Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

  • Review: Cribsheet by Emily Oster

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • We took our little guy to a pumpkin patch yesterday! There’s so much fun stuff to do in fall and we can’t wait to do it all with him!

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Book Review: Cribsheet by Emily Oster

Cribsheet by Emily Oster
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: April 9, 2019
Source: Borrowed
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 tradeoffs can be profound. How do you make your own best decision?

It’s no surprise that being a new parent comes with a lot of new anxieties. After all, you’re responsible for this brand new life! Who thought it was a good idea to let you take this helpless baby home from the hospital? As my OB put it, it feels illegal that they just let you take a baby home from the hospital without even asking you if you know what you’re doing!

As an already very anxious person, I can’t say I was particularly surprised when I spent my son’s first six weeks worrying about literally everything. Was he gaining enough weight? Was he crying too much? Was he sleeping enough? It felt like everything was wrong all the time, and then I logged onto Twitter and saw another new mom tweet pretty much the same thing. One reply recommended this book, and so here we are.

The biggest thing I can say about this book is that it’s very easy to read. For a book that’s about breaking down data and research studies, I think that’s huge. This book doesn’t feel like nonfiction. It feels more like sitting down with your really knowledgeable friend and having them tell you, in a very non-biased way, all the pros and cons of a decision. It covers everything from rooming in at the hospital to sleep issues to potty training. About 75% of the book was relevant to me as a brand new mom, with a few chapters at the end that didn’t quite apply yet (but were nice to think about for the future).

This is not a book of parenting advice. It will not tell you whether you should sleep train or if you should breastfeed or formula feed. What it will tell you is whether the data says that sleep training works and whether it shows any long-lasting damage from letting your child cry it out while sleep training. It will tell you what the data says about the implications of formula vs. breast milk and if there’s any measurable difference in children over time. The author will also tell you about her personal experience with the decisions she made with her two children.

This book made me feel a lot better because, spoiler alert: turns out there’s not much you can accidentally do to screw up your kid. Every decision has its positives and negatives, and you can just do the best you can with the information you have. If you’re struggling with new parenthood, I’d recommend giving this book a try.


Have you read Cribsheet? What’s the best nonfiction book you’ve read recently?
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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • I went back to work after maternity leave! Which also means that my little baby started daycare! 😭 But he did such a great job there and he’s won the hearts of all the toddlers already.

How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

Hello! It’s been a really long time. Like, over two years. If you’re still here and you’re reading this post, thank you!

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

  • None for the last two years, but that’s about to change!

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing this week!

5 things this week since my last post:

  • I didn’t intend to disappear for two years, but somehow that’s how long it’s been since my last post! I got very burned out from reading enough to maintain my self-imposed schedule and hardly read anything for about a year and a half. I’m slowly getting back into reading and the itch to write blog posts is back! But this blog will probably look a little different going forward. (I’m still figuring that out.)
  • So, anyway, what’s been going on for the last two years? First off, I’m married now! I got married in February 2021, which is so long ago that it seems impossible that I never discussed it here! (But I will be talking about it soon!)
  • I moved across the country (again)! That happened in April 2021. I’m back in my home state of Wisconsin, although not in my hometown.
  • I bought a house! That was in January of this year. Owning a home is nice because if I want to paint the walls or landscape the yard or be really loud or get another pet, nobody is going to stop me. But I also miss just calling maintenance when something breaks! So many things break when you buy a house and you’re just expected to… deal with it? Doesn’t seem very fair.
  • Arguably the biggest news since my last post is that I had a baby! He was born in July and he’s definitely the cutest baby I’ve ever seen. (And the biggest adjustment I’ve ever had to make. I’ve taken care of a lot of babies in my life and I thought I was prepared. I was 100% not prepared, but we’re getting through it!)

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