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The creator of Twiniversity delivers an essential update to her must-have manual to having twins, now with expanded info on twin pregnancy and tandem breastfeeding, and advice on the best gear to help save your sanity. With almost two times as many sets of twins today as there were forty years ago, What to Do When You're Having Two has quickly become the definitive resource The creator of Twiniversity delivers an essential update to her must-have manual to having twins, now with expanded info on twin pregnancy and tandem breastfeeding, and advice on the best gear to help save your sanity. With almost two times as many sets of twins today as there were forty years ago, What to Do When You're Having Two has quickly become the definitive resource for expectant and new parents of multiples. A mom of fraternal twins and a world-renowned expert on parenting multiples, author Natalie Diaz launched Twiniversity, the world's leading global resource for twin parenting information and support online. Now, with her expanded edition of What to Do, she includes new information on breastfeeding, gear, sleep, and having two when you already have one, as well as: • creating your twin birth plan, • maintaining a realistic sleep schedule, • managing tandem breastfeeding, • stocking up on what you'll need (and knowing what high-tech products are now available and what's a waste of money), and • building a special bond with each of your twins. Accessible, informative, and humorous, What to Do When You're Having Two is the must-have manual for every parent of twins.


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The creator of Twiniversity delivers an essential update to her must-have manual to having twins, now with expanded info on twin pregnancy and tandem breastfeeding, and advice on the best gear to help save your sanity. With almost two times as many sets of twins today as there were forty years ago, What to Do When You're Having Two has quickly become the definitive resource The creator of Twiniversity delivers an essential update to her must-have manual to having twins, now with expanded info on twin pregnancy and tandem breastfeeding, and advice on the best gear to help save your sanity. With almost two times as many sets of twins today as there were forty years ago, What to Do When You're Having Two has quickly become the definitive resource for expectant and new parents of multiples. A mom of fraternal twins and a world-renowned expert on parenting multiples, author Natalie Diaz launched Twiniversity, the world's leading global resource for twin parenting information and support online. Now, with her expanded edition of What to Do, she includes new information on breastfeeding, gear, sleep, and having two when you already have one, as well as: • creating your twin birth plan, • maintaining a realistic sleep schedule, • managing tandem breastfeeding, • stocking up on what you'll need (and knowing what high-tech products are now available and what's a waste of money), and • building a special bond with each of your twins. Accessible, informative, and humorous, What to Do When You're Having Two is the must-have manual for every parent of twins.

30 review for What to Do When You're Having Two: The Twins Survival Guide from Pregnancy Through the First Year

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    This book is all about having Twins unlike many pregnancy books which only singleton parents can relate to. I liked how the book was straightforward, though it could be blunt and serious about complications and NICU time, it was very informational. The book also gave you many great tips on items to buy or things to have/get done to make your life a bit easier with twins. It put me at ease knowing it is possible to survive a life with twins though it won’t be easy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    3.5 stars. I thought this was a really good twin advice book - not too long, but covered all the important topics. A few comments: - Would be good to have a regularly updated version (hard, I know) because this is already 5 years old and some bits were outdated. - Some of the Breastfeeding advice wasn’t exactly on point/evidence-based. Maybe having an LC look over that section? - It is a shame that this entire book is written talking to the mother! It doesn’t indicate that anywhere on the front o 3.5 stars. I thought this was a really good twin advice book - not too long, but covered all the important topics. A few comments: - Would be good to have a regularly updated version (hard, I know) because this is already 5 years old and some bits were outdated. - Some of the Breastfeeding advice wasn’t exactly on point/evidence-based. Maybe having an LC look over that section? - It is a shame that this entire book is written talking to the mother! It doesn’t indicate that anywhere on the front of back cover, but it all assumes the reader is the wife, not the husband. I thought there was a lot of great content in there my husband could benefit from, too, but it kept assuming the readers spouse was male.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Not very impressed with this read. Be aware that this book is completely a personal account (no one with a medical background or professional license in the area of prenatal pregnancy was part of the authoring of this book). I am still pregnant with my twins but I have older children and I found many of the author's recommendations over the top and unnecessary. Read: When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, and Quads OR Mothering Multiples (by LaLeche League) if you are looking for some supported Not very impressed with this read. Be aware that this book is completely a personal account (no one with a medical background or professional license in the area of prenatal pregnancy was part of the authoring of this book). I am still pregnant with my twins but I have older children and I found many of the author's recommendations over the top and unnecessary. Read: When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, and Quads OR Mothering Multiples (by LaLeche League) if you are looking for some supported and proven guidelines for a healthy pregnancy and help with breastfeeding.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Very helpful for a to be twin mom!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erin Newton

    It's super hard to rate this book because my twins aren't here yet. It took me a very long time to finish reading this because certain sections/chapters were pretty overwhelming and I had to put the book down for days, weeks at a time. Despite my cowardice, I applaud Diaz for including the good, the bad, and the ugly. Regardless of how overwhelming certain passages were, I need to know this stuff. I'd actually like to read it a second time before the twins arrive. I really like that it's not a m It's super hard to rate this book because my twins aren't here yet. It took me a very long time to finish reading this because certain sections/chapters were pretty overwhelming and I had to put the book down for days, weeks at a time. Despite my cowardice, I applaud Diaz for including the good, the bad, and the ugly. Regardless of how overwhelming certain passages were, I need to know this stuff. I'd actually like to read it a second time before the twins arrive. I really like that it's not a mammoth book that weighs 5 pounds. The content is manageable and she highlights what she learned as a twin mom and what she's learned from other twin parents since starting Twiniversity. This book will stay on my bookshelf for a long time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sara Liebman

    I think the writer makes a lot of assumptions in the early part of the book, or else she was trying to be funny and the humor fell flat. Also, if you don't know about labor and delivery, you shouldn't rely on this book for extensive information. What was helpful, however, was the chapter about what you need to buy two of and what you can get away with one of. I also felt the repeated mentions of her website was a little much by the end. I think the writer makes a lot of assumptions in the early part of the book, or else she was trying to be funny and the humor fell flat. Also, if you don't know about labor and delivery, you shouldn't rely on this book for extensive information. What was helpful, however, was the chapter about what you need to buy two of and what you can get away with one of. I also felt the repeated mentions of her website was a little much by the end.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Lacroix

    Would be a good book if you never had kids before and lived in the USA. Since i had a kid before a lot of chapters were nothing new to me so not very interesting and the chapters specifically on twins were rare, i could have just googled it. Lots of references to organisations, shops, etc in the USA so basically a niche book: for first time parents living in the USA!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    This book was super practical and efficient in getting me great information fast, without being too redundant. Like many books of its form though, I'm sure you have to recognize that Diaz' experience could be very different from your own, and it isn't a guaranteed fix for everything you will experience with twins. I'm excited to see how much of it holds true for me! This book was super practical and efficient in getting me great information fast, without being too redundant. Like many books of its form though, I'm sure you have to recognize that Diaz' experience could be very different from your own, and it isn't a guaranteed fix for everything you will experience with twins. I'm excited to see how much of it holds true for me!

  9. 4 out of 5

    KN

    There are loads of books that help one guide through the uncertain, and often scary, nine months of pregnancy. However most of these books are focused on a single child pregnancy. For couples having a multiple pregnancy, i.e. twins, triplets or more(!), these nine months can be a harrowing period. Not only does one have to take additional care during these months of pregnancy, but life gets more chaotic after the angels are born. Mothers who have gone through the chaos that can accompany the fir There are loads of books that help one guide through the uncertain, and often scary, nine months of pregnancy. However most of these books are focused on a single child pregnancy. For couples having a multiple pregnancy, i.e. twins, triplets or more(!), these nine months can be a harrowing period. Not only does one have to take additional care during these months of pregnancy, but life gets more chaotic after the angels are born. Mothers who have gone through the chaos that can accompany the first few months of a birth can attest to the fact that having twins can effectively stretch you even further for your time, money and effort in ensuring a smooth pregnancy and having healthy babies. Thankfully there is a growing collection of books and other material targeted specifically for women with two or more buns in the oven. What to do when you're having two is one such book written by a mother of twins who has gone through this experience first-hand. The author is also the founder of Twiniversity, an online forum filled with resources for people interested in learning more about a twin pregnancy and how to go about it while still being level-headed. The book is short and easy to read. Consisting of twelve chapters, each part of the book deals with a different area that would-be parents are likely to scratch their head about. Right from the initial shock of knowing that there are two babies (or more) on the way, to questions about affording to raise them, this book tackles it all. Not only does it talk about the pregnancy, but it also describes the initial months after delivery that are bound to be most chaotic, especially in a twin delivery. As it should be, the author does not shy away from including the bad with the good and makes her point clear on how a twin pregnancy can potentially have higher risks than a singleton pregnancy. What I liked about the book is that there is loads of actionable advice that will help calm the nerves of couple with a twin pregnancy. Especially if you live in the "western world", the author reveals loads of ways that you can utilise to reduce the financial burden on raising more than one child simultaneously. I, for one, did not realise there are special support groups in bigger cities that are targeted at helping women with twin pregnancies cope with the emotional upheaval during such a time. There was even a section on how a C-section and a vaginal delivery takes place. This would be quite enlightening for first time parents. The author also gives impeccable advice regarding the first few days after delivery, of observing the nurses and other hospital staff on how they handle your baby, in order to learn the right way to do it once you're home and without any expert help around all the time. Yes, once you reach home, you will have only your spouse, family and friends to help you get through the initial amorphous mess that will be now your life for a few months. The author also discusses a few points on dealing with your children's sleeping and eating patterns and keeping your sanity intact while doing so. On the flip side, I felt that the book did not give sufficient focus on the pregnancy itself. Except for a couple of chapters, the book focused on similar tips and techniques that would be valid for a single pregnancy as well. This delicate phase of carrying two babies in your womb and how to ensure a healthy complication-free pregnancy could have been explained in more detail. This book definitely should not be the only book that you read about bringing your child in this world. There are other books out there that are more detailed and useful in that aspect. But this book does give a good overview of what to expect when you're expecting twice. Combine this book with other books that are well known and researched so that you're fully prepared as you move towards this exciting phase in your life. --- Read more of my reviews at Few Pages More

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maria Shuffit

    When my husband and I found out we were having twins, one of the very first things that I did was order books from the library, including this one! Of the ones I read, I found this one to be the most helpful. There is a lot of practical and useful advice here, and after reading it, I felt much more calm and prepared for this special challenge. I especially appreciated some of the very specific recommendations, like what kind of strollers are best for different needs, naming specific brands and m When my husband and I found out we were having twins, one of the very first things that I did was order books from the library, including this one! Of the ones I read, I found this one to be the most helpful. There is a lot of practical and useful advice here, and after reading it, I felt much more calm and prepared for this special challenge. I especially appreciated some of the very specific recommendations, like what kind of strollers are best for different needs, naming specific brands and models. However, in some ways, that is also the downside of the book: some of the information is going to become outdated very quickly. The other less-than-great thing was the incessant pushing of the Twiniversity website, especially talking up the forums. I have signed up for them and visited them and found them unfortunately very lacking, and the Twiniversity website wasn't as packed full of helpful information as I thought it would be based on the constant assurances of this book. My more personal view on how this book was sometimes less than helpful was that it goes on the assumption that twins are the reader's first pregnancy. In my case, I have a toddler and was anxious to find out ways to juggle taking care of another child along with new twins, and there wasn't really much of anything helpful with that. However, this would not affect every reader, this was just something that seemed lacking for me. Overall, of the three twin pregnancy and parent books I've read so far, this one is by far the best. I would warn readers that it doesn't candy coat some of the concerns that twin pregnancies will face: it gave me the impression, for example, that bed rest is basically inevitable, and other such darker concerns. But as someone who appreciates being told upfront about things to watch out for and be prepared for, I actually liked this about this book. I would recommend this book for anyone expecting twins!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dara

    Only get this if twins will be your first kids. The book tries to be two things at once: a general parenting guide for first-time parents AND a guide for twins, and I think the balance is far too much on the first. I already have a toddler, so I don't need super basic discussions of what furniture you need in a nursery. I want to know about what is different about a twin pregnancy. Every once in a while the author has those kinds of tidbits - for example, that even if you have a vaginal birth wi Only get this if twins will be your first kids. The book tries to be two things at once: a general parenting guide for first-time parents AND a guide for twins, and I think the balance is far too much on the first. I already have a toddler, so I don't need super basic discussions of what furniture you need in a nursery. I want to know about what is different about a twin pregnancy. Every once in a while the author has those kinds of tidbits - for example, that even if you have a vaginal birth with twins, you'll likely have to deliver in an OR in case they have to do a c-section for the second baby - but those are few and far between. If you have a child already, there's almost nothing here that is new, and the really concrete things like stroller recommendations are available for free on the website.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Sutton

    There were a lot of things in this book I hadn't thought of before, and when I first picked it up, I felt relieved to have a resource to turn to for specific twin support. After a while, I did get irritated by how by the book Diaz is in her recommendations, though this may not put off many parents. (I prefer to know the reasons behind advice, and I intend to make decisions with my OB/pediatrician, not to have them make decisions for me, but this is a personal choice, and you might be different, There were a lot of things in this book I hadn't thought of before, and when I first picked it up, I felt relieved to have a resource to turn to for specific twin support. After a while, I did get irritated by how by the book Diaz is in her recommendations, though this may not put off many parents. (I prefer to know the reasons behind advice, and I intend to make decisions with my OB/pediatrician, not to have them make decisions for me, but this is a personal choice, and you might be different, and that's okay!) The personality of the book is very friendly, down to earth, and not hiding anything about the twin pregnancy, birth, and child rearing experience, which I really appreciate. I'd recommend giving this a read if you're not sure where to start with having twins.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Lauderdale

    This book was very helpful to me before the twins were born. I re-read it to find her twin schedule samples due to adjustment shock with the twins. This book kind of suffers a similar problem to most parenting books that try to cover safety and medical topics: the info gets super outdated or maybe even was inaccurate or controversial to begin with. One example is when she basically says "Just have your twins share a crib." This nugget would not have flown with reassuring the NICU and pediatricia This book was very helpful to me before the twins were born. I re-read it to find her twin schedule samples due to adjustment shock with the twins. This book kind of suffers a similar problem to most parenting books that try to cover safety and medical topics: the info gets super outdated or maybe even was inaccurate or controversial to begin with. One example is when she basically says "Just have your twins share a crib." This nugget would not have flown with reassuring the NICU and pediatrician that we were ready to take our children home. There were a few similar scenarios, where instead of consulting with experts, she would just generalize what other twin parents she knew claimed, which could give a kind of skewed picture of what you're actually recommended to do.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    Of the twin books I’ve read so far, this book provided the most thorough explanation of day to day life with twins after their birth. I am not a first time mom, so I did find some information a bit repetitive or not particularly exclusive to twins; however, the majority of the book provided helpful tips for day to day life leading up to and after delivery. Some of the opinions expressed in this book were just that—opinions, so they were taken with a grain of salt, but they were worth sifting thr Of the twin books I’ve read so far, this book provided the most thorough explanation of day to day life with twins after their birth. I am not a first time mom, so I did find some information a bit repetitive or not particularly exclusive to twins; however, the majority of the book provided helpful tips for day to day life leading up to and after delivery. Some of the opinions expressed in this book were just that—opinions, so they were taken with a grain of salt, but they were worth sifting through for the practical knowledge gained through this book. Also, I do feel like there should be an updated version. Some of the information was outdated.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Samy

    I think the book was meant for moms at the U.S. Sometimes you will have the feeling that the book is branding some trademarks. The book addressed different issues and concerns that will face moms of twins and how they should respond. It is good for general information but I believe it could be better.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Helpful book, particularly for first-time moms. Since I have a son already, I skimmed through portions that were more geared to first-timers. However, still had plenty of good tips for new twin parents — stuff I would not have thought about! Will definitely keep this on hand to reference for the first few months of twin fog. Lots of practical suggestions and recommendations.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    3.5/5 Lots of really good info in this book, I would say roughly 40-50% is applicable to anyone having their first child/ren so now that I am having #2&3 a lot of this was decent reminders or skippable. As a father, I found some of this less useful than for a mother, but still good to know what my wife will be going through, so the context is great to have. Recommended for anyone having twins!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jes

    I felt like this was an entire book of common knowledge. The author spoke down to the reader multiple times and offered pandering advice. Even as a first time mom I found very little content game changing our unexpected. 2 stars because there were a couple good reminders that we put on our list of to-dos. My advice, find a better book from an author who doesn't have a website full of ads. I felt like this was an entire book of common knowledge. The author spoke down to the reader multiple times and offered pandering advice. Even as a first time mom I found very little content game changing our unexpected. 2 stars because there were a couple good reminders that we put on our list of to-dos. My advice, find a better book from an author who doesn't have a website full of ads.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennee Schansberg

    Took lots of notes! Will definitely be using some of the resources from the twiniversity website as well. Overall very helpful and doesn’t dwell too much on the scary stuff like some other books I’ve read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This book had some useful stuff, mostly around breastfeeding and sleep schedules. But I also found it somewhat dated and a little bit judgy about other topics. It’s a quick read though so worth your time if you are having twins and learn best by reading.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

    This book offered a very quick overview of a lot of different aspects of having twins. The author's style is extremely bold & she often makes sweeping statements. It's a pretty fast read. I probably would have preferred a somewhat more detailed book. This book offered a very quick overview of a lot of different aspects of having twins. The author's style is extremely bold & she often makes sweeping statements. It's a pretty fast read. I probably would have preferred a somewhat more detailed book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Khadija

    It felt more of a marketing book than an insightful read. But I do admit she helped in knowing what sort of items are needed at some point. And looking for something similar.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Schmitten

    This book helped me figure out what to register for and how to prepare for twins. Has breastfeeding and swaddling advice as well. Very helpful.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Llewellyn

    Large portions of the book is not suitable for non americans. The author come across as a bit egotistical and all knowing. The book reads like a long ad for her twin University business

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bodil D

    Not very useful if you already have had a baby and the twins are your "second". Some useful insights into equipment. Not very useful if you already have had a baby and the twins are your "second". Some useful insights into equipment.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Theodore Stavridis

    Oh man, this book will continue to be a godsend

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    I think it could've done more to cover various complications and expectations but otherwise was fairly in depth and helpful I think it could've done more to cover various complications and expectations but otherwise was fairly in depth and helpful

  28. 4 out of 5

    Derek Jackson

    Basic

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    American, but some good, practical help for moms of multiples

  30. 4 out of 5

    KtO

    Really good overview of things to expect. Doesn't get into too much detail but still very much worth the read. Really good overview of things to expect. Doesn't get into too much detail but still very much worth the read.

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