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Baby Ecology: Let's create the best environment for your baby

Baby Ecology is a parenting book that was published in 2022 and won multiple awards in 2022-23.

Baby Ecology book awards

"A refreshing guide for new parents focused not on specific techniques but rather on the big picture elements that matter most. Highly recommend!"

-- Alice Callahan, PhD, author of The Science of Mom

"I felt seen and cared for while reading this book... This is it. This is THE book."

-- Kelsey Pinder, MEd

“Baby Ecology is a compassionate, practical and scientific resource for the parenting journey."

-- Janis Keyser, author of Becoming the Parent You Want to Be, PITC Faculty and Facilitator

"Practical, fact-based and reassuring"

--Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution

"Excellent book, well-delivered information, presented in a manner that is easy to read and absorb"

-- 2023 Feathered Quill Book Awards (2nd place in Informational Nonfiction, 1st place as Debut Author)

"Baby Ecology ... is a wonderful guide to any overwhelmed parents seeking guidance. Educational and encouraging."

-- Readers' Favorite

Do you feel overwhelmed with baby advice?

Are you finding that many parenting techniques contradict each other, while all claim to be “best” and “right”?

As a scientist and a mother, Anya Dunham knew there couldn’t be only one right way, and that raising a baby requires more than techniques. She examined hundreds of studies on infant development, sleep, and feeding through the lens of her research field, ecology, and made a key discovery:

There is a biologically optimal nurturing environment for all babies – and within it, many good options to meet different babies’ unique needs.

 In Baby Ecology, you will find:

  • Scientific findings most relevant to everyday baby care
  • A shift from techniques (reactively solving problems) to a holistic approach (proactively creating the environment for success)
  • Ten biology-based, interconnected building blocks of the nurturing environment that nurtures every baby’s unfolding abilities
  • A guide to creating these building blocks in your home in a way that works best for your unique baby and your circumstances

Unlike other parenting books, Baby Ecology offers both scientific findings and helpful advice.  Use it to create a strong foundation for your baby, while bringing less stress and more joy to your parenting journey.


  • 324 pages
  • Fully referenced (379 bibliographical references) so you can dig deeper 
  • Detailed index for easy navigation
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Dear Reader,

To write this book, I carefully analyzed over 800 scientific papers. First, I looked with the eyes of a scientist; I kept only what was true for all human babies, regardless of culture and family practices. Then, I looked with the eyes of a parent and kept only what felt important and useful for families to know during the beautiful, tiring, and ever-important first year.

This award-winning book is the result. I hope it helps you understand better, notice more, and worry less.



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