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Hi. I’m having an absolute nightmare in attempting to wean my two girls. I’m doing it on my own with no help so could use some tips on feeding two at once. Both are loving eating but one baby is so much slower than the other and is requiring more time and attention to get through a meal. Meanwhile, minutes into food, T1 has finished and then wanting her bottle which inevitably results on T2 screaming as well and not finishing her meal. I’ve tried feeding separately but they’re both so in sync for feeds this doesn’t work. I’ve also tried giving bigger portions to the hungrier twin but it doesn’t seem to make a lot of difference and by this time they have both got themselves into such a state that their bottle is horrendous as well leaving all three of us rather frazzled at the end of it! I’ve also attempted doing food completely separate to a bottle (about an hour later) to try and remove the expectation of milk after solids but they still scream for milk even though there’s no way they can be that hungry. Neither of them has yet to learn to grab and hold things so baby led weaning at the minute isn’t an option. Anyone experienced similar? It’s the first time in a while that I’ve felt really deflated as a twin momma. Weaning was something I was really looking forward to. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks x
Hello! My twins sound very similar - T1 likes to eat slowly and take her time, T2 likes to get as much into his belly as quickly as he can and then wants to leave once he’s finished. I do a combo of both finger foods and spoon feeding so they can get used to both, still eat enough and keep busy. If T2 is being inpatient, I try to play with him whilst T1 finishes - he likes to bang his beaker on the tray and I use that time to encourage him to take sips of water too. If he’s still whining, I bring his rocker next to us and put him in that to play with other toys. I hope as they grow older he is able to sit with us until T1 finishes. Good luck with the weaning xx
You're not alone, weaning has been one of the most stressful things so far! It is getting better though (my two are 10 months). How old are your two? Are they perhaps a little bit young? I've done a combination of spoon feeding and blw but letting them feed themselves really helped in terms of them not getting frustrated. It sounds as if you're doing the right things in terms of trying milk before solids. A hungry baby is not going to tolerate sitting in a highchair for solids. Could it be that they're screaming because they're frustrated? If they've only just started weaning then I wouldn't expect them to be eating much, more exploring. So perhaps try cutting the mealtime down and see if you can bring it to an end before they get upset?