Raising Twins: From Pregnancy to Preschool:

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Offering practical, “can-do” advice for anxious parents expecting or already caring for twins, this handbook guides from the first news of twins’ impending arrival and continues through their early childhood. From how to set up the nursery, synchronize feeding and sleeping schedules, and potty train two children at once to discipline, family dynamics, and fostering individuality, this doctor-cum-mom shares her experiences of what works and what doesn’t and encourages parents to not only survive but also enjoy ...

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Overview

Offering practical, “can-do” advice for anxious parents expecting or already caring for twins, this handbook guides from the first news of twins’ impending arrival and continues through their early childhood. From how to set up the nursery, synchronize feeding and sleeping schedules, and potty train two children at once to discipline, family dynamics, and fostering individuality, this doctor-cum-mom shares her experiences of what works and what doesn’t and encourages parents to not only survive but also enjoy their twins’ early years. A special appendix on caring for triplets as well as preterm babies is also included.

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"This is a valuable contribution that will pair nicely with other recent winners."  —BookSmack!, the online newsletter, LibraryJournal.com

"Helps parents of multiples hit the ground running and build their skills, efficiency, and confidence . . . This practical resource is a necessity for anyone caring for twins."  —Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, coauthor, Food Fights and Heading Home with Your Newborn

"Who better to hold your hand and help prepare you for the multiple joys (and challenges) of parenting twins than a pediatrician-mom of twins?"  —Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP, coauthor, Heading Home with Your Newborn

"Tandem feeding, duo sleeping, twin proofing, and double discipline are only a few of the many tips on raising twins covered in this handy must-have parenting guide . . . shares a double dose of practical information that I recommend all parents of multiples read prior to delivery and keep close at hand during the first few years."  —Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP, author, Mommy Calls; editor in chief, The Wonder Years

"Dr. Flais, from her own experiences, will teach you how to simplify, synchronize, and customize . . . parenting [your] twins. Her twin tips will help all families."  —Marc Weissbluth, MD, FAAP, author, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, and Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins

"Pediatrician Flais, herself a mother of twins, presents a survival guide for parents in the first weeks and months of twin-rearing, as well as sensible advice for all stages of their children's development. From breastfeeding, napping, toilet training to discipline, her empowering and confident tone is neighborly and down-to-earth, keeping parents attuned to her if-I-can-do-it-so-can-you attitude."  —Publishers Weekly Online

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Raising a single baby is a major undertaking, but with twins there's often double the work-for the same number of parents. Pediatrician Flais, herself a mother of twins, presents a survival guide for parents in the first weeks and months of twin-rearing, as well as sensible advice for all stages of their children's development. From breastfeeding, napping, toilet training to discipline, her empowering and confident tone is neighborly and down-to-earth, keeping parents attuned to her if-I-can-do-it-so-can-you attitude. Sharing personal experiences and professional insight, each chapter is sprinkled with common sense to-dos and quick activities to expand on topics feeding, scheduling and seeking support. While much of the content here focuses on daily routine of twin care, Flais also encourages parents to foster independent identities in their kids: "give them plenty of opportunities to be individuals and pursue their own interests," and celebrate their different strengths and traits. Loving and bonding remains the most important factor in promoting lifelong well-being, but Flais gives parents sound advice for preparing and maintaining that loving environment while serving double duty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581103441
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 160,851
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the mother of four children, including a set of twins. She has contributed to Chicago Parent, Healthy Children, and Twins magazines. She lives in Chicago.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction

Your New Life with Twins
Twins--The News Flash of a Lifetime
How the Twin-Parenting Experience Changes Over the Early Years
Pregnancy
Early Infancy
Later Infancy
The Toddler Years
The Preschool Years
Enjoying the Twin-Parenting Experience
Families with Twins--One Size Does Not Fit All
Chapter 2: Preparing for Your Twins' Arrival

The Emotional Rollercoaster after Learning the News
Taking Care of Your Body and the Pregnancy
Preparation During Pregnancy
Twins Preparation Checklist
Preparing Older Siblings for the Arrival of Twins
Nearing the Delivery
Chapter 3: The Early Days and Weeks with Twins
In the Hospital
Coming Home
Keeping Your Twins on the Same Schedule--Starting Now
Feeding Your Babies--Should We Use Breast Milk or Formula
Breastfeeding Twins--So How Do We Do It
Formula Feeding--Simplifying the Process for Your Twins
Burping and Reflux
Advice for Outings--Is It Possible to Leave Your House With Your Twins?
Infant Colic, Times Two
Should We Use Pacifiers?
Asking for Support
Taking Your Twins to the Pediatrician
Getting Into a Routine in Your New Life with Twins
Chapter 4: Early Infancy and Getting Your Twins on a Schedule

Sleep--Infant Twins Need It, and Parents Need It Too!
Do Twins Need Two Cribs, or Two Bedrooms?
The Science Behind Good Sleep Habits
The Strategies to Encourage Good Sleep Habits
The Power of the Bedtime Ritual
During the Day--Daytime Naps
Feeding Your Infant Twins
The Twins are Getting Stronger
Diaper Rash
"Twin Proofing"
Considerations When Returning to Work after Maternity Leave
Toys and Books for Your Twins
Outings and Fun with Your Infant Twins
Continue to Ask for Help
Bonding With Each of Your Individual Twins
Chapter 5: Your Twins' Older Infancy and First Birthday

Older Twin Babies' Sleep Patterns
Mealtime: A Whole New World
Advancing Solid Foods and Table Foods
Sippy Cup Training Twins--Bye-Bye, Bottles!
Twins and Dental Development
Play and Development for Older Twin Babies
Language and Communication
Safety Issues
"Discipline"--Re-directing Your Young Twins to Acceptable Behaviors
The Emotions Involved in Parenting Twins--How to Stay Sane
Spending Time with Each of Your Twins as Individuals
The First Birthday
Your Twins' First Year--A Special Time That Flies Too Fast!
Chapter 6: Toddler Twins [One- and Two-Year-Olds]

Toddler Twins Sleep Issues
Transitioning to "Big-Kid" Beds, and How to Keep Your Twins in Them
Strategies to Survive Your Twins' Graduation to Big Kid Beds
A Continued Need for Naps, or At Least, Quiet Time
Toddler Nutrition and Mealtimes
Simplify Mealtime with Your Toddler Twins
The Importance of Positive One-On-One Time for Your Twins
Kind but Effective Discipline for Toddler Twins
Providing Acceptable Choices for, and Listening To, Your Twins
Temper Tantrums
Consistency in Discipline is Key
"Time-Outs" For Twins
Encouraging Twins' Language Development
Toilet Training: Is It Possible
When and Where Do We Start Toilet Training Twins
The Gear to Help Toilet Training
Schedule "Potty Time" Into Your Day
Toilet Training Motivation Tools
Safety Issues for Toddler Twins
Family Relationships, a New Baby
Keeping a Twin-Friendly Budget--Save Both Time and Money
Having Fun with Your Toddler Twins
Chapter 7: Preschool Aged Twins [Three- and Four-Year-Olds]

Sleep Issues for Preschool Twins
Socialization within the Family--The Twins' Role in the Family Unit
Preparing Your Twins for a Preschool Experience
The Continued Importance of One-on-One Time
Your Twins are Two Distinct Individuals, Now More Than Ever
Consistency and Discipline with Preschool Twins
Balancing the Family Dynamic
Expectations of Your Twins When On Outings
When Twins Collide
Advanced Toilet Training and Independence
Emotional and Social Support for Parents of Preschool Twins
Budgeting and Practical Matters
Enjoy the Here and Now with Your Twins
Chapter 8: Concluding Your Twins' Early Years--As Your Twins Grow

The Twin Journey
The Built-In Life Lessons
A Special Bond between Two Unique Individuals
An Eye towards the Future
Appendix A: Twin Facts Every Parent of Twins Should Know

The Distinction between Identical and Fraternal Twins
More and More Twins!
Appendix B: If Your Twins Are Born Early

Nutrition for Small Preterm Twins
Respiratory Issues
Jaundice
Other Issues
How to Bond with Your Twins in the NICU
When Will My Twins be Ready to Come Home?
Other Concerns Once We Go Home
Appendix C: The Triplet Parenting Experience--Advice for All Families with Multiples

Preparation for Triplets During Pregnancy
Synchronized Schedules
Survival in the Early Months
Organizing the Triplet Way
Potty Training Triplets
Psychological Issues
The Best Aspects of Parenting Triplets
Maintaining Triplets' Individuality
The Adventure of a Lifetime!

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  • Posted January 28, 2010

    Practical advice to take care of two babies at once

    Raising Twins is a practical, uplifting book that gives tons of specific tips on how to raise twins. Too many twins books focus on how much work it is, but Dr. Flais gives encouraging, been-there advice that I found very reassuring and helpful to my experience.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

    Raising Twins has been a life saver!

    My wife and I have found Raising Twins to be extremely helpful. Dr. Flais' advice helped us to finally get our twins to sleep through the night! Sleep! Yes! We wish we had read it sooner. Raising Twins has really helped us to streamline our child care routine and gain control over the chaos. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    great for new twin parents

    This is a very helpful book for parents of twins. Most baby books focus on how to deal with one baby, but this one provides good information and tips on how to juggle two at a time. Some of the rules for singletons just don't/can't apply when you have two (like "never wake a sleeping baby" - if you ever hope to get on a regular sleeping schedule, sometimes you have to wake one of the two!). I also like that we'll be able to use this for a few years, as it goes through preschool and our girls are just two months old yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Expecting Twins? A Book You Must Read

    We have two young children and are expecting twins. Raising Twins is an excellent resource for anyone expecting multiples! Dr. Flais gives good advice and helpful tips in her book. She uses realistic examples and a practical approach to many different situations. After reading her book, I feel more prepared to raise twins! This book is a must for anyone expecting multiples!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Helpful advice for twins

    Raising Twins is full of specific, helpful advice on how to care for 2 babies at once. Dr. Flais is a mom of twins and 2 other children herself, and her tips speak from her experiences. It was fun and easy to read, too, and everything is in one place, which is great- moms of multiples do not have a lot of spare time for research!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    So helpful

    Great read so far and hopefully will come in very handy.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    I would definitely recommend this book. I found it extremely useful for the first few months after the babies were born. I have yet to find a book regarding twins after the first year that is helpful. But I am glad I purchased this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2009

    not very informative for multiple pregnancy

    The subtitle states from pregnancy to preschool but less than one chapter is devoted to pregnancy. I purchased this book as soon as I found out I was pregnant with twins. I was hoping for information to help me have a successful pregnancy, but found this was not so. I also felt that even though the author is the mother of multiples, the information that she gives is not up-to-date. I did not finish reading it since most of the information is for after the babies' birth, but I will hold onto it in case it may come in handy in the future.

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