It has been interesting to watch our son get to know his little sisters. From the beginning figuring out which baby goes with which name has been a challenge. In the hospital (age 27 months), he would introduce them as S and OtherBaby. S was a familiar name to him because a girl at the dayhome had the same name.
As the girls got a little older he learned what their names were but he still couldn’t tell them apart. He would refer to them by the colour of their blanket or coat. That led to embarrassing situations when he would announce in his defiant 2-year-old voice in a public place, “I don’t want to sit next to the brown baby.”
Later he began to hyphenate their names. They became R-S and S-R. To him it didn’t seem to matter now because they had the correct name somewhere in his label.
He seems to like their names or maybe he’s still trying to figure out who is who because he has named his stuffed animals and imaginary friends after his sisters. The interesting thing is that has named them R, S and R. For some reason he reuses R’s name all the time.
Our son is now 3.75 years old. He still can’t seem to reliably tell his sisters apart. Sometimes he’ll get it right but not more than the 50% that comes with guessing. He’ll ask, “what’s this baby’s name?” and then talk to her by name. Then he’ll ask what the other baby’s name is. I wonder if he thinks we reassign their names and that each girl might not actually go with the same name all the time.
How have your siblings of multiples done with identifying who’s who? Do you have any suggestions for helping him to tell them apart? This won’t be an issue long because the girls will likely soon be talking, so I”m sure they’ll correct him.