Sabre Tooth Tigers and Teddy Bears: The connected baby guide to attachment by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk

Babies have a biological need for connection.  Without someone to share their joys and fears, babies cannot develop in emotionally healthy ways.  The experiences that babies have of other people become wired into their brains, with the consequence that early experiences continue to shape relationships for the rest of their lives.  In fact, a person’s whole emotional regulatory system is affected by their early experiences.

This book explains the biological attachment system that drives this need for connection.  It uses Suzanne’s well-known metaphor of Sabre Tooth Tigers & Teddy Bears to help make traditional scientific ideas come to life.  It won’t matter whether you bring a personal or a professional interest, this book will leave you feeling confident that you understand the basics of attachment theory.

Advance recommendations:

  • “I have never read a clearer explanation of the concept of attachment and why it matters in all our lives.” – George Hosking, CEO, WAVE Trust
  • “Reading this booklet was amazing.  It felt like Suzanne was explaining to me what my baby can’t say himself.”– Helen, Mum of 9-month-old Daniel 

Readers’ comments:

  • “Excellent description of attachment. Easy to read. This would be such a good resource to give to women during the antenatal period!”
  • “This little book was very easy to read and understand. As a grandparent who cares for my grandson, it helped me understand behaviour more. It doesn’t matter what age the child is when you read this, it will help.”

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In 2011, Suzanne stepped away from a full-time academic post in order to establish an independent training enterprise.  Its aim is to help the public understand all that science has discovered about the importance of emotional connection for human health and happiness.  It’s working!  Approximately 40,000 people have now attended her speaking events, and she reaches over 50,000 people a week on social media.  She works internationally with organisations who are keen to think more deeply about fostering connection, compassion and resilience.

In 2014, Suzanne broadened her public reach even further by founding the organization connected baby.  She and her team work to help parents and professionals make practical use of the science of connection.  Relationships matter – as much for human brains as for human hearts.

Suzanne’s core aspiration continues to be strengthening awareness of the decisions we take about caring for our children — because those choices are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.

Suzanne’s academic career

Some of the highlights of Suzanne’s academic career include:

  • Receiving the award for Most Inspirational Teacher in 2011 from the Dundee University Students Association
  • Publication of over 50 research papers and chapters
  • Serving as editor of the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 1997-2003
  • Publication of research report entitled ‘What’s life like in a baby buggy?” in 2008, commissioned by the National Literacy Trust, which drew the largest amount of press coverage ever handled to that date by the University Press Office
  • Publication of the volume ‘The Implicit Relation of Psychology and Law: Women and Syndrome Evidence’ in 2000, with co-author Prof. Fiona Raitt
  • Chairing the Psychology of Women Section within the British Psychological Society, 2004-2006
  • Supervision of numerous PhD and Masters students, many of who have gone on to pursue their own academic careers
  • Recipient of a US National Science Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship in 1990





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