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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics; 1 edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581103441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581103441
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Raising a single baby is a major undertaking, but with twins there's often double the work-for the same number of parents. Pediatrician Flais, herself a mother of twins, presents a survival guide for parents in the first weeks and months of twin-rearing, as well as sensible advice for all stages of their children's development. From breastfeeding, napping, toilet training to discipline, her empowering and confident tone is neighborly and down-to-earth, keeping parents attuned to her if-I-can-do-it-so-can-you attitude. Sharing personal experiences and professional insight, each chapter is sprinkled with common sense to-dos and quick activities to expand on topics feeding, scheduling and seeking support. While much of the content here focuses on daily routine of twin care, Flais also encourages parents to foster independent identities in their kids: "give them plenty of opportunities to be individuals and pursue their own interests," and celebrate their different strengths and traits. Loving and bonding remains the most important factor in promoting lifelong well-being, but Flais gives parents sound advice for preparing and maintaining that loving environment while serving double duty.
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"This is a valuable contribution that will pair nicely with other recent winners."  —BookSmack!, the online newsletter, LibraryJournal.com


"Helps parents of multiples hit the ground running and build their skills, efficiency, and confidence . . . This practical resource is a necessity for anyone caring for twins."  —Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, coauthor, Food Fights and Heading Home with Your Newborn


"Who better to hold your hand and help prepare you for the multiple joys (and challenges) of parenting twins than a pediatrician-mom of twins?"  —Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP, coauthor, Heading Home with Your Newborn



"Tandem feeding, duo sleeping, twin proofing, and double discipline are only a few of the many tips on raising twins covered in this handy must-have parenting guide . . . shares a double dose of practical information that I recommend all parents of multiples read prior to delivery and keep close at hand during the first few years."  —Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP, author, Mommy Calls; editor in chief, The Wonder Years


"Dr. Flais, from her own experiences, will teach you how to simplify, synchronize, and customize . . . parenting [your] twins. Her twin tips will help all families."  —Marc Weissbluth, MD, FAAP, author, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, and Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins


"Pediatrician Flais, herself a mother of twins, presents a survival guide for parents in the first weeks and months of twin-rearing, as well as sensible advice for all stages of their children's development. From breastfeeding, napping, toilet training to discipline, her empowering and confident tone is neighborly and down-to-earth, keeping parents attuned to her if-I-can-do-it-so-can-you attitude."  —Publishers Weekly Online

More About the Author

Shelly Vaziri Flais M.D. F.A.A.P. is the author of the American Academy of Pediatrics book, "Raising Twins, From Pregnancy to Preschool- Advice from a Pediatrician Mom of Twins." She is a board-certified pediatrician, wife, and mother of four, including identical twin boys. Dr. Flais trained at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine as well as Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has learned the most from her four kids, all born within the span of four years.

In addition to her AAP book, Dr. Flais has written for "Twins" and "Chicago Parent" magazines. She has been interviewed for "Parents," "Parenting," and "Healthy Children," as well as various radio and TV outlets. Dr. Flais was honored to be named an iParenting.com Mom of the Month in August 2009.

Customer Reviews

It feels like getting honest advice from a trusted friend.
Mom of Three
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who finds out that they are pregnant with twins!
Courtney
We are very happy with this book, the twin tips continue to be very helpful.
Ryan Dodge

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By maiurano on February 6, 2010
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I bought 3 books from Amazon to help educate myself on my twin pregnancy: 1) When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, 2) Twin Sense, and 3) Raising Twins. The 1st one has the most in-depth and medical information, which I find to be a huge help, particularly the section on specific nutrition requirements, which was hard to find anywhere else. The 2nd book is also quite good. I like the way it is organized and the tips it gives on what items to borrow or buy, and in what quantities. The 3rd book seems merely anecdotal when compared to the others. I had hoped for more since it was written by a pediatrician and mother of twins, but I found it to be light on content and completely superfluous given the more detailed information contained in the other two. I would recommend the book -- When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads -- very highly.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. H Schlosberg on January 15, 2010
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I'm a mom of 2 1/2-year-old twin boys, and I own five different books about raising twins. Flais' book is the best one by far because it's more honest than the others. She is very adamant that synchronizing your twins' skeds is key -- when one wakes up to eat, you wake the other one up. Period. I totally agree. Feeding them back-to-back will make you insane. Also, it is refreshing to read from a doctor that pacificers are not a good idea. I never used them -- just one more habit to break.

She also reminds you that you need to treat your twins as individuals, something that is easy to forget when you are so busy.

The best tips are in boxes, so they are easy to find. Plus, this book is short. No mom of twins has time to read more!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A. Bornstein on December 12, 2009
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As a pediatrician taking care of many families with multiples, I find that Dr. Flais' book is a practical and east-to-read guide which answers many basic care issues that parents face. She strikes a nice balance with her advice, recognizing that not all families function identically, and that there is not only one specific solution to all problems (which is a characteristic of parenting books that should be sought after in general). She also acknowledges that not every individual situation that parents encounter will go as smoothly as hoped, but if one stays true and consistent to your goals as a parent, increased success will generally be obtained over time.

There are a number of very practical tips in this book to help parents of multiples streamline their days, to be more efficient with routine tasks (feeding, toilet training for instance) and to be more cost-conscious at the same time. Many of her suggestions are applicable for raising any child (singleton or twin) and are well within the mainstream of parenting advice (such as the need for consistency with discipline strategies, the importance of adequate sleep etc.) I give her credit however for stressing the importance of making sure ALL members of the family are taken care of (including the parents) and the challenges that raising children can place on the relatioships within the parent. I think she places appropriate emphasis on the functioning of all the relationships within the family (not just parent-child).

The book is written with a positive yet realistic outlook on the different challenges presented by raising twins rather than a single child. These differences are not made out to be insurmountable or more difficult however, which should provide optimism to parents. She points out several joyful life moments that twins uniquely experience, which should provide parents a lot of positive feelings about their own capabilities and that of their children.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mom of Three on October 14, 2009
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Raising Twins is a comforting, reassuring book that makes the prospect of raising twins a lot less frightening and overwhelming! I've read many books on raising twins and have not found any yet that match the ease and comfort of this book. It feels like getting honest advice from a trusted friend. It openly admits to the many challenges of raising twins, but it is very light-hearted and gives you many practical, real examples to use in your own life. There are even tips to help with the financial strains of raising multiple children. When I finished reading this book, I felt a refreshing wave of optimism that I WILL survive these years; I only wish I had this book before my now 2 year old twins were born! I am sure I will have this by my bedside as we make our way through the preschool years!! From a mother of twins, if you know someone expecting or already has young twins, get them this book!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on January 1, 2013
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I'm really amazed that the average rating is around 4.5 for this book. My overall feeling is that it's dry, and not very unique to twins. As a parent of two young children (5yrs and 18mos), I'm looking more for a "crash course" in Twin Specifics. I'm looking for the tricks and 'shortcuts' that will help us survive, especially those early months. I want the honest truth: "what is it going to take, and how am I going to muster it?"... and I don't have much time to read (already a little busy with 2 kiddos). I'm so bored with the book right now, I'm struggling to get through the last few pages, I almost gave it 2 stars... but as a parent, I do relate to the advice and facts. I don't think they're wrong/bad...

Pros -
+ For First Time Parents, the author does a VERY nice job summarizing key parenting points, sleep training, naps, feeding frequency, formula/breastfeeding, etc. As a new parent with my first child, I probably would have given it 5 stars.
+ The author of this book has an older child, so there are some tips for managing sibling introduction and attention.
+ I'm a big fan of the Ferber sleep training method (and I think it gets a lot of unfair / bad press). This book explains it very eloquently. It talks about how to start sleep training without making it a scream-fest. It also goes one step further, giving ages/weights for when to start sleep training (something Ferber skirted around a little bit).
+ There are some illustrations for feeding positions (although you can just as easily find them online, or in the instructions for a twin nursing pillow).

Cons -
- It's mostly just a parenting book, with a twin 'flavor'.
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