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Weaning twins – double the mess, double the stress!

Weaning. How is it possible for one word to fill a person with such dread?

Put it in front of the word ‘twins’, and let’s face it, you might as well crack open the gin at every mealtime, including breakfast. In fact, f*ck it, just pour it over your fruit ‘n’ fibre and have done with it.

Weaning twins

What an Absolute. Pain. In. The. Arse.

My brain is clearly buggered by sleep deprivation because I actually thought it was a good idea to do Baby Led Weaning to make matters worse. WTF was I thinking??

I told myself I didn’t have time to lovingly make purees and freeze them into little ice cube trays like I did with Toddler. (I was such a cliched first time mum). Nope, that wasn’t going to happen.

Baby Led Weaning – what was I thinking?

I was going to go full-on BLW from the word go, and by doing so I would save myself having to do double the spoon feeding at the same time as coaxing a fussy toddler to eat anything that isn’t beige. Some mealtimes I literally want to gouge my own eyeballs out with a plastic Ikea fork, he can be so annoying.

So Baby Led Weaning would mean my babies would eat ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING and I would give myself a big pat on the back.

Well actually, I am kind of pleased with my decision to basically let my twins obliterate my kitchen. They do pretty much eat anything, although I’m fully aware this will annoyingly change, and it means I can often give them what the Other Half has cooked for us the night before – letting me ‘concentrate’ on Toddler’s beige offering. The range of beige food in my freezer really is quite something, I can tell you.

Double the mess

What I hadn’t quite thought through properly was THE MESS! Seriously, why would you give a seven month old baby a spoonful of yoghurt/fruit pot/porridge/Weetabix (Weetabix should be renamed concrete, FFS!) in a bid to teach them how to do it themselves, without fully appreciating your shiny, cream (of course) ceramic-tiled floor in your lovely new dream house is about to be annihilated!

Mealtimes are literally the worst times of the day. Mainly because of the clean up afterwards.

I give the Twins loads of food. I didn’t actually think much of this until a friend commented on an Instagram picture about whether they would eat all of it. More recently the answer is yes they do. But I give them a big old plateful because I know more or less half of it ends up on the floor.

On occasion I’ve found myself subconsciously veering away from runny foods in favour of dry chunks, simply so I know it’s easier to clean up. How bad is that?

What a challenge

It’s when they decide to steal food off each other’s trays or the dining table that things get really messy. And don’t even get me started on the times I’ve lost all sense and decided to feed them on a picnic mat whilst we’re out, or on a poor friend’s lounge carpet. I might as well just throw away their clothes, despite me putting them in coverall and catch-all bibs. It’s like they see it as a challenge

As time’s gone on I find myself trying to spoon feed them myself to save the mess but they’re not having any of it. They want the spoon, and they want to smear it everywhere. It’s like a game – can I jab it in and out of their mouths quick enough for them to get the damn porridge without actually hurting them or them grabbing the spoon.

The clean up

And where do you even start with the clean-up operation? I mean, do you wipe the tray, their hands or their faces first? If you wipe their hands, they just put them right back in the mess. If you wipe the tray or face, they just put their dirty hands all over them again. Give me a break, will you?!!

I tell myself this is all a phase, like everything else. One big messy phase. I mean, let’s face it. Give it time and they’ll be on the beige diet along with Toddler, and fish fingers aren’t half as bad to clear up.

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The Mum Conundrum

 

If you thought this blogpost wasn’t half bad, why don’t you hang around and have a read of some more. If you’re anything like me, you might appreciate this one on why it’s okay to not love every minute of parenting or what about the ‘almost love/hate’ relationship of a toddler and twins.

Or if you fancy a bit of social media madness, pop over to my Facebook page where you’ll be able to have a giggle at what ridiculousness goes on in my house with three very small boys on a daily basis. Warning – there is often sarcasm, and usually swearing. Feel free to join in though. There are also great travel reviews and some AWESOME giveaways.

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27 comments

Candace 31/05/2018 - 11:20 am

Joys of weaning! One child makes enough mess, not sure how you cope with two but you seem to be doing it fantastically

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admin 31/05/2018 - 3:57 pm

Drives me mad every mealtime, but I’m guessing I can’t really give them dry bread all the time? 🙂

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Beccy - Raucous By Nature 31/05/2018 - 2:36 pm

The face in the bib picture going for the left overs is amazing! I did BLW with both of my boys, it is definitely messier but long term is so much easier. Not the one if you have an aversion to mess!

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Candice 31/05/2018 - 1:37 pm

Oh my, it’s the worst. I only have 1 to wrangle with, so I feel your pain!! The mess is unbearable…I find I try to feed him meals that are less messy…otherwise I feed him instead 🙈 mums with twins…I salute you!!!! X

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admin 31/05/2018 - 3:58 pm

Drives me mad every mealtime!

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Lyndsay-Rose 31/05/2018 - 5:29 pm

I’m just about to start weaning my baby, quite looking forward to it.
Though my toddler now wants to “try” all her food too

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Kerry Thomas 31/05/2018 - 5:21 pm

Great pics ha. My little one was so fussy and still is now. Most of the food ended up on the floor 🤣 xx

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Rochelle @ www.rhubarbandwren.co.uk 31/05/2018 - 7:16 pm

You are a very brave woman! Mind you, the twins look like they’re loving every minute of mealtimes, so hopefully the *momentary* pain of the clean-ups is worth it…

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admin 17/06/2018 - 11:33 pm

This is what I keep telling myself!

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Kate - The Mum Conundrum 22/01/2019 - 1:22 pm

I am all about BLW when it comes to finger foods, but dear god if I give my toddler anything messy I pretty much have to strap her into a straight-jacket to stop her daubing it into her hair / the furniture / the dog. Maximum Mum points for your patience! This totally made me chortle – funny AF as usual ;0) #ItsOK xxx

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Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 22/01/2019 - 11:05 pm

Isaac has gone to bed tonight with baked bean juice hair gel. Not even a wet wipe cut it this time.

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Jo (A Rose Tinted World) 23/01/2019 - 3:35 pm

Such cute photos though. It’s fun and games with just one, two is just so messy. #ItsOK

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Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 23/01/2019 - 10:52 pm

That’s true. I feel like I spend hours cleaning up the floor under their high chairs!

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Nicole - Tales from Mamaville 23/01/2019 - 5:00 pm

I cannot even begin to imagine how much of a pain in the arse weaning two simultaneously must be! Doing it with one made me want to pull my hair out!
The pics, however, are too cute – bet you’ll smile upon them when the twins are 18;)

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Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 23/01/2019 - 10:52 pm

It’s true I will. It is a pain, and they don’t seem to be getting any less messy!

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Lisa Pomerantz 24/01/2019 - 8:32 pm

OMG. I mean wow, OMG. You clearly deserve some kind of major momma of the year award, maybe even decade with free massages, chocolate, wine and more chocolate. Wow. May it soon pass. #itsok xoxo

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Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 24/01/2019 - 8:58 pm

Ha ha, thank you. I’m hoping it soon passes too but there’s no sign of it yet!

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Tracey Carr 26/01/2019 - 7:03 pm

Wow as ever Helen I am in sheer admiration of you! I’m not sure if I would have the patience for it. I never tried baby led weaning myself and even now I’m not sure if I could be convinced. And with two at the same time? Aaaahh!!! #itsok

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Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 26/01/2019 - 7:21 pm

Yes, slightly regretting it now…

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Noleen Miller 28/01/2019 - 12:27 pm

Double trouble but just look at those cute faces – it makes everything worthwhile at the end #itsok

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Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 28/01/2019 - 3:12 pm

They’re lucky they’re cute!

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Crummy Mummy 29/01/2019 - 9:58 am

It’s the wiping isn’t it, that’s the worst thing about weaning! #itsok

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Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 30/01/2019 - 12:19 am

Constant wiping!!

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MomOfTwoLittleGirls 22/10/2019 - 8:21 pm

BB: Before Blogging, I have a picture of my lounge floor covered in fruit loops and the caption reads something like, why I bother with plates I don’t know. My eldest only eats beige food too, pasta, chicken, pasta, bread, pasta and cereal.
#itsok

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Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 22/10/2019 - 8:26 pm

Thank god for pasta!

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Sarah | Mummykind 23/10/2019 - 8:55 pm

Wow what a pair of mischievous little elves haha I think if I had twins I would lose my sanity!!! #itsok

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Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 23/10/2019 - 8:56 pm

That’s pretty much where I’m at right now 🙂

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