Bedtime Sucks: What to Do When You and Your Baby Are Cranky, Sleep-Deprived, and Miserable

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Adams Media, Nov 1, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
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Baby Betty wails through the night and dozes off only in the arms of a parent. Toddler Timmy refuses to nap and goes to bed only after five bedtime stories, three glasses of water, and the binkie that can never ever be washed. One expert says to let them scream themselves to sleep, another says the family bed is best, but the one thing everyone can all agree on is that nobody sleeps if the children don't. Amid all the conflicting advice, Bedtime Sucks is the only book to admit that trying to get a kid to sleep sure does suck! Inside, Joanne Kimes covers: Good sleep habits that start in the womb The Zen Commandments of getting the baby to sleep through the night Why the hand that rocks the cradle is the one that's constantly exhausted Travel do's and don'ts, potty training troubles, how to juggle more than one sleepy child at a time, and much more Featuring the signature hilarity that has made the Sucks series a hit, Kimes tackles bedtime, naptime, and all the wakey-wake time on the way to a full night's sleep. AUTHOR: oanne Kimes is the coauthor of the bestseller Pregnancy Sucks, along with Potty Training Sucks. She has written for a number of children's and comedy television shows. Ms. Kimes lives with her husband and daughter and, after years of struggle, they all finally sleep through the night. Kathleen Laccinole is a writer and the mother of two children. Leslie Young, M.D.is a UCLA trained pediatric specialist with a busy practice, seeing thousands of children a year. He is also the moderator of an online community of more than 12,000 members. He is currently working at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California.
 

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Contents

Prelude to a Kid
1
The Babys Womb
3
Baby on Board
8
Proper Sleepwear
15
Warm Sheets
16
Warm Balls
18
Final Check
20
And Baby Makes Three Hours of Sleep
25
Let Them Eat Cake or at Least Some Rice Cereal
94
Just Say No
96
Force the Issue
98
I Scream You Scream We All Scream for Naptime
109
The Anatomy of a Nap
110
Car Trouble
115
A LoseLose Situation
119
Catnaps Make You DogTired
122

Night and Day You Are One
26
To Wake or not to Wake That Is the Question
30
Belly Up
32
Growth Spurts Is not Only an XRated Movie
35
We All Know People Whove Done It Okay Okay Weve All Done It
37
Routines Are a Good Thing
40
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Is the One Thats Constantly Exhausted
43
Raising a Baby the Write Way
44
Past the Point of No Return
46
Falling Head over Heals
48
How Much Sleep Does This Little Thing Need Anyway?
52
Why Husbands Should Be Destroyed
54
If You Thought Housewives Were Desperate Youve Never Seen a Tired Mom
56
The BestLaid Plans of Mice and Babies
58
Sleeping Aids
63
Baby Wont You Drive in My Car?
64
Babies Suck and Suck and Suck and Suck
66
Gadgets
70
The Life of a Baby Monitor
73
Call Security
74
The Zen Commandments How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night
79
Make Sure You and Your Partner Are Playing on the Same Team
81
The Early Bird Catches the Zs
84
Dont Let Your Baby Sleep Around
86
Dont Get Out of Bed Too Quickly
87
Engines Run Longer on Full Tanks of Milk
88
The Night Time Is the Right Time for Lull
90
No More Midnight Snacks
92
He Aint Heavy Hes My Brother Making Noise and Waking Me Up from My Nap
125
Setbacks and Complications
129
Cry Baby
130
Under the Weather and Out of Your Mind
134
The Shot Heard Round the Night
137
Molars Incisors Bicuspids Oh Crap
138
Im Bitchin to Travel
141
Close to You
145
Wholl Let the Dog Out? Who? Who? Who? Who? Who?
147
Change in Routine
151
I Gave Birth to a Farmer
153
Toddler Troubles
159
Nightmares
161
Night Terrors
165
From Crib to Bed to Who Knows Where
167
I Cant Sleep If Sleeping Is Without You
171
Sleepwalking
174
Twos Company Threes a Crowd in Bed
176
A Little Whine Before Bed
179
Urine for Trouble
183
Growing Is a Pain
185
The Trouble with Preschool
186
Good Night
191
Resources
195
How to Swaddle a Baby
196
Tracking Your Babys Sleep Patterns
198
Index
201
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About the author (2007)

Joanne Kimes is the series editor of the bestselling Sucks series. Ms. Kimes has been married for twelve years and only considers divorce during playoff-season. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her daughter. Find out more about Joanne and the Sucks series at www.sucksandthecity.com.

Leslie Young (Long Beach, CA) is a busy pediatrician who trained at UCLA Medical Center. He is the author of "The Everything Parents Guide to Childhood Illnesses". He is currently working at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. Dr. Young immigrated to the United States from Taiwan in 1985 with his family, and he graduated with top honors from medical school. He lives with his wife and son.

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