All during my pregnancy there were two things I knew, for sure:
1) I was going to hold my baby (babies) more than I did Zadey. Every day I miss holding my baby Zadey, and I didn’t want to have any regrets with my boys.
2) They would not be picky eaters like their big sister. I was (and still am) pretty dang determined to get these boys to eat EVERYTHING!
And sometime during pregnancy, probably while on a forum, I learned about Baby Led Weaning. A light bulb went off when I read the site. The concept is easy — feed your baby!
Now, I have to admit, we did start with puréed foods, because the boys both had horrible acid reflux and puréed foods eased the constant symptoms of it. But, I was mindful about the puréed foods they ate. For example, I didn’t start with rice cereal. In fact, as of today, I still have never purchased rice cereal for my boys. Instead they started with oatmeal.
I also offered a huge variety of foods to them. We’re not all carrots and squash around here. And funny enough, the boys’ favorite puréed baby food is spinach and potatoes. Go figure.
Slowly though, I stopped offering those mushy foods and started offering real food. If I was eating it, I didn’t see any reason why they couldn’t either (with a few things in mind).
Today, I still love to tell people about the day we had Tilapia for dinner and the boys couldn’t wait for another bite. Yeah, my 7 month old twins ate fish; and loved every.single.bite!
A Day of Twins Eating
I think our day feeding 11 month old twins looks a lot like a day of a Mom feeding a toddler. Not kidding. I mean, I have told you about feeding them toddler snacks, right?
Joanne is the breakfast queen around here. She’s all about it where I just want coffee and to check my email. So, she typically gets the boys going and eating breakfast. Their breakfast foods include:
- Scrambled Eggs
- Oatmeal (not baby) with yogurt
Not really impressed, yet, are you?
Lunch begins their bigger variety. Some of their lunch foods include:
- Little Smokies
- Turkey & Cheese Sausage
- Roasted Chicken
- Cottage Cheese
Are you slightly more impressed, now?
With the exception of just one thing, the boys eat whatever it is we eat for dinner. The exception? Pizza. Yeah, gnawing on some crust for dinner when you’re used to eating EVERYTHING isn’t exactly stimulating or filling. The good news? This kind of makes me hesitate to order pizza as we’ll have to make something else for the boys if we do. So, what do we eat for dinner?
- BBQ Chicken
- Italian Sausage
- Butter Noodles
- Mashed Potatoes
- Green Beans
- Baked Beans
Are you impressed, yet?
Preparing a Meal
So there’s a list of just some of the things we eat. Joanne and I, as I write this post, are trying to think of all the things the boys have eaten. The list is far too extensive. But, the most important thing is what combinations they eat. We do the best we can to give a variety, and a balanced meal.
A typical breakfast is:
- Eggs, Bananas, Toast
- Cottage Cheese & Pineapple
- Eggs, Strawberries, Blueberries
- Oatmeal (not baby) with Yogurt
For lunch, we add more combinations:
- Avocado, Little Smokies, Tangerines
- Turkey & Cheese Sausage, Strawberries
- Ham, Cheese, Bananas
With dinner, we break up whatever it is we’re having. And this is when they get the biggest servings of veggies. For example, say we’re having a sausage and potato casserole (oh so yummy), we’ll scoop some for them but then break it apart so they’re eating sausage, potatoes, celery, and bell pepper separately.
If we have chicken for dinner, we dedicate an entire breast of chicken for the boys. So they’ll have chicken, potatoes, and broccoli.
Our meals tend to be well planned. But, sometimes we’ll hold them over with some snacks. So, what are those?
- Pre-cut fruit (fresh) like grapes (sliced in half), blueberries, strawberries, bananas
- Cheerios. Who doesn’t love those? Whole grain, only.
- Toddler Yogurt Bites
- Homemade Teething Biscuits
Foods I Avoid Feeding My Twins
There are a few things that I tend to not give them, though nothing is total avoidance. For example, white rice. It’s not good for them or us. Having said that, we ate out the other night at Cheddars and their meal came with rice pilaf; I fed that to them.
Tough or crunchy foods are difficult. We tried bacon, once, and it didn’t go down well. They can wait for all that fat, anyway.
Milk. I know this is touchy for some, but we do not give them cows milk. And for that matter, we don’t drink it either. It’s not good for them, or us. Instead they have unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
Everything else we’ll give a shot. Cut in to the right bite size pieces, these boys can handle just about anything. And they want it. I can’t have something in my hand to eat, and not share it.
Do We Prepare Foods Differently for Babies?
Most parents would answer this with a yes. But, we won’t — the answer is no.
Veggies are steamed the same for all of us. We do cut in to appropriate bite sizes, though. And it’s probably important to keep in mind that my boys eat all of this with only 4 teeth — two in the front top, two on the front bottom. That’s it.
What About Formula?
I figured someone would ask, so I’ll throw it out there now. With all this food, we still go through about 32 ounces per day, combined. However, my twins are 11 months old now and we’re slowly ditching formula. Right now, to use up the rest of the formula in the house, we’re giving them 50% soy formula with 50% unsweetened vanilla almond milk. This is the method we used to introduce the almond milk, and it has worked.
They do and will take a full 8 oz bottle of almond milk with no problems, even ice cold. This means we go through a half gallon of almond milk per day.
At some point, very soon, I’d like to cut this down in half. Seriously, we go through a lot of almond milk. But, my attempts thus far have been pointless. If your baby is screaming for milk, it’s hard to ignore.