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...
+ 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).
- It's mostly just a parenting book, with a twin 'flavor'. Specific to twins, basically it says to get them on the same schedule, save money with hand-me-downs/yardsales/consignment, google Nursing Pillows, and accept help.
- *yawn* ... I think the tone tries to stay calm and relaxing, but wow... boring...
- "Twin Tips" are called out in boxes on each page or so. Good concept, but #1 they're not always "twin" specific, and #2 it seems like they're just fluff to take up space and make the book bigger. Very repetitive.
First time parents, go for it. Apparently lots of other people really liked it. And I agree that it's a good, reliable resource/summary, which seems to concisely provide TONS of info out (which can be overwhelming).
Experienced parents, it's a nice "brush-up", but there isn't much truly candid discussion of how this "twin world" is different, or what to do to survive it. If you have a little one (or more) at home, chances are you're exhausted already... and you may not have the time/energy to wade through the stuff you know for the few nuggets of Twin info.