When the babies turned 6 months old, we introduced them to solid food! I had mixed feelings about this milestone. I already felt like I spent so much of my time breastfeeding them (it takes more time since I mostly stopped tandem nursing them at about 4 months old when they got too big and started to distract each other while feeding). So, adding another type of food on top of breastfeeding just sounded very time consuming. At the same time, it’s an exciting, fun new thing, and they have been getting really bored lately, so I figured it would at least give us something new to do each day.
At first I thought I would just do baby led weaning, where you offer the baby pieces of food that are large enough for them to grasp and feed themselves. It sounded easier to me, since I wouldn’t have to sit there and spoon feed them, I could just let them go at it. So the first introduction to food they had was sticks of steamed carrot. They seemed sort of mildly interested, and they put it in their mouths and gnawed on it a bit, but they didn’t really eat any and they got bored of it pretty quick. It wasn’t the exciting introduction to food I was picturing. Haha. We also tried avocado the next day, which they were a little more interested in. Then I tried sweet potato chunks. Still just mildly interested and not much eating going on. We saw the pediatrician and she recommended doing purees and also baby led weaning, so this week I started feeding them purees. It turns out it takes the same amount of time for me to spoon feed them as it does to watch and wait while they feed themselves. And both methods of feeding are pretty messy, but spoon feeding tends to require a little less clean up afterward. So, surprisingly, I am a puree fan after all.
And, the babies are way into it! It is so much fun! I love watching them eat, it is strangely so rewarding to see them lean forward, open their mouth, and successfully eat food off a spoon. It never ceases to amaze me how proud I am of them for doing the smallest things. But it is so much fun.
So, fun pictures of the babies eating zucchini today! They loved it!
And… we might have to start doing daily baths. Another thing to keep us entertained, and keep mama very busy. Haha.
Just another interesting note about having twins… A lot of what you read about introducing solid foods talks about the baby being present at the family’s meal time, the baby watching the parents eat food and trying to grab it, or just feeding the baby little bits of whatever the family is eating for dinner. I found this advice all a little strange, because we hardly EVER eat when the babies are awake. We almost always wait until they are napping or down for the night before we cook and eat a meal together. When you have two babies, there just isn’t time to cook and eat, and it’s a little harder to eat a meal when both adults have to keep track of a baby. No trading off while one parent eats. So I just thought that was kind of interesting. I hadn’t even realized that people with a singleton might eat meals while their baby is present more often, the thought hadn’t occurred to me. Maybe it’s not even a twin thing, maybe it’s just the way we are. But I have a feeling it’s just one of the ways having twins is a little different, that I don’t even think about because I don’t know any different. Anyway, I just found it interesting!