We are here again, time to start the twins on solid food. It’s gone so quickly and if I’m honest I wasn’t really looking forward to it. It all went fairly smoothly with Lucas but he is an incredibly fussy eater now so it has been in the back of the mind, had it been as a result of something I did when weaning? The twins are 24 weeks and I just couldn’t hold off any longer, as much as I would have liked to. I had a wander down the baby food aisle and refreshed myself with what was out there. I dug out my Annabel Karmel book and this time also decided to buy the River Cottage Baby and Toddler book as I want to do more baby led weaning. This book is great, full of advice about cooking more grown up food for babies and toddlers which is something I really want to do more of. I’ve been having a good read of one of my favourite blogs, Redhead BabyLed who has a great series of posts if you are interested in baby lead weaning. I am hoping that if the twins start off well and eat a variety of foods it might convince Lucas to give some new foods a go.
I’ve decided to start off on some simple purées then I’ll add in some more finger foods and let them have a play around. I’ll still keep some spoon feeding and there will be times when they have pouches; I just really want them to try as many different foods as possible and for mealtimes to be something they look forward to. It’s scary how quickly it progresses once you start and in a few short weeks they will be on three solid feeds a day. I try to get most of my food blitzed and frozen on weekend mornings but I top up some of an evening. I think I’ve done loads of portions but it’s just beginning to hit home how quickly it goes with two babies to feed! It will be nice when I can just pop a couple of cucumber sticks in front of them and see how they go.
I already had some bowls and tubs from first time round; these are a mixture of things as I would generally just buy whatever was on offer in the supermarket but I also got some good bowls from Ikea and tubs from Home and Bargain. As I need double portions this time round (and I have VERY hungry babies) I’m freezing my purées in silicone muffin tins or cases and some little plastic tubs I found in Tesco; £1.40 for four and they are the prefect size! I also got some colour changing spoons by Munchkin and the cheap, reliable Tommee Tippee first cup for when we try some water. At the moment I feed them either in their bouncer chairs or the Bumbos but they’ll soon be upgraded to the Ikea high chairs so I can have them at the table with Lucas.
I’ve just started off steaming and blitzing with my hand blender, all the usual first tastes; carrot, sweet potato, peas, bananas, plums, broccoli, apple, pear all of which have been happily accepted so far. We’ll be moving on to some mixed foods soon and in a few weeks I hope to try them on some finger foods. So far they have taken to it perfectly, no fuss, just trying everything. I’m feeling quietly optimistic and positive about it, hoping it carries on smoothly and it will be nice when it frees us up to get out and about. It will be nice to just pop a pouch in the changing bag and know we can go out for a few hours. I’ll update again in a couple of weeks and you can see how we are getting on! Please share your weaning experiences and what worked best for you.