Book Giveaway: Zero to Five

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Zero to Five

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

“The coolest–and easiest–book for new parents” –Parents magazine

“You could read 34 parenting books on sleep, eating, potty training, discipline, and brain development. Or you could read Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science. Tracy Cutchlow cuts to the chase, summarizing the best scientific research in bite-sized chunks. One tip per page + beautiful photographs = cool + easy.”

I couldn’t agree more – this one’s a beauty.  You’ll want three to stash away for baby shower gifts.  This charming book was written by Seattle author Tracy Cutchlow and beautifully photographed by Betty Udesen. In keeping with the times there’s  a blog for new parents and twitter feed and  FB page and instagram thingy all centered around the simple, but wise advice dispelled in the book.


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3.  What was your favorite toy as a child?  I had this little fuzzy white (well kind of grey from so much holding) lamb with a little gold turn-key on it’s underside.  When you wound it up the music box inside played “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.   I know.  Pretty cute. Okay.  YOUR TURN.   Type your answer as a comment to this post.

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28 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: Zero to Five

  1. I had a giant stuffed dog that I received on my first birthday. It was so loved it turned into more of a rug by the time I entered elementary school. It laid on the end of my bed. My folks wouldn’t get me a real dog, so it served as my puppy which is what I called it. thanks for the opportunity!

  2. I had a cloth doll with plastic face. She went with me everywhere. When she finally fell apart my parents bought me a second. Cloth folks just don’t last forever.

  3. I had a stuffed bunny. She wore a t-shirt I had worn as a baby. Her head and limbs were attached in a way where they could rotate. Each fell off at some point and my mom sewed them back on. The head was reattached a little off center so it appeared that she was always looking a bit to the left. Her tail was also sewn on a bit wonky. She was my favorite!

  4. My favorite was a doll named Cindy – which I stole from a distant cousin’s home while visiting. My parents found it when we got home from vacation and were humiliated, but my aunt didn’t want them to mail it back. I still have her to this day.

  5. Playplax — transparent colored plexiglass squares and cylinders with slots so you can build with them. I love the colors, building with them and just lining them up and shining a light through them to see what new color I had created.

  6. My favorite toy was a hard, jointed teddy bear that I got either for my first Christmas or for my first birthday about a month later. I think he must have made a growling sound at one time, because you can turn him upside down and hear a clunk – it is what I think is a noise box inside his body. I still have him.

  7. My father was away overseas for a year when I was 6 years old. I missed him horribly. He was able to come home for two weeks at my birthday time. He brought me a stuffed animal — a little white dog. When you wound up its tail it would play “Happy Birthday.” That little dog is still here, right by my computer, 60+ years later, most of its fur loved off and only one ear left, but still beloved.

  8. I was given a doll that had been my mother’s in the early 1950’s – a Madame Alexander doll modeled after the character “The Little Colonel” (originally a series of books, but popularized by Shirley Temple). She had (has!) eyes that open and close, soft golden hair, and a wonderful set of outfits, including a raincoat and rainhat of a satiny teal-colored fabric with white polka-dots. The books would now serve as a primer of so many horrifying assumptions about race and privilege, but the doll, poor thing, is just a doll. I love her still.

  9. I was a stuffed animal junkie- no one in particular. I’d sit in my room all day rearranging them and naming them.

  10. A doll named Jenny. She had a little hair just on top of her forehead, always happy and smiling, and listening, never ever bored with my 5-year-old stories. Hope you are still happy as ever, Jenny 🙂

  11. My favorite toy as a kid was a wooden box with cotton. Little treasures were put in there for all the fairies to play with. Sometimes I would drop little drips of lotion in there for the fairies to eat!

  12. My favorite toy had to be my cabbage patch doll I got for Christmas one year. . My older sisters both had one and I really want my very own. I think I carried it around with me everywhere.

  13. My preschool teacher made me a wood rocking cradle for my dolls. It was the sweetest gift from a beloved teacher. I still have it at my moms for the grandkids to play with.

  14. I loved my teddy ruxpin. I still sing my kids his songs at bedtime, I remember most of my favorites. We even had matching pjs that my mom sewed for us

  15. I had a giant (at least to me) stuffed Snoopy doll originally dressed as his Red Baron alter ego. We’re talking the nineteen seventies so it was stuffed with those styrofoam pellets. He had to get stitched and patched a lot over the years as those pellets found their way all over the house. At least he left a trail so that we wouldn’t get lost!

  16. My favorite toy was a stuffed grey Scottie. He was involved in all my adventures. He was a ragged, worn mess by the time I lost him in middle school (I still suspect my mother had something to do with his disappearance.) His name was Steve. I have no idea where I got the name from but wouldn’t you know I grew up and married a Steve!

  17. Oh… Feels so nostalgic to go back down memory lane… I had a pale pink small teddy bear which I used to carry and cuddle everywhere I went… He got burnt with the heater and turned brown .. But I loved him just the same… Then I handed him down to my brother once I ‘outgrew’ him… And became his best friend ever since! Ohh so adorable ^_^

  18. My favorite childhood present was the largest Christmas Present my parents managed to smuggle into the house and hide in our basement, where we enjoyed HOURS of fun during the winter seasons in Oregon.

    An AIR HOCKEY TABLE! It was amazing running downstairs to find the largest present wrapped I had ever seen in my 10 years EVER!

    If you ever find me another table, Bring it! I’m not afraid to go after bystanders fingers hanging over the table 😉

  19. The doctor who delivered me made a sock monkey for me and I loved it more than anything else for many, many years. And I still have it!

  20. I had a “baby size” doll that my mother also played with when she was young. The doll’s name was Katie. I still have her!

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