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How do you label your twins?

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Kingofthestupids Mon 14-Mar-16 19:43:51

We had an incident at nursery today. They normally change the girls nappies about every two hours (unless required sooner). Today DT1 had her nappy changed and then they mistakenly changed it again thinking she was DT2. Meanwhile DT2 did not have a nappy change for 4 hours. No harm was done, but I think the nursery are now concerned that there is the potential for other errors to be made e.g. with medication.

They have suggested name stickers for the girls, but I'm pretty sure they will rip them off each other within about 2 mins.

have you labled your twins, and if so how did you do it?

Iguessyourestuckwithme Mon 14-Mar-16 19:45:37

How old are they?

AndNowItsSeven Mon 14-Mar-16 19:46:34

My twins are identical they are two and go to nursery twice a week. Surely nursery staff as they are not stranger should be able to notice the slight difference between your girls?

KittyandTeal Mon 14-Mar-16 19:47:17

I don't have twins but I have taught identical triplets (which was crazy and awesome)

Their mum used to send them in with a different coloured hairband and part of the morning ritual was 'a is in blue, b in green and c in yellow' so we knew. It was hair bobbles too so they couldn't swap them

mum started with Alice bands in year 1 but they used to swap them dpround and play tricks on us all grin

GlitteryFluff Mon 14-Mar-16 19:49:13

Get one of the twins ears pierced.
I joke.
I have no idea!

Coconutty Mon 14-Mar-16 19:49:25

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LottieDoubtie Mon 14-Mar-16 19:49:26

Different coloured Tshirts- give a key to the room leader in the morning. So, X is in Red today etc...

kimlo Mon 14-Mar-16 19:50:15

Diffrent coloured hairbands, so one would always have red and one green or whatever.

Kingofthestupids Mon 14-Mar-16 19:51:55

They are 16 months old.

Not enough hair to tie up and they have never kept an Alice band on for more than 30 seconds.

We don't dress them identically and their previous key worker could tell them apart. However, there have been a lot of staff changes recently for their room and will likely be more before the staffing settles down.

NickNacks Mon 14-Mar-16 19:54:26

Write their name on the nappy. Updated each time they are changed.

Lilipot15 Mon 14-Mar-16 19:54:54

Could you paint just one fingernail of one of them (or both in different colours), eg the fifth finger?

Danglyweed Mon 14-Mar-16 19:55:46

I have b/g twins so thankfully wont have this issue. Surely the nursery worker would notice that dt1's nappy was dry and it would click that that was the 'wrong' dt.

At our local twin group, one of the parents suggested getting a small 'freckle' tattooed on one of the dt's angry

GlitteryShoes Mon 14-Mar-16 19:57:10

Write the time of the nappy change on the nappy?

ExasperatedAlmostAlways Mon 14-Mar-16 19:59:02

My friend use to paint one finger nail on each twin. They were really really light pink and a really light lilac so not really noticeable just a sheer colour on one pinky.

GeorgeTheThird Mon 14-Mar-16 19:59:05

Non removable bracelets, like they use in hospitals? (Or a bit nicer looking!)

Kingofthestupids Mon 14-Mar-16 20:00:45

DT1 most likely filled her nappy as soon as it was changed, she likes that trick!

zzzzz Mon 14-Mar-16 20:01:04

What about different coloured nappy wraps. When they get older keeping the pants separate can be colour coordinated in the same way.

ELSR30 Fri 18-Mar-16 19:52:08

We have ID boys and we have always dressed twin 1 in blue and twin 2 in any other colour. Everyone that works at their preschool knows this system (until they have to change their clothes because they are soiled/wet and then they have no bloody idea who is who!). They are 2.5 and still won't clearly tell people which twin they are 🙄

Luciferbox Fri 18-Mar-16 19:58:49

My friend put a dot of nail varnish on her daughters thumb nail. Green for Grace and red for Rose type of thing (not actual names)

Kingofthestupids Fri 18-Mar-16 22:03:39

Thanks for the suggestions. I've ordered some of those paper festival type wrist bands that I can write their names on. Plan b will be some nail varnish. Plan c will be their initials written on their forehead with a sharpie! wink

They got them muddled again today. This time it was just when writing their food diaries, but it needs to be sorted.

Waffles80 Sat 19-Mar-16 11:11:39

We've experienced this, a little, with ours, and like you, we dress them differently.

It's happened once with a picture of the same twin on each of their folders, which I think is fine as I am the only one who can really tell in pictures taken of them separately.

We reiterate what each one is wearing, and to be honest, I expect staff to take note / remind each other. The reason we selected our nursery was because they promised very personal and individualised care. Each of my daughters has a separate care worker.

Wristbands sound a good idea but really, if told which item of clothing they're wearing, staff should be able to tell!

PreAdvent13610 Sat 19-Mar-16 11:23:57

nicknacks I let DSis baby sit my twins and that's what she did. Later we went shopping and an old lady assumed they were DSis's and asked how she could tell the difference. "Easy, I write their names on their nappies" was not the answer the lady was expecting.

slebmum1 Fri 25-Mar-16 22:22:40

Mine were so the same at that age they had name stickers on their backs.

ThePartyArtist Mon 04-Apr-16 15:26:45

Badges (that they can't remove) or different colour shoes worked for us.

ElodieS Thu 26-May-16 11:02:03

Dressing in different colours and letting nursery know when they're dropped off worked for us for the most part but we did have a few mishaps like you.

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