances, nuanced toe-curls and moist eyes that tell stories. I began using cameras in grade school, and never stopped. Visual storytelling has taken me to Africa, Indonesia, Central and South America, and Israel, and deeply immersed me in Seattle’s community where I worked for two and-a-half-decades as a staff photographer at The Seattle Times, before leaving to pursue independent projects.

I live in Seattle with my husband, Benjamin Benschneider (also a photographer) and three very nice cats.

You can find me at www.udesen.com


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


"True to the science."

Science of Mom

"A perfect gift."

Library Journal, starred review

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by award-winning photojournalist Betty Udesen make this book a beautiful gift.


“I’ve bought and read at least 30 parenting books (sleep, getting toddlers to eat veggies, bullying, family meetings–the whole gamut) which means I’ve invested easily $350 and 250 hours of reading time on parenting books. … [I]f you’re like me, you could go ahead and do that too. Or you could save yourself a slew of time and money and check out Zero to Five.

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“I haven’t been this excited about a book in a long time!  I’m a child life specialist and I’ve been a parent educator for 25 years.”

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“My favorite baby prep book.”

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“We’ve already seen a positive change in our girls (4 and 2) since we started using it.”

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“I teach psychology and child development at the college level and often have to undo what students have learned from Mom, from self-proclaimed author-experts, from sources that hold wishful thinking and ought-to-be as solid guidance and pooh-pooh actual science. This book was a breath of fresh air.”

(5 stars on Amazon)

This book feels like a good talk with an old friend: it bolsters you, realigns you and educates you with a gentle hand.  

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“i LOVE this book and now gift it to all Moms I know. Even my husband reads it… um.. hello? My husband is reading a baby book? WOOHOO!!!

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