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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

How do new parents become great parents? I didn’t want to mess it up. In my pre-baby life, I was very good at my job. I managed high-profile news and book projects that won awards. I knew what I was doing. I liked that feeling. Having a baby threw me for a serious loop. I hadn’t really been around babies and I wasn’t willing to go by intuition alone. So I went on a year-long hunt for evidence-based guidance. As a cohesive picture emerged, it felt like a hard-won victory. Why, I thought, should we all have to do that? That makes no sense. So I summarized what I’d learned.

By summarized, I mean: one tip per page, with bite-size chunks of texts. So that it’s easy to scan. I created a beautiful book, worthy of your coffee table. So that it’s inviting. And with personal stories, too. So that it’s friendly.

I’m Tracy Cutchlow, a mom, recovering perfectionist, award-winning journalist, and tea drinker (even though I’m from Seattle, land of Starbucks). 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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I’ve got your back

The amount of parenting advice out there is overwhelming. You know because you’ve already waded in. I’ll point you in the right directions, without claiming there’s only one path. Specific things, however — backed by research — 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 a GREAT start. I want that for you, too. This book is for you: The best parenting research. Beautifully summarized.


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?"

As a perfectionist, 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.

Without an attachment to any one parenting style, only to the best long-term outcomes, I looked at the intersections of attachment parenting, positive discipline, conscious parenting, behavior modification, natural consequences, logical consequences, and brain development.

And then I wrote as I went. As a parent -- as we all do -- I tried stuff. I wrote down personal stories that show how the research might play out in the much messier real world.

And I put it all in a beautiful book that you can easily flip open, scan, and immediately get something out of. I wanted to give you and your little one a great start.

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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: 

Cool uses for Zero to Five by cool people

Some of the wonderful stories I've heard from groups who placed bulk orders:


Private-practice pediatricians in Oregon, part of the Children's Health Alliance, gave Zero to Five to each new family. They're on a mission to prevent ACES and help families develop resiliency from the start.

More than 3,000 pediatricians across the country have a copy of Zero to Five for their exam rooms.


Ft. Bragg gifted copies of the book to hundreds of new families as part of a huge baby shower.


One childcare center gave a copy of Zero to Five to each family on its waiting list, with this wonderful note:


Child Care Aware of Kansas developed training sessions based on the book.


The Nebraska Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, at its annual conference, gave the book to 400 attendees in their registration bags. Twice.


A Chamber of Commerce raised money to give Zero to Five to new parents who give birth at a local hospital. Welcome, baby! They also sold the book as a fundraiser for a new community fund. Move over, Girl Scout Cookies?

A coalition near Atlanta, aiming to end generational poverty in its community, works through the book with parents to help ensure every child is ready for kindergarten.


"Our childbirth teacher told our class that we have to buy your book," some parents told me at a baby expo.


PEPS facilitates neighborhood-based support groups for 12 weeks of intimate discussion. Group leaders use Zero to Five for a 5-minute "brain-building moment." (Contact PEPS to license its model.)

And, of course, PARENTS!

See their reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

My favorite story: Because the hardcover has a hidden spiral binding, it opens flat. There's just one tip per page, with bite-size chunks of texts, so it's easy to scan. The size of the book and its full-color photographs make it hard to miss. One mama left the book open on the counter to a page she wanted to discuss with her partner -- and it worked. ;-)

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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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