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Cribsheet

A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool
Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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 great 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 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.

*Includes a Bonus PDF of graphs. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Emily Oster (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Parents new and old will find reassurance in this commonsense approach.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Parents who find comfort in statistics, and especially those who enjoy Malcolm Gladwell’s works, will appreciate [Cribsheet].” (Booklist

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biased but overall well done

This is a good book with some good advice. there are some obvious personal biases in the author's writing but she does a good job looking at different subjects from an analytical point of view. As a pediatrician I agree with most of what she says, although she does make suggestions that are skewed toward what she wants the data to be interpreted as. I would advise people to discuss things with their doctor before making decisions. But altogether one of the better books on this topic.

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Good, but it seems like there isn't a lot of data

Many of the conclusions were, "there's not enough data to know, so do whatever you want," which was a little disappointing!

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Great content, cloying narration

I like Emily Oster’s work and enjoyed this book. Unlike the matter-of-fact content, the narration sounds like a patronising, condescending morning talk show host.

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My favorite book (from a new mom)

Fantastic book, I only wish I’d listened sooner (I’m now four months postpartum). Excellent resource, content, writing and narration!

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Informative and entertaining

The best parenting book I've read. I appreciate the data based approach and when there isn't a clear conclusion to be made she doesn't try to force one

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Objective and useful

Entertaining, helpful and funny. Parenthood is not easy but we don’t need to make it harder.

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Not as amazing as Expecting Better

But the scope was harder/larger and there are less good data and studies in child development than in pregnancy research. Oster does a fine job summarizing and helping to create a decision framework for new parents. As new parents ourselves, we'll definitely be using the print version as a reference over the next few years.

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Another excellent read...

Another excellent read from Emily Oster. Love her practical, evidence based books. Information is delivered in a straightforward way and without judgement, merely gives one the tools to make a decision. If you liked Expecting Better, you’ll like this one too!

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Another winner

Lots of beneficial data, much like the previous book.

Great choice of narrator, too.

Some of the chapters resulted in less of an 'ah-hah' response and more of a 'well, yeah...' but I think that had more to do with my researching many of the topics myself in between reading the first book and waiting for this one.

I would recommend this book to new parents, for sure.

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