Twins- How do I feed them both at the same time?

by beagoodmom on February 13, 2007

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This is the first in my series of how to handle infant twins. Most of these questions are things that people actually asked me.

Q: How do I feed them both at the same time?

A: I can answer that question as it pertains to bottle feeding and solid food feeding. I tried to breast feed, but I got a late start due to all the blood I lost after my twins were born. As far as bottle feeding, I have several tips.

First, feed them at the same time. In order to do so, you might have to feed them in their infant carseats/carriers, a bottle in each hand. One trick that worked well for me was to sit on the floor with my legs crossed (“pretzel legs” as they say in preschool). I propped a baby in the crook of each knee and fed a bottle in each hand.

Or, Boppy Pillows work great. We had two.

Finally, teach the kids to hold their own bottles ASAP. We used Avent bottles Avent bottles because they have add-on handles. Our kids held their own bottles by 6 months.

Q: How do you buy, prepare and store enough formula for twins?

A: Well, first get as much free formula as you can. Your pediatrician has loads of it and will give it to you if you ask.

Then prepare it by the pitcher-full. We kept pitchers in the fridge at all times, labeled with the date made. At night we put the pitcher in a dorm fridge in the nursery with a basket of clean bottles on top.  Yes, our kids drank cold formula and never complained about it.

Q: Sure, bottle feeding doesn’t sound so bad, but what about when they start eating real food and eating at the table?

A: First, they can share spoon. State sanitary regulations forbid it in public daycares, but they’d all do it too if they could!

Second, keep the kids on the same schedule, make them eat at the same time, preferably during the adult meal, so that one parent can feed each twin. One bite for you, one bite for them.

Third, develop patterns and stick with them. Work to get the kids on a consistent schedule, we tried for breakfast at 6:30, snack at 9:30, Lunch at 12:00, snack at 3:00 and dinner at 6:00. Its good to feed the kids before they are starving.

We always had our meals/snacks at the table. If you keep everything as structured as possible, you are less likely to end up with a grazer, a kid who always has a bottle/cup or cracker in his mouth as he wanders around the house.

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