Emily Oster

Penguin Press

As a parent, I am bombarded with information on how to raise my kids, most of which is conflicting and oftentimes judgmental in tone. Emily Oster is an economist by training who reads hundreds of pages of scientific research on pregnancy, parenting and early childhood. She then interprets them into simple explanations that you and I can understand. Expecting Better, her first book, was incredibly helpful to me during pregnancy (For example, did you know most soft cheese in the United States is pasteurized and thus safe for pregnant consumption? I did, thanks to Emily Oster!).


Her second book focuses on infants and young children and what the science actually says about effective parenting strategies. She discusses what science says about breastfeeding versus bottle feeding, whether moms should work or stay home, and how to effectively potty train your children. More than anything, Emily Oster puts readers at ease by writing in a frank, conversational tone to help us understand current parenting research.

– Marilu Morgan


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