We asked the committee what books they liked and found useful. Some books are specifically for multiples and others are just good general parenting guides. There are also some of our favourite children's books. If you buy any of the books using the Amazon links, the club gets a small percentage.

Pregnancy

Both serious and fun reads to guide you through your pregnancy.

Torie recommends the following books as good pregnancy reading - "Double Trouble by Emma Mahoney was fun and gave a little preparation for being a twin mum plus she's a twin herself. Babies for beginners by Roni Jay. Comic but practical advice on what to do with the baby when it arrives. Twins and Multiple Births by Carol Cooper (the Tamba Bible) very informative and a good read on twin and multiple births and parenting these children."

Rachael recommends Twins, Triplets or Quads - "Quite American, but I found it really useful to think about nutrition and rest, etc."

Baby

Parenting guides focused on the baby stage

Torie says -"baby secrets - Jo Tantum and Barbara Want - was recommended when I wanted to get them to sleep through the night and it worked!"

Tess recommends 12 hours in 12 weeks

Rachael has this to say about the above books - "the above books go from very flexible, to very structured. The no-cry sleep solution is at the flexible end of the scale, and the Gina Ford is at the very structured. Babywise (in the middle) is quite routine based.

Emma also recommends The Baby Whisperer - "This was my bible for the first 6 months. It is not twin specific but it is all about understanding your baby and has sensible, gentle and flexible routines that work very well with one or more."

Toddler

Parenting guides focused on the toddler stage

Torie says -"baby secrets - Jo Tantum and Barbara Want - was recommended when I wanted to get them to sleep through the night and it worked!"

Tess recommends 12 hours in 12 weeks

Rachael has this to say about the above books - "the above books go from very flexible, to very structured. The no-cry sleep solution is at the flexible end of the scale, and the Gina Ford is at the very structured. Babywise (in the middle) is quite routine based.

Emma also recommends The Baby Whisperer - "This was my bible for the first 6 months. It is not twin specific but it is all about understanding your baby and has sensible, gentle and flexible routines that work very well with one or more."

Feeding

Cookery books for everything from weaning to family meals

Torie recommends Annabel Karmel feeding books - "For feeding, anything by Annabel Karmel! Esp 100 Baby Purees and The Baby and Toddler Meal Planner."i

Rachael recommends - "Fix it and forget it – an easy to use recipe book that you’ll use less like a chemistry book and more like an ideas book to make good food really fast in a slow cooker or pot in the oven. Typical recipe is “5 ingredients, mix and place in slow-cooker for 6-8 hours”. I quite often put a pot in the oven at lunchtime, serve half to the kids at their tea-time and then spice up the recipe and put it back into the oven to serve to us when we eat a couple of hours later."

Books for children

Our favourite story books for babies, toddlers and children

Rachael recommends the above books including the range of Topsy and Tim - simple stories about girl/boy twins. These are a great way of introducing a new experience before it happens, like that first flight, or visit to the dentist.

General

General interest books involving multiples

Rachael recommends Identical Stragers - "An adult book that's a great read: Identical Strangers - story of identical twins seperated by adoption and reunited at 30 or so". Also Extreme Motherhood - "Funny, scarey, easy read by a triplet mum about the first 6 months."