Inside: Learn how to prepare for twins with this ultimate guide!
I had just received news of the twins and was still sitting in my doctor’s office when she handed me a pamphlet. It contained information I was supposed to know, which boiled down to all the complications and everything terrible that could go wrong now that I was carrying twins. I didn’t understand half the things in that pamphlet and felt more confused, worried and anxious than ever.
I wanted to rip that pamphlet to shreds.
You see, in that moment, I was scared about having twins. I didn’t want to hear about every complication I could potentially face the next several months.
Yes, it’s important to be informed, and complications do happen (it did with me). But I was also anxious about this new stage, worried sick about everything and couldn’t bear the thought of any more negativity.
At the same time, I knew I needed to learn a thing or two about twins. This was new territory for me, after all. But I wanted to learn in a way that wouldn’t scare me even further or didn’t seem so dire.
In truth, I wish I had something practical to guide me through all the lingo and tell me exactly what I needed to do to get me through this pregnancy. I also wanted encouragement, someone to tell me it’ll be all right, that it may not be as bad as I was imagining it to be and that I can get through this.
And so I created Expecting Twins: The Ultimate Guide to Preparing and Caring for Newborn Twins. This is the guide I wish I had read in my doctor’s office when I first learned the news, not that scary pamphlet. It’s what I would’ve told myself knowing what I know now.
UPDATE: The book is now available on paperback! Perfect for gift giving or for anyone who prefers to read a physical book. Get it below:
How to prepare for twins
So, what’s inside? These are all the chapters in the guide:
Section 1: Your Emotions
- How to Manage Your Emotions
Section 2: How to Survive a Twin Pregnancy
- Types of Twins and Twin Pregnancies
- What to Know about a Twin Pregnancy
- How to Have a Healthy Twin Pregnancy
Section 3: Twins and Your Family
- Preparing Your Child for Twins
- Handling Your Child’s Behavior
- Balancing All Your Children’s Needs
- Working as a Team with Your Partner
- Best Ways for Others to Help
Section 4: How to Prepare Financially for Twins
- Managing the Costs of Raising Twins
- 4 Financial Strategies to Prepare for Twins
- Effective Ways to Save Money
- Managing the Emotions of Money
Section 5: What to Buy
- Twin Baby Registry Must-Haves
Section 6: Balancing Twins and Work
- Getting through Work and Your Twin Pregnancy
- Deciding when to Stop Working
- Performing Well at Work
- Going Back to Work After Maternity Leave
Section 7: How to Prepare for a Twin Delivery
- Understanding Labor with Twins
- What to Expect with a Twin Delivery
- What to Do After the Twins Are Born
- Surviving a NICU Stay
Section 8: Caring for Twins
- Establishing Routines
- Putting Your Twins to Sleep
- Breastfeeding and Pumping
- Formula and Bottle-Feeding
- How to Cope with Sleep Deprivation
- Going Out and About with Twins Alone
At 180+ pages, this guide contains meaty and useful information. But it’s also simple, accessible and easy to read to help you feel confident and prepared for being a parent of twins.
Bonus #1: The Expecting Twins Workbook
I find it helpful to have printables, checklists, cheat sheets and all those goodies on hand to prompt me to taking action and staying organized. And so, along with the Expecting Twins Guide, I also created the Expecting Twins Workbook.
At 60+ pages, the workbook includes information not in the guide as well as supplemental sheets to tie in to the chapters. Here’s what’s inside the workbook:
- Pregnancy To-Do List
- Pregnancy Journal Prompts
- How to Stop Worrying
- Baby Name Ideas
- How to Stay Positive when Times Are Tough
- Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- The Do’s and Don’ts of a Twin Pregnancy
- Finding a Pediatrician
- Your Maternity Hospital Tour
- Discussion Topics and Game Plan
- How to Encourage Individuality in Twins
- Prenatal Classes and Hospital Registration
- Monthly Expenses
- Finding the Right Child Care
- Child Care Options Pros and Cons
- Twin Registry Must-Haves Cheat Sheet
- Essential Things Your Body Needs After Giving Birth
- How to Buy Maternity Clothes
- Essential Household Items
- Monthly and Weekly Planners
- Handling the Exhaustion of a Twin Pregnancy
- Getting Ready for Maternity Leave
- Frozen Meal Labels
- Hospital Bag Essentials
- Top Twin Advice from Fellow Twin Moms
- Labor Day Game Plan
- Go-To Strategies
- Feeding and Diaper Tracker
- Nesting for Your Twins
When you buy the Expecting Twins Guide, you’ll also get the Expecting Twins Workbook… FREE 🙂
Psst… Want the Feeding and Diaper Tracker worksheet? Download it below:
Bonus #2: All About Twins Membership
I don’t know about you, but I sure didn’t know a whole lot of twin parents when I learned I was expecting twins. I always felt outnumbered by other “regular” singleton pregnancies. Like I couldn’t complain about the backache I was feeling because I was only 16 weeks along. That no one really got me when I said I was tired. That I wasn’t exaggerating when I said carrying twins is rough.
And I also didn’t have a network to ask questions. I found a few forums which helped, but folks never stuck around.
And so I created a private Facebook group called All About Twins. These folks are fellow Sleeping Should Be Easy readers and range in their twin journey from those still pregnant with twins to those whose twins are well beyond the infant stage. Membership is through invitation only.
I don’t kid when I say they’re a great group of folks. I get unsolicited thanks from our members saying how grateful they are for having the group. How it’s their favorite twin group by far. And how it’s become a wonderful resource for twin parents going through various stages.
You’ll get an All About Twins Membership when you buy the Expecting Twins Guide. I don’t want you to go through your twin pregnancy alone, or feel like you can’t ask me or other twin parents questions you may have. I created a community so you’ll always have a place to vent, ask, celebrate and talk all things twins.
These two bonuses—The Expecting Twins Workbook and All About Twins Membership—more than make up for the price of the guide!
This is for you
As a blogger and author, I interact with a ton of twin moms who have lots of questions, apprehensions and excitement about welcoming their babies.
I took every question and concern and compiled them into this comprehensive guide and workbook. And I asked myself what I wish I had when I was in that stage and expecting my own set of twins.
I wanted to create a guide to help all twin moms go from clueless to confident during pregnancy and beyond. To get the information they need to feel informed and prepared, not stressed and worried.
The Expecting Twins Guide became my answer to all these questions and concerns—the same ones you now likely have.
Because I want you to have more than a scary pamphlet to guide you through this next stage in your life. Let the Expecting Twins Guide be your answer, too.