Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool
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'Emily Oster is the non- judgemental girlfriend holding our hand and guiding us through pregnancy and motherhood. She has done the work to get us the hard facts in a soft, understandable way' Amy Schumer
Parenting is full of decisions, nearly all of which can be agonized over. There is an abundance of often-conflicting advice...more
I LOVED Oster's first book Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong - and What You Really Need to Know. It relieved a lot of my concerns about pregnancy and childbirth and I would consider reading it again if I have a second child. I recommend it to all new moms. I was super excited that she now has a book for babies and toddlers because my son is just under two. I was hoping for some insight into things like ...more
Emily Oster writes about early parenthood, how to manage and deal with all the little stuff that nobody tells you about as a first-time parent, and she supports all of that with "excellent" data.
She also goes beyond the early months until preschool. Shedding ...more
Everything from the scary days after delivery, to what to do when nothing makes sense, to how to work toward better relationships with your partner. She also gives earnest information how all the practicality of newborn to toddler life - ...more
The fertility and pregnancy topics that Oster covered in EB were largely grounded in research that is hard for a layperson to find and even harder to interpret. By contrast, the early childhood ...more
Cribsheet provides a unique and insightful perspective on early-childhood parenting – that of an economist. Given its focus on decision-making, cost and benefit analysis, risk assessment, and data interpretation, the academic discipline of economics provides a useful framework for thinking about the difficult decisions that new parents have to make when raising their babies.
There are always more neuroses around the corner when you’re parenting.
Dr. Oster’s economist take on parenting is refreshing. Here’s the data to make informed decisions, and most of that data comes down to: do what works for you, and try to worry less.
I wish I’d had this book when my kid was younger.
My favorite part was actually the last page... maybe even the last sentence: “At the end, let’s raise a glass to using data where it’s useful, to making the right decisions for our families, to doing our best, and- sometimes- to just trying not to think ...more
But it’s a winner for me and I’ll be buying this to keep on hand and refer to over the next 5-6 years. I love Emily Oster’s matter-of-fact and completely non-judgemental style. The way she presents the data, decision-making models and the options available just makes me feel much more competent and relaxed, and eases a lot of my anxieties.
Ultimately there is no ...more
Also, I think I would have been better served if I had read this one before my kiddo was born; a lot of the decisions she discusses are ones I have already made (breastfeeding, sleep training, going back to work, and day care in particular, all of which took up a large portion of the book) and will probably make again with ...more
When our loved ones get pregnant, they will now be getting a copy of Cribsheet and Expecting Better.