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

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

(Parents magazine)

Like a chat over tea with your best friend who researches everything

What if I was doing it wrong? In my pre-baby life, I was very good at my job. I managed high-profile news and book projects. I won awards. I knew what I was doing. I liked that feeling. Having a baby threw me for a serious loop, from the very first moment. That’s when my lovely notion of a natural birth in a tub of water with a gentle but fierce midwife gave way to a “baby’s heart can’t handle the contractions” C-section in the hospital. At each stage since then — infant, toddler, preschooler, kindergartner — various parenting challenges have thrown me for a loop. I sought and found the evidence-based answers I needed. And it was like finding needles in a haystack. Well, you’re not going to waste months of your life digging through all that like I did. Not if I can help it.

I’m Tracy Cutchlow, a mom, a recovering perfectionist, and an award-winning journalist. This is the book I wanted as a new parent: the best information, in the least time. Zero to Five is now an international bestseller. I hope you like it, too.

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The amount of parenting advice out there is overwhelming. You know because you’ve read it all. Same here. I’ll point you in the right directions. There are specific things — backed by research — that make being a parent easier, lighter, less unintentionally harming, more connected. These don’t always come naturally to us because of the way we were raised and the culture we live in. But when they’re laid out in a friendly way, with examples, we can do them. I’ve done them. You can do them.

I won’t leave you hanging with “Sign language is great for babies; here are a few signs.” I say, “Here’s how researchers teach babies sign language. And here’s my experience with it.” I won’t say, “Stay calm and your child will be more calm,” but “Here’s the best three-part framework I’ve found for staying calm.”

You want to give your child the best possible start. I know exactly how that feels. This book is for you.


Zero to Five covers what you care about

These are the things I wanted to know. I'd edited the bestselling brain-development books Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby, but sitting there in the moment with my daughter, I had questions. Mainly:

"How, exactly?"

So, because I couldn't add "recovering" to the front of my "perfectionist" at the time, I set to work. I gathered up findings from scientists and experts like Alison Gopnik, Adele Diamond, Carol Dweck, Dan Siegel, Diana Baumrind, Jane Nelsen, John Gottman, Sandy Blackard, Patricia Kuhl, and other names you might know.

I made this book for me, really, but also for you. It's practical. It's got bite-sized text you'll actually have time to read. It looks good!

Cool + easy.

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What parents say

"Brilliant, practical resource that bolsters my parenting confidence." -- Kate M.

"Tracy Cutchlow's writing style makes you feel like you're having a cup of coffee with the best friend you can imagine: someone who gets you, believes in you, and has a great sense of humor. She gives you so much hope and such practical tips, all in a format that's super easy to access and read." -- L.A. Garner

"This is easily the most worthwhile parenting book I have purchased thus far." -- David T.

What pros say

"I have worked in childcare for 12 years and now have two children of my own. I have done the parent support groups, parent ed though a co-op preschool and taken many, many, trainings on child development. This book sums up all those classes/lectures/groups into one!!!" -- A.

Zero to Five is used by pediatricians. Parent educators. Parenting support groups. Childcare providers. Home visitors. Childbirth-class teachers. Graduate students in child development. Early-learning advocates. Family therapists and psychologists. They say: 

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Tracy Cutchlow
The Author

Tracy Cutchlow

Tracy Cutchlow is the author of the international bestseller Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science.

Tracy edited the bestselling brain-development books Brain Rules, Brain Rules for Aging Well, and Brain Rules for Baby. She believes no new parent should feel alone, which is why she is on the board of Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS).

Tracy is an award-winning journalist, a mom, a recovering perfectionist, a triathlete, a yogi, and a good listener. She lives in Seattle, where you'll find her hiking or biking around with her husband and their spirited 6-year-old daughter.

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


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