24 Hours to D-Day

Char leaves for three days in the morning, leaving me with all four kids (4, 2 1/2, and 5 month twins, one of which refuses to take a bottle.) And where is Grandma? One in Florida, one in North Carolina. Am I worried? You bet.

On the other hand, I’m the Dad, they’re my munchkins, so I can do this, right? I mean, I can do this. (That sounded a little more confident.) Ah, who am I kidding? The house will be destroyed when she gets back, but maybe we’ll qualify for disaster relief funds.

Looking forward to this like a toothache, but I’m reminded that Teresa Heinz-Kerry thinks that being a mother isn’t a real job. Maybe I should have her come watch the kids. Or, better yet, maybe I should just employ her cure for arthritis.

But I digress… my real question today is this: Does anyone have any tips for getting a baby to take a bottle? The answer might just save my life.


  1. YOU CAN DO IT! I am a stay-at-home/work-from-home dad of 7 month old twin girls. You do have it tougher, however, due to the fact that you also have a 2 1/2 year old. I’m not sure how to make the other twin take the bottle, but I know we employ the towel prop method. It’s the only way to feed both girls at the same time when you are alone with them. My only advice would be to maybe take the non-bottle twin to a quiet place, away from everyone else, and try it then. I’m sure you have already tried everything…Good luck, and visit us sometime – http://tymiller.net

  2. Ok, with or without the arthritis, those gin-soaked raisons could come in handy. Pop a few before feeding time to calm your nerves.Make sure the bottle is nice and warm, and the baby is nice and hungry.Pray.Dim the lights (close the curtains), speak softly and calmly of happy times and delectible dairy delights. Recruit Lily to moo convincingly from the other room.Insert bottle; pop more raisins.Commence praying.Seriously, just try to retain your sanity for those 4 days. When mom’s back, you can go back to your “real job” and relax. 😉

  3. They make nipples that are more like the real thing, that’s what we use for our 41/2 month old son. make sure the bottle is really warm, hold her tight up against you and position the bottle where the boob would be…and pray!MrsG

  4. This is so simple it’ll probably be laughed off…but I always found that tickling the roof of the baby’s mouth encouraged them to take a bottle.

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