Tips & FAQs

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Ways to help others tell your identical twins apart

1. Paint the toenails of one baby soon after birth.
2. Leave the hospital bracelets on until you and your family/friends get to know them a little better!
3. At kindy/school, style each twin’s hair differently and preferably consistently for at least the first half of the year. This helps both educators and classmates differentiate between them, both up close and from a distance (handy in the playground!).
4. Larger-than-regular-size beads, each with a different letter of the alphabet, are available from places like K & K Educational Toys. Spell out each child’s name in a necklace. Just make sure that the necklace is short, to reduce any choking hazard.
5. As soon as they are old enough, consult your children on clothing choices. Many choose to dress differently and this obviously helps others tell them apart.
6. Named clothing, such as t-shirts, can be very practical, but restrict this to places such as gatherings with family/friends, school/kindy, or at home. This is because there is a potential danger in strangers knowing your child’s name.
7. Help others look for biological clues—hair that parts on different sides, a “wider” face, moles/freckles/birthmarks, etc.
8. Help others look for clues in mannerisms or behaviour. For example, Amy sucks her fingers, whereas Isabelle doesn’t.
9. Provide other clues—a friendship bracelet, different-coloured watches, a discrete badge or pin (with a safety back for younger twins).
10. When meeting up with friends, use verbal clues to subtly flag to others which twin is which. For example, “Isabelle, did you show Aunty Patrice your new watch?”
11. Most importantly—and obviously this takes time—help others to get to know your children as individuals. Their unique personalities will shine through!

Did you know...

In Australia there has been an increase in the numbers of multiples – see the table below.

Twins Triplets + Total
1980 2,219 30 2,249
1990 3,074 94 3,168
2000 3,800 102 3,902

These stats are on the "Multiples In School" DVD produced by Nepean MBA earlier in 2007 - this DVD is available to borrow from our library. If you are interested in borrowing this DVD or other books from the library contact

Shall my I put my twins in the same bed?

Putting twins together to sleep, particularly if space is limited, is a matter of choice. It’s important to have them both sleeping on their backs with their feet at the end of the cot, to avoid them wriggling under the blankets. Also bear in mind that they could become much hotter by being in such close proximity to one another.

As the babies grow there is less room for them to be comfortable in the same cot and their waking patterns may differ. It may be simpler to separate them at this stage. It is also important to give them more individual attention and to view them as personalities who may appreciate their own personal area. However, once in their own room they may well enjoy having their cots close together, in order that they can communicate in their own special way.

Undoubtedly twins, particularly identical ones, have a strong relationship, possibly forged from their life in the womb.

- Written for BabyCentre UK

Feeding Twins

When twins are little and just starting solids, always feed with one bowl and one spoon if no one is sick. This is so much easier than feeding with two spoons and two bowls. Do not think you need to purchase two (or three or four, etc) of everything for your multiples. You will need two swings or bouncy seats but not two of every toy. Don't get into this trap! -- Kimberly, 36

For nighttime feeds, if one baby wakes and the other sleeps, still prepare two bottles. After feeding the first, if you have to, wake the second. This method is better than feeding one, getting in bed and 10 minutes later having to get everything ready to feed the other. There are endless benefits to keeping your multiples on the same schedule! -- Pam, 30,

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