Will One Twin Be More Active Than the Other?

Joe Rawlinson by Joe Rawlinson - January 29, 2021

When you are expecting your twins you might ask: Will one twin be more active than the other?

The answer is yes, no, and it depends.

Toddler Twins

As your twins grow, they will demonstrate different behaviors and activity levels.

We’ve seen our twins switch personalities where the formerly calm one is now active and vice-versa.

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We’ve even seen both twins be active at the same time.

Unique Twins

Remember that each of your twins (even identical twins) have unique personalities and behaviors.

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Your twins will likely show very distinct behaviors. This includes their level of activity.

Pre-Birth Hints

We got a hint at the personalities of our twins while they were still in the womb.

Pay attention to how active each of the babies is during the twin pregnancy.

While twins can move around while in utero, they tend to settle down into predictable locations so you can note how each is behaving.

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We noticed that our twins continued their prenatal behaviors even after birth.

Calm Baby A turned into the girl that can sit still.

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Active Baby B is the daughter that is always in motion.

Mimicking Behavior

Just because one twin tends to be more active than the other doesn’t mean that will always be the case.

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When one twin is bouncing off the walls, the other twin might think that is a great idea and try it too!

Remember that old saying, monkey see, monkey do?

Well, you’ve got two little monkeys with twins. They love to feed off of each other’s mischief.

Play to the Strengths

Once you identify one of your twins’ tendencies you gain a parental advantage. Now you know what to expect in certain situations and can plan and adjust accordingly. Pay attention to certain stimuli that trigger activity in your twins. It could be food, lighting, noise, people, movement, etc.

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Look for patterns so you know what to expect but don’t try to stifle activity or eventually, it will blow up in a temper tantrum or fit that could have been prevented.

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Further Reading

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Don't forget to pick up a copy of the definitive guide to raising twins. "Dad's Guide to Raising Twins" was written for fathers of twins to help guide you through the first several years with twins. Click here to learn more about the book and get your copy.

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