by Pregnancy.org Staff
Shhh...you have a secret to tell (or not). You might choose to tell only a small group of people in your first trimester or maybe you're wanting to shout it out to the whole world! Take your pick from these innovative ideas or create your own unique plan to share the news you're having a baby. Get ready for the smiles, hugs and happy tears. We're positive you'll find at least one way to do it!
Take advantage of a holiday: If you happen to be in your first trimester near a holiday, you've got it made!
- Create a special Valentine: Have the loving message be from your baby.
- Creative picture frames: Wrap up a "Grandparents are a Blessing" frame with the note, "picture arriving soon".
- Easy holiday tie-ins: Take advantage of holidays like Grandparents Day in September.
- Holiday ornaments: Send a special ornament to the grandparents for the tree (make sure you have for both sides of the family!).
- Baby's signature: Add your baby's signature to cards and gifts for an added surprise.
- Gift certificates: Create your own or buy from your favorite store. You can have the certificates be good for "one grandchild" (or two if twins are on the way).
- For older siblings: Hang an envelop on the tree from "baby" with the note, "Sorry I can't be there with you right now, but I'll see you all in ___!".
My husband wrote a poem of our lives and then added about our new addition at the end. We had each of our mother's read the poems at our family gatherings for Christmas. ~Deidre, FaceBook fan
Share the news with help: Enlist a child, pet or even a website to help spread the word!
- Put your message on a t-shirt: Dress your child in a big brother/sister t-shirt. Have the camera ready to catch surprised expressions.
- Share your message on a pet sweater: Try, "New playmate arriving soon!"
- Make a picture album: Create an online album (or one the old-fashioned way). The last picture can feature a picture of the nursery, you in an under construction t-shirt or other hint that a baby's on the way.
- Post a video: Put together a video of ultrasounds, baby shopping, create one online...it's up to you!
My mom saw our son's "big brother" shirt and started laughing and then gave him a big hug and then she started crying. Then I started crying! ~Jennifer, Pregnancy.org member
Announce your news at a gathering: You've got everyone together, now is your chance! Tip: Have a trusted friend who is "in the know" catch the announcement and reactions on video.
- Desserts: Decorate dessert or cup cakes with mini rattles or bottles and arriving soon or due date. It's your day, keep it fun!
- "Could you hold the baby?": Ask the family to gather for picture. Hand Grandma or Grandpa your ultrasound picture and ask if they would hold their grandchild for a moment.
- Movie night: Invite friends over and have a bunch of pregnancy-related movies to watch together: "She's Having a Baby," "Nine Months," "Junior," "Knocked Up." See how long before someone catches on to the theme.
We'd moved and planned a housewarming to show all the family around our new house, saving the nursery for the very last. In there I had a big poster board saying, "Welcome Baby, coming in June." Everyone was screaming and hugging. It was so fun. ~Annie
Customized products: From announcement cards to sports event tickets that look and feel like the real thing to themed fortune cookies, your imagination's the only limit.
- "Gambling" scratch tickets: Have scratch tickets created with all baby theme pictures.
- Announce it in the candy dish: Leave out a dish of special pink and blue m&m's.
- Customized fortune cookies: Pick your messages and watch the faces!
I bought custom pink and blue M&M's that said, "WE'RE PREGNANT" on one side and the due date on the other. I poured them in a bowl to share at a family get together. It took a while before someone read them but when they did, everyone's reaction was priceless! We also sent a bag to our family in Ireland. I wish we could have seen their faces as well, but their reaction online and on the phone was still a lot of fun. ~Chimmy, Pregnancy.org member
Put 'Em on the Spot: Create a situation for self-discovery, sit back and enjoy the responses.
- Ask an important question: "Which do you prefer? Grandma/Pa or Nana/Papa?"
- "What's this!?": Borrow or buy some baby clothes. Ask a friend or family member to get the laundry out of the dryer/hamper and see what happens!
- Writing on the donut: Label each person's favorite kind with their name. Don't forget to include baby's name if you have one picked out! Let the guessing begin. Who are the new parents?
- Surprise in the fridge: Place a ketchup or mustard in a baby bottle and ask your friend for the condiment.
- What's the dog playing with?: Get a rattle-shaped toy for your dog. Ask those around you, "Could you see what the pup's playing with?"
I handed my mom an "important survey." On the front it said, "Please mark your selection and return by August 14" (my due date). On the inside was a list of check-boxes next to 10 different "Grandma" names. She started to fill it out and then tossed the survey and pencil and jumped up to hug me! ~Cindy, Pregnancy.org member
Use your Facebook status: Ready to make the big announcement about your pregnancy to your social networking friends and family?
- Tag your husband/partner: "Is it okay if we tell everyone we're pregnant now?"
- Status says: "...is eating for two"
- Witty status messages: "My eggo is preggo."
- Change your profile picture: Switch out your typical profile picture to your latest ultrasound. That's bound to get some "likes" and comments!
Between you and your partner: Did you test alone? Beyond blurting out the news, you could try one of these:
- Baby stickers/cling-ons: Hang a "Baby On Board" sign in your husband's/partner's car window.
- Bun in the oven: Buy some hamburger buns and place them in a (cool) oven. When your other half gets home, have them open the oven and get "dinner" out for you. When they look at you funny, hold your belly and say, "I got one in mine, too!"
- Subtly is over-rated: While getting dressed ask, "Does this baby make me look fat?"
- Dedicate a song on the radio: Call a local radio station and see if they are willing to let you announce your news on the air or have them read a message while you know your partner is listening. This item might take some prior planning.
Post your innovative ideas and stories in the comments, we'd love to hear them (even the bloopers)!
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