I haven’t known a lot of twins in my lifetime – but I feel like whenever I have known some, it’s been VERY hard for me to tell them apart. There are still some twins that I just cannot tell apart. So, it was slightly disconcerting when I found out we were going to be having identical twins.
Now, I know that it will be different because they’ll be our kids…and not just someone random…but still, if they’re identical…and as babies…it just seems like it’s going to be so easy to mix them up!
And yes, of course, the idea has already run through my mind to switch their clothing sometime while Sarah is out and then not tell her for like a week or so – just a fun little game to play with Sarah and Dwayne & Wayne…but, it would probably backfire, and then I’d forget who was who…
I forgot what book it was that Sarah was reading – but it was one specifically for parents of twins – and she was reading through some of the ideas on how to tell your twins apart. Especially at the beginning – when one is prone to taking uber-cute baby photos every…oh…every minute or so…the book said it was really important to label the photos so you know which is which…And unfortunately, with them being identical twins all all, the “Faces” feature in iPhoto isn’t going to be all that handy.
Some of the ways to tell your twins apart mentioned in the book were:
- Color coding: just pick two colors and dress one of them in all green, the other in all blue – don’t mess up the colors!
- Paint nails: paint 1 toe-nail of each one color and then just remember which one has what color
- Patterned clothing: another suggestion was to have one only wear stripes and polka dots, etc., and the other only wears plain colors
- Hospital Bracelets: just DO NOT take off the hospital bracelets…that should work.
Personally, I think it would just be easiest to tattoo their name on their forehead. Then we wouldn’t have to really give it much thought, we’d just look at them and see their names – it’d be that easy. But I’m guessing if I brought two newborn babies into a tattoo shop, it might not go over all that well…
So – for those of you with experiences with twins – what did YOU do to help tell them apart? Any tips or tricks?