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Mom of identical twins had to go to the police to tell her babies apart; here are some tips to avoid mix-ups

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Last updated on – Mar 9, 2023, 15:00 IST

​Mom gets confused between twins​

Recently, Sofi Rodriguez, mom of identical twin babies, tweeted in Spanish that she couldn’t tell her identical twins apart and now she will “have to go to the police to have my twins fingerprinted and tell me which one is which.”

Rodriguez joked she has “won the mother of the year award,” according to her translated tweet.

​This problem is more common than you think​

Rodriguez’s viral tweet amassed over 320K likes and 15.3 million views. Other twin parents and twins shared similar stories in Spanish in the comments section. Here are some translated into English.

“With my twin brother we used a bracelet, one on the left and one on the right. The myth says that once we both dropped them and they were reversed. We’re almost 30 and maybe I’m him and he’s me,” a Twitter user wrote.

An expecting mother wrote, “We are currently expecting twins, 31 weeks, and that is my biggest fear. I already bought different earrings for them, but any suggestion will be welcome”


​Use different color scheme​

As long as you are unable to differentiate between the children based on any minute feature(s) they may not share, here are some tips that can help you.

One such is using a different color scheme for both kids. It can be through the color of their clothes or just their cap. You can also paint their toenails with a nontoxic nail polish. Consult the doctor first before using nail paint.

​Fix their sides​

Fix one side — left or right — for each twin and stick to it, whether it is while taking both babies in your lap, making them sleep in their crib, or placing them in a pram. Same can be followed for car seats. This can make it easier for you to remember which one is which.

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​Fix turns​

For babies, you can fix turns for who goes first for changing diapers, feeding or rocking to sleep. This can help you remember which one is which and also not miss out on feeding one. Or you could divide baby responsibility between you and your partner. That way both the babies will be taken care of and could be easily identified from each other.

​Subtle personality differences will help​

Eventually as the kids grow, subtle differences in how they conduct themselves and reflect their personalities can help you to differentiate naturally, without the help of any color scheme or any other memory technique. Basically, the more you’re around your identical twins, the easier it becomes to differentiate them.

Read more: 5 steps to raise a healthy child



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