Tuesday, 5 August 2014

'It's not for fashion, we really do struggle to tell them apart': Triplets are so identical parents have to colour code their toe nails to identify them

Whenever identical twins or triplets are born their parents will often be met with a cry of 'how do you tell them apart?'
Well, one family have come up with their own way of making sure they can by colour coding their triplets' toe nails to tell them apart.
Proud mum and dad Karen and Ian Gilbert, from Pontypool, South Wales, had to buy bright nail varnish so they know which of their little girls is which.
Baby Ffion has fuschia polish on her toenails, Maddison has mint green and Paige wears purple.
Parents Karen and Ian Gilbert, from Pontypool, South Wales, have painted baby Ffion's nails fuschia, while Maddison has mint green and Paige wears purple
Parents Karen and Ian Gilbert, from Pontypool, South Wales, have painted baby Ffion's nails fuschia, while Maddison has mint green and Paige wears purple

Three times the cuteness - but which is which? Even their parents have to colour code them to know
Born for the camera: Three times the cuteness - but which is which? Even their parents have to colour code them to know
Triple threat: The smiley trio has already starred in adverts and TV shows including Casualty - and it's not hard to see why
Triple threat: The smiley trio has already starred in adverts and TV shows including Casualty - and it's not hard to see why
Mother Karen, 33, said: 'It's not a fashion statement we really struggle to tell them apart.
'We came up with the nail varnish idea and it works a treat.
'It makes life a lot easier when it comes to our daily routine of feeding, bathing and nappy changing.
'The colour coding helps us to know who has had what!'
Karen and company director Ian matched the first letter of the baby's name with the first letter of the shade of nail polish just to make sure they always get it right.
They hope as the little girls get older they will develop individual looks and personalities to help them tell one from another.

They trio was conceived naturally from one egg - against the odds of 160,000-1 according to the Multiple Births Foundation
They trio was conceived naturally from one egg - against the odds of 160,000-1 according to the Multiple Births Foundation
Karen and Ian matched the first letter of the baby's name with the first letter of the shade of nail polish just to make sure they always get it right
Karen and Ian matched the first letter of the baby's name with the first letter of the shade of nail polish just to make sure they always get it right
The triplets celebrated their first birthday at the weekend after a 'fun filled year' where everything had to be done in triplicate.
The family from Pontypool, South Wales, gets through more than 120 nappies and 84 bottles of formula milk a week.
But the trio are already earning their keep with appearances on TV's Casualty and the family drama Stella.



The triplets with their parents on the set of popular TV drama Casualty
The triplets with their parents on the set of popular TV drama Casualty


Ffion, Maddison and Paige, weighing 3lb 8oz, 3lb 5oz and 3lb 4oz, were delivered via emergency caesarean section two months early
Ffion, Maddison and Paige, weighing 3lb 8oz, 3lb 5oz and 3lb 4oz, were delivered via emergency caesarean section two months early
The couple have a four-year-old little girl Faye, pictured here between her parents, who tries to help out by painting the babies toe nails
The couple have a four-year-old little girl Faye, pictured here between her parents, who tries to help out by painting the babies toe nails


Because they are so identical Ffion, Maddison and Paige can play the same baby on screen, so they get rotated while scenes are being filmed to avoid a single baby getting too tired.
Full time mother Karen said: 'They were all TV stars before they reached the age of one.
'They are lovely little girls who have already brought us so much joy - in triplicate.'
The trio was conceived naturally from one egg - against the odds of 160,000-1 according to the Multiple Births Foundation.
Ffion, Maddison and Paige, weighing 3lb 8oz, 3lb 5oz and 3lb 4oz, were delivered via emergency caesarean section two months early, here in hospital with big sister Faye
Ffion, Maddison and Paige, weighing 3lb 8oz, 3lb 5oz and 3lb 4oz, were delivered via emergency caesarean section two months early, here in hospital with big sister Faye

The triplets celebrated their first birthday at the weekend after a 'fun filled year' where everything had to be done in triplicate
The triplets celebrated their first birthday at the weekend after a 'fun filled year' where everything had to be done in triplicate
Their local supermarket Morrisons has even ordered a treble baby seat shopping trolley to help the family
Their local supermarket Morrisons has even ordered a treble baby seat shopping trolley to help the family


Karen and Ian admit getting all three of the girls out of the house is similar to a 'military operation'
Karen and Ian admit getting all three of the girls out of the house is similar to a 'military operation'
The adorable tots are fed, changed and dressed in turn, with their coloured toes helping their parents remember who has had what done
The adorable tots are fed, changed and dressed in turn, with their coloured toes helping their parents remember who has had what done



Ffion, Maddison and Paige, weighing 3lb 8oz, 3lb 5oz and 3lb 4oz, were delivered via emergency caesarean section two months early.
Karen said: 'It has been a frantic but fun-filled year.
'Going out is a military operation which we call 'Operation Triplets'.
'We can't just think, 'Oh, shall we go out?' We need at least 24 hours notice. It's like packing to go on holiday every time we leave the house.
'We have a triple pushchair and we've had to get a bigger car, a seven seater Ford Galaxy.'
Their local supermarket Morrisons has even ordered a treble baby seat shopping trolley to help the family.
The couple have a four-year-old little girl Faye who tries to help out by painting the babies toe nails.
Karen said: 'We have treble trouble - but we would not have it any other way.'
The three girls, pictured on the set of Stella, can be easily rotated on set so they don't become tired during filming
The three girls, pictured on the set of Stella, can be easily rotated on set so they don't become tired during filming

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