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My Top Tips for New Twin Parents

As a fumble my way through my 4 years of motherhood, I have no idea & will never know about what it’s like to have a singleton baby. I only know how to look after/be pregnant with/give birth to 2 babies at once! Nearing the girls’ 1st birthday & the boys’ 4th birthday in a few weeks, I am one of the lucky few in this world who has gotten to experience twins more than once! The first year of being a parent to newborn twins is one the hardest, as you get used to the routine & changes in your life (& relationship) with 2 little ones the same age. Some days I feel like I can run the world, other days I can’t stop thinking about my pre-kid life, pre-kid bod, and all that sleep & spare time I used to take for granted! But I have been a twin mum for nearly 4 years, have nearly ‘survived’ 2 sets of twins for a year, still love my husband Mr Twins and A Blog (Mr ‘Super Sperm’) more than ever & life is complete with the 6 of us! Here are my top tips for new twin parents:

• Lower your expectations with cooking, cleaning and your appearance. There is light at the end of the tunnel once you get through the newborn blur.

• Don’t be a hero – take any help that is offered.

• Unless one baby is sick, I let them share bottles, dummies and once they start solids they share the same spoon/bowl of food – it reduces washing and wastage and they are in each others faces and mouths anyway!

• I wear tracksuits for PJs so I don’t have to change out of my ‘PJs’ during the day when people pop in for a visit or if I get the mail #mumhack

• Try to schedule the babies together – feed tandem or 1 right after another to maximise your rest time between (when one wakes up to feed, wake the other one up to feed).

• Lack of sleep = bad moods in the house = a competition/comparison of whos turn is it for the next feed, nappy change, cuddle, bath, sleep in, clean the bottles, cook dinner, do the laundry, take the bins out etc etc… this time shall pass and you’ll love each other even more after getting through this chapter together! #goteam

• Expect to be a celebrity at the shops. Be ready to swat away peoples hands from touching them or get ready the hand sanitizer gel and baby wipes! Also, don’t expect a ‘quick trip’ to the shops unless you can leave the babies at home!

• I indulge in nice shower body washes, soaps and shampoo as usually shower time is the only ‘me’ time I get in the day and I love to feel a million bucks at least once in the day (and when I actually get the chance to have a shower and wash my hair!)

• I love my Bugaboo Donkey pram (have used the same pram for both sets of twins) but if you have older kids, baby wearing is essential! We used Baby Bjorns for the boys when they were younger and carried 1 each, but now we have a 2 kid per adult ratio! I love tandem wearing the girls (or I baby wear one and carry the other one on my hip). I loved using the Weego twin baby carrier when the girls were newborns to 6 months, and now love the @twingo baby carrier (thanks Things for Twins!). Both are very easy to use on your own, I use them for quick trips, places which are not pram friendly, hanging out the laundry or going for walks with the boys.

• Join up to your local Multiple Births Club and find a local mums group on Facebook. I wasn’t part of any of these groups when I had the boys as my attitude was #aintnobodygottimefordat and ‘I had enough friends and I didn’t need to make anymore friends’! BUT I have found myself to be much happier this time round during my maternity leave, and I owe that to having a mum tribe. Whilst I was pregnant with the girls I joined my local Multiple Births Club and a Facebook group of local mums with babies due the same time and it is LIFE CHANGING. It is great to have an online support network & meet up with mums going through the same stuff as you, you are never alone in this journey. The pros of social media is that there is always someone you can chat to 24/7 – if you’re up at 3am with a 3 week old (or 3 year old!), chances are that someone else is too! Having young kids can be lonely and isolating with the same routine day in day out! #groundhogday I hear mums groups is a lot like online dating (I found my Mr before online dating was around so never got to experience that excitement!) but we are all human so you will click with some people more than others – sometimes it takes a while to find those connections, but it is a great way to find long lasting friendships with people who get it and get you!! (If you’re reading this: you know who you are 😘) Lesson: you can never have too many friends! #youarenotalone

• Most importantly, have fun, treasure every teeny tiny baby moment and take lots of photos! It is tiring, hard work, and when people say ‘you must have your hands full’ – well yes, they are literally full!! I enjoyed the newborn stage with the girls much more than with the boys as I knew how quickly that time goes and how fast they grow right in front of your very eyes! And if you’re more organised than me make sure you label all your photos so you know who’s who when you look back at the photos!!

Baking/ Chocolate/ Kids in the Kitchen/ Non Thermomix/ Snacks/ Thermomix

Milo Dog Cookies

These dog cookies are for human consumption (not canine consumption 😉 ) to celebrate this year’s Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog!

Despite being Chinese/Malaysian, I don’t make rice or do much Chinese cooking (I leave that to my mum!) but I thought I would make some cookies in celebration of the Year of the Dog with the help of my 3 year old half Asian twin boys to teach them a little bit about their Chinese heritage.

These are perfect for the Year of the Dog celebrations, but would also be really cute in lunchboxes or for a kids party! This is a variation of my Milo Cookies.

Add chocolate chips to bowl

– blitz 5 seconds/Speed 7.

Add butter, sugar and egg to bowl

– mix 1 minute/Speed 5.

Add plain flour, self raising flour, Milo and milk

– mix 20 seconds/Speed 6. Scrape down.

Mix a further 20 seconds/Speed 6.

Knead – 2 minutes/kneading function/MC off.

Roll into teaspoon sized balls

and decorate with Milo cereal, sprinkles and chocolate chips (as pictured).

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.

Milo Dog Cookies

Print Recipe
Serves: approx. 56 cookies

Ingredients

  • 100 grams dark chocolate chips
  • 250 grams butter (softened)
  • 50 grams sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 310 grams plain flour
  • 90 grams self raising flour
  • 110 grams Milo
  • 60 grams milk
  • To decorate:
  • *Milo cereal
  • *Sprinkles
  • *Dark chocolate chips

Instructions

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METHOD (Thermomix):

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Preheat oven to 170 degrees.

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Add chocolate chips to bowl - blitz 5 seconds/Speed 7.

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Add butter, sugar and egg to bowl - mix 1 minute/Speed 5.

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Add plain flour, self raising flour, Milo and milk - mix 20 seconds/Speed 6. Scrape down.

6

Mix a further 20 seconds/Speed 6.

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Knead - 2 minutes/kneading function/MC off.

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Roll into teaspoon sized balls and decorate with Milo cereal, sprinkles and chocolate chips (as pictured).

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Bake for 8 - 10 minutes.

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METHOD (Electric Mixer):

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Preheat oven to 170 degrees.

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Crush chocolate chips in a blender, food processor, or chop finely/grate (from block form if easier).

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Add crushed chocolate, butter, sugar and egg into a large bowl - beat until mixture is combined/creamed.

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Add plain flour, self raising flour, Milo and milk - mix until ingredients are combined.

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Knead (either with a stand mixer attachment or by hand) for approx. 2 minutes.

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Roll into teaspoon sized balls and decorate with Milo cereal, sprinkles and chocolate chips (as pictured).

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Bake for 8 - 10 minutes.

Notes

*Once cooled, store in an air tight container. **You can use flaked almonds instead of Milo Cereal for the ears. ***You can use the round sprinkles for the eyes instead of the long sprinkles. ****You can use smarties or milk/white chocolate chips for the nose to make diff coloured dogs.