Feeding twins from birth until 4 to 6 months, will mainly consist of bottle fed formula,
, or both. With two babies needing to be fed several times a day, most
parents find that a solid schedule is important. Getting twins on the
same routine will allow some down time for mom or other caretakers to
have a break or get other tasks completed (laundry, dishes, vacuuming,
etc.). It's generally pretty easy to establish a good feeding routine
if you start very early on. But do not get discouraged if it just
doesn't work out. Your twins may not always be hungry at the same time
or eat as much as the other at every feeding. A more flexible feeding
schedule may have to be implemented. Go with your instincts, but don't
be afraid to be firm either.
Many parents recommend using a feeding log during the early weeks to keep things straight. With a log book you can track more than just meal times...think diaper changes, nap times, etc. In addition, a Twin Nursing Pillow will be a great help even for bottle feeding twins together, so be sure to check some out, as well as some of the "hands free" bottle holders available.
At around 4 to 6 months your twins may be ready to
start solid foods
. The first to be introduced is commonly a single grain, rice cereal
followed by other cereals like oatmeal or barley. After that, it's on
to vegetables, fruits, and finally meats. Many cereals are fortified
with iron and other nutrients, so be sure to read labels. You will have
to decide between
organic vs regular
baby foods as well.
You may even want to look into making your own baby food. This is actually simpler than you think and very cost effective when you're constantly buying for two. There are quite a few Baby Food Recipe Books available.
Don't forget to talk to the pediatrician about foods to avoid. If your twins were preemie , they may take a bit longer before transitioning to solid foods. Also, keep in mind that one twin may be really eager to try solid foods while the other may refuse. If both are rearing to go, then get ready to feed two at a time! Having two bowls of food ready along with two spoons for feedings is an organized approach. But, doing two completely separate feedings provides an opportunity for some real one-on-one time. You'll soon find what works best for you and your babies. Don't forget to check out our Twin Highchair Guide.
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