Twin Sense

A Sanity-Saving Guide to Raising Twins -- From Pregnancy Through the First Year

 Twin Sense

Author: Dagmara Scalise
Pub Date: September 2008
Print Edition: $15.00
Print ISBN: 9780814410660
Page Count: 224
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814410677

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction xxv


1: How Different Can Having Twins Be? 3

Financial Considerations 5

During Pregnancy 6

In the Hospital 8

At Home Afterward 9

Special Challenges: C-Section Complications 10

Special Challenges: Caring for Preemies 11

2: Getting Information and Support for Your First Year with Twins 13

Where to Begin 14

What to Keep in Mind 15

Where to Go for Information 16

3: Responding to Dumb or Probing Questions About Having Twins 22

The Fine Art of the Witty Retort 27

Special Situations 30

4: Stocking Up on What You Really Need 31

Bedding and Clothes 35

Diaper-Changing Gear 39

Bathing 41

Feeding 42

Miscellaneous Extras 44

Questionable Items 46

5: Preparing and Involving Your Other Children 47

Preparing Your Child 48

Involving Your Older Child 50

Making Your Child Feel Special 52

Adjusting Your Expectations 55

6: Preparing and Involving the Father of the Babies 56

Breaking the News That You’re Pregnant 57

What He’s Most Worried About 58

During Pregnancy 60

Hands-On Training 62

After the Babies Are Born 63


7: Getting Through the Night 67

Preparing the Babies for Bed 68

Creating the Optimal Sleep Environment 70

Getting Everything All Ready 70

8: Breast-Feeding 74

Building Your Confidence 76

Having the Right Supplies 80

Adopting a Step-by-Step Process for Nursing 81

Important Things to Keep in Mind 83

If You Encounter Problems 84

9: Bottle-Feeding 86

General Considerations 87

Formula and Supplies 88

Preparing Formula 91

Feeding the Babies 93

10: Bathing 95

Before Starting 96

Bathing Strategies 97

When You Have an Older Child 98

When You’re Alone 99

Making Bath Time More Comfortable for You 100

Choosing Bath Aids 101

Managing the Toys 103


11: Making Errands Possible 107

Strategies for Shopping with Twins 108

rategies for Shopping with Three or More Children 112

Preparing the Gear and Yourself 113

12: Preparing, Packing, and Bundling Your Twins for a Car Ride 116

Getting Your Babies in the Car 117

Arranging the Seats 120

Taking Long Trips with Twins 120

What to Bring 123

Good Distractions 124

13: Traveling by Plane 127

Before You Fly 128

At the Airport 131

On the Flight 133

When Traveling with Car Seats 135

Great Travel Gear 136

14: Vacationing with Your Children 138

Planning Your Vacation 139

Tips to Make Your Trip Smoother 143

If You Choose a Hotel 146

If You Choose a House 147


15: Keeping the Peace 151

Laying the Groundwork 152

Making Sharing Easy 154

In the Heat of the Moment 157

Practicing How to Share and Take Turns 158

16: Baby-Proofing Your Home 161

The Fundamentals 163

The Kitchen 164

The Living or Family Room 166

The Bedrooms 167

The Bathroom 169

Your Home Office 170

The Area Around the Stairs 171

Outside Your Home 172

Additional Suggestions 173

17: The Best Life-with-Twins Tips Ever 176

Making Life Easier for Yourself 177

Making Life Easier for Your Twins 179

More Ways to Organize Your Life 180

Additional Tips for Making Your Life with Twins Easier 182

Appendix: Resources 187

Index 193

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