Brown Professor Emily Oster, Author of Cribsheet, a NY Times Best Seller


Emily Oster: Cribsheet

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 tradeoffs can be profound. How do you make your own best decision?

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Armed with the data, Brown Economics Professor Emily 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.

Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool, are available to purchase on Amazon.

Watch Economist Emily Oster discuss her new data-driven parenting on Good Morning America.


Emily Oster, Ph.D, is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Brown University and is the bestselling author of Expecting Better and Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool, which discuss a data-driven approach to decision-making in pregnancy and parenting. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Esquire.

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