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Double Duty: The Parents' Guide to Raising Twins, from Pregnancy through the School Years (2nd Edition) [Paperback]

Christina Tinglof
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Book Description

May 25 2009

Not 10, but 20 fingers and 20 toes!
The classic guide to parenting twins-now completely updated and revised!

You're excited to hear your baby's heartbeat during the ultrasound. But what happens when you hear two heartbeats instead of one? Having a baby can cause any parent to feel overwhelmed, and with twins those concerns are multiplied by two. Having twins is a unique experience, and expert Christina Tinglof brings you the fully updated essential guide to help you cope with any issue that can arise-from pregnancy through the school years. With multiple pregnancies becoming more common, the second edition of this timely book provides you with the much needed information, practical tips, and strategies for handling the everyday challenges of parenting twins. Double Duty includes:

  • Up-to-date information on diagnosis and treatment of complications common to multiple pregnancies-plus dietary guidelines specific to a twin pregnancy
  • The latest must-have products that simplify day-to-day life
  • Survival tips and trouble-shooting techniques for the critical first month
  • Tips on how to breastfeed or bottle feed two infants at once
  • Money-saving advice for accommodating two new additions to the family
  • The pros and cons of placing twins in the same classroom
  • Advice on how to discourage unhealthy sibling rivalry

Includes the TOP FIVE:

  • Exercises for extremely pregnant women
  • Ways to bond with premature babies
  • Baby wardrobe essentials
  • Bedtime strategies
  • Ways to establish each child's individuality
VEndorsements for Double Duty 2nd Edition (ISBN: 0071613447) by Christina Baglivi Tinglof

“Double Duty 2nd Edition is singularly successful in combining practical advice with reassurance and encouragement from seasoned parents of twins. It neither sugar coats nor overstates the challenges, but presents a straightforward picture of what parents can expect from their twins at every stage, from pregnancy through the teen years.

Tinglof mingles thorough research with personal anecdotes to present a comprehensive resource for parents of twins. With updated information about the medical issues of multiple pregnancy and new insights about the psychology of the twin relationship, the new edition is recommended reading for all prospective parents of twins”
-Pamela Fierro, Guide to Twins & Multiples at

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In 1994, more than 96,000 twin births were reported in the U.S. Regardless of the cause, the shock--and sometimes panic--a woman feels when she hears that she is going to give birth to twins cannot be overlooked. Christina Baglivi Tinglof, in her new book, Double Duty, attempts to guide moms and dads through twinning trauma with tips that will make their life easier. Tinglof organizes her tips into "Top Five" lists and sprinkles them throughout the book. These lists include "Top Five Comfortable Sleeping Tips for Extremely Pregnant Women," "Top Five Bedtime Strategies," and "Top Five Ways to Establish Each Child's Individuality." Parents of twins will note the author's "Top Five Birthday Party No-Nos": One cake--one song; the shared gift faux pas; one guest list; playing up twin status; identical kids--identical gifts. An appendix filled with additional resources, as well as where to get free samples of baby products, makes Double Duty an extremely practical book for ! those blessed with twins. -- GRAND RAPIDS PARENT, October 1998

Mothers of twins hold other mothers of twins in high regard, so the fact that a woman with young twin boys found time to write a book makes her something close to holy in my book. Double Duty, by Christina Baglivi Tinglof, is a fine primer covering a broad range of advice, presenting both sides of the coin on topics ranging from pregnancy to the school years. As we moms of twins know, all twin issues take on a heightened level of complexity. Designed with lots of "Top Five" lists, the text, often humorous and always clear, offers intelligent choices when pondering the panoply of pros and cons regarding things like the safety of twins amniocentesis, bed rest, separate classrooms, to go to work or to stay home, etc. So--how do you go out with two infants or toddlers, or breastfeed for two, or conquer air travel or stop two from crying simultaneously? Presenting the opinions of parents of twins and parenting experts, it's all here without ever being preachy or didactic. In her closing "cliches" (her word, not mine), she reminds us to ultimately "listen to your heart," and her book is long on heart.--Reviewed by Hilary Hartman Kip -- LA PARENT MAGAZINE, November 1998 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Christina Baglivi Tinglof is the mother of three sons, including school-age twins. She is a contributing writer for Twins magazine, founder and editor of, and a “twin expert” for She is asked to speak at twin clubs and conventions around the world and speaks regularly to twin groups nationwide and in Canada. She is the author of Double Duty, The Stay-at-Home Parent's Survival Guide, and Parenting School-Age Twins and Multiples.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written Nov. 17 1999
I am expecting twins and have bought several books on this subject. This was the first book I actually read from cover to cover! It was well organized and informative on the things I felt most important (like how will I shop for groceries with twins?). I reccomend it highly and I believe that it will keep your interest throughout.
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Initially I thought this book was great but then realised some of the impracticalities. To suggest that you take your twins to the supermarket using two shopping carts (pushing one in front and pulling one behind you) made me laugh... I can't see how this is possible when you have four little hands grabbing things out of the cart and off the shelves!
There are some really good tips though, such as how to keep the twins amused. Also the section on statistics and twin types was very interesting.
I suggest parents also buy books such as "What to Expect the First Year" by Arlene Eisenberg.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand April 2 2002
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The writer is a mother of twins also, very experienced.
Personally, I think this book explained everything I need to know in a very simple way, very easy to understand, from expecting to parenting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars all inclusive points and suggestions Oct. 27 2013
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this is a great book for new parents to be of twins. i reads simply, with information that will solve many dilemmas in the future. You are read a step by step process what is going on inside your body changing it. written with care and love A must read
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