If there’s one thing I love, it’s feeding time with toddlers and babies.
EVERY part of that last sentence was a lie. It’s horrible. It’s tedious. It’s a long drawn out, impossible war on terror!
Ok, maybe a touch dramatic but seriously it’s not much fun.
First we had Freddie. I’ve explained before about the troubles we had with him when he was first born.
Once we started on bottles to be fair he wasn’t too bad, he was a bit of a little and often baby but other than that he was ok although he struggled a lot with wind and we had to try loads of diffident bottles until we settled on Dr Browns.
Then we got to weaning and that was a whole new ball game. Trying to find things he would eat was one thing, trying to find things he wouldn’t choke on, paint the table with or launch across the kitchen floor was another. Mrs O had and has the patience of a saint and found loads of ideas in the Ella’s Kitchen First Foods book. It was a life saver which I’d definitely recommend.
And now….feeding the twins!
After a poor experience trying to breast feed Freddie we decided early on that we’d bottle feed the twins from the off! That decision was the easy bit!
Due to her operation and her DS, Elizabeth struggles massively with feeding. Sometimes she looks ravenous and if you don’t keep your eye on her she will turn and start chomping on your finger so the natural assumption is she’ll destroy the bottle you’ve just made in five minutes flat…..you’d be wrong.
You’ve never seen someone go from wide awake and ravenous to a coma like sleep in such a short amount of time and once she’s asleep there is NO waking her! It’s like she’s hibernating and we’ve got to wait until spring before she rouses.
Eventually we settled on the NUK first choice bottles with the latex teats. She does better with them and she doesn’t need the strength you’d need with a silicone teat. We do however, use microwave sterilisers and these latex teats do not last well and warp terribly.
Arthur suffers from colic terribly and will grunt his way through the night when he’s on his back. We’ve always had him on Dr Brown’s bottles but we’ve gone from ordinary formula with a size 1 teat to comfort milk with a size 1 teat to comfort milk with a size 2 teat to comfort milk and gaviscon with a size 2 teat to comfort milk and gaviscon with a size 3 teat and then currently we’re ordinary formula with gaviscon and a size 2 teat. Did you keep up with that? I barely do! Thankfully Mrs O is far more on it than me!
I’m already dreading weaning the twins! I’m considering turning the bathroom into a wet room and letting them feed in there 😏