Naptime Is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down

Naptime Is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down

by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor


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Naptime Is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

Stephanie Wilder-Taylor, author of the hit book Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay, tackles the tumultuous toddler years in this witty parenting guide.

Motherhood—it's not for wimps.

Once the zigzagging hormones and endless, bleary-eyed exhaustion of the first year have worn off, you're left with the startling realization that your tiny, immobile bundle has become a rampaging toddler, complete with his or her very own, very forceful personality.

Just as Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay helped debunk decades of parenting myths to offer honest advice for the first year, Naptime Is the New Happy Hour is a voice of reason for every woman facing questions such as: Will refined sugar make my toddler's head explode? Is it wrong to have a cocktail at two in the afternoon? And what exactly is a Backyardigan?

With biting wit and boatloads of common sense, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor addresses all these concerns and more. Whether it's planning easy outings that are fun for both of you (fact: your child will find the local Target just as scintillating as the Guggenheim), dishing the dirt on preschool TV (those mothers who swear their kids don't watch television? Liars or psychos, every one), or perfecting the art of the play date, readers will find advice, anecdotes, and a reassuring sense of camaraderie to help them survive—and even thrive—during each hilarious, frustrating, and amazing moment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416954132
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 03/25/2008
Edition description: Original
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 918,712
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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

Table of Contents

Introduction: Naptime Really Is the New Happy Hour

PART ONE: Your New and Improved but Strangely Less Exciting Life

Suburban Boredom

Oh, the Places You'll Go! (Or Won't)

Halloween — and Other Holidays You May End Up Hating Less Than You Thought

Supermom or Superliar?

Mind Your Mommy Manners

Playdates: and Other Potentially Irritating Ways to Spend an Afternoon

PART TWO: The Culture of Toddler

Television: It's Not Just for When You're In the Shower!

I Don't Like You — I Don't Like You, Either

The Littlest Dictator: How I Deal with Tantrums and Screaming with Only a Minimum of Nonprescription Drugs

Baby Bling Bling


Movin' On Up to the Big Bed

Food: It's Not What's for Dinner

What's On Your Toddler's PalmPilot?

The Potty: Revisited

Shear Madness

Preschool Psychosis

PART THREE: Who Are You?

A Little Help, Please

The Best-Laid Plans of SAHMs and WAHMs

Keeping Up Appearances

It's All About Date Night: and Other Urban Legends

The Newest Addition To Your Family: Stress

Kiddie Couture

In Praise of Praise

Going for Broke — or a Second Baby

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Naptime Is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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Perfect for those days when you need to laugh before you cry! Fun and easy read! Very entertaining!
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naptime-nookie More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious - a must read for any mother of a toddler!
Umastar More than 1 year ago
This was an extremely quick read that was absolutely hilarious. I loved the sarcastic wit and straight shooting tone of the book. I was laughing out loud with almost every chapter, and managed to read it within a week while running after my 15 month old. =) Definitely a good read for any new mom or first time mommy with a toddler.
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thyfield More than 1 year ago
I love this book because it makes me laugh first and foremost. The book is by no means intended to be guide with all the answers, it's more like a place you can go to find comfort in the fact that we don't have all the answers. The only thing required to enjoy this book is a good sense of humor and the desire to accept the fact that moms aren't perfect....and that's OKAY!
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She totally hit it all on the nail! I laughed out loud in public and didn't care! A must read for toddler mommies!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! Being a new & single mother to a nearly 2yr old, I thought I was the only woman out here going crazy trying to raise my daughter in this unknown territory called parenthood. Stephanie made me laugh so hard, almost to the point of crying. I recently asked the pediatrician if there was any literature she recommended on discipline & parenting, she mailed me some stuff to read which was helpful, but I still felt like I wasn't doing my job right. While browsing, I noticed the title, which immediately caught my attention. I must say that I was put at ease knowing that it is normal how I feel about my parenting skills. Everyday I think about this book while I raise my daughter in her ever changing life. I have yet to read Sippy Cup, but if Wilder-Taylor ever released another book in the future, I'm all over it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a 1 and 3 yr old and have literally no time to read. I read this book in two days and was laughing out loud so hard that I was crying. It was me! She is the funniest writer. She says Target is like catnip for Moms, suggests a very funny warning label for prenatal vitamins and talks about a Pampered Chef party she attended + a thousand other things us Moms can relate to. She makes you feel like you need to stop beating yourself up for not being the 'perfect mom' in EVERY sense ALL the time. She also shows such a warm side. The best book I've read in a long time. My stomach muscles still hurt from laughing so hard! The ending is so touching too. She is an incredible writer - so witty. I'm dying to read her other book 'Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay' but it is sold out at our local Barnes and Noble!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not stop laughing also. If you don't think its funny your a stepford mom. Its great for normal moms who had a normal child free life and now live in teletubbie land lol I know more about po, elmo and blue then whats going on in the normal world. the pampered chef party in the book is the best. they are right up there with root canal work. great work. If your like me and go from bartender to babyproofing this is the book to read to get some laughs and not feel alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the funniest book I've read to date. If your in the midst of raising toddlers you need to read this book. I read it in 2 days and that's only because I had to work in between. I'm recommending it to all my toddler mom friends. Very Yummy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Stefanie's first book and really loved it. I was expecting the same from this book and was a little disappointed. I would highly suggest her first book - I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not at all what I expected. I kept reading, waiting for it to get better, and it never did. I haven't even touched sippy cups are not for chardonnay (another book by Wilder-Taylor). A little disappointed that I ordered these items online, perhaps if I'd gone to the store, I would have known not to waste my money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book! I cannot put this book down...Stefanie Wilder Taylor is so hillarious and speaks the truth!!! BUY THIS BOOK!