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Can anyone recommend a good tips and advice book for parents
expecting twins? We already have a 4 year old, so I was hoping
to avoid a book that spends a lot of time covering basics that
are geared towards first time parents, be it of singletons or
multiples. I scoped out books on Amazon, and it seems to be a
common complaint in the reviews that there's not much geared
towards 2nd time parents, and/or the books have lots of stats
and nice stories but little hard advice on sleeping, eating etc
If you're looking for books specifically about raising twins,
you unfortunately won't find a whole lot of good info (which is
too bad, since there are so many useful books about twin
pregnancies) - I've read pretty much all of them, and a lot of
them have anecdotal stories from other parents, lists of how
many onesies you might need, etc., but not a lot of real
information, especially other than what you could get from a
regular one-baby book (or that you, already a pro, wouldn't
already know). There is hardly any info on sleep (there's very
little about twins and sleep in singleton baby books, too) aside
from things like ''some people have their twins in the same room
for naps, others separate them.'' Duh. The only one that I've
halfway liked was Raising Twins After the First Year, but (a)
that won't help you for the first year and (b) even then there's
just one short chapter on each whole year.
I do recommend you try to attend the New and Expectant Parents
meetings that Twins By the Bay has every other Friday - there's
a lot of great information imparted at those sessions.
Does anyone have any good, current recommendations on books about
raising twins? We are expecting twins within the next couple of
The book I found most supportive and useful was
called ''Mothering Twins: From Hearing the News to Beyond The
Terrible Twos.'' It was written by five mom's of twins who met at
a twins club support group. They each shared their various
experiences, including what did and didn't work for them. I
really appreciated that it was written from the perspective
of ''Do whatever works for you, here's some things I tried...'' It
is completely non-preachy and non-judgemental. I highly
I found several books before my twins (just turned 5!) were born. One
of the best was Having Twins by Elizabeth Noble, dealing mostly with
pregnancy and infancy. An even better resource is Twins Magazine.
generally have something about various age groups. They also have a
very good web site: www.twinsmagazine.com. Check out their
"Resources". Also check out Twin Services in Berkeley. They have
groups of articles available on various aspects of raising multiples.
Their phone # is 524-0863. They also have a web site but I don't have
the address handy. Berkeley may also have a good Mothers of Twins
group. Good luck and have fun.
The Joy of Twins is an excellent book, very positive. The Elizabeth Noble
book is also a good resource, but has a lot of scary stuff about twin
pregnancy which I did not find helpful when I was pregnant with twins. There
is an excellent twins group that meets once a month in Berkeley on the second
Monday of the month at 7:30 at the community center/church on the Alameda near
hopkins (I forgot the name of it.). The organizer is Suzie Robertson.
I found the group very helpful when I was pregnant.
We have a two-year old and 5-month old twins. Good luck.
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