Thought this may be an interesting topic!
The Same Spoon
Poll Results: Do you feed from the same spoon?
45% (10)Yes - Unless one twin is ill (Eg. Cold or Flu)
0% (0)No, Never
4% (1)Other (please state)
I use one spoon to feed them until one of them seems interested in trying to hold her own spoon (huge mess!). I try to be encouraging when I see one of them interested in holding her own.
With as much as they are together, having separate spoons is minor when it comes to preventing the spread of an illness.
Not sure how to answer the poll. I tried my best to use separate bowls and spoons most of the time, but if a spoon fell on the floor or I forgot to switch or they were eating too fast for me to switch spoons, they shared! So instead of yes or no, I guess my answer is "sometimes." The only time I was careful is when one was ill, but it was rare that one was sick and the other wasn't.
One spoon was so much easier for us when they were babies. It saved time, plus it was hard to hold two bowls and remember which bowl/spoon belonged to which child. My MIL thought it was absolutely horrible to feed them with one spoon and commented on it all the time ... until she watched them one day and tried it her way.
Glad it's not just me. Soon enough you won't have any choice. My two eat each other's food all the time. They switch cups, etc... and I don't even notice.
I had a nurse in the hospital refuse to allow my twins to co-bed, in the NICU, based on the idea that they might expose each other to germs. Then the doc stepped in, and said something like holy, moly-- four days ago they were in the same uterus. He gave it as his opinion that all the "official" experts will tell you to keep separate this and separate that, but that it's absurd even to try-- you'll drive yourself crazy, and it's not going to work anyway. People who live in the same house will share their germs, and you really can't do much to stop it. And with twins, and infants? No way. They nurse at the same breasts, too, right? And half the time they're rolling around on the floor together putting their hands in each other's mouths. I have better things to do than to try and fight that.
So yeah, I don't fuss about separate anything. The only time I've made any effort is when we had serious illness in the house-- like rotavirus, or when DD2 had an antibiotic-resistant pneumonia last winter. But for ordinary illnesses like colds, I still don't bother.
FWIW, though, we did very little parent-directed spoonfeeding when they were infants-- mine mostly fed themselves from the beginning, with their hands-- just bits and pieces of whatever the rest of the family was eating.
I never did purees either but anything that needed a bowl and spoon ended up being one bowl and one spoon unless they were sitting on opposite ends of the table and my DH could feed one. They have shared sippycups and much more. They let me know when they wanted their own. Tonight was funny.... they both after about 18 months claimed their boob. M had the left and S had the right, and this has not changed in the last 1.5 years. Now S has always insisted on the right, and M didn't care as much as long as she got a boob... she's the one that nurses all the time. So tonight, S sits up from nursing and says to M... "we trade now?" M says, NO. Then a minute later changes her mind and they did this funny trade places thing and went back to nursing. So yeah, they share :)
I had the same spoon but different bowls. One ate faster than the other, so it was easier for me to keep track of who ate how much if the bowls were seperate. Now that they're three, they have their own plates (different colors) and their own cups (same color to match the plate) and they won't let each other eat off their plates. But when they were babies, it was usually the same spoon unless one was sick.