Twin mums do you feed your babies from the same bowl and spoon ?

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Brandy - posted on 02/07/2010

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*L* I let them share spoons, they trade sippy cups when I am not looking, and I`m pretty sure their dad keeps using a single spoon or fork between them when I`m not home! I gave up fighting the inevitable! They don`t seem to mind, and colds happen regardless if we are able to keep them apart or not! My girls are 18 months old now and we`ve had a blast getting this far!

Deann - posted on 02/05/2010

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I always used the same bowl and spoon and would make double of everything. I always tried to find shortcuts to make life a little easier. My boys would drink off each others bottles too if they found one so it's no big deal. Now however they are 9 and won't even drink out of the same cup if the other one put his lips on it. It's kind of funny, maybe I should remind them what they were like when they were babies.

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both mine use the same but unless i see signs of them being sick,But they roll around on the floor chewing on each others toys im not to worried ,Thanks nice to no :)

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Justine - posted on 03/04/2012

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we did - even if they were sick - and three years later when one gets sick the other doesn't automatically get sick as wel, so maybe all that sharing of germs helped! :-) (Plus it was sooooooo much easier!!!)

Trixie - posted on 03/04/2012

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Depends on time. If I am short i feed them from the same bowl (I have 2 older children who do after school activities, time is very short some days) but like somebody else said 1 twin is smaller and harder to feed and we need to monitor how much she is eating. It is very hard to get weight on her.

Elaine - posted on 01/29/2012

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We feed our 10 mo girls from the same bowl & spoon. We double the food and alternate.. One spoon for you, and one for you! Sometimes one will leave an oz in her bottle and the other will finish it :). Agreed, everything goes in their mouths, they touch each others faces and even suck each others hands so the germs are shared all around anyway.

Stephanie - posted on 03/11/2010

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I started out with everything separate. but that was a hassle. so we moved to separate bowls, but the same spoon. That way, I knew who ate what, but I didn't have to switch spoons with my hand and could feed them faster. They got mad if their sister got a spoonful and they didn't. :) hehehe...

Sally - posted on 03/11/2010

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My girls do...they even share their soothers! My husband doesn't like it, but, the way I see it... they are sisters and their germs are the same.

Kristina - posted on 02/11/2010

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ohhh yes. It saves on time, reduces anxiety as to which spoon/bowl belongs to who and I think it helps with the whole building their immunity system. Now at eight years old they are wonderful at sharing and healthy as a horse.

Leah - posted on 02/11/2010

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most of the time they have separate bowls and spoons only because my husband and I feed them breakfast and dinner - so then they eat at the same time. At lunch it is just me - so I fix their bowls separately so I can see how much they eat - but alot of times I use the same spoon - just easier when I am the only one feeding them.

Amanda - posted on 02/11/2010

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It was always easier to feed with one spoon and bowl!! Just going back and forth and using less dishes!! I loved that!!

Tanya - posted on 02/11/2010

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Heck yeah- who has time for twice the dishes? Plus they're only one. When they start feeding themselves more than me, then they will have seperate dinner ware.

Arlendria - posted on 02/11/2010

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My doctor advise not to go crazy and by 2 of everything....Twins have a way of sharing that singles do not....The older mine got the more i noticed one was enough.

Erika - posted on 02/11/2010

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Mine are 2 1/2 years old now and eat with their own utensils now but we always shared one bowl and one spoon with them. It was easiest and they didn't want to wait for us to switch. It is much faster with one of each than setting them down in between. I have impatient kids! Now that they have their own they still will "trade" the ones they have even if they look exactly the same. They love to share, I guess:p

Helen - posted on 02/11/2010

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I did. I would set them up in front of me and go from one to the other. They are now 5 years old and still eat wonderfully.

Jennifer - posted on 02/10/2010

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I sure did. It made it much easier to make their food in one bowl and feed in tandem. Now they're on to table foods, so they like to feed themselve.

Jeanette - posted on 02/10/2010

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YES! I mean in the end they share everything whether you wan them to or not! So take the easy way and just share the spoon or fork. When they play with toys and share one will be chewing on one and drop it and the other will stick the same toy in his/her mouth so regardless they share germs, saliva etc.

Judy - posted on 02/10/2010

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I say anything to decrease the amount of wash is a plus in my book! My twins share the same spoon and bowl. I also have them use the same bottle if they are not eating at the same time...but only if the other is eating right after.

Lori - posted on 02/10/2010

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I always do unless one isn't feeling well. Never fails anytime I try to give them different ones they want the one their brother has:)

Suzanne - posted on 02/10/2010

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When my twins were younger they'd sometimes share if I didn't have an extra spoon on me. Now that their older they insist on having their own utensils, plates, bowls, etc. (though one of them will often swipe her sister's cup and finish off her drink!)

Beth - posted on 02/10/2010

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My twins are 14 months old, usually they have their own bowl and spoons, but sometimes it is just easier and quicker to use one spoon. The two bowls is so I make sure they each are getting enough to eat. They chew on each other's toys and sometimes each other's fingers and toes, so really what difference does it make if they eat from the same spoon? :)

Daisy - posted on 02/10/2010

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I totally did. Too much time to pick up another utensil and feed another child. Plus they had each others fork & spoon in their mouths way before I could even get to them. Sibling love!

Amy - posted on 02/10/2010

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Looks like you got plenty of good advice here. Just remember you pretty much cannot screw up. My two sets of twins, now 7 and 4 mostly had shared things except bottles and sippies, that doesn't mean they didn't share on their own.

Now we write names on bathroom cups and most things stay as separate as they can. They build up a great immunity from one another. Good luck and enjoy!

Justine - posted on 02/10/2010

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Always! I got in such a muddle whenever I tried two bowls and two spoons!! Even when one of them was sick and I tried to give them seperate spoons so as not to spread the germs I always ended up inadvertantly using the same spoon again for the next baby anyway, so eventually just gave up - and have to say, they weren't sick very often, and when they were they were never both sick at the same time, despite sharing a spoon!!!

Amie - posted on 02/10/2010

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i always do! its easier to make one large bowl of food and just go back and forth, it makes meal time quicker and easier on me with two other kids to feed as well. I will however stop if one is sick, but if both are sick, i just continue on as usual!

Emily - posted on 02/09/2010

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My twins aren't eating solids yet, but my three older girls share spoons, cups, bowls, etc all the time. We all live in the same house and are all exposed to the same germs anyway, I have no problem with everyone sharing stuff. Also, I don't spoon-feed my kids at all... we just don't introduce solids until they can eat themselves. Way too much work for something that is just not necessary for fully breastfed babies.

Whitney - posted on 02/09/2010

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Unless one or both are sick, they eat from the same bowl/spoon. Their bottles are also interchangeable, as are any toys that they have!! :o) Ahhh, brotherly love.

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Yep and yep. All the time. They are constantly mouthing the same things all the time so why bother with separate spoons?

Michelle - posted on 02/09/2010

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Hey yeah defo used same bowl same spoon anything for an easier life & to make mealtime as little to clean up as poss!!! ..

Ciera - posted on 02/09/2010

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i do just bc it is easier. I am home with them all day by myself for 14 days straight and my husband is only home for 2 days then back to work for 14 days again. If I am feeding them cereal or something they can't feed themselves, then I do double portion in a bowl and sit them in their boosters adn feed them both together. Also, why waste extra dishes? I rotate the bites so you know they pretty much are eating the same amount. Maybe one gets and extra spoonful but that is not enough to make any kind of difference.

User - posted on 02/09/2010

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You bet. One bowl and one spoon - back and forth between them. I also used rolled up blankets to prop bottles. With twins - you do what you have to to get through the day - and never let anyone make you feel guilty about it! Good luck.

Sinead - posted on 02/09/2010

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You two are soooo cute :)

I always used the same spoon and bowl and doubled up on the portion. It was easier that having to go from one bowl to another. I still did it when they were sick as if one gets the cold the other one will get it anyway so no point in trying to avoid whats going to happen naturally anyway.

Sarah - posted on 02/08/2010

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When my girls were infants I would use the same bowl and spoon if I was feeding them myself because it was much easier! But if my husband was home to help we would use seperate bowls and spoons.

Julianne - posted on 02/08/2010

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I think it's just easier to feed them with one spoon and one bowl as if you have no one to help feed at the same time, there is only one of you too. That's what i got recommended from the Child & Youth Health lady here.

Michelle - posted on 02/08/2010

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I always feed mine from the same bowl and spoon, unless one was sick. It was just heaps easier that way.

Melissa - posted on 02/08/2010

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my twins always used the same bowl and spoon till about 18 months when they started feeding themselves it just made feeding time alot easier, was able to keep track of how much each was eating due to them taking it spoon for spoon it was rare that if one would have a mouthful that the other would refuse hers lol but biscuits toast finger foods etc they got their own serving

Amanda - posted on 02/07/2010

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I use different bowls and try to use differnt spoons. When I am feeding them alone, I tend to use one spoon because even then I still can't feed them fast enough switching bite for bite. They put each others hands in their mouths when they get close and my son is ALWAYS stealing my daughters toys out of her mouth so I kind of think the germ spreading is inevitable.

Mollye - posted on 02/07/2010

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Mine used the same spoon and bowl, one less thing to have to wash, they spend so much time together and play with the same toys that grems are going to spread anyway.....

Terry - posted on 02/07/2010

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Hi. My twins are now 5 so mainly feed themselves! Shew!!! However I always used the same spoon but usually different bowls so i could still see how much either of them had eaten. I did use different spoons if one was sick and would TRY to keep the germs seperated - didn't work very well as mostly what one gets so will the other!!! Hope that helps??

Jeannine - posted on 02/07/2010

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I usually used separate spoons and bowls. It helped to eliminate colds in the winter. Take care and enjoy them

Heather - posted on 02/07/2010

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Thank you for posting this question. My twins aren't eating solids yet but I have been a little nervous for when they do. I hadn't thought about them sharing but it sounds a lot easier. They have always been on the same schedule so that should work.

User - posted on 02/07/2010

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I got my two on the same schedule so used the same spoons and bowls except when one was ill and they now have separates as they are old enough but my little girls still feeds her brother from her dish!

Monica - posted on 02/06/2010

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i always used the same bowl and spoon unless one was sick or if they wernt eathing at the same time (which with my 2 wasnt often they always were on the same schedual!!!) but it has happened when i didnt know one or the other was sick and they shared a spoon and they ended up getting thrush! that sucked but the dr said that it dont happen offten just be carful if you see any signes of sickness and alwso try to make sure that they are eating the same amount watch who ever is eating less but remember they are 2 different people with different appitites! they wont always be the same eaters!

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