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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345497791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345497796
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"paediatrician and sleep expert" USA Today "paediatric sleep specialist" Times Educational Supplement --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

MARC WEISSBLUTH, M.D., a pediatrician with thirty-five years of experience, founded the original Sleep Disorders Center at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital and is a professor of clinical pediatrics at Northwestern University School of Medicine. He has lectured extensively to parent groups and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Weissbluth lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Marc Weissbluth, M.D., a pediatrician since 1973, founded the original Sleep Disorders Center at Children's Memorial Hospital and is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, at the Northwestern University School of Medicine. He coined the now-familiar phrase "sleep training."

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This book makes so much sense and is very easy to read.
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Within 1 week we had our twins sleep trained by following the suggestions it the book.
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I have already read Dr. Weissbluth's previous book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby.
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157 of 158 people found the following review helpful By D. Loney on April 29, 2010
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The follow-up Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins is a good resource to a parent of twins, offering practical advice for handling your multiples with a nice balance of confidence and humility.

I had a singleton first, and we used the Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child book to sleep train her. (Sleep train is a harsh description as it invokes images of a screaming baby and stressed parents but this is NOT how I'd describe this method) Because I had previous experience with the Weissbluth method we had an advantage in sleep training our twins. I found while the twins' book offered some practical detail about twinfants, and dealing with common concerns related to prematurity, it lacked the detail of its predecessor, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.

The Weissbluth method focuses almost entirely on the premise that rested babies sleep better. You need to toss out the age old notion that if you keep your baby up, they will sleep longer and better at night. This simply is an old wives tale not unlike putting cereal in your infant's bottle. Weissbluth focuses on preventing bad habits from starting and getting your baby down in their crib sleepy but awake and allowing them to drift off to sleep by themselves. I was skeptical at first, particularly because he says that babies can't comfortably stay awake for more than 90 minutes. BUT ITS TRUE, after 90 minutes all of my children reach a state of irritability, where they seem to want to nurse and be cuddled. With my first child I mistook this cue to mean that she was hungry. I was nursing her every 90 minutes when I should have been napping her.

All in all I HIGHLY recommend the Healthy Sleep Habits method, but I suggest the parent of multiples buy the original book, Happy Child, and skip Happy Twins.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Hamm VINE VOICE on July 6, 2009
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There is definitely some good information in this book. But it's really drawn out. The first thirty pages or so describe the importance of sleep and healthy sleep habits. If you're reading this book (and especially if you have newborn twins in the house), I suspect you already know how important sleep is. Chapter 3 is probably the best resourse. It lists sleepy signs from your baby and how to make sure you get him or her to bed before he or she is overtired. And it makes suggestions about the amount of sleep a baby needs and good times for naps. If, however, you don't think you can bear to let your baby cry, this book may not be for you.

There is also a chapter on breastfeeding twins and one on prematurity. Again, this is good information, but if you are reading this book just for help with sleeping habits it feels like filler. And the chapter on creating a sleep team can be summerized like this: make sure you, your spouse and anyone else who cares for your twins are on the same page with sleep-training so you don't screw up each others' efforts. He takes about 20 pages to say that.

Double Take: My First Year as a Mother of Twins
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By gmamama on July 14, 2009
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I have already read Dr. Weissbluth's previous book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby. This book for twins seemed to repeat much of the earlier book. I found that there were a few unique points for twins, but it's not as different as I had hoped. But it's good and helpful information, just no need to read both books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Hondru-Celestin on August 2, 2010
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Every single parent should read this book!!!!

I read this book when my fraternal twin girls were 10 weeks old, and it was a key factor in saving my sanity. I was a first-time mom with two babies who had very different sleep temperaments and who came home from the hospital on totally different schedules. When I read this book I quickly realized that not only was I sleep deprived, but so were my poor exhausted babies. We immediately followed every step of Dr. Weissbluth's advice, and within a week my home was a peaceful, rested place. I had to let one twin cry it out, but that only lasted for about a week, and only for 5-7 minutes at each sleep time! Because I was also suffering from postpartum depression, this book gave me a way to begin to heal.

Now my twins are 5-yrs-old. I pull out the book every time the girls go through a developmental milestone and/or get off-track with their sleep, and Dr. Weissbluth's advice gets us back on a healthy sleep schedule every time. I can say with confidence that Dr. Weissbluth's advice was a godsend at a very difficult time, and continues to be a valuable resource for our whole family. My husband and I have even changed our own sleep habits as a result! I am grateful to this day. A must-read for every parent.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Twin Mom on March 10, 2010
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I found this book interesting, however, it doesn't really mention much about feeding, and in my opinion, feeding and sleeping are very intertwined. If your baby is still getting up to eat in the middle of the night, sleep training is very difficult. Without touching on this, this book is not that useful.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By seraphicD on December 25, 2009
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I am a mother of 29 week fraternal twins, and I am thankful every night that we were lucky enough to have Dr. Weissbluth as our pediatrician. We jokingly refer to Dr. W as "the baby whisperer" in our home. All of our relatives are astounded at how well our kids sleep. They are happy and well-adjusted throughout the day, and simply reply "okay!" every time we ask them to go to bed at night or to take a nap. Our entire family is well-rested! He is the reason that my twins, who were 11 weeks premature, had almost no developmental delays, because they were able to sleep and grow.

This book is especially good if you twins are fraternal (which are more difficult, because their sleep patterns will be different) and if they are premature (one of my kids spent 1 month in the NICU, while the other spent 6 months, and was woken up every 3 hours). We thought we might never get them on a schedule to be able to share a room! Dr. W had them sharing a room and sleeping 12 hours a night within 6 weeks!

I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone with multiples, along with his other book. My twins are now 2 years old and continue to take one nap a day and sleep 12 hours at night. Because of his sound recommendations, my twins are easier than any child I have ever seen. No tantrums, no fighting bed time, and I am so grateful!
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