Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool

Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool

by Emily Oster


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The instant New York Times bestseller!

From the author of Expecting Better, an economist's guide to the early years of parenting.

“Many parents will likely find reading it a huge relief from the scare stories that seem to pop up everywhere these days...Cribsheet is not another call for the end of helicopter parenting or snowplow parenting or whatever kind of parenting is lighting up social media today, and it’s not a call to overthrow medical wisdom; it’s a call for parenting with context, and it’s freeing.” — The Washington Post 

With Expecting Better, award-winning economist Emily Oster spotted a need in the pregnancy market for advice that gave women the information they needed to make the best decision for their own pregnancies. By digging into the data, Oster found that much of the conventional pregnancy wisdom was wrong. In Cribsheet, she now tackles an even greater challenge: decision-making in the early years of parenting. 

As any new parent knows, there is an abundance of often-conflicting advice hurled at you from doctors, family, friends, and strangers on the internet. From the earliest days, parents get the message that they must make certain choices around feeding, sleep, and schedule or all will be lost. There's a rule—or three—for everything. But the benefits of these choices can be overstated, and the trade-offs can be profound. How do you make your own best decision? 

Armed with the data, Oster finds that the conventional wisdom doesn't always hold up. She debunks myths around breastfeeding (not a panacea), sleep training (not so bad!), potty training (wait until they're ready or possibly bribe with M&Ms), language acquisition (early talkers aren't necessarily geniuses), and many other topics. She also shows parents how to think through freighted questions like if and how to go back to work, how to think about toddler discipline, and how to have a relationship and parent at the same time. 

Economics is the science of decision-making, and Cribsheet is a thinking parent's guide to the chaos and frequent misinformation of the early years. Emily Oster is a trained expert—and mom of two—who can empower us to make better, less fraught decisions—and stay sane in the years before preschool.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525559252
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 6,597
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Emily Oster is a professor of economics at Brown University and the author of Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong—and What You Really Need to Know. She was a speaker at the 2007 TED conference and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Esquire. Oster is married to economist Jesse Shapiro and is also the daughter of two economists. She has two children.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Part 1 In the Beginning

1 The First Three Days 5

2 Wait, You Want Me to Take It Home? 28

3 Trust Me, Take the Mesh Underwear 41

Part 2 The First Year

4 Breast Is Best? Breast Is Better? Breast Is About the Same? 65

5 Breastfeeding: A How-To Guide 88

6 Sleep Position and Location 111

7 Organize Your Baby 128

8 Vaccination: Yes, Please 135

9 Stay-at-Home Mom? Stay-at-Work Mom? 148

10 Who Should Take Care of the Baby? 159

11 Sleep Training 171

12 Beyond the Boobs: Introducing Solid Food 188

Part 3 From Baby to Toddler

13 Early Walking, Late Walking: Physical Milestones 209

14 Baby Einstein vs. the TV Habit 217

15 Slow Talking, Fast Talking: Language Development 228

16 Potty Training: Stickers vs. M&M's 238

17 Toddler Discipline 250

18 Education 259

Part 4 The Home Front

19 Internal Politics 273

20 Expansions 282

21 Growing Up and Letting Go 289

Acknowledgments 293

Appendix: Further Reading 295

Notes 297

Index 313

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jgpNYC More than 1 year ago
This is the book I've been waiting for! Amazing science, clearly written for the lay person. Thank you for this gift, perfect for all the new families I work with.