Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Let the Baby Drive

Let the Baby Drive

Navigating the Road of New Motherhood

Lu Hanessian

St. Martin's Press




This insightful, deeply poignant and often hilarious narrative about the first years of motherhood inspires new mothers to follow their baby's cues and trust their own instincts. In letting her baby drive, the author didn't hand over the keys, but she let him navigate while she steered--and got to know him. Empathy bred understanding, a kind of two-way mirror that allowed them to learn from eachother. This is not a "how-to" book but rather a "why-to" book that speaks to the human spirit about love, fear and letting go.


Year One
1. Frontier
He stands on the railing of his crib, one foot on the ledge, the other swinging back and forth like a Rockette's. It looks like he's going to fall. I try...


Praise for Let the Baby Drive

“Do we dare Let the Baby Drive? Lu Hanessian humorously and sensitively makes it clear why the answer can only be "yes" if we are to become the kind of mother our precious child needs. It's about focusing on the baby for guidance, and then having the courage to trust and act on what we have learned. An important book.” —Marian Tompson, co-founder, La Leche League International

“This is the book Henry David Thoreau would have written if he had been a mother. It is absolutely revolutionary!” —E. Jean Carroll, author, advice columnist, Elle

“Lu Hanessian is extraordinarily attuned to her child's needs and her own, in a way that promotes truly wonderful developmental growth. Her book Let the Baby Drive captures the essence of good parenting with a true blend of Baby Knows Best in tandem with Mother Knows Best. It's a winning combination reflecting the heart of child developmental theory, and guarantees raising a happy, healthy child with a solid identity.” —Dr. Jane Greer, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, marital and family therapist and author of Gridlock: Finding the Courage to Move On in Love, Work and Life

“This book is written with the excitement of the first time mom who stands in awe at the wisdom she received from her baby by listening to him. Lu proves that mothers and babies are a lot smarter than they are usually given credit. What a joy to share with other mothers and help them be happier, more fulfilled, stronger to follow their conviction!” —Tine Thevenin, bestselling author of The Family Bed and Mothering and Fathering

“Finally, the book I have been looking for to recommend to my clients. Lu Hanessian has put into words what I have strived to teach for thirty years. There are many books out there that try to give a "cook book" approach to making your children more independent, sleep through the night, be happy and healthy. This book gives you the confidence to find your own approach-your own way with your child.” —Ann Anderson, RN, AAHCC, IBCLC, childbirth/parent educator

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About the author

Lu Hanessian

Lu Hanessian is the host of the Discovery Health Channel show "Make Room for Baby." She lives near New York City with her husband and two boys.

Lu Hanessian

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St. Martin's Press

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