Book Review

Great Kids Don’t Just Happen (Book Review Pedcast by Sonya Corina Williams)

I thought it would be tacky to review my own book so I asked Sonya Corina Williams to do the job. Sonya is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in bio-engineering and plans to attend medical school in 2020. Smart doesn’t even begin to describe Sonya. I was so honored by her review of my new book , Great Kids Don’t Just Happen, that I asked her to read her it to you in her own voice. To hear me talk about my new book, check out my book trailer.  Now here’s Sonya Corina Williams!

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Cribsheet by Emily Oster (Book Review Pedcast, written by Sonya Corina Williams)


Emily Oster is back with a second data-centered book, this time focused on all things parenting starting just after birth and continuing into the toddler years. One of the great things about Dr. Oster’s books is that she gives parents answers to some of the “whys” behind the advice that they’re their pediatricians are giving them. Like her first book, Expecting Better, Oster breaks down an impressive number of scientific studies into bite-sized pieces for parents to digest.

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Expecting Better by Emily Oster (Book Review Pedcast by Sonya Corina Williams)



Expecting Better by Emily Oster made a splash when it was published in 2013. When she got pregnant, Dr. Oster, who is a well trained and  accomplished economist, decided to take a look at the data behind many of the ‘rules’ that are given to pregnant women by their doctors. You know, the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy. Continue reading

Super Baby Food (Book Review Pedcast)

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Super Baby Food

Super Baby Food

by Ruth Yaron

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Welcome. I’m your host Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician with 35 years of practice and a whole lot to say. I created Portable Practical Pediatrics to bring you good reliable information about things that I thought would help this generation of parents and grandparents raise healthy children. Reviewing and telling you about contemporary parenting books has become a big part of that mission. In that vein, I want to tell you about a book that you might find very useful when it comes time to feed your infants and toddlers, especially if you have never done this before. The whole process of directing your infant’s diet from milk to solid foods can be daunting. Read much about this subject and young parents can quickly become very confused. I think that is where the book Super Baby Food, by Ruth Yaron comes in.  In today’s pedcast, I am going to introduce you to this book and tell you how I think it might be a useful guide to help feed your infants and toddlers. So, let’s get started shall we? Continue reading