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Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  2,399 Ratings  ·  435 Reviews
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,

Paperback, 218 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Gallery Books (first published March 28th 2006)
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Dec 12, 2008 Erin rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Erin by: Anne Pilichowski
I couldn't even finish this one. Probably only the second book of my life I didn't finish. I just couldn't relate to the lady so it wasn't funny to me.
She kept saying she was all for moms doing their own thing but then called them names and insulted them for their choices.

The one that especially irritated me (and I only got through chapter 3) was breastfeeding- she basically says good for you if you could do it- but you're an idiot- because it's not what I would do. She makes it sound like anyo
Oct 23, 2008 Alexis rated it liked it
Recommends it for: moms
Cute, easy read. Entertaining and in parts I laughed out loud. Not mind boggling or earth shattering but I doubt that's what Wilder-Taylor was going for.

One part I have to laugh about though is the chapter on what NOT to name your baby. She talks about not giving your child a weird name yet her daughter's name is Elby....
Erin Shea Smith
So far, it feels like she tries too hard and I find her to be as insulting towards those people to whom she claims were so insensitive to her. I should have known not to pick up a book with a title like this one. It just screams, "I will insult your intelligence at every turn."

UPDATE: I can't read another page of this book. It's quite possibly one of the worst books I've ever picked up. Avoid at all possible costs. Though I share the sentiment of some of her topics, she rants and rages as though
May 07, 2008 Mandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
This book was so hilarious I wished it was 100 pages longer! It's the perfect new parent book and is a nice break from all the serious new baby information books.
Jun 03, 2010 Tasha rated it really liked it
I recommend this book for women (or men, for that matter) who are not uptight and have a sense of humor. This quick read is not for the easily offended type.

If you're an expecting or new mother, and tired of the 'hum drum, dry as a text book' baby reads that are oh so common, then you definetly should read this book.

As a new mom, I've read my fair share of baby books. Probably more than neccessary, but I have never experienced one like Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay.

It was humorously written,
Jan 01, 2016 Vi rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Very easy read that quelled some fears and concerns of this first-time mother-to-be. Entertaining with funny bits sprinkled throughout the entire book. Like others have said, some parts get slightly offensive, which I suppose adds to the humorous tone of the author. (Note: I'm not easily insulted and enjoy crude jokes executed without truly malicious intent.)

The book isn't life-changing but is just plain fun to get through in a few days for laughs.
Mar 29, 2016 Kitty rated it liked it
A good (and very pregnant) friend recommended this book as the "funniest book she has ever read" so this review is in light of my high expectations.

Am I pregnant? No, but with every single other friend pregnant or with a newborn, I thought it would be an interesting read. (Who knew 28 was synonymous with "your biological clock had better be ticking because you'll be attending a million baby showers and be bombarded with the 'when will you be having a baby?' inquiry which the only adequate respo
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
May 11, 2013 CJ - It's only a Paper Moon rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, non-fiction
This is not a parenting book. Do not buy or read this book if you are looking to get tips on how to feed, bathe or do tummy time with little Bobby or Petra.

This is a book for parents or parents-to-be that have irreverent senses of humor, slightly terrified and just a little judgmental of all of the parenting shenanigans that have been going around.

I'm a first time mom (due very soon) but I'm also the oldest of five girls. With BIG age gaps, so I've done Mommy Jr. before and some stuff I can agr
Dec 04, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it
You don't have to be a new mom, or even have the twinkle of a baby in your eye, to enjoy this book - trust me! I'm a hardcore fan of "For Crying Out Loud," the podcast Stefani Wilder-Taylor does with Lynette Carolla, Both women have radically changed my opinion of what a "mom" is (in the best way), but that is a ramble for another time. Both women are utterly hilarious, so once I realized Wilder-Taylor has written some books, I knew I had to get my hands on them. This book doesn't disappoint. It ...more
Oct 01, 2008 Jamie marked it as to-read
I may have liked this book at one time but at this point in my life after reading the first couple pages I simply can't waste my time reading it, there are far too many other books that I want to read.
I thought it would be a welcomed break from the more serious things I've been reading lately but not so. She has a mouth like a sailor which at one point in my life would have made me relate to her more but today it only repulsed me. To each his own but this is not my cup of tea.
Sep 17, 2010 Dani rated it really liked it
If you're an expecting or new mother, and tired of the 'hum drum, dry as a text book' baby reads that are oh so common, then you definetly should read this book. As a new mom, I've read my fair share of baby books. Probably more than neccessary, but I have never experienced one like Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay. I have read many textbooks that tell me I will have the "happiest baby on the block", how to help my child sleep through the night, etc. etc. etc., I tried and failed over and over ...more
Apr 17, 2008 Erin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any mother
This was the most incredible book I've ever read on being a mom! Even though my daughter is already two years old, it was still relevant and hilarious. I haven't laughed this hard from a book in a long time. This is the answer guide for all mom's. Realistic, funny, and makes you feel like you are doing a good job, despite what that alpha mom down the street says. Below is are some quotes from the book

"According to the paranoia-inducing early child development books that we moms seem to pore over
Dec 22, 2008 Carrie rated it did not like it
Shelves: fluff
This book... Well, it could've been funny. There is so much about mothering that really is hysterical! But the author, who I think, is attempting to make that point that we should all really just get along despite our differences, only adds to the division! Her way is the best way. You better not breastfeed, or homeschool, or want to send your kids to the best preschool. While I may not agree with everything every other mom I know does, I know that she is doing what SHE thinks is right, and so ...more
Jul 12, 2008 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERY MOM and DAD
Recommended to Wendy by: Jessica...Love her!

I'm throwing out all my old parenting books! I feel like I've just witnessed "Sex in the City: The Parenting Years."

The author made me feel better about my child throwing a screaming fit at the store, his addiction to Baby Einstein (the reason for his screaming fit), and my need for a sitter, or a drink, every once and a while. She also opened my eyes to the fact that not all of the fabulous people who dare to be around me need to hear all about my child all the time. SORRY GIRLS..I'll work on
May 10, 2009 Dominique rated it it was amazing
A quick easy read for any new mom with a sense of humor. I see that it got really mixed reviews, and I see why, but no new mom experiences things exactly alike, that's the whole point of the book. There were some chapters I couldn't relate to, but I still found them funny, and the ones I did relate to had me rolling on the floor laughing. Motherhood is the most amazing experience, but you have to be able to laugh at yourself through the process. This book was a great reminder to me that it's ok ...more
Jan 11, 2009 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
This is a fun, quick read for a new mom. Much like Jenny McCarthy's books, Sippy Cups... talks to new moms with that same in your face snark, with much less talk about poop (although no book about a new baby would be complete without SOME poop talk, let's get real.)

Wilder-Taylor seems like a mom right up my alley. She recognizes that the What to Expect books are more helpful than scary, that mom competition can drive anyone (but particularly a brand new mom) insane, and that it's HARD to get bac
Oct 05, 2007 Bridgette rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all moms and moms-to-be
I absolutely loved this book and saw a lot of myself in it. Truly hilarious! The basic message is that even though pregnancy and the early days of motherhood are filled with the most terrifying and life-changing moments a woman can experience (being ultimately responsible for another tiny being's very existence), it's okay to trust your instincts and to rely on your common sense...instead of driving yourself nuts with information overload and competing with all the crazy Supermoms out there. We ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Aly rated it really liked it
As an expectant mother who became a bit more emotional toward the end of my pregnancy, I found that this book helped to calm me down as its humor reminded me that my daughter wasn't going to care what crib or glider we picked for her... She was going to care about eating, sleeping, and pooping. On a few occasions where I had trouble falling back asleep after a bathroom break in the middle of the night, reading a chapter helped to calm me and help me sleep soundly. I suggest this for all moms or ...more
Maria (Ri)
Not my cup of tea (or sippy of chardonnay as the case may be!). The author seems so judgmental of moms who don't parent as she does and then rails on other moms for being judgmental! What is right for one family certainly isn't right for every family. I was hoping for a little humor, not wise words on parenting, but found neither.
Jul 22, 2008 jenn rated it did not like it
As a natural childbirth advocate ~ i found this book disheartening. It was given as a gift to be light hearted and silly (which on occassion it was) but unfortuantely not even in the same realm of silly as "Belly Laughs" ~ and far too much give me the drugs / breastfeeding nazi's are stupid for me to ever enjoy.
May 30, 2016 Sarah rated it did not like it
I feel awful for this rating as this book was given as a gift and I so wanted to like it. Instead, I avoided reading it once i started and when I did read it, I felt so nervous and scared. I think the writer was going for funny and sarcastic, but she mostly made it seem like she mostly tolerated motherhood
Jul 23, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
After dealing with all of the anxiety of being a new mom and trying to get everything "right" this was a welcome change of pace. I appreciated all of the light-hearted jabs and references to all of the new mom stuff, and it made it easier for me to approach mommy-hood with a sense of levity and fun. Definitely needed this when I read it.
Jan 22, 2014 alinatodd rated it it was ok
I guess I was hoping for funny "new mom" stories, but the chapters were pretty unoriginal. It was a struggle to finish the book.

Honestly, I only got it because I read somewhere online that the author had a major drinking problem. That intrigued me.
Jan 19, 2014 Erin rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Easy read. Many reviewers were offended, but I laughed out loud several times and that rarely happens! This was given to me as a baby shower gift and I plan to pass it along to my other mom friends. If you find humor in sarcasm, you'll like this one.
Dec 10, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
This was a gift from a friend during my first pregnancy and was just what the doctor ordered. I found it relevant and very funny!
Feb 10, 2014 Meredith rated it it was amazing
My favorite parenting book so far. It reminds you not to take yourself too seriously. I laughed out loud many times and I'm kind of sad that my book is over.
Jessica Mason
Sep 21, 2013 Jessica Mason rated it it was amazing
Very very and so very true if you are a mom... I highly recommend this for anyone who is already a mom or for those new moms to be
Jan 17, 2013 Catherine rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: New Moms
Hilarious! Quick, easy read. Great for moms of infants and toddlers.
Chelsea Heath
Feb 22, 2015 Chelsea Heath rated it liked it
Decently funny, a quick read
Jan 13, 2014 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Sooo funny. Loved it!!
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Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is the author of five books including Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay and her latest, Gummy Bears Should Not Be Organic. On TV she hosts the late night show, Parental Discretion with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor on NickMom. She also co-hosts the hit podcast For Crying Out Loud. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sporadically charming daughters. She may have a ...more
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