Last night for dinner we had chicken and scalloped potatoes while the babies ate some veggies, fruit and cheerios/puffs. After it seemed like the food shoveling started to wind down I gave Abby a taste of potato and then started to walk away. Bad idea. I then had to stand there and share some potatoes for fear of the ultimate apocalypse cry, quickly distract her with a few puffs and then run into the other room and out of sight to finish the food myself.
Fun fact: garbage disposals can come in the form of babies.
I waited until about 5 and a half months before starting solids, partly because they’ve started recommending waiting until 6 months, partly because I knew once we started there was no going back, and partly because I had no idea how I was going to incorporate solid meals into their current milk/nap schedule while transitioning (sloppily) from 3 to 2 naps.
Our first attempt involved a few tastes of Stage 1 applesauce while out to eat with the family. Abby, surprisingly, took to it right away. Miles was a little hesitant and made a hilarious sour face. It wasn’t long before we discovered the big eater: Miss Abby. Only a couple weeks after they began to sample puree, Bryan made himself a sweet potato and let her try a bite. After that, she lunged herself with all her might toward his fork in hopes of future bites. This is when the food sharing frenzy officially began.
I’m not a huge fan of purees, personally, and while we started with them the goal was to have them on table foods ASAP (safely, of course) because I find the process of pureeing fruits and veggies kind of messy and time consuming. We did one meal per day (breakfast) for 1.5-2 weeks before adding the second (dinner) and then a week or two later adding a third (lunch), so by the time they were 6.5-7 months old they were eating 3 solid meals per day along with their milk and loving (almost) every minute of it. Trying to fit it in their schedule was tedious, but I also didn’t expect it to be so much fun. We started sharing soft foods from our plates like mushy bread and mashed potatoes, then puffs to practice chewing. Then we moved onto things like cooked veggies, scrambled egg (yes, before age one because we have no allergy history) and pancake so by 8-8.5 months they were eating mainly soft table foods.
Here is where the fun really begins. Now, at 9 months, it is impossible to consume anything without the babies wanting a bite. Mostly of the time I will happily share. A couple weeks ago during the first ice storm the hotel we stayed in had free breakfast. Abby was so excited about the food she started to slide out of her car seat, so I sat her in my lap and placed a few broken up pancake pieces on the table. By the time I myself had taken a bite, she had finished the pancake and made a move towards the cinnamon apples, which she quickly grabbed and shoved into her mouth. If you read this post you’ll know I regularly share my Pop Tarts and oatmeal.
I’m starting to feel like the kid who gives up sweets and then hides in the pantry or bedroom in order to sneak a few without getting caught. That’s ok though because I know the picky phase isn’t far away, when all they want to eat is PB and J and macaroni and cheese.
Until then you can find me in the bathroom with my cookies.
February 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm
It does sound like a lot of fun! Abby is clearly enjoying all these new options. Hope Miles found something he likes, too.
February 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm
My son is 15 and it is not uncommon for me to hide in my closet so that I don’t have to share something special! 🙂 My sister has an 8 mo old and she texted me the other night asking if she could share ground beef or turkey and I was like ‘yup, she can have whatever you are having’ – and my sister was “dang it. this kid eats more than I do!” 😉
February 17, 2014 at 8:31 pm
Mine too I think!!!
February 17, 2014 at 8:23 pm
This post actually comes at the perfect time for me. I love hearing about all the different foods your twins will eat! I have a few questions if you don’t mind, as I was just about to take to the internet to find some answers….
My twins just turned 7 months old. They have done all the veggie and fruit purees and I don’t know where to go next. They have gone from 3-2 naps, so that’s taken care of, but they still get 4 bottles a day. Lately they aren’t as hungry for the bottles and I’m almost force-feeding them. Did you find this happened with your babies as you introduced solids? How many times a day were they nursing as they ate solids?
My other question is about going from purees to chunks – I know you just tried it out one day with Abby – but how did you know what you could and couldn’t feed them in terms of choking, and ingredients they hadn’t had before? I know you’re supposed to give them one food at a time to check for allergic reactions, so how would that work with table food that likely would have butter, salt, that sort of thing? (Or at least in my house!)
Thanks for the help! I love reading your blog to see what milestones my twins will be achieving in the near future!!
February 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm
I am so sorry it took me so long to reply to this.
Once we hit 3 meals a day I dropped from 5-4 milk feedings. I, unfortunately, am not sure exactly how much they get since I breastfeed at home. They each get two 5 oz bottles at day care and I have not heard any complaints about the amount, but I can’t say how much they get in the morning and at bedtime from the breast. I have noticed, however, that it does seem like they have been drinking less milk lately, particularly in the last couple of week.
I didn’t honestly try one food at a time which I know is against the “rules”. Basically I moved from purees to trying puffs, then things like well cooked veggies, canned fruit (bc its nice and soft), soft bread etc. From what I’ve heard as long as its “squishy” (i.e. they can smash it between two fingers), its soft enough. I would think butter would be fine as long as you don’t have any daily allergies. I try not to add salt but I think things with salt already added are probably ok in moderation.
Did that help?
February 17, 2014 at 10:03 pm
Ha Abby obviously loves to eat. It sounds so much fun. Yay for a good eater!
February 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm
Sneaking sweets so you don’t have to share is awesome! Glad to hear I’m not alone. 🙂
February 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm
Hehe. So cute! Tru is just starting the “desparate for food” grabbing. I may be hiding in the bathroom with my cookies soon too. 😉