It’s all fun and games till you know you’re pregnant with a child, but the joy is in knowing that you’re going to have...TWINS!! It is not very common to have twins, so you’re lucky if you do (even if you think you’re not).
Dealing with twins requires a lot of patience because everything you do has to be done twice. Whether it is feeding, buying diapers or making your baby sleep - everything doubles! However, the pleasure you get out of doing those things also doubles.
Here are some points that will help you understand your twins better and even identify between them.
1. Physical examination
When it comes to the physical aspects, even monozygotic (identical) twins of the same gender don’t have the same physical characteristics. They can be distinguished by their moles, birthmarks or even the shape of their eyes.
Identical twins can also be differentiated by the size of their heads. This is because, the way they are given birth to can affect the shape of their head. You will be able to identify who is who if you pay close attention to these physical cues.
2. By the clothes they wear
Although identical twins look alike, they often look different when they are dressed up. Parents need to remember that twins have to be dressed in certain colours. Like, if you dress ‘Seeta’ in red, yellow or green, ‘Geeta’ has to be dressed in pink, purple or blue!
Picking different patterns for your babies is a good option too! If ‘Seeta’ is dressed in bows, ‘Geeta’ can be dressed in stripes!
3. Paint one of their toenails
It is important to tell your twins apart. Otherwise, you might accidentally feed one of them twice and find yourself wondering why one baby is pooping a lot more than the other. Painting one nail is a great and effective way to distinguish between your babies. Even a small dot of nail polish on one toenail would do.
4. Understand your baby’s personality
One you’re used to your twins, you might not even need physical cues to identify between them. Even if your twins are the exact replica of each other, their personalities will be different from each other.
For example, ‘Ram’ might sleep soundlessly, whereas 'Shyam' may stay up all night crying and screaming. As they grow up, their personalities become more distinguishable and it will be easy for you to tell them apart.