Expecting a baby? Congratulations! You’re giddy, happy, nervous, excited, and a whole host of other emotions besides. So now what? Whether you want to share the news in private or shout out loud on social media, couples are getting creative with pregnancy announcements.
You might tell the grandparents or your siblings in person or a phone call if they live far away. But a picture on social media is the most popular way to share the news with everyone else. Here are some fun and creative ideas on spreading the good news!
Use the Sonogram
So you have the sonogram in hand – that first picture of your baby. Use it as part of your announcement – hold it in your hands, make a sign around it, decorate it, the sky’s the limit! You can also use a pregnancy test showing positive results. Be aware of your audience though, people outside the parenting world may have no idea what that blurry picture in your hand is!
Nothing Cuter than a Furry Pet!
Does your family already have a little one in the form of a pet? Include them in your announcement. Although dogs seem to be popular, there’s no reason you can’t use your cat, bird, or any other pet in your big photo. Hang a baby sign on your dog or dress them up in a cute shirt with the due date. If your pet won’t stay still for long, take a picture while they nap with baby shoes, clothes or a onesie. Pet photos are amusing since they have no idea what’s going on!
Siblings Are the Best
A baby is exciting news, for everyone in the house. Include the future siblings in your pregnancy announcement to up the cute factor! Older children will appreciate being part of the adventure and may even want to help you create the photo of a lifetime. Younger children may have no clue what’s going on but they can hold a sign or book with the reveal.
The Smaller, the Better
A fun way to reveal your pregnancy is to use small things. Take your average size item – hat, shoes, mugs, bikes – and shrink it! Everyone goes crazy for small things, so run with it. Are you a family of 3, about to become 4? Set 3 mugs (or paper clips, spanners, anything will do) with everyone’s names on them next to a smaller one with the baby’s due date. You can almost hear the excited squeals heading your way!
Do you and your partner have a shared hobby that everyone knows about? Or maybe your family has board game night every month. Shared hobbies are a great way to break the news. Rig a game of scrabble to announce you’re pregnant or assemble some legos into the words you want. Knit some booties or draw a baby bump. Does your family follow a sports team? Announce the arrival of the new fan with child size team gear!
You Know All the Words…
Lots of people have their favorite music, books, movies, or TV shows. Use your favorite baby-themed lyrics, dialog or quote from a book for the big announcement. This one is more subtle than some of the other ideas, so not everyone might get the big secret. Get ready to explain the picture to some bewildered friends!
Baby clothes, shoes or diapers are a cute way to announce that you’re expecting a baby. Already know the gender? Even better! Combine both the pregnancy and gender reveal in one awesome picture. You can buy a themed t-shirt online but if even 2-day shipping is too long for you, just get some fabric markers and scribble away!
Food and Drink
This one is quite popular amongst expecting parents. Arrange a tableau with tiny fruits, vegetables, candy or sweets to announce the big news. Or make a picture of all the things you’ll miss – sleep, alcohol, coffee, etc. Your family and friends will get the clue! The best part is that you can make these pictures with stuff that’s lying around your house, no need to buy expensive single-use props.