Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

Book summary(via Goodreads):

The moment the second line on the pee stick turns pink, women discover they've entered a world of parenting experts.
Friends, family, colleagues, the UPS delivery guy -- suddenly everybody is a trove of advice, much of it contradictory and confusing. With dire warnings of what will happen if baby is fed on demand and even direr warnings of what will happen if he isn't, not to mention hordes of militant "lactivists," cosleeping advocates, and books on what to worry about next, modern parenthood can seem like a minefield.
In busy Mom-friendly short essays, Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay delivers the empathetic straight dirt on parenting, tackling everything from Mommy & Me classes ("Your baby doesn't need to be making friends at three months old -- you do! But not with people you'll meet at Mommy & Me") to attachment parenting ("If you're holding your baby 24/7, that's not a baby, that's a tumor"). Stefanie Wilder-Taylor combines practical tips with sidesplitting humor and refreshing honesty, assuring women that they can be good mothers and responsibly make their own choices. A witty and welcome antidote to trendy parenting texts and scarifying case studies, Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay provides genuine support, encouragement, and indispensable common-sense advice.

This insomniac's opinion:

Gah! This book was so frustrating! The author basically mocks and makes fun of all women who do not mother exactly like her. I can hardly believe that I finished it, it was a bit like "Mean Girls" done Mommy style. Gag! Boo! Hiss!

Beyond the rudeness, this book was full of bad advice. I am a pediatric nurse and was flabbergasted that she would advocate for the use of thick blankets and bumper pads, even though she knows the experts say you should not use them. SIDS is serious business, folks. Let's not risk our children's lives so that your nursery looks pretty. Seriously. And, I am supportive of whatever baby feeding choice that a mother makes but this book bashes breastfeeding and mocks those mothers who make the choice to breastfeed. It's just very wrong. This book should come with a disclaimer: DO NOT TAKE ANY ADVICE FROM THE PAGES OF THIS BOOK!

Beyond the above issues this book is also badly written and is not at all funny, which is I think what the author was going for.

I picked this book up for $3.00 on the clearance book rack at Target. I want my money back!

Worth staying up all night to read?

No. No. And, no.


1 star

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