Are you looking for an answer on how to bottle feed newborn twins at the same time?
Have no fear. I was in the same boat as you before my twin girls arrived! I honestly didn’t know how I was going to swing it solo when my hubby was at work.
The good news is you CAN feed your twins at the same time, and I’m going to walk you through several ways to do this. That’s right, there are some EASY options you have to bottle feed newborn twins at the same time, and here’s how you do it!
Twin Z Pillow
If you’ve read my other blog posts, you’ve probably seen me mention the Twin Z Pillow. I learned about this pillow from my hubs, who joined a twin’s Facebook group before our girls were born. So far, it has been a godsend…we use it all the time.
I’m kind of obsessed with this pillow for a few reasons.
- You can place your babe at the perfect angle for bottle feeding especially when they are tiny newborns.
- It’s a great pillow for your twins to sit together and bond with each other.
- You can use this pillow in more ways than one; bottle feeding, tummy time, breastfeeding, and upright support if your little one has reflux.
- It’s super easy to move from room to room.
Here is how to bottle feed newborn twins at the same time using it.
I place each of my girls at a semi-upright position (like the angle you would hold them if they were in the crease of your arm “football style”). Both of my girls were happy and comfy in this position.
Prop the Twin Z Pillow on the floor or any safe flat surface that’s easy for you to feed both.
I put the pillow on the floor or my couch. If the pillow was on my couch, I sat on our coffee table in front of our couch or kneeled by our couch on the floor to feed my girls. I never left my girls unattended in the Twin Z Pillow AND only placed the pillow on the couch when I needed to feed them at the same time.
I found this pillow on Amazon. I think it’s worth every penny because of all the ways you can use it!
Fisher-Price Bouncer Seat
I learned about the “bouncer seat” hack from my twin friend mom, who SWORE by these things. She said she fed her girls all the time in these bouncer seats. She told me to have 4 on hand if you have a 2-story home (like she did); two for upstairs and two for downstairs so you don’t have to keep moving the seats up and down the stairs. Two seats will do if you have a 1-story home (like I do).
The Fisher-Price seat is one of the most budget-friendly baby bouncer seats you can get at retail.
Now I have to share this tip with you…
I bought a couple of bouncer seats from a twin sale that we got super cheap. We had these brands on hand; Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer, Bright Starts Baby Bouncer, and Fisher-Price Infant to Toddler Rocker.
I mention this for a couple of reasons…
When our 1-month-old (“corrected age”) twin girls came home from the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), I tried each of these three brands of bouncer seats. Here is what I found out…
The Bright Starts and Fisher-Price rocker were WAY too big for our newborn girls. The seats practically engulfed their little bodies.
The Bright Starts seat is perfect for a 3-month-old or at least 15 pounds. When I tried to put my girls in it, their heads seemed uncomfortable because the seat did not recline back much, and it was too big for them.
The Fisher-Price Rocker is great for a baby around 1 year since it’s so big (hence the name of it being an “infant to toddler” rocker). If you had an infant in this rocker seat, you’d need to stuff blankets and rags around your babe to keep them in a stable upright position.
I found the Fisher-Price bouncer seat the BEST option for our newborn girls.
The seat reclined back enough to keep their heads stable, AND it did not engulf their little bodies. Our girls were over 8 pounds when we used this. For a super tiny babe under 8 pounds, you may need to put rags or small blankets on each side of their head for added support.
Plus, I love the cute toy bar that connects at the front for visual tracking and stimulation.
To feed newborn twins using this seat, place them on a safe and stable surface.
Again, I fed our twin girls in these seats on the floor. This was the safest angle for me to sit and feed them comfortably.
My girls were on home oxygen at the time, too, so their oxygen cords did not extend into our kitchen. If their cords had reached our kitchen, I probably would have used them on our dining table too.
Table For Two
Ok, so this feeding system is AMAZING. I learned about it from another twin mom in the NICU who swears by it.
It’s designed solely for twins to make “bottle feeding time” that much easier on you.
I do not have one of these seats YET when I’m writing this post. It’s on my wish list!
Here is why I love this seat so much.
- It has padded seat inserts and headrests to keep your babes well-positioned during bottle time.
- There are bottle holders on each side.
- There’s a carrying handle on the back to move it around your house quickly or to take it on road trips.
- One GENIUS feature is the armrest to rest your arms on while feeding!
So when you’re alone with zero help, this handy dandy twin seat is your saving grace. Plus, you can use it up through the toddler years for your twins to enjoy sitting in during snack time, watching a show, reading a book, or just chilling out.
It’s not the cheapest but an investment worth making for your twins to use over the next couple of years.
Common Questions and Answers
Can I feed my twins from the same bottle?
For sanitary reasons, the answer is no. To be on the safe side, you don’t want your twins swapping germs BUT if you happen to feed your twins from the same bottle accidentally, don’t fret! Most twin parents have done this at one time or another (including myself). Just be sure to sanitize the bottle and nipple.
How do you burp and feed twins at the same time?
You can prop your twins over the Twin Z Pillow (like you would do tummy time) so each hand is free to burp them at the same time.
OR if you don’t have a Twin Z Pillow, then try this…
Do you have one who is easier to burp than the other?
If you answered yes, then burp that one first and move on to the next. If you answered no, ensure your twins are propped upright (like in a bouncer seat) and burp one at a time. This method always worked for me.
How do you bottle feed twins at night?
Keep the lights dim and noise levels low. This helps your babe still feel like it’s nighttime and get into a relaxed state while feeding.
When our girls would feed in the middle of the night, I would have a hall light on to light their bedroom dimly. I would change their diaper and feed them in the semi-dark. This always helped them to fall asleep quickly after taking their bottle.
Is it easier to bottle feed twins?
It may be easier for you to formula feed so you and your partner can give bottles simultaneously or at least take turns.
I pumped for a while when my girls were in the NICU, but it was hard for me to do both (pump and feed) when they came home. I couldn’t breastfeed because I had thrush. Plus, I couldn’t keep up my milk supply for two, so my girls were already on formula with my milk.
In the long run, I found bottle feeding WAY easier so my hubs and I could feed simultaneously.
How do I choose the right bottle for my baby?
With newborns, they tend to eat smaller amounts, around 2 to 4 ounces, compared to bigger babies, who eat around 8 to 10 ounces. By choosing a larger bottle, you will most likely save money in the long run.
Our girls used Dr. Brown’s bottles during their time in the NICU and at home. The reason these bottles worked so well is it helps to reduce gas. Dr. Brown’s bottles have a special vent that’s designed to mimic breastfeeding. So when your little one sucks out the milk, this vent helps to prevent colic, gas, and spit-ups. Plus, you can buy different nipple flows based on the age and stage of your baby’s feeding. We used these ones for the first several months.
To Wrap It Up
I hope these tips give you some ideas and help to ease your mind a bit on how to bottle-feed newborn twins at the same time.
You’ve got this! I know it’s scary at first (I was petrified, too), but you can do this. Be patient with yourself as you bond and figure out what works best for your precious twin angels.
Until the next post, I’m sending you all the positive parenting vibes!
What other tips do you have on how to bottle feed newborn twins at the same time? I’m curious! Let me know in the comments below. As parents of twins, we could all use a little help along the way!
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Linds is the proud mom of two little miracles, Mono Mono twin girls, and one AMAZING older brother! She is the founder and content creator of Mono Mono Twins, Intensive Therapy for Kids, and Co-Founder of The LENN Foundation, a 510c3 that helps children with cerebral palsy receive grants for intensive therapies to thrive. ♥
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