Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Northampton, MA
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I've never dressed my fraternal twin boys alike. My wife is a fraternal twin too (one of two girls), and she is ADAMANT that we not dress our kids in matching outfits. She doesn't even like them to wear the same thing in different colors (which I admit to sometimes wanting to do for ease of picking the outfits).
My main reason for not dressing them alike is because of the reaction of other people (strangers, mostly) who then tend to see my kids as "twins" instead of two different babies/toddlers. I've really noticed this to be true because in the winter months when my boys are bundled up they are usually wearing the same coat in different colors. When I walk down the street pushing them in the stroller, people stop and say, "wow! Twins!" Whereas, when it's warmer out and my kids aren't in matching jackets, I get more generalized comments like "what cuties!" and people often ask if they are twins, but don't assume. I just want my guys to be recognized as individuals first.
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 11) in a small house with a lot of love.