My best friend and her hubs are about to have twins (fraternal), as in at the hospital right now! They also have a toddler. I have volunteered to be live-in help 2-3 days a week during the first however many weeks needed with whatever is needed. Give me your best family chaos wisdom on what to expect for me as the helper and how to be the most helpful to her and daddy, twins and toddler. Assume all are healthy, happy and wonderful. Also assume mom is recovering from C-section. [more inside]
My wife is pregnant with twins who are due in November. We currently have a boy who will be two at the end of July. We know nothing about managing new babies with a toddler, especially twins. How did you manage your (breastfed) twins, particularly if you had a toddler in the house. What did you learn that you wish you had known at the outset, even just in relation to a new baby and a toddler? What worked best for you for developing schedules and splitting duties? Do you have any recommendations for twin specific how-to books?
Hello, My brother and Sis in law are expecting twins in a couple days. What gifts can I send them? It has to be able to ship to Singapore, around $100 (USD) or so, and best if it can ship through Amazon Global. [more inside]
I need to craft a Seuss-like ditty for the gift portion of a baby shower invitation, but my rhyming skills have deserted me. Could you, would you, with a goat? Would you, could you, on a boat? [more inside]
I'm currently pregnant with twins and scheduled to deliver them via c-section this October. Is there anything I can do help with preparation or recovery? [more inside]
My (boy / girl) twins will be entering kindergarten this September. We've been asked if we want them placed into separate classes, or left together in the same class. Need to give them our answer by Monday and frankly, I'm at a loss and have no idea what I should do. If you are a parent of school-age or older twins, can you please share what you did and why? If you yourself are a twin, how did your parents handle it? How did it work out? Other knowledgeable anecdotes and advice welcome. Links to any online resources I can read on the topic would also be appreciated.
Our house was dangerously low on felines so today we adopted a pair of kitties. Yeah! They are sadly without names. [more inside]
There are anecdotes, usually of identical twins, who manage to "communicate" even when separated by distance and/or time. One twin just "knows" that something has happened to the other twin. I don't have a twin, but I once had this kind of connection with my then boyfriend. [more inside]
Help me navigate the etiquette of my twin boys' upcoming birthday party. [more inside]
Buying Seoul baseball tickets in advance for a group: How early? [more inside]
Help me come up with math-themed "big brother"/"little sister" shirt designs for a friend's kids. [more inside]
What should I know about giving birth to/raising twins? [more inside]
There is a pair of twins I interact with socially. I cannot tell them apart. It's awkward and I think probably very rude of me. Help? [more inside]
So how do you get twins to fall asleep in bed, i.e. without carrying them around for hours? [more inside]
Tips for babysitting two 5 year old boys? [more inside]
We just had twins. How soon can we expect one parent to be able to look after the two of them for a couple of hours without any help? [more inside]
Baby hack filter: Are there any tricks in getting babies to sleep longer than 1 sleep cycle (45 mins) during the day? [more inside]
Why is breastfeeding excruciating in the afternoon/early evening, but tolerable/comfortable at other times of the day? [more inside]
x-mas gift idea for parents of toddler, who are having twins next month: "relaxing night in". Gift card for meal delivery service (anyone know a yummier version of omaha steaks?), some great new movie on dvd, CDs of soothing sounds for the babies (white noise, womb sounds, ocean sounds, etc). Trying to keep it under $150. I've heard omaha steaks are gross, so I'm looking for an alternative. Unless I should scrap the whole thing and get them...? [more inside]
Attention TWINS!!! Never had twins in the family, now there are 2 fraternal girls on the way. We're excited for the special things they'll experience as twins, but only know the obvious things (share a womb, always have a playmate, share clothes, etc). Please share: What are some cool things about being a twin? [more inside]
Can anyone identify for me the name of this bizarro comedy from the 80s/early 90s? [more inside]
My youngest sister has been married less than a year, is ten weeks pregnant, and just left her husband. How do I help her? [more inside]
I work with a group of teenagers which includes a pair of twins. I am still learning to tell them apart and often have to ask them which one they are. They handle it well, but am sure that it gets old. Sometimes I just try to guess, other times I just ask them directly. Can you give me any advice on the best way to handle this until I am able to recognize them for sure?
Baby Names for a girl and a boy? I'm pregnant with twins! Yay! Except that after months of fearing for the worst, we're nearing the end of the second trimester and we have no names ready. Help! [more inside]
Looking for info on taking care of and raising two preemie twin boys. [more inside]
When was the last time a Head of State had an identical twin?
Any suggestions for separation anxiety in twin toddlers? [more inside]
Fetusfilter: what are the statistical chances that two female fetuses, 15 weeks, diamniotic/dichorionic ("di-di") are identical? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend baby videos for nine-month olds (and up)? [more inside]
Can you wonderful ladies (and awesome supporters of same) who have experienced gestational diabetes, even though you already ate pretty well, post as many meals as you remember eating/liking/working for you? [more inside]
MovieFilter: When I was a kid (late 90's) there was a movie on the Disney Channel or Family Channel that I absolutely loved. Help me find out what it's called! [more inside]
What happened to the Mccrary twin (of the Guinness world's fattest twins who ride the bikes together) in the Niagara Falls mini-bike accident? He died there, but I'm unable to find anything about how, what or why. Was he trying to jump the falls in a minibike?
Why would siblings who don't know they're siblings be attracted to each other? [more inside]
I need help finding clothes for identical twins that aren't identical (the clothes, I mean). [more inside]
What do you wish you'd known about having twins? [more inside]
So it's NaNoWriMo and I didn't do my research beforehand! Help child psychology buffs! What kind of memory / memory loss is typically exhibited in adults who lost a sibling at preschool age (aprox 4 years). More details below. [more inside]
How do I account for twins in statistical analysis? By 'twins' I mean two people born at the same time, rather than any unknown-to-me technical meaning for the word 'twins' in statistics. [more inside]
Recommend a birthday gift for 2-year-old twins, ships internationally and costs under $50... uh, please?
Recommend a birthday gift for 2-year-old twins, ships internationally and costs under $50... uh, please? [more inside]
What silly gift to give an expectant mother who will be having identical twins? [more inside]
Can you recommend any good books for toddlers/young readers in which the protagonists are twins? Bonus points for stories where the protagonists are non-identical twins
Seeing this picture, I was wondering about China's One-Child policy: What did they do with twins, triplets & births of multiples?
I am looking for a picture and scholarly reference to twins with different fathers where one father is white and one father is black. [more inside]
Twins of the world! This is a question for you: what media (books, movies, documentaries, poems, photographs, paintings etc), fiction or non, do you feel best expresses your own experience as a twin? All lengthy anecdotes welcome :-) [Here's your opportunity to deny or confirm the suspicion that all twins love the Polish Brothers.]
Where can I find a shirt that says "I ♥ ♥ Twins" on it? I saw it on TV and must have it. Googling for "I heart heart twins" yields three results and one photo, but no purchasing info. Please help!
Patty's coming out on tonight's episode of The Simpsons made me wonder how often it happens that one sibling in a pair of identical twins is gay and the other straight. Does anyone know of any twin studies about homosexuality?
A friend of mine unyieldingly claims that Mary Kate and Ashley are in fact not identical but fraternal twins. I googled and found a lot of 13 year old girls with websites agree. A Wikipedia article says they are fraternal, an Encarta column is inconclusive. Any ideas?
Idioglossia, cryptophasia, the (in the best cases) autonomous language of twins: Twintalk. Does anyone know of any recorded twin languages with translation? A case-study with a, well... Twintalk-to-English Dictionary is what I guess I'm looking for. [more inside]
How do umbilical cords work with twins? Triplets? Quadruplets? Do they come out like a string of pearls? What about puppies and kittens: do they come out with umbilical cords? The whole litter?