Once you see your pregnancy test read positive, a swirl of emotions begins to form with excitement and nervousness being two of the strongest feelings. There’s so much to think about! Names, nursery colors, onesies, strollers, baby monitors...
But before you get too far and before you start planning any gender reveal parties, you and your partner must decide how to tell your parents and closest family members that you’re expecting. A baby announcement is one of the biggest announcements you’ll make in your life, so why not have some fun with it and make it memorable?
To help the creativity flow, we pulled together a list of 10 fun ideas to break the news to soon-to-be new grandparents, aunts, uncles, and more.
Frame Your Ultrasound Picture
If you’re wanting to tell your parents in a traditional way, framing your ultrasound once you have it is a perfect way to go. Add a little note to make it even personal. Go a step further and have your due date and desired baby name written on the frame.
Write in a Children’s Book
A cute, sentimental, and creative way to announce your pregnancy to your parents is through a children’s book. Select your favorite book and then write on the inside cover something like “Can’t wait for you to read to me on [Due Date]! Love, [Baby Name]”.
(source: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle)
Say it with Sweets
This one can get really fun and creative. Maybe you’ll invite everyone over for some donuts and tape the announcement inside the lid of a donut box. Our personal favorite is “Eat up! [Mama’s name] shouldn’t be the only one with a full belly!” And then watch as everyone figures out the surprise.
Put Together a Puzzle
For those who like to work to get the message across, a puzzle is a fun, challenging way to tell parents that they are soon-to-be grandparents. Here’s where you can get creative with the messaging and the overall ‘picture’ you want them to solve. Look for companies who make customizable puzzles and start creating. Who doesn’t like a good ol’ puzzle to share good news? We do!
For the family who likes to share a beverage every now and again, this can be a celebratory way to announce a new one is arriving. From wine labels to beer or even a keepsake engraved bottle, labeling can be a cute and very customizable way to make an announcement.
This fun idea can come in different shapes and sizes. We love the idea of turning it into a present filled with baby-inspired goodies that your soon-to-be grandparents will love to unwrap and unbox.
For the gaming families, acting out “bun in the oven” in charades or writing out “we’re expecting” while playing Scrabble are classic (and fun!) ideas to let the whole family know a little one is on the way. Points to whoever figures it out first.
A simple and sentimental way to announce that you’re pregnant to your parents is to write a sweet card and have them open it. A card addressed to ‘the grandparents’ for the very first time can be a touching keepsake.
There are two ways you can use counting blocks with your baby’s due date to drop the hint to your parents and let them figure out the surprise. Either place in your home, invite your parents, and wait for them to notice, or sneak them into a place in their own home when they’re not looking and wait for them to spot it! Once they do, let the countdown begin!
Onesies and T-Shirts and Bandanas OH MY!
Nothing like a printed shirt to let everyone know what’s going on. Print something like “We’re expecting” or “Soon to be mom” on a shirt you wear to your parent’s house and wait for the realization. Or print something unique for them and give it as a gift. Our favorite? Customize a bandana for your pet and let your beloved furry friend share the news!
One thing is for sure. No matter how you choose to tell your family that you’re expecting, get the camera ready… This could be a memorable reaction you’ll want to capture!