I received a review copy of a really cool book over the summer: Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I’ve Learned So Far) by Tracy Cutchlow. I loved the book and wanted to review it on my blog, and the publisher offered to give away 5 copies to Science of Mom readers! (If you’re curious about my policy on reviews and giveaways, check my About Me page.)
Zero to Five is a book of parenting advice starting with pregnancy and going up through age 5. Author Tracy Cutchlow is a former journalist at the Seattle Times and edited John Medina’s books Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby. Then she had a daughter, now 2, and was inspired to create a book that would bring together relevant, evidence-based parenting advice into an enjoyable and accessible format. I’d say she succeeded.
Each of the 70 parenting tips are explained in 2-4 page spreads summarizing the research in the area and accompanied by gorgeous candid photographs of children and parents. The tips are practical, and they’re explained simply, but they’re rooted in science.
The book is divided into 9 topics headings, listed below with examples of some of my favorite tips in parentheses:
- Prepare (Bolster your friendships; Expect conflict as a couple)
- Love (Create a feeling of safety; Comfort newborn with the familiar)
- Talk (Talk to your baby a ton; Read together; Teach sign language)
- Sleep, eat, and potty (Guard your sleep; Guard baby’s sleep, too; Let baby decide how much to eat)
- Play (Let baby touch that; Save the box; Make music with baby)
- Connect (Choose empathy first; Allow mistakes, discomfort, boredom)
- Discipline (Be firm but warm; Label intense emotions; Teach instead of punish)
- Move (Rock, jiggle, and swing; Keep moving)
- Slow down (Be still; Don’t bother to compare)
Some of these tips are obvious, like talking to your baby. But they’re also really important, and that’s one of the things I love about this book. Continue reading