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Monday Cute: What Happens When a Baby Sees Her Father’s Twin for the First Time

If you’ve never seen this video before you’re in for a treat, and if you have—well, it really never gets old.

A friend of mine who’s an identical twin recently had a baby, and I mentioned this video, which went viral about five years ago. She’d never seen it, but when I sent it over, she found it absolutely delightful (as did the rest of the world, it seems). I think it’s a great way to start off the day as a Monday Cute, because this never fails to make me smile. It is the very definition of Pure.

In the video, the baby’s father takes her to his brother’s house for a visit. As soon as she catches sight of her father’s twin, she clearly does a double-take—looking between the two identical faces, trying to figure out what the heck is going on. While the adults laugh good-naturedly at her reaction, she continues to look back and forth between the two men, holding her arms out to be held by both. You can practically see the wheels in her brain turning.

Identical twins can be hard enough for adults to tell apart even if they’ve known both twins for a long time, and adults at least know what twins are. Just consider what it’s like for a baby being introduced to the concept. One of the cutest things is that in every video like this one, the babies seem to trustingly go back and forth between the twins, perhaps thinking that their parent is just temporarily, magically doubled. The early age at which children appear capable of recognizing “their” people is also remarkable to me. I had no idea babies were so good at facial recognition so young.

The video above was likely the example that launched a whole genre of “babies confused by twins” content. Yes, there’s more! Happy Monday. These sure are some adorably befuddled babies.

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Kaila Hale-Stern (she/her) is a content director, editor, and writer who has been working in digital media for more than fifteen years. She started at TMS in 2016. She loves to write about TV—especially science fiction, fantasy, and mystery shows—and movies, with an emphasis on Marvel. Talk to her about fandom, queer representation, and Captain Kirk. Kaila has written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.