Even though you’re actually adding two to the family equation, you might still feel you’re completely alone in this. Yes, being a twin parent is quite the challenge, but no, you are not alone. Reading up on twin parenthood does not have to be like that time you had to memorize your AP world history book in college. These books can help you feel grounded and sane. They are the perfect companion for this crazy journey you’re setting on.
This prenatal program is the go-to nutrition guide for expecting twin moms. Eberlein gives diet and exercise tips with the aim of helping postpartum moms. She also tackles the emotions that come with carrying multiples, the complications that may arise with such a pregnancy, focusing on labor and delivery. If you’re expecting twins and you’re overwhelmed, this educational read will definitely provide you with some much needed reassurance.
2. Twins 101: 50 Must-Have Tips for Pregnancy through Early Childhood From Doctor M.O.M.by Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin
If you had to read what someone had to say about twin parenting, you’d want that someone to be experienced in the area, no? Who better than a paediatrician who also happens to be a fellow twin mom? Twin 101 is full of practical tips, stories that will surely inspire you, and great advice that can act as guidelines as you set on this challenging but wonderful journey.
3. Dad’s Guide to Raising Twins: How to Thrive as a Father of Twinsby Joe Rawlinson
Here’s one for the struggling father. Okay, so you got through the pregnancy and you’re finally home with two small human beings…now what? Rawlinson gives advice on how to best care for your twins, how to reach the perfect balance between work-life and family-life, how to encourage your twins to be self-efficient and celebrate their individuality, amongst other useful tips that might actually prove to be life-savers. Don’t worry dad, Joe’s got you covered.
Joe actually wrote an article for us in the past. We heart him! Read his tips here.
4.Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More! (La Leche League International Book) by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada
From twin pregnancy through to the toddler stage, this book tackles multiple issues that arise when coping with, well, multiples. It addresses the topics of establishing a milk supply for your little ones, as well as coordinating feedings. So if you’re planning on breastfeeding, this is definitely one for your shelves.
5.Raising Twins: Parenting Multiples from Pregnancy Through the School Years by Shelly Vaziri Flais
Another author sporting the paediatrician-twin-mom combo, Dr Flais dishes out her expertise and experience in this highly informative guide. If you’re wondering about how to potty train your twins, or have questions about their sleep schedule, this book can help. It can actually clear things up for you, whatever your twin-related query, as it offers advice about twin pregnancy, all through to when those tiny foetuses are ready for school.
Author and twin mom Natalie Diaz might be the answer to your prayers. Was it a comprehensive twin manual you were looking for? Well, look no further. Diaz is here to answer questions about all aspects of twin parenting, ranging from the ordeal of breastfeeding multiples, to building a relationship with each of them. A definitive how-to guide that’s definitely worth a read.
7. Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories And Advice From Parents of Twins, Triplets and More by Megan Woolsey
If you’re finding it hard to cope with the fact you’re having multiples, this book will serve as consolation. It’s full of essays and stories that will surely help you. Stories from the NICU and tales of labor and delivery that you’ll certainly benefit from reading. Entering the world of twin parenting is probably as overwhelming as it is exhilarating, but this book, at least, lets you know you’re not alone.
Double Time is Roper’s account of the challenging first three years of her twin motherhood. She writes about how not everything was quite as she expected. For starters, she had to deal with bipolar disorder when her twins were toddlers. Roper’s warm and humorous narration is as inspiring as it is helpful. So read up, in hopes of you yourself surviving – and thriving – through those first couple of years.
A beautifully written journal of sorts, in which the author empathizes with the twin mom reader and offers insightful tips and advice. Focusing on her personal experience, Lage gives an account of her twin pregnancy up till her first year of twin motherhood. A wonderful read for those expecting moms who are worried about the new life that awaits them.
A question every twin parent asks himself is: Should I encourage my kids’ individuality or focus on their closeness? Author and identical twin Abigail Pogrebin seeks to answer this with the help of experts. Her book revolves around this dilemma as she writes about how these issues of identity affected her personal life. A unique addition to any twin parent’s library.