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How Do You Tell Identical Triplets Apart?

February 22, 2011 by Kimberly O'Bannon  
Filed under Multiple Births

So, you have been told you are going to have identical triplets.

You think, “Is this common?”

Well, no.  Only about 1 in 1 million triplet births are identical.

But can it happen?

Yes . . .

Identical Triplets

Identical Triplets


Along with realizing you are expecting identical triplets, comes many questions.

One BIG question . . .“How do I tell them apart?”

Don’t panic!


One answer is color coding.

color coding

Well, in my case, I did not have identical triplets.

I had quadruplet girls, which are two sets of twin sisters . . .one identical, and one fraternal.

And to be perfectly honest with you, when the girls first came home from the hospital, I was afraid to take the name tags off because I could not tell them apart! Especially the identical ones.

All four quadruplets were the same size with the same coloring.  So, basically they were exactly alike!

Color coding my babies helped me feel more confident about taking their hospital name tags off . . .

Yes, all four of them!

My first one was blue, my second yellow, my third, pink, and the last one was purple or green.

Why purple or green?  Well, because it was a challenge finding all green things for girls!

I bought baby onesies and pj footies  in these colors. Every size baby bottle and mixing pitcher in these four colors.  Because each baby had a different formula I needed the color-coded mixing pitchers.

There were color-coded blankets, and shoes and stuffed animals.

Everything in the house was blue, pink, yellow, and green.

Now you might be thinking I went a wee bit far in my color coding, but it served several purposes.

1. It helped me quickly identify the identical twins, Natalie and Nicole.  I always kept them in their individual colors until they were at least six months old.

2. It was easy to instruct the volunteers. Now this is important! When I had volunteers over to help me with the feedings,  it was much easier to say, “Okay, blue bottle, blue formula, go get the blue baby with the blue blankie.”

Because the last thing you want is to finally have a volunteer to help, but you spend the whole time explaining which clothes, bottles and babies go together.

Or worse, mix up the identical twins!

3. It helps immensely having the identical twins in different colors come photo time! Now I can look back and know which twin is which by her colors.

Even now I truly cannot tell Natalie and Nicole apart in their infant photos except for the color coding.

With time, I learned to tell my girls apart.  And slowly felt a little more confident taking off their sleepers and without color coding them.

I hope this tip helps you too.

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To Your Abundant Life with Multiples,

Kimberly O’Bannon

AKA: MultiMommy

Tips for Moms of Multiples


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