When I found out I was having twins, I promised I would not dress them the same. But now I know why twins are so often dressed the same. It’s to save their parents from the almost certain fight that will happen when both twins want to wear the same thing and there is only one of it.
I’ve learned this the hard way as a result of hand-me-downs and consignment stores. Don’t get me wrong, I love both hand-me-downs and consignment stores. But the problem with both hand-me-downs and consignment stores is that you are almost certainly NOT going to end up with identical outfits for your identical twins.
This week, the culprit wasn’t even clothing. It was a towel. Yes, a pink hooded towel given to the twins by my son’s friend Jackie. They affectionately call it “Jackie Towel,” and it has unaffectionately caused many tears after bath time. Both girls want it, but only one could have it. Baby Girl A started saying that she was done and would climb out of the bathtub before I had even washed her hair so that she could claim Jackie Towel for herself. I tried alternating back and forth between the two girls, but that just meant alternating back and forth between who left bath time in tears. So yesterday I went to Target and bought another “Jackie Towel.” It isn’t identical, but it is hooded and has a lot of pink on it.
“Look!” I told the girls, acting really excited. “Jackie gave us another towel! We have a new Jackie Towel!” I crossed my fingers that they would buy it.
“New Jackie Towel!” Baby Girl B exclaimed happily. As the better sharer of the two, she was the one who usually surrendered the original Jackie Towel to her sister.
“My Jackie Towel!” Baby Girl A proclaimed.
“Mommy’s going to wash it so that we can use it, ” I told them, happy they bought it.
Tonight, after bath time, I’m happy to report that there were no tears. Baby Girl A was wrapped up in the new Jackie Towel while Baby Girl B was happily wearing the original Jackie Towel. Two happy two-year-olds means a happy mom.
I know now why people dress twins the same. Even though I said I would never dress my twins the same, whenever I buy the girls something new now, I always buy two of the same. That way everyone is happy!