Meal Time Routine!!

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Becoming a new mom is the most exciting and wonderful thing in the world.  I seriously look at these babies sometimes and I just wanna bash my head into the wall they’re so cute.  I wanna squish their cheeks and kiss their faces right off!!!!  Why are my love analogies so violent lately?!  I digress.  While your baby (or babies in my case) is the most amazing thing you’ve ever laid eyes on, being a new mom can oftentimes be a little overwhelming.  Or a lot overwhelming!  I’ve been getting a lot of questions from new moms about our routine, what I’m feeding the boys and how I manage to stay sane.  That last part is debatable… ha ha!  I feel like we’ve got a pretty good thing goin’ on though and so when Munchkin asked me to try out their new LATCH bottles + share a little bit into our day I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to finally get this all written down!  Keep on reading if you wanna see our meal time routine + a few tricks I’ve learned that have kept me alive while navigating the ins and outs of twins!  
 
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Hey girl, hey!  When the little misters wake up from their morning nap, usually around 11:30, I always feed them a bottle.  There are a few reasons for this but mostly because I’m in the middle of getting the big kids ready for school and I just don’t have the time to sit the boys down and give them a good meal right after they wake up.  So we drink a ba-ba real quick and then I finish getting the big kids ready for school.  I’m not gonna lie, this is the hardest hour of my entire day because I’ve gotta pack all four kids up in the van to take Savy to preschool + get Boston back in time to catch the bus + someone has always misplaced a shoe, doesn’t want to wear clothes or eat their lunch so it’s crazy town.  But when Boston gets on the bus and those boys go into their high chairs, I can finally breathe.  And it’s my favorite time of the day!
 
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I’m obsessed with these LATCH bottles and I just wanna talk about them for a quick second because I’ve not seen anything like them.  Your baby controls the flow of milk when nursing and that’s why a lot of times babies who nurse have a hard time taking a bottle.  The Munchkin LATCH bottle is designed to mimic the breastfeeding experience and it releases more milk as the baby pushes against the accordion style base.  It’s also got an anti-colic valve on the bottom which ensures air bubbles don’t travel through the milk – and if you have a fussy, gassy, colicky baby you’ll love it!  I love the fact that there aren’t a million pieces to wash + the lids are easy to find because they are larger than most.
 
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Now onto lunch.  Kai doesn’t care what he eats or how he gets it, he just wants food.  It’s honestly the cutest thing and FOR ONCE I get a child who will eat.  Except I still have to figure out how to feed a child who won’t ha ha!  Coop is so picky and will only eat real people food, he’s totally over anything pureed.  So for lunch I typically chop up some bananas, strawberries and avocados and then I’ll put some peanut butter and jam on a piece of whole wheat bread for them to nibble on.  I also try to keep a few sweet potatoes  and squash in the fridge and will dice them up into little squares when I have them.  We also do a lot of scrambled eggs and cheese squares too!  While they wait for me to get it all out, I put a few cheerios or peas on their trays and if it takes longer than 2 minutes I have 2 babies hollering at me!
 
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^^  These are my FAVORITE sippy cups EVER.  They’re the Flexi-Transition Trainers from Munchkin.  After 4 kids we’re literally tried every sippy cup known to man – they’re the bane to my existence.  I think it really depends on the kids so sometimes you just have to experiment but my boys love these.  My boys have a hard time tipping and drinking from the taller sippys and they don’t like the harder plastic ones either.  They just chew on those and they quickly get thrown on the floor.  They love the handles + the soft spout and I like that they don’t leak + they match our bottles!  Because let’s be honest, I’m a little OCD like that!  We got the green light from our pediatrician to transition from formula (I stopped nursing at 6 months) to whole milk so for breakfast, lunch and dinner I give them whole milk in their sippys!
 
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^^  He has the best bed head!  After lunch I clean them up with a microfiber cloth, they’re like the kind you use to wash your cars!  I like them because they’re soft, they can clean up both boys and I can grab all the extra food off the trays, seats and floors and then I rinse it out once and wipe up the rest.  AND IT’S A MESS!  If you follow me on snapchat (twistmepretty2) you know how messy that corner of our house is!  After the boys are cleaned up I put their shirts back on them, we play for a little bit in the family room, have a diaper change and then around 1:00 they’re ready for their afternoon nap.
 

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 I put Kai down first because he pounds his bottle in 2 seconds + he’s the craziest and I don’t trust him by himself.  Coop is starting to scoot around but he can’t climb stairs yet and is always content playing with one of the toys near our tent for a few minutes.  They nap in separate rooms because in the beginning they kept waking each other up and it just wasn’t worth the fight.  So we set up a pack and play in the guest bedroom and that’s where Coop naps.  Having a routine + finding those perfect products that make your life easier = sanity.  Using the LATCH bottles and transition cups has made things so much easier for me.  There are very few parts to wash and keep clean + they all coordinate and I can throw everything in the dishwasher.  And that means I have a few extra moments to eat my lunch, to tidy up the house before the kids come home or get ahead on some projects.  Are there some tricks or products you love that make your meal time easier with your baby?  Let me know in the comments below and if I missed anything you were hoping I’d cover make sure to ask below and I’ll make sure to answer!!
 

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Frayed Pull-On Denim Shorts | Kai’s shirt | Leather Moccasin | Coops Pajama Set  |  Poppy High Chair (the red color is sold out nearly everywhere!  I’m obsessed with the green one too though and I absolutely love these high chairs!) |
V-neck tee (these ones are awesome!) | Skinny Jeans | bucket bag |  Chucks

xoxo

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Abby Smith

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13 thoughts on “Meal Time Routine!!

  1. Yikes a few more questions… I have new mom stamped on my forehead. I know you mentioned at one point that Boston wasn’t the best eater I am curious how you made the transition to solids and no formula and tips?! My son has struggled with eating since he was 2 months off and on and now he likes to spit everything out or just take one bite and that’s it. Any tips?!?!

  2. I have 4-month old twin girls, so it’s been exciting following your adventure and seeing what I have to look forward to! Also, I just got snapchat today (yeah, wayyy behind the times haha!) so I’m definitely going to follow you!

  3. I love this! My third baby is nine months old tomorrow and i swear you forget everything everytime! Or maybe that’s just me! Could you tell me what the twins’ nap/sleep schedule looks like? We are STILL struggling in that department! And thank you so much for all that you share about your family! I feel like I know you from snapchat!

  4. Love all the posts! Bring only on bayb number 1 and 4months in its always nice to see an insight into some else’s motherhood experience! Keep it up it’s great !

  5. Hi Abby! I LOVE how open you are! I love following your snapchat, insta… etc. I’m a mom of twin girls!! Twins are absolutely the best! They will be 5 months old tomorrow. When you stopped nursing at 6 months what was your feeding routine at that point? Its getting harder to continue nursing and pumping with my girls (I’ve been back to work for a little over a month now) Thanks for all the great tips and look into your life with twins! Its helpful to someone like me, as a first time mom and with twins!

  6. Thanks for this, Abby! My kids are pretty close in age to yours so I like checking in to see the kinds of things you’re doing and using 😉 My oldest son is 5, my daughter is just turning 3 and my baby is 9 months and, figures, he’s the most difficult out of all of them. He hates ANY baby thing, baby foods and has not settled in to a routine. He has also decided that he’d rather be a co-sleeper O_O This post has encouraged me, though! It’s funny because now that I’m on the third I figure I know what I’m doing by now, but I’m not doing things that I had done with the first kids. Three is kind of overwhelming I guess lol I have the latch bottles but didn’t know they had cups, will be looking for those. Thanks for a reminder of some of the basics I forgot about!

  7. Thanks for the post! How many bottles a day do the boys get? How much milk and do you warm it? How long are their maps typically?

  8. I was wondering how many ounces of formula you give them per day? I’m assuming their breakfast, lunch and dinner look the same? Or do you switch it up? I have a 10 month old and wanting to transition from breastfeeding to formula soon. He’s starting to get sick of purees so I’m trying to do more finger food and he eats SO MUCH. haha

    Thanks!

    1. We offer them a bottle when they wake up in the morning, a bottle before both naps and bedtime. So technically 4 6oz bottles but they never drink them all. We also do 3 sippy cups worth of milk. If you have a baby who needs to gain weight it’s hard because you’ve really gotta keep track of what they’re drinking. I had to do that with Boston and it was really hard! Thankfully the boys are both thriving so I haven’t kept tabs, we just offer them bottles often and they drink what they drink! Hope that helps!

  9. Abby you are such a great mom! you also make me laugh so hard with your snapchats. {my husband refers to you as my “e-friend” haha} thanks for letting us into your life and being so darn REAL.

    XO Lo

    1. Ha ha ha!!! I love that your husband knows who you’re watching ha ha!!!! And thank you, that means a lot!