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5 Ways to Tell Identical Triplets Apart

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One of these three things is exactly like the other!

Last month, rare identical triplets were born in western Pennsylvania to Amanda Faher and her husband, Matthew Faher. How can the new parents figure out which kid is which?

The babies' full names are: Matthew Aaron, Nathan Brady, and Michael Christopher. And the births are nothing short of a miracle. There's a one in a million to one in 200 million chance of a woman having identical triplets without using fertility treatments.

The challenges of having triplets is enormous -- times three. Triple feedings and diaper changes, and how on earth do you tell them apart? The couple might opt for the tried-and-true method of applying a tiny dot of different-colored nail polish to the finger or toe of each baby. Hopefully they won't resort to these less than successful tactics:



Top five WORST methods for telling identical babies apart:

1) The Britney: Give each triplet a unique look with a sassy wig.

2) The Super Nannies: Hire three nannies (that you can tell apart!) and assign one to each baby.

3) The Easter Egg Dye: Dye each baby in a different shade of food coloring.

4) The G.P.S.: Implant a unique homing device in each baby -- it works for pets, right?

5) The Prison Method: Permanent face tattoos of baby's name make it so you'll never, ever, ever mix them up.


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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Trish October 8, 2009, 7:31 PM

my twin boys were not identical but even I couldn’t tell them apart in the dark …better make them glow in the dark tattoos.
Both just a squawking baby at 3am

I bet you can get personalised tatto transfers from a kids tattoo company.

Kristin October 11, 2009, 8:39 AM

Maybe a small bracelet for each with their names on it? Crazy!

CC Marie October 16, 2009, 5:36 PM

we always dressed ours Ryan in green & Randall in blue.

downlaod full movies September 11, 2010, 8:21 PM

Thanks a ton for posting this, I observed it incredibly informative, and it answered most of the concerns I had.


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