Chapter Synopsis

Chapter One, Do Tasks That Can Be Done With Baby Awake Only When Baby Is Awake

See how to prepare so that tasks done while baby sleeps are at a minimum, both in number and duration, and tasks that can be done with baby awake are done only with baby awake. Since baby sleep time is parent sleep or free time, this first chapter briefly outlines how to protect that time by providing ways to limit interruptions and reduce the number and duration of tasks done while baby sleeps. Lastly, see how to prepare to safely bring baby along on tasks done with baby awake and how to make such work easier. Chapter One's "crib sheet" is a list of items that help parents perform tasks with baby and suggest strategic placement.

Chapter Two, Adults Are On Their Own

Do you find yourself doing things for others even though they are capable of doing things for themselves? It's often difficult for child care givers to stop doing for others and focus on their own needs. But the truth is that it's essential because when capable persons do for themselves, less needs to be done! If adults within the home are self-reliant, interruptions of parent sleep or free time are reduced or eliminated. See how to let and encourage others to take personal responsibility. The chapter's "crib sheet" lists the seven things that adults should do for themselves or that others should stop doing for them.

Chapter Three, Young Family Members Are Self-Reliant

Sleeping when baby sleeps will be even harder with a toddler to look after. How will you nap? See how to build child self-reliance so that you have less to do. Moreover, when kids within the home are self-reliant, interruptions of parent sleep or free time are greatly reduced. The chapter lists the ten most helpful ways that children can be self-reliant and for each indicates an age of ability. See how to make kids feel good about doing things for themselves and others. The chapter's "crib sheet" lists the ten ways kids can be self-reliant discussed in the chapter.

Chapter Four, Minimize Time Spent On Bill Payment, Appointments, And Correspondence

Since bill paying, appointments, and the like require 15 minutes or more of uninterrupted concentration, they are tasks usually done when baby sleeps. See how to minimize this time and thereby maximize parent sleep or free time. The chapter and its accompanying "crib sheet" give fourteen specific steps you can take now so that bill paying time does not take away sleep or free time post baby. Each step is discussed in depth.

Chapter Five, Keep Trips In Your Vehicle To A Minimum

Running errands with children along is time-consuming and energy draining. What can help? This chapter and its "crib sheet" identify the three most common errands run by car and show you how to accomplish them more efficiently and without use of your vehicle. Each suggestion is discussed in depth with emphasis on addressing parent concerns such as quality of goods, cost of delivery, security, ease of website ordering, customer service, etc. See how to put each suggestion into practice now for time savings with baby.

Chapter Six, Minimize Time Getting In And Out Of Your Vehicle

Getting kids in and out of the car is an ordeal. Busy parents negotiate car seats, baby frontpack or stroller, diaper bag, snacks, jackets, shoes, trash, and toys each and every time they use their vehicle. No wonder parents are tired! Whether you have one baby or more, this chapter will show you how to get them in and out of the car as quickly and easily as possible. The trend of States toward broader car seat safety laws and their impact on parent time and energy is examined. The chapter and its "crib sheet" offer six specific things parents can do to make getting in and out of the car quick and easy.

Chapter Seven, Maximize The 15 Minute Meal Preparation Window

How will you cook with a fussy baby? It's a real challenge. Most newborns can stay content for 10-15 minutes once changed and fed. See how to use this 10-15 minute window of opportunity to your advantage when preparing breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The chapter and its "crib sheet" provide seven specific steps parents can take so that meal preparation will take less time and frustration with baby.

Chapter Eight, Duplicate Useful Tools And Locate Strategically

If there were tools or devices that could help you save time when tending baby, wouldn't you want to know what they are? Wouldn't you want to know how to use them to get the most from them? This chapter will show you what tools you need and where to put them in order to maximize time. Useful tools for parents are specifically suggested; however, the chapter also sets forth a formula for parents to identify for themselves tools, items, or devices of which they may need more. Strategic placement of items is discussed with an emphasis on safety as well as convenience. The chapter and its "crib sheet" list the six most useful tools, their strategic placement, and how they save time.

Chapter Nine, What Now?

How will you handle the inevitable sleepless nights to come? What if your baby won't stop crying? This chapter reviews Crib Sheets methods and provides practical and effective suggestions for handling the sleepless nights and the "won't stop crying" baby.

Each CRIB SHEETS' chapter begins with a removable "crib sheet" that is a "to-do list" for that chapter. Each "crib sheet" is a copy of a corresponding chapter header page so that removal does not result in any loss of information from the book, i.e., a copy of the same information remains bound for reference. Because a copy of each chapter's "crib sheet" serves as a header page for that chapter, every suggestion set forth corresponds to a specific chapter section and is fully discussed within -- expectant parents simply turn to that section for elaboration. To learn more about this unique feature, click here.