1.) If you formula feed, how many cans/containers do you go through in a week with twins? I'm trying to estimate how much I'll need once I go strictly to formula but it doesn't say how many ounces this container makes (Similac Advance, 1.45lb).
2.) Anyone own a nap nanny recliner? If so, your thoughts on it? I'm so excited to get 2... I seen it in babies r us flyer. Sale starts tomorrow, $20 off. It looks like it will be fabulous to feed them in at night when I'm by myself feedings them at the same time. Right now I made a make shift pallet on the floor but once they start moving/rolling more it will be more difficult to have it that way.
I believe we went through about three cans a weeks, but Sarafina was on a special high calorie formula. The can was the small can (the big can was not available) and she went through two small cans per week. We bought the large can for Keira, and I think that lasted over a week. We just bought all three cans every time we bought groceries to make sure we had enough. You can try to buy via Amazon Mom or Diapers.com. I think they have some good deals on diapers, wipes, and formula. I never did it because I was afraid I would forget to order something in time and we would be frantically racing to the store...and with twins, no one wants to be in a panic to get supplies that they need.
I have never heard of the nap nanny. Maybe it is a more recent baby item? Anything that you think will work to help you feed both at the same time, go for it. We used bouncers. For awhile, I had to feed Sarafina on her side, so she was in my lap on the floor, and Keira was in a bouncer.
I've heard varying stories from moms in my twins club on simultaneous feedings. I never could manage two bottles at once. Are you left-handed? Those are the twin moms who seem to have the ambidextrous thing down. The nap nannies are expensive, have you looked into a local twins club or Craigslist to see if anyone is selling a used one?
As for feeding both at once, I could never do it for bfing, but for bottles it was pretty easy.
We went through 12 cans of concentrate in about 1.5 weeks I think.... it was 1.5 cans a day I think. That seems low though. That was when they were around 5-9 months... not too sure, a little hazy. Ack, I'm not being much help! We found neither of them liked the powder... it make Silas sick, and gave Spark gas.
Anyway, kind of like this, but I think we used Advanced too:
I don't remember for sure when they were that little.
I do know I started out on ready made formula because I thought it would be faster and give me less issues with gas. I bought them by the case load off line because the Walmart I had in town could not keep up with the new consumption.
I finally realized I could not keep up with the cost of it. They were going through at least one container per day. They also were having spit up issues with the formula so I was constantly changing formula too trying to find one that would work for them (BTW - I never did find a formula that works for them, they are 13mo old and still spitting up)
I then switched to powder for cost savings. We did the supersized containers and I think I went through 2 - 3 per week, but they were also older than 4 weeks by that time. I know we would go through a whole container on the weekend, I needed one container for the week day nights and I am pretty sure daycare was going through atleast one container per week.
I bought two nappy nannies for my twins. I only used them once so they are basically brand new. I imagine you don't want two blue ones and I have no idea how much shipping them to your area would cost but I would be willing to give them to you if you would be willing to pay for shipping.
I bought them because my daughter (thier older sister) loved to be in the car seat and we fought reflux bad with her so I wanted them to sleep with thier head up. I bought the nap nappies for the twins before they were born but then I bought a glider that was shaped like a car seat but rocked back and forth. I ended up using those instead of the nap nannies. Either would have worked, the glider just had more options.
Proping the bottles to feed them at night was a life saver. I know you are not supposed to do that but it is how I survived. I started out feeding them one at a time but quickly realized I was feeding for an hour, sleeping for 1.5 hours, then doing it all over again. If I could feed them at the same time it would be 30 minutes feeding and then 2 hrs rest. I would sit inbetween the gliders and hold thier bottles at first. Eventually I would proper the bottles and sit next to them while they ate. When they got older I would just give them thier bottles and go back to bed.
If one woke up to eat, I automatically woke up the other one to feed at the same time. I tried to let them both get up whenever they wanted but that ended up meaning less sleep for me so I forced them onto the same schedule. Occasionally I would try it hoping the other would sleep through the night but it never worked out for me until they were older.
Good luck to you!
isuche02: I really appreciate that - I totally would have paid for shipping ... dont care what the color... but I went out and bought 2 that same day I posted this. I am sorry you didnt get much use out of them. So far, I love them and it has been one of the best purchases I made. I feed them in it but also they both spit up and have gas and such so they actually like sleeping in them better than their crib Ive noticed.
As for the formula, I will go with your guestimate of 2-3 per week for my guestimations as well I have Anthony on the senstive formula which I love bc he is so much less fussy, its great, less spit up and all... I was considering ordering through the Similac website myself - by the case (6 cans) bc you can get a 10% discount for setting up regular ordering and also for first time buyers. I have a couple coupons for Similac that I am going to use before I start setting up a regular order... LOL before you know it I will have more Similac than I know what to do with haha.. I already have like 19 cans in the cabinet and I need to go get the Sensitive one now too since I only have the can and half (smaller ones) that the Dr gave me to try.