In BRINGING UP BEBE, journalist and mother Pamela Druckerman investigated a society of good sleepers, gourmet eaters, and mostly calm parents. She set out to learn how the French achieve all this, while telling the story of her own young family in Paris. Read more...
In BRINGING UP BEBE, journalist and mother Pamela Druckerman investigated a society of good sleepers, gourmet eaters, and mostly calm parents. She set out to learn how the French achieve all this, while telling the story of her own young family in Paris.
BEBE DAY BY DAY distills the lessons of BRINGING UP BEBE into an easy-to-read guide for parents and caregivers. How do you teach your child patience? How do you get him to like broccoli? How do you encourage your baby to sleep through the night? How can you have a child and still have a life?
Alongside these time-tested lessons of French parenting are favorite recipes straight from the menus of the Parisian creche and winsome drawings by acclaimed French illustrator Margaux Motin.
Witty, pithy and brimming with common sense, BEBE DAY BY DAY offers a mix of practical tips and guiding principles, to help parents find their own way."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-02-18
- Reviewer: Staff
Druckerman, an American expat in France, offers this purse-sized collection of Francophilic lists and snark as a follow-up to her highly successful parenting guide Bringing Up Bebe. Discussing French food rules, she maintains that French children always try everything on their plates and generally eat what adults eat (she includes several delightful recipes from French government-run daycare, including zucchini flan and artichoke soup). Her knowledge of sleep training a newborn, "The Pause," flirts with the cry-it-out method by lagging in response to a baby's cries. There are tips on living a parent-centered life and avoiding a child-centered marriage that will be well received by many who come across them. Though most will agree when Druckerman writes that new parents need a weekend away, nothing is particularly French about it. Moreover, her lists have the effect of making every point facile or glib; rarely does she provide deep analyses of her positions. The advice contained in these pages can usually be pared down to common sense or a path-of-least-resistance, although a snort or giggle here and there will be in order. This shouldn't be anyone's go-to manual on baby care, but it's fun. (Feb.)