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I have great memories of dying Easter Eggs when I was growing up. It remains one of the most fun activities to do with my kids in the kitchen, even today!
This year I decided to dye eggs with the twins. They are just over two-years-old, so old enough to participate, but not quite old enough to be set loose.
In my motherly wisdom, I decided to have the little girls dye their eggs while the big boys were at school. The big boys will dye eggs next week during a twin naptime!
During my adventures, I learned a few things about dying Easter eggs with toddlers, and I thought that I would share them with you!
Tip 1. Work with a kit. I grew up using kits from PAAS and I love continuing the tradition with my own children. I still get a little excited when I open up the box and take all of the goodies out. And PAAS does not waste a thing! The box turns into an egg drying rack and the punched out holes can be made into spinning tops! Lizze was really EGGsited to see the duckie egg-arounds. I set some of the things in the kit aside for later with the boys and to minimize toddler distractions.
Tip 2. Don’t make toddlers wait. Do those look like patient faces to you? They are not. I made the mistake of assuming that they would want to see the magical transformation of food coloring pellet to glass full of colored water. I was mistaken. Even though the PAAS color and Heinz Vinegar only take about 3 minutes to dissolve and combine…that was three minutes too long. I should have had the dye ready to go!
Tip 3. Have something ready for them to do while they wait! PAAS and Heinz Teamed up to create this free fun app for the iPad. The girls enjoyed decorating their eggs. For each egg “dyed” on the App, Heinz and PAAS will donate $1 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. At this rate, t our girls are donating a lot of eggs!
Tip 4: Keep things simple. Although our kit came with 9 dye tablets, I opted to only use three when working with the girls. We played around a little with crayon resist. I really think that nine glasses of Easter Egg dye would have been overwhelming for the girls, and more than just a little messy!
Tip 5: Allow for wonder. This is a brand new experience for your toddler. Allow her to smell the vinegar, touch the damp, cool eggs, dip her fingers in the dye.
Tip 6: Be ready for a mess. Toddlers are messy. I put down newspapers and the girls were wearing easy to wash play clothes. Remember that the entire job of a toddler is to explore her world. Our world is messy. I just clean up a lot!
Tip 7: Enjoy the results! Look at and admire the colors on the eggs. talk about them with your toddler. Then, let them help you peel an egg and eat it together! This is a great time of year to eat the food we play with! And what a healthy snack!
Need tips on how to make hard boiled eggs without turning the yolk green? My recipe for Fool Proof Hard Boiled Eggs is here.
Did you know that Heinz Vinegar helps the dye turn brighter on your eggs? Also, use 2 T of Heinz vinegar in the boiling water to reduce eggs cracking during cooking!
Chime in! What are some of your favorite Easter Egg Dying traditions?
*I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Heinz and PAAS and received a Heinz Vinegar bottle, a PAAS Egg Dyeing Kit, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.
Yesterday the twins turned 10 months old. They sleep mostly through the night, they finally nap at the same time, they eat more solids and depend less on breastfeeding to meet all of their needs. In other words, they are getting to be a lot easier. I’m going to be a lot busier soon, as both girls appear to be on the verge of walking, but at the same time, I’m pretty used to keeping mobile babies entertained. This isn’t my first rodeo, you know!
A friend gave birth to her set of beautiful twin girls last Tuesday. When I went to visit her at the hospital and I saw those two tiny perfect little peanuts I gasped. They were both 6 pounds 5 ounces, a bit smaller than my Ellie was, and a bit larger than my Emmy. And yet. . . I could hardly remember my girls being quite so tiny, and quite so helpless.
So this post goes out to my friend, as she navigates these first tenuous weeks of adjusting to not one baby, but two!
- Be gentle on yourself. A multiple pregnancy takes a lot out of you as a mom, especially near the end. Multiple deliveries are no picnic either, whether you deliver naturally, via c-section, or a combination of the two. It is likely that you lost a lot of blood, are anemic, and also very, very tired. So rest as much as you can, accept help when offered, and take things slowly.
- Remember that babies are more important than schedules. As much as you really want to get those babies into a routine, part of that routine has to come from the babies as well. Spend the first few weeks paying attention to their hunger cues and establishing a healthy nursing relationship. It may be harder to breastfeed two, but it is not impossible, and it very well be your most time saving decision in the long run (even though it does NOT seem like it now!)
- In these first few weeks, don’t try to keep the babies on the same schedule. If they fall into it naturally, fine (many MZ twins will naturally keep very similar schedules, DZ twins probably will not). However stressing about keeping two individuals on the same routine may end up being more work for mom in these early weeks. Personally, I relished time alone with each of the girls. I also think that they appreciate some one on one time with mom.
- Get to know the signs of postpartum depression. Tell your family members about the signs. Tell them to tell you if you are exhibiting them. Seek help if you need it! The hormone shift after a multiple birth is extreme to say the least. Find a way to relax, be alone, and hash out your feelings. Blogging in my early days really helped. I know people thought I was crazy for writing instead of napping in those first months, but for me the writing was even more therapeutic than sleep!
- Drink a ton of water. You need it. Your babies need it.
- Take a bajillion photos. Write everything down. You THINK you will remember all of these crazy days. Trust me. You won’t. (oh and in those pictures, keep the babies in the same order all of the time! I still mostly have Ellie on the left and Emmy on the right!)
So, it is time for you to chime in! What is your best piece of advice for a brand new mother of multiples? (MoM). Are you expecting twins, or more? Do you want more of my tips, or experiences? Ask away! I love to hear from you all!