A Contented House with Twins unites the UK's leading baby expert, Gina Ford, and the highly regarded television presenter Alice Beer, a mother of twin girls.
Discovering you are pregnant with twins is both an exciting and a thoroughly terrifying prospect. Within weeks of the arrival of her beautiful daughters, Alice found that she was 'screaming out for a routine' and craving the knowledge of mothers who had been through it with two. This book is the result of those cries. Alice's front-line experience of coping with twins is combined with Gina's highly successful parenting advice and, for the first time, her groundbreaking routines, specially adapted for twins. Together, they tackle the practical and emotional aspects of parenting two babies, including:
- what you can expect in a multiple pregnancy - how to feed two at once - what to do when they each want a different story or both want a hug - how to cope with everyday practicalities: shopping, bathtime, and much more.
Alice's humorous insights and Gina's essential advice, tips, support and successful routines will guarantee that parents enjoy their twins and get their lives back.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I understand that different things work (or don't work) for different people, so I am sure that for some folks this book is a saver. At the beginning I was dead set on putting the twins on a schedule, but it just didn't work for my girls. The book is VERY detailed and plans a day for you up to a minute ("the twins have to be fed by no later than 2:45 pm" -- a typical quote), so you are left to wonder what is going to happen when you deviate from the plan. It presupposes that you are with the twins pretty much 24/7 with nothing else to do than to feed them, bathe them (every day! -- who does that?), change their clothes, etc. The directions are very rigid and the tome very authoritarian (in a British way, I guess), with little allowances for people's varying circumstances (like I am not going to bring my twins upstairs to their dark room just for a 45 minute nap in the afternoon -- they are perfectly happy sleeping in a pack-n-play in a daylight-lit room). And what if your twins don't...
I received this as a gift and thought it would be the answer to my prayers...oh how I was wrong. The routines did not work for my newborns but I kept trying and trying to implement her ideas. Not only were they totally unrealistic ( no time at all for parents to do anything except baby stuff-- forget eating, showering or sleeping) but I felt so utterly guilty and hopeless when they didn't work. My advice: throw this book in the recycling like I did after 4 weeks of trying and just go with the flow. Your kids will tell you what they need and eventually they will start to sleep through the night. My daughter is 3 months and she is just starting to sleep 8 hours at night whereas my son still wakes every 3 hours so it just goes to show every baby is different and you CANNOT force a routine on them. Trial and error works best. Good luck mums!
My twins are almost 8 months old now and they have been on Ford's routines since 3 mo old. I work and I simply didn't have the luxury of doing things "on demand". We were using the Baby Whisperer before we switched to Ford, but the BW was simply not detailed enough, and her sleep advice wasn't working for us. BTW, for sleep advice, Ferber's "Solve your child's sleep problems" is the best. Going back to Ford. Her detailed scheduled helped us immensely to structure our girls' day. It also helped us understand early weaning and how to go through with it. It contains details on everything that you need to know as a new parent: how much does the baby need to sleep during the day, how much formula vs. solids they need to eat for their age, etc. The prep chapters on the wardrobe, how many items of different type to get for twins and tips like using bassinet sheets in the cribs to catch spit ups were super helpful too. The fact that girls were on a schedule also helps us manage our nanny and...
The authorised South African distributor of this product is under no obligation to honour the manufacture's guarantees/warranties or to provide after-sales service.
Please note that this item is imported from the USA, and is designed to be used in the USA. In addition, if the unit is powered it will come with a US plug and an adapter/transformer may be required. Please click here for more information on power requirements, or check with us if you are unsure or need any assistance!
Please also note that certain items cannot be imported, these include Alcohol, Animals, Batteries, Flammable Materials, Currency, Food, Furs, Chemicals, Explosives, Medications, Plants, Seeds, Supplements, Pressurized Cans, Tactical Equipment, Vitamins, Weaponry and Weaponry Accessories. In these cases, the item and information is displayed for reference purposes only. If you are not sure if we are permitted to bring an item, please send us an e-mail with a link to the item to confirm.
Please also ensure that you are ordering the correct item for your particular application as returns to the USA are costly. Product reviews are also provided for most of our items, which can give you a good idea for possible things to look out for and the quality of the item. By clicking Add to Cart, you are confirming that the item is correct and you accept the conditions listed here.