Color Coding Clothing for Identical Twins Won’t Work Forever

Joe Rawlinson by Joe Rawlinson - April 25, 2017

If you use color-coded clothing to tell your twins apart, keep in mind that this won’t last forever.

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We dressed our girls differently for several months after they were born. This helped us tell them apart at a glance and helped others tell our twins apart, as well.

However, our little twin babies started to grow up and have an opinion on what they wanted to wear.

What did they want to wear?

Each other’s clothes, of course.

When your twins are small infants, you can dress them in whatever you want. However, as they get bigger, you’ll find that they will start to resist your choice in outfits.

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This happened to us at about a year old. By that time, all of us and our friends and extended family were used to the colors of clothing used to distinguish our twin girls.

Habits with that long of a history are hard to break.

I could no longer walk into a room, see a girl dressed in pink, for example, and assume it was the right daughter.

I constantly called out the wrong name to the wrong girl.

Take heart, because by the time your twins have an opinion, there will be plenty of other things to help you tell them apart.

Personalities will be totally different. Your twins’ voices and speech will be different. Physical looks (even on identical twins) will be different – especially to the trained eye of a twin parent.

This, like everything with being a twin parent, requires flexibility. Be flexible. Change when you need to and you’ll be better for it!

Picture by Nayelli Rodriguez

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Further Reading

Dad's Guide to Raising Twins book
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