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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: 7.4 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,921 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.

Customer Reviews

This book was very helpful for us and getting the girls on the right track to healthy sleeping habits.
McK-McL
Its an easy read- really helps you understand how to set up sleep schedules and at what developmental age for twins.
M. hogan
Also, the twin's daytime sleep improved as well, and their nap schedules provided us with much needed free time.
Elissa

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148 of 149 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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32 of 38 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 6 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steph on March 10, 2011
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This is the only sleep book we got so I can't say how it compares to other books and other methods. It is not in my nature to be a stickler for sleep "rules" and its not in my nature to let my babies scream anymore than they have to given the fact that there's two of them. This book seems very gentle to me and we have followed the suggestions from the beginning. We split the girls into separate cribs at 3 months old or so but they sleep in the same room. And they really do ignore each others noises and such. They are now 6 months old and both girls sleep 12+ hours at night every night.

The book suggests that at 6 months of age, babies will be taking 2 or possibly 3 naps every day. My girls take 4 naps. But the book also helped me to know that that's ok. Weissbluth is very reassuring as far as "your twins are individuals and what's right for them is right for them." The info about sleep-windows is dead on and I can honestly say that I have two well-rested, lovely little girls.
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