For some people this will simply not be affordable. While I understand the need to stress that learning to care for two babies is not something you should feel needs to be done without support, some of us just can't afford an overnight nanny. She does concede the point, but only after half jokingly suggesting that you take out a second mortgage on your house to hire a professional. At this point, with our budget, I will be happy if I can hire a teenager friend of the family to come in a couple times a week just to help with the dishes. Near the end of the chapter about getting help, her strident tone took away from her otherwise engaging prose and down-to-earth approach.
The chapter about what you really need to have ready for the newborns is very helpful. I am using it as a template to sort through the vast amount of baby stuff out there that is all marketed as 'must haves'. There is excellent information on how to enforce sleep schedules, handle breastfeeding two in succession or at the same time, and all the rest you may expect from a book about learning to handle newborns or any number.
The tips for traveling are empowering, giving the reader a sense that just because you are now caring around two doesn't mean you are tied to your house, or even your state. Perhaps the single most important thing to take away from this book it that a twin pregnancy or any multiple pregnancy is NOT the same as a singleton pregnancy, and it follows that learning to care for two or more children isn't the same as learning to care for one.
Regan-Loomis' admission of this was refreshing when compared to our friends' and family's repeated assertions of "Oh, you'll figure it out. But when faced with the overwhelming and life changing event that is on the horizon, sometimes being told and re-told the obvious is indeed helpful. Oct 08, Jon rated it liked it. This book was a good starting place for us. It's not too serious, so it didn't overwhelm us with lists of things we were going to have to do.
It did, however, give us an idea of some of the things we are going to be up against.
The author definitely has her own perspective, which is both good and bad. Her perspective makes the book more entertaining than one written generically. For example, she believes in significant weight gain during pregnancy. She's also against co-bedding, and in favo This book was a good starting place for us. She's also against co-bedding, and in favor of using "play yards" apparently the term "play pen" has been lost to political correctness.
While I may not agree with all of her points of view, it's more interesting to read than wishy-washy advice. On the other hand, since she has an older child, much of the advice is given from that perspective. We were panicked by the amount of help she said we'd need in the first month. Towards the end of that chapter, we read the part that started, "The amount and type of help you need is determined in part by whether or not you have an older child or children.
We're still looking forward to your visit, Mom.
Now that I look at this book after a month or two, I see more good stuff in it which baby goods are must haves and which are superfluous. Still, I value it the most for the sense of perspective. As such, it might be a good one to borrow from the library, if possible. I think the part that sticks with me from the book is the following for reasons I don't understand, it's presented as part of a poem: The next time we are shopping for tomatoes And yet another cart-pushing poet succumbs To the irrepressible need to proclaim "Double Trouble" Reading that was the moment where I realized, "Oh, no, people will be coming up to me to say stupid things in a grocery store.
I've structured much of my life around not having to talk to strangers. Apr 10, Krissy rated it liked it Shelves: This book was just okay for me.
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It seemed to mostly focus on the author's experience, sometimes that was presented as the only logical way to do things. Other times additional perspectives were introduced but rarely elaborated upon. The author introduced sleep training saying it was more complicated than just letting the babies cry themselves to sleep however did not specify what made it more complicated.
I got annoyed easily at suggestions that were presented as rules- such as forgoing a baby s This book was just okay for me. I got annoyed easily at suggestions that were presented as rules- such as forgoing a baby shower in order to just have a party people bring diapers to. That is a running theme for most topics.
Maybe I would laugh more if my babies were here already and I had the additional perspective. My progress with this book was initially very rapid, but slowed till I forced myself to slog through the last bits. It's a good book, with plenty of useful information, but I've found that books on parenting issues tend to take on a very interpersonal tone, and this book was like hanging out with your smart, snarky but exhaustively bossy friend.
She's great in emergencies and, almost contradictorily, at parties, but being around her for a long while just saps your energy. You know she's mostly My progress with this book was initially very rapid, but slowed till I forced myself to slog through the last bits. You know she's mostly right, but who likes being steamrolled all the time? There are certainly very valuable tips on managing life with twins, and her candid accounts of her own trials and errors were the kind of reassuring thing that prospective moms of twins definitely need to read.
Perhaps in several months I'll revisit this review, as I can better endorse or dismiss her suggestions then. Jul 06, Laura rated it liked it. I thought this was one of the more useful books I've read recently. It's not medically based, just gives tips on dealing with the day-to-day management of twins.
I liked that she also had an older child to handle, and she seemed very practical. When she did get into medical territory, I wasn't as into her opinions she's very pro-nursing, for example and there wasn't a ton of medical validity to any of her claims she points out she's not a doctor, nor was the book written with one. But those I thought this was one of the more useful books I've read recently. But those parts were easy to skip around. This would be a good book to get and use as a resource throughout the years, since some of the chapters Traveling with Twins might not be relevant now, but would in the future.
She also gives a thorough list of resources at the end. Dec 09, Amy rated it really liked it. I was very disappointed with this book. That was true and helpful and I did keep a log for almost the entire first year we had some medical issues too, so it was very helpful to keep the log. However, she advises moms to get used to the babies crying it out and I can't stand for that.
I didn't let my twins CIO and you don't have to either. I would advise I was very disappointed with this book. Get prepared, stay calm, and count your blessings two! Recommended reading for all mothers of twins. When Meghan Regan-Loomis discovered that she was pregnant with twins, she searched fruitlessly for the book that would explain how to manage the logistics and challenges of caring for two babies at once.
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You'll learn how to: Nurse two babies at the same time, comfortably and efficiently Get exactly the help you need from family and friends in those first few weeks Safely transport two babies at once when it's just you and them Survive the nights by breaking them into shifts that include you sleeping Stockpile the right food and supplies in advance of their arrival Maintain your identity and your marriage through the madness Get prepared, stay calm, and count your blessings two!
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