Twin Books: 17 Highly Recommended Guides for Raising Twins

When you find out you’re having twins, it’s normal to wish for a guide to help you prepare for the journey. Fortunately, there are books created for the purpose of preparing you to carry, birth, and raise multiples.

Key Takeaways

If you want a reflective voice full of wisdom, Raising Twins: A Real Life Adventure by poet Freya Manfred is the perfect choice. For a comprehensive approach to raising multiples, read Twinsight: A Guide to Raising Emotionally Healthy Twins. Grab You Can Two!: The Essential Twins Preparation Guide if you want a survival guide that covers it all.

Main Recommendations

1. You Can Two!: The Essential Twins Preparation Guide

Jennifer Bonicelli and Meghan Hertzfeldt offer the ultimate twin prep guide for parents who are expecting twins or are already in over their heads trying to raise them.

Their approach offers plenty of checklists, step-by-step guides, and advice from real parents who have been through the twin experience and thrived.

Bonicelli and Hertzfeldt want to help parents expecting twins feel excited instead of simply scared. Their practical approach to prenatal and postnatal care makes this possible. Grab You Can Two! on Kindle and start preparing now.

2. Raising Twins: Parenting Multiples From Pregnancy Through the School Years

Have you ever wished you had a doctor available to help you answer the questions you have about parenting multiples? Well, now you do!

Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD is a pediatrician who is raising her own twins and sharing valuable information along the way. 

Raising Twins goes all the way through school and teenage years and addresses raising mentally healthy individuals. You can read Raising Twins on your Kindle and hear from actual twins through interviews in the book.

3. Twinsight: A Guide to Raising Emotionally Healthy Twins

Advice for pregnancy, birth, and the first couple of years is always important for twin parents to have. However, there are unique challenges that twins face that make it hard to parent them as they age.

Dara Lovitz wants to help caregivers with these issues so their kids will be emotionally healthy as they encounter the world. 

Lovitz interviews adult twins, their siblings, and other specialists who work with twins to help you understand what it takes to raise twins who can also function as independent people.

Her advice is practical and will have long-lasting positive effects on your interactions with your twins. Grab the ebook version of Twinsight to start reading now.

4. What to Do When You’re Having Two

Natalie Diaz founded the popular twin website Twiniversity. She has now updated her guide to pregnancy, birth, and the first year with twins to add more relevant information for parents expecting two.

You can grab What to Do When You’re Having Two on ebook for even easier access.

This book is very focused on surviving the pregnancy and first year with twins, so it’s perfect for parents with that focus. From creating a birth plan to breastfeeding two, there are answers to every question in this guide.

5. Dad’s Guide to Raising Twins: How to Thrive as a Father of Twins

Most twin guidebooks focus on mom’s journey since she is often the one with the most responsibilities related to carrying and raising two.

Joe Rawlinson takes a different approach, focusing on how dads can help raise twins while also balancing the rest of their lives.

With tips on how to make sure other siblings don’t feel left out and how to travel with twins, Rawlinson offers sound advice for continuing your journey as a twin parent.

His first book, Dad’s Guide to Twins, leaves off where this one picks up, so grab them both if you want a comprehensive view designed for fathers. The ebook version of Dad’s Guide to Raising Twins is also available.

6. Raising Twins: From Pregnancy to Preschool

Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD has another great book on this list for anxious parents trying to prepare for twins. Flais empowers readers by offering advice on potty training, discipline, and helping each twin become his own person.

Her goal is to help parents move from fear to preparedness so they can enjoy the experience of raising twins.

A mother, father and twin girls sitting together on the couch.

7. Raising Twins: What Parents Want to Know

Though published over 20 years ago, Eileen M. Pearlman and Jill Allison Ganon’s guide to raising twins offers a lot of information that is still relevant.

Interviews with twins help readers understand a different perspective, and the advice is straightforward. You can grab the ebook version of Raising Twins to help you start separating fact from fiction when it comes to having multiples.

8. Raising Twins: Parenting Multiples from Pregnancy Through the School Years

Being a doctor did not keep Shelly Vaziri Flais from being concerned when she found out she was having twins. She decided to share her experiences with other parents of multiples to help them through the early years.

Flais offers medical advice coupled with personal stories to help other parents feel more confident on their journeys.

9. Raising Identical Twins: The Unique Challenges and Joys of the Early Years

Identical twins are fascinating, and Lori Duffy Foster wanted to know everything she could about her children and what their identical-twin status meant.

She started a blog that became a book, and she answers the questions identical twin parents have the minute they find out they are expecting two.

Though this book only goes through her children’s sixth year, it is full of information that is mesmerizing and studies that explain how identical twins are different from other types of twins. 

10. The Joy of Twins and Other Multiple Births

Pamela Patrick Novotny’s updated guide on raising multiples has sound advice that has withstood the test of time.

It addresses the medical and sociological side of having multiples while offering parents a path to follow. The ebook version of The Joy of Twins and Other Multiple Births is also available.

11. The Art of Parenting Twins

In this oldie but goodie, authors Patrician Malmstrom and Janet Poland help parents figure out the emotional, financial, and relational aspects of raising twins.

They address the tangible issues, like how to afford twins, as well as the common concerns about how to bond with more than one infant at a time. 

Twin brothers viewed from behind as they sit at the bank of a stream.

12. Raising Twins: A Real Life Adventure

Want a poet’s view of raising twins? Freya Manfred will give you just that. She didn’t set out to write a how-to manual and instead focused on the realities of raising her twin boys.

She recounts her experiences starting during the pregnancy until her boys were in college.

While advice and tips are wonderful, Manfred writes about the magic and struggle of raising twins. In poetic language pulled from her own notes, she reminds parents that they are not alone on the journey. 

13. Twins 101: 50 Must-Have Tips

Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, M.D. is a doctor and a twin mom. She offers a book that feels like an academic course in all things twins.

If you gravitate toward practical information in a format that is easy to understand, then she has written the guide for you.

Her 50 must-have tips offer guidance through pregnancy and raising twins while still understanding that moms have their own lives to balance. She offers ways to make that a reality. The ebook version of Twins 101 is easy to read on the go.

14. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins

How do you ensure your twins get quality sleep while managing to rest yourself? Pediatrician Marc Weissbluth is here to offer his expert tips.

This book will help you understand how day sleep and night sleep are different. It will also introduce you to the idea of sleep training twins and explain the benefits of doing so.

The ebook version of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins will get you started on a great night’s rest for your entire family.

15. Emotionally Healthy Twins

Want advice from a twin who also has twins and happens to be a psychotherapist? Joan A. Friedman, Ph.D. has created the book for you!

Friedman knows that most parents try to treat their twins as individuals, but she addresses the mistakes they make despite their best intentions. She then explains how to raise twins who are treated as individuals while still honoring their twin bond.

Keep the ebook version of Emotionally Healthy Twins close because you will refer to it constantly. It will help you and your extended family learn how to treat your twins like the unique people they are.

16. A Dad’s Guide to Newborn Twins: Unleash Your Inner Super Dad

Megan Hertzfeldt and Jennifer Bonicelli wrote a book to welcome dads to the world of having twins.

They guide fathers through the pregnancy and the first year, focusing on specific ways they can release their super hero in service to their family.

The ebook version of A Dad’s Guide to Newborn Twins will allow dad to carry this information with him at all times.

17. Parenting School-Age Twins and Multiples

While there is a lot going on during the pregnancy and infant years, it would be nice to have some guidance for the school years since they present their own challenges. Christina Tinglof offers just that. 

Parenting School-Age Twins and Multiples, available in paperback and ebook, helps parents decide whether or not to put their kids in the same classroom. It addresses what happens when one twin makes friends easier than the other.

If you have a twin who is advancing academically and one who is falling behind, Tinglof gives guidance on what to do to make sure both kids feel secure.

Final Thoughts

The parenting journey is full of advice from parents who have been there and professionals who want to help. Grab these twin guides and feel more confident as a twin parent.