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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE HAVING TWO by Natalie Diaz

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE HAVING TWO

The Twins Survival Guide from Pregnancy Through the First Year

By Natalie Diaz

Pub Date: Dec. 3rd, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-58333-515-4
Publisher: Avery

Twiniversity website founder Diaz delivers a comprehensive guide for parents of twins, from prenatal care through the first year of child development.

Humorous at times—"I always liked bathing the twins in the sink because it forced me to do the dishes. That's the sad truth"—and exhaustive in the details, the author provides meticulous lists, tips, do’s and don'ts, and compares brands of products, offering advice on what to purchase, including baby monitors, double breast-feeding pillows, Bumbo seats, jumperoos, exersaucers and baby swings. As a mother of fraternal twins, the author provides firsthand experience, and her desire is to ease parents into the oftentimes overwhelming moments of dual parenting. From health concerns during pregnancy, such as insomnia, morning sickness and how to handle bed rest, to an all-inclusive registry list to a debate over cloth diapers versus disposable, Diaz moves from one arena to the next with the efficiency of a drill sergeant, someone who's been there, done that and wants readers to learn from her trials and errors. Rounding out this how-to guide is excellent advice on how to breastfeed twins, when to start solid foods, finding time to sleep and setting schedules, bathing, swaddling, and how to navigate the ins and outs of car travel to and from the grocery store. Diaz even considers fellow airline travelers in her considerate and helpful hint of passing out earplugs to those seated around anyone with twins. “Nothing is off-limits here,” she writes, “as we will delve into some pretty murky waters.” For readers expecting a double pregnancy, Diaz's book should be the first purchase after that all-important moment when the doctor says, "Guess what?!"

In-depth, supportive information on navigating the complex road of parenting twins.