Even with so much science and research at their fingertips, parents still rely on old wives’ tales, gut instinct, outdated strategies handed down by their own parents, and conflicting advice from internet forums. With Cribsheet, Brown University economist (and mother of two) Emily Oster aims to set the record straight for those who’d rather make decisions based on hard data.
The book came out on the heels of Oster’s previous hit, Expecting Better, which takes a similar data-based approach to debunking conventional wisdom about pregnancy. The author’s guiding argument in both is that data and science can help you make better decisions in life, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t also apply those principles to your parenting choices.
Rather than offering an answer to questions about breastfeeding, circumcision, sleep training and more, Cribsheet arms parents with the information needed to understand the pros, cons and risks associated with the choices they make. The book is broken down into four categories: the first few days, the first year, years one to three, and home life as a new parent.