Sunday, May 23, 2010
A Word About the Boppy (and other such feeding pillows)
When the boys were tiny, I tried to use the Boppy as suggested, and didn't see the appeal. I also tried out a suggestion from another mother of multiples. placed the pillow beside me on the sofa and used it to safely and snuggly contain a little one while the other ate. No go. Completely unimpressed with the thing, I put both of them in the nursery closet along with my abandoned breast pump, bottles that didn't work out, and diapers that weren't cutting the mustard.
I now use the pillows constantly. The boys can sit up, but topple sideways. Sitting them up in one of these pillows allows them to work on strengthening their cores while their hands are free to practice picking up toys. Placing toys on top of the pillow and setting it a few paces away from the boys forces them to learn not only to scoot forward, but also to reach up to grab the toy. If you can get them interested in a toy on the other side of the Boppy, they will scoot over the top of the pillow in a pose that is remarkably like crawling.
My point, if you are still with me, is that you may not use these pillows as prescribed, but they are so incredibly useful for parents of twins. You have two kids and two hands, but that is not really an equal ratio. Get yourself a couple of these pillows, and a mound of covers. (All of mine are constantly orange from carrot stains.) Use them creatively and they can be a cherished friend.