Mom Praised for Hilarious Way She Tells Baby Triplets Apart: 'So Smart'

The hilarious way a mom of triplets keeps track on who is who has gone viral online for its entertaining honesty.

The aunt of the triplets, known online only as AmyJo, shared the parenting technique in a TikTok video, gaining over 1 million likes.

"I'm aunt but mom did have a brilliant idea" she wrote. The method used by the triplets' parents to remember which is which has been praised by viewers, as some even shared similar anecdotes from their own childhoods.

In the U.S., just 2,738 triplets were born in 2020 , and identical ones can be even rarer though odds vary widely, ranging between one in 60,000 to one in 200 million. With the presence of identical triplets comes pressure to remember which one is which—a battle even their parents find themselves struggling with at times.

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Image of the triplets featured In the TikTok video. AmyJo Hasselquist

To combat this, the sister-in-law of AmyJo used nail polish on their toenails to differentiate each triplet from one another. Henrik has blue polish, Thomas has red and James has green.

"The triplets' mom always knew she wanted to color code certain things with red, blue and green when she found out she was having triplets. She also had a fear of mixing them up when they were babies and never truly knowing who was who. She spent a lot of time with the nurses in the NICU when the boys were born and they shared the different ways moms of multiples helped keep track of who is who so she landed on painting one big toenail with their assigned color," AmyJo told Newsweek in an e-mail.

AmyJo explained that polish is important when it comes to recognizing allergies, medications, illnesses, food intake, weight gain, learning what name to respond to for each child and is more important for friends and family than the actual parents.

"The first few months, everyone found it helpful. As you can imagine, there's a lot going on when you bring home triplets. There's a lot of friends and family in and out of the house to help out, passing babies back and forth, etc. I think everyone double checked a toenail here and there, especially when they were in matching outfits," said AmyJo.

That's not to say it doesn't come in handy for even the parents though, who despite being able to tell the difference in just appearance, find the colors come in handy at times when they don't have all the time in the world.

"It comes in handy at bath time, when changing the babies and at 3 a.m. when you haven't slept in three months because you just had triplets," AmyJo told Newsweek.

"Of course, now mom, dad, big brother and close family can tell who is who based on their personalities and slight differences but as babies change every week, sometimes it's nice to know there's confirmation hidden under their socks—especially for friends, family and daycare."

The fear of mixing up twins and triplets isn't one simply felt by this family either, with parents thinking of various solutions to prevent a The Parent Trap-style mix-up happening. One popular Reddit post showed the unique methods parents enlisted over time, and the occasions when they didn't quite work.

"Parents with twins, are you 100 percent sure that both kids have the same name that they started off with?" asked a Reddit user.

"My cousins were mixed up at some point in their first few months. No one remembers or is sure how. They were doing a thing in science class about fingerprints and the teachers asked anyone who had foot/hand prints from birth or childhood to bring them in. It was only when they compared the prints that were taken at school to their baby ones that they realized it didn't match," claimed one user.

"My brother and I might be mixed up," confessed another. "Grandma gave us a bath when we were little and washed off the nail polish they used to identify us. When my parents picked us up the only way she remembered who was who was by what outfits we had been wearing and what she put each one in.

"I don't believe she got it right based on that and just guessed. No idea how to go about discovering if we truly got switched or not though."

Anecdotal stories were similar in response to the triplets' viral video, with TikTok viewers confessing their own incidents. "I did this with my twins and it wore off in the bath. I spent days convinced they were mixed up. I'm still unsure and they are 21," wrote one user.

"That is the smartest thing i've ever seen," praised another viewer, as one dubbed the idea: "So smart."

"Good job mom," added another.

Update 04/21/22, 2:40 a.m. ET: This article was updated with comment from AmyJo.