I have come to terms with the funny looks I get at my local Spar from tellers looking at the orange stains on my shoulders and the bits of biscuit on my face which I inevitably forget to wipe off after the boys have done feeding.
All moms know that feeding babies can be a messy business. Double that up at every breakfast lunch and supper and you have what looks like a hurricane has been through the house by the time the twins are done feeding. I find bits of teething biscuits or the laughing cow cheese in all sorts of strange and wonderful places hours after the boys have gone to sleep.
None of it really bothers me, because I actually love feeding time. I love that the boys have preferences for food and they are very vocal about the foods they don’t like. Trouble is, they don’t like the same things – which makes feeding both interesting and limited.
It’s a problem we have had since the boys started solids – I guess it started before when Alex needed a different (more expensive) formula when he started bringing up the Nan 1.
Back at 4 months, Alex started eating solids like a pro. He didn’t skip a beat and swallowed almost everything we gave him. Dylan was a little slower to take solids, but he is now in the swing of things and devours most meals without batting an eyelid.
Now we are trying to introduce different textures and meals to the mix, it seems they have swapped sides. Alex loves anything that’s practically liquid (even though he is the baby with teeth), while Dylan loves all sorts of tastes and textures (no teeth but chews like a champ).
When I buy the pureed foods, I generally buy in bulk. The sage wisdom is that you should feed your baby the same food (if its new) for three days in a row to make sure that they have no allergies. So I generally buy six of every different new flavour
So what inevitably happens is that one twin won’t like a particular flavour, or texture, and I am stuck with a ton of puree that only one twin will eat. While its not a train smash, we tend to feed the boys the same foods at mealtimes, and shove the ones that whichever of the boys don’t like into the back of the cupboard.
My paediatrician says that introducing textures to babies can only happen in one way – slowly and with patience. So I am sure they will ultimately get to those foods they don’t immediately like, but for the time being, I am limited to only a few choices.
Dylan gets easily bored with the same flavours, so at some point I will have to think about feeding them different foods. One book I have suggests that you let the baby play with the food first, but I am loath to do that since everything around me (including me) is already covered in food, and I would prefer not to drown in chicken puree if at all possible.
Buying (as opposed to cooking) their foods should make it easier, since its just a bottle that I have to open and I really don’t have to feed them the same stuff at meal times. But for some reason I feel like I shouldn’t.
What will make it harder, is that Jon and I have decided to start cooking their meals for them, for the simple reason that it will be far cheaper. The reason we have bought up until now, is that we both work full time jobs and cooking (Jon is far better at this than me) at the end of the day can feel like quite the chore.
Cooking their food may mean that we will have to cook a variety of meals for the boys and see which ones they like. I am sure this will get easier as they get older, but for now, its just wonderful to let them explore different tastes and textures.
So for the next few weeks I will be looking for decent recipes for baby food – your offerings would be welcome in the comments section.