“Congratulations, you’re having twins.” They’re words that may not only fill parents-to-be with happiness and surprise but also perhaps with a little trepidation. After all, lookalike babies can be difficult to tell apart – especially when they’re newborns. Fortunately, countless parents have already gone through the same struggle, and they came up with these 40 ingenious ways in which to tell their offspring apart.
It’s a misconception that identical twin babies share the same fingerprints. You see, although the prints from one child will closely resemble those of the other, there are slight differences thanks to the fetuses’ gestation in different parts of the womb. In a pinch, parents of lookalike twins can also use footprints to differentiate their babies, with the various lines and swirls helping determine who’s who.
39. Nail polish
Brushing a layer of nail polish onto one baby’s nails may be enough to differentiate them from their twin. And if you’re worried about them putting their hand or their foot in their mouth, one Reddit user may have a solution. They wrote, “Our grandmother used to mark one of us with nail polish on the bottom of our feet in the center of the sole, which most babies can’t put in their mouths.”