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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416954139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416954132
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is the author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay and Naptime Is the New Happy Hour. She has written and produced more than thirty television sketch, clip, and variety shows, and been featured on the Today show, Oprah, Dr. Phil, Larry King Live, The Dr. Oz Show, and the award-winning PBS show Real Savvy Moms. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three young daughters. Visit her website at StefanieWilderTaylor.com.

More About the Author

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is the author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom (Simon & Schuster 2006) and Naptime Is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down (Simon & Schuster 2008) which were based on her prominent blog "Baby on Bored" that has been entertaining thousands of mothers since 2005.
On television she acts as the go-to parenting expert for NBC's "The Today Show" where she has appeared numerous times giving practical humorous advice. She's also been featured on Dr. Phil, Your World with Neil Cavuto and even Oprah (via taped interview but she's still hoping to one day sit on the couch!). As a comedian she has performed on Make Me Laugh, Evening at the Improv, Comedy Central. Her third book, It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Recollections of a Terminally Optimistic, Chronically Sarcastic and Occasionally Inebriated Woman is out July 2009. Stefanie keeps herself very busy with twin toddler girls, a preschool age daughter and an active online poker addiction.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Claudine Wolk VINE VOICE on April 13, 2008
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All those who are a fan of Sippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay will not be disappointed. Naptime is hilarious, honest, and as entertaining as Wilder-Taylor's first book, and much more, because she has been in the trenches and is now actually reporting on the current state of "mommy affairs" from the "field." The result is a funny, honest portrayal of "toddler" issues. Subjects ranging from potty training, big-kid bed transition, psycho mommies, at-home mom world issues, married sex, mom body changes, and much much more are handled with the author's signature wit and style. The author clearly lets all those moms unsuccessfully aspiring to "perfect mommydom" that they can "let it go" and that they are NOT alone. Check out her mathematical equations in the Chapter entitled "Supermom" or "Superliar" - hilarious!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Becky Harks on April 1, 2008
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The author of "Sippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay" has scored a touchdown again for the Mommy crowd with her newest novel, "Naptime Is The New Happy Hour." She combines her razor sharp wit with some honest observations about how toddlers morph from sweet babies into sometimes intolerable and tantrum-filled creatures seemingly overnight.

Life with a toddler is chaotic, unpredictable, and absolutely not for the faint of heart, and this instant classic will be sure to help even the most confused parent navigate the sometimes choppy waters of toddler-hood, while making you laugh uproariously at her observations.

Wilder-Taylor does for the toddler-set what "The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy" does for the expectant mother: reminds you that you're not alone in any of this, not when Wilder-Taylor is holding your hand, making you laugh, and reminding you that what seems abnormal is really the new normal.

"Naptime Is The New Happy Hour" should be passed out in the hospital gift bags for all mothers (new or seasoned) because it's frank look at life with a toddler will prove an invaluable resource for years to come.

Thank you Ms. Wilder-Taylor for reminding me to laugh, relax, and have a (medicinal) drink, while I enjoy the ride.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Walsh on April 6, 2008
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just as "sippy cups are not for chardonnay" should be required reading for all moms with a newborn, so should this book be for moms with toddlers. this book is laugh out loud funny, and the author has a unique and endearing way of putting the roller coaster of life with a toddler into perspective. i cannot recommend this book highly enough!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Wood on January 1, 2010
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I laughed and cried reading Wilder-Taylor's "Sippy Cups..." and was thrilled when she came out with this toddler-themed offering. "Naptime..." is absolutely laugh out loud funny. As other reviewers have said, the author has an amazing way of putting toddlerhood into perspective. I've reread the book twice, some chapters more often. Each time I read I feel better about my personal roller coaster of parenting a toddler. The author seems like a friend in her tone - someone I'd love to share a happy hour with!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Tyler on May 25, 2008
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I read Sippy Cups because my wife couldn't put it down and kept laughing. I read Naptime before my wife even had a chance to crack the cover. It did not disappoint, picking up where the other book left off. It made me laugh (a lot) and also reminded me (and my wife) that these times are crazy, frustrating, and ultimately annoying. Great read for anyone with a sense of humor looking for a little relief during the day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Gayle on January 31, 2012
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This was seriously the funniest book I have ever read! I often found myself laughing out loud. The author does a great job of telling it like it is....I felt like I was having a conversation with one of my best friends. Anyone who has a toddler, has ever had one, or is considering having a baby MUST read this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lawliss on September 5, 2009
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I read Stefanie's first book, Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay, when I was home on maternity leave, right after having Nate and struggling with Post Partum Depression. And it made me laugh, even when I was in the depths and thinking that I was NEVER ever going to see the light of day (or the ground) again. It was the doldrums of one of the worst winters that New Hampshire had ever seen and there were literally feet and feet of snow on the ground. And I wrote on my (then) newly formed mommy blog how much her book had meant to me, so she was sweet enough to send me this book also. I held off on reading it until I had gotten through a few of the milestones in the toddler years, so that I could fully appreciate this book and I surely did and am glad that I waited to read it.

This book is comprised of short chapters that are, seemingly, perfect length for the busy parent, which are actually more of essays that could be read stand alone, as opposed to a story or novella. The topics range from everything from potty training to playdates to super moms. What I truly appreciated about Ms. Wilder-Taylor's essays, in addition to the fact that they had me laughing and nodding for pretty much the entire time that I was reading her book, was her "what you see is what you get" attitude. That sort of honesty was refreshing and I really liked that she didn't apologize for her parenting style (or her child's television viewing predilections/habits) because, quite frankly, she shouldn't have to - it's none of our business!

I'm so glad that I read and have a copy of this book because it reaffirms that I, myself, am a decent parent even if I plop Nate down in front of Sesame Street (TiVo'ed of course - if you don't have one, get one!) the afternoons when I get home from daycare/work with him so that I can cook him dinner before we play with cars. And I cannot wait to read her latest !
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