Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

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The runaway New York Times bestseller that shows American parents the secrets behind France's amazingly well-behaved children.
*This edition also includes Bébé Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting

“On questions of how to live, the French never disappoint. . . . Maybe it all starts with childhood. That is the conclusion that readers may draw from Bringing Up Bébé.” —The Wall Street Journal

“I’ve been a parent now for more than eight years, and—confession—I’ve never actually made it all the way through a parenting book. But I found Bringing Up Bébé to be irresistible.Slate

When American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a baby in Paris, she didn't aspire to become a “French parent.” But she noticed that French children slept through the night by two or three months old. They ate braised leeks. They played by themselves while their parents sipped coffee. And yet French kids were still boisterous, curious, and creative. Why? How?

With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman set out to investigate—and wound up sparking a national debate on parenting. Researched over three years and written in her warm, funny voice, Bringing Up Bébé is deeply wise, charmingly told, and destined to become a classic resource for American parents.

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55 reviews
Chelsea Dukes
July 4, 2015
Perfect point of view for those of us who are exhausted by being "mommy" all the time. The most enlightening point for me was realizing I don't have to feel guilty for wanting my relationship with my spouse to come before my child sometimes. We all know if the parents aren't happy there will be long lasting impacts on the children, but American child rearing has a way of making it seem inevitable. After reading this I have a bit more hope.
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Hana Westerfield
April 13, 2020
I absolutely love the advice. It comes from the author's own experience and so even if you don't agree with every piece, you well most likely still come away with some useful parenting tips. There is a strong focus on sleeping and eating, two very important topics for first time moms.
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Jesica Soto
April 3, 2019
i enjoyed everything about this book. i loce reading books about different family lifestyles and culture
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About the author

Pamela Druckerman is a journalist and the author of five books including Bringing Up Bébé, which has been translated into 31 languages and optioned as a feature film. She wrote the Dress Code column for 1843/The Economist and a monthly column about France for The New York Times, where she won an Emmy and an Overseas Press Club award. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, and The Wall Street Journal. Her most recent book is There Are No Grown-Ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story.

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