Some practicalities

As a parent of identical twin girls, a common question people tend to ask is, how do with tell the girls apart. This can be easily rectified when they’re newborns by putting nail varnish on the finger nail of one baby, however make sure you note which one has it, as otherwise it’s a bit pointless! While this might be a trick to make sure you have the correct name on the correct baby, parents very quickly just know who’s who. It’s probably designed that way by nature. Twins are bound to be slightly different, whether it’s something physical such as a birthmark or the shape of their head, or one may have a habit, such as which thumb they like to suck. Note that if they suck their thumb, avoid the nail varnish on that one! No doubt every parent has some reference that works for them. A handy trick too is to put one particular twin always on the left – whether it’s in their moses basket, cot, buggy etc. and also have everything you’ll use for them on the left. It actually somehow makes things a little easier for whatever reason.

When (and if) to buy two of everything and/or two of the same thing, is likely to be a conversation parents of twins will have on an ongoing basis. There are so many factors to consider before making a decision; a checklist might be a handy thing to consult beforehand. Cost, size, convenience, space, cost (again!) are just some of the things to review. But what’s perhaps one of the “little” things that you’ll get most of, are toys – cuddly ones in particular. To make life easy, get two of the same thing in order to avoid confusion about who owns which one and then with other items get two variations of the same thing so that there’s no doubt about who owns which one. Can you see how it can get confusing? Either way, parents work out when it’s logical to buy just one of certain toys or games. What has fascinated me is how the twins remember who received which toy, for example like the time they unwrapped presents of little ponies, which were different colours to each other and from then on they would know who got which one. Or even if there’s only a slight difference between toys, they always both know received which one and stick to that. Sometimes even I can’t remember.

While I’m on the topic of making purchases, it’s no harm to ask for a discount when buying items for the twins (especially when it comes to shoes). I always got something off the price and anyone will tell you it’s very satisfying and gets easier the more you do it. In general, I’d ask the assistant in advance of actually confirming the purchase, whatever it was. On the odd occasion when they said they couldn’t give anything off, I’d ask them if I could have a have a word with the manager and they would oblige instead. OK you’re not saving a fortune but costs mount up where twins are concerned so why not be mindful of that.

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