By the time your twins are 4 months you would have already mastered the hardest part of feeding twins: breast- or bottle-feeding two babies at once. So starting solids and finger foods will feel like an exciting milestone and a breeze in comparison. So I was pleased to reflect on my experience as a mum to twins when my babies came to starting solid foods and how I fed two babies at the same time. This post is brought to you by Nuffnang and Heinz.
It is hard to believe that for the first 4-6 months your precious newborns only needed milk for nourishment and growth. Breast milk, an amazing food and drink, provided the ultimate nutrition packed with antibodies and properties needed for health and development. Likewise, infant formula was also scientifically formulated as a substitute for breast milk if breast feeding was not possible. Or if you were like me I used both to top up feeding after breast feeding and to share the feeding time with my partner. However somewhere around the middle of the first year your baby or babies will show other signs of interest in food other than breast milk or formula and this will continue to be an important part of your child’s nutrition.
The 4 stages of introducing solid food with your baby
My girls were around 5 months and able to sit comfortably in a high chair when I started to introduce pureed cereal. It is recommended if you can to keep the feeding spoon and bowls separate. The 4 stages of introducing solid foods are:
- Begin with pureed food. Many parents start with a rice cereal and then move on to pureed fruit and vegetables. The ones I recommend to try are the Heinz pureed fruit range http://www.heinzforbaby.com.au/Our-Product/4-months.
- After 3 to 6 weeks (or as you notice the pureed foods become easier to swallow and less spitting out) you may want to introduce lumpier consistency and new flavours. This is a good time to introduce new tastes and textures. The ones I recommend for 6+ months http://www.heinzforbaby.com.au/Our-Product/6-months. The recipes by Heinz are approved by nutritionists who are just as passionate about flavours as mums themselves.
- Finger Foods come next. From 8 months you may want to encourage more interesting feeding. Finger food is such a fun milestone all round – giving your baby AND you more independence at mealtimes whilst also helping your little one develop their all-important hand-eye coordination. The best way to prepare it is to choose soft foods and cut it into finger sizes, which makes it easier for your baby to pick up, hold and chew.
- By the time your baby has reached their first birthday it is generally accepted your child can eat regular food and milk with some modifications to make it simple and easy to eat. If you are creating your own recipes leave out the regular food additions such as salts, sugar and spices.
Feeding two babies at the same time
Feeding two or more babies at the same time can be time consuming and it is messy! Here are some tips on how I fed my twins together:
- Get two highchairs or booster seats and sit them together. Make sure your babies are able to hold their head steady and sit with support.
- Start feeding your twins at the same time even if one is not hungry as the other
- Track your twins eating schedule to record what food you have tried. This is helpful in case your babies show any signs of allergies.
- Expect mess! Lots of it. Like one baby at meal time – think double or triple mess.
Also as a busy mum who returned to work part-time when the twins were about 5 months old, Heinz baby food was a wonderful alternative to complement my own food recipes. Heinz is a trusted brand and known for its nutrition and quality. Heinz baby food can often be used as an add-on to homemade meals or a snack, so it is flexible in its role in the household, alternatively it can definitely be served as complete nutritious meal. My girls were in day-care 3 days a week and I would always include the Heinz baby range of foods as part of my daily nutritious meal planning as well.