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The day you find out you’re expecting twins can be one of the most exciting days of your life. It can also be one of the most terrifying, though. Not only do you now have to commit to buying two of absolutely everything (including double college bills and maybe weddings), but you may have concerns in those initial days. If they’re identical twins, how will you tell twins apart? What happens if you mix them up and you’re not sure which baby is which and who has been fed and who hasn’t? The simple reality is that parents of most twins can tell them apart almost instantly, but if you’re still concerned, these tips may help you relieve some of your fears.
- Keep your babies’ hospital wristbands on for a few days after you return home until you’re confident that you can tell the two of them apart. It will give you the reassurance you need that you won’t get them mixed up.
- Paint one child’s toenail. Keep in mind that this should only be done with a toenail and not a fingernail, as you don’t want your new baby ingesting any nail polish, but this will help you take a closer look in case you feel like you’re going to forget in the near future.
- Look for differences in the babies. Some children naturally have a birthmark or other distinguishing feature at birth, and finding that right away can help you feel more at peace about not mixing your children up after you bring them home.
- Dress twins in different colors. Although you’ll likely get matching twins baby gifts of all matching colors and sizes, consider giving each of your children a color to help you remember who is who. Dress one child in pink and the other in purple on a daily basis until you learn to tell the two of them apart.
- Personalities emerge early. Believe it or not, you may be able to tell immediately which one is which just by how they react to a given situation. One baby may cry constantly while the other calmly sleeps. One baby may need you while the other one prefers the company of Dad or another caregiver entirely. Watch for signs like these in the early days to help tell them apart.
- Size differences may give your little ones away too. In almost every case, one twin will be larger than the other at birth, so as long as you keep up with which twin is the biggest, you can tell them apart rather easily. Early on, feel free to weigh your little ones at home just to make certain you’re on the right track.
The chances are good that you will be able to tell your twins apart almost immediately. Your friends and family members, though, may not be so lucky. Even if you don’t need to come up with a system for the two of you to tell your babies apart, you may need to quickly develop something that works for everyone involved to ensure your children don’t get mixed up.