Saturday, January 7, 2012

Twin Advice: Bottles/Solid Food

When I fed the babies bottles by myself, I found it worked best to put each baby in a Boppy pillow or bouncy seat facing me and then to sit between them on the floor with a bottle in each hand. 
If you turn the babies so that their feet are resting on your lap, the Boppy pillows also work well on a deep couch.

When feeding solid food, use a single bowl and spoon and to go back and forth from baby to baby. 
This is much faster than trying to manage two sets of spoons and bowls, and hungry babies do not like to wait for their twin to be fed. Plus, there is less to clean.

Do not stress about keeping bottles, spoons, pacifiers, sippy cups, etc. separate for each baby unless someone is sick.
And, honestly, even if one is sick, it's pretty much inevitable that the other one is going to sick anyway, so don't stress too much about it then either.

Try Boon Dispensing Spoons (Plum Organics Dispensing Boon Spoon, 2-Count Packages (Pack of 4).
These came out in between my two sets of twins and are genius! It is a spoon head with a small hole in it that screws on pouches of baby food. When you squeeze the pouch, the spoon fills up. This allows you to go from baby to baby without having to dip back into the bowl, speeding up the feeding process. That few seconds may not sound like much, but makes a difference when you have 2 ravenous babies screaming for their next bite. They also make clean-up a breeze (no bowl or jar to clean) and are super convenient for on-the-go feeding.   
Use a feeding seat that straps on to a regular chair instead of high chairs (The First Years Newborn to Toddler Reclining Feeding Seat). 
They take up a lot less room, are much easier to clean, and are much less expensive than high chairs. Plus, they are portable, so you can use them when you travel.

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