How to Shop for Twins

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Bebénique Outfits Julia Roberts� Twins

The recent birth of Julia Roberts’ twins has elevated the awareness of the increased number of multiple births in the U.S. According to data reported by the National Center for Health Statistics, the twinning rate has climbed 38 percent since 1990. This upsurge over the last two decades has left many pondering; finding that perfect baby gift for the uber-fashionista is already challenging for one baby—so how do you buy for two? Iliana Romero and Yvette Bibbens, sisters and co-founders of Bebénique, an online ( children’s boutique, offer the following advice to doting parents, friends and family who are interested in purchasing unique gifts for their precious double wonders.

Option 1 – “The Standard”. “For identical twins, matching layette outfits that have each child’s name embroidered on it is a nice way to distinguish between twins,” says Iliana Romero, co-founder and President of Bebénique.

Option 2 – “The Variation”. “For fraternal twins, buying matching layette items in two different colors is a popular gift idea. To spruce up the gift, we like to throw in some accessories, such as a teddy bear and other nursery items in coordinating colors. It really completes the gift box,” says Yvette Bibbens, co-founder and COO.

Option 3 – “The Favorite.” “When it comes to buying for twins, triplets, or multiples, be they either fraternal, or identical, we like to steer people towards buying different layette or outfits within the same collection. We believe this allows a baby’s individual personality to show,” state the two business partners and sisters.

We recently helped Alison Sweeney, star of NBC’s Days of Our Lives, put together a gift of beautifully hand-crocheted layette outfits with coordinating blankets for Julia Roberts and Danny Moder’s twins. “We believe Alison selected a very special gift for Julia’s twins. While these outfits are similar in look and feel, they are truly unique and will undoubtedly become a family heirloom,” says Yvette.

“As sisters close in age, our parents always dressed us in identical outfits. While we can appreciate how wonderful it is to dress your bookends identically, we feel it is even more special to dress them in something similar yet different enough to capture their individual spirit.”

Bebénique, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is dedicated to providing distinctive, high quality apparel, accessories, and gifts to babies and toddlers ages newborn to three. The company’s website,, which launched April 1, 2004, offers visitors a good selection of American, European, and Latin American baby clothing and accessories.

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