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Our Favorite Unisex Baby Names

First popular in the 1960s, gender-neutral names have been on the rise since. As parents-to-be carve out ways to give their baby a distinctive name and personality, unisex names have continued to surge in recent years. According to Jennifer Moss, baby name expert, founder and CEO of babynames.com and author of “The One-in-a-Million Baby Name Book,” the past year has shown an uptick in open-gender names. Check out some of her favorite monikers — as well as other unisex names from the most recent Social Security Administrations (SSA) baby name list.

This past year, there has been a boom in unisex name popularity. Jennifer Moss, baby name expert, founder and CEO of babynames.com and author of “The One-in-a-Million Baby Name Book,” says there has definitely been an uptick in unisex names over the past year. Here’s a look at Moss’ top five names:

Elliot

Origin: English; Greek cognate of the Hebrew Elijah (meaning, “Jehovah is God”); also from the Old French surname Elie.
Meaning: The Lord is My God. Elliot is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Elijah. Elliot sits at 217 on the SSA’s baby name list.

Finn

Origin: Irish; one of the great heroes of Irish mythology (Finn MacCool or Fionn mac Cuumhaill, legendary Irish third century hero similar to the English Robin Hood).
Meaning: Fair; also a Nordic name meaning "Man from Finland”. A top-10 favorite name in Germany, this iconic name first popped onto the SSA baby name list in 2000 and how sits at number 234.

Hadley

Origin: English surname
Meaning: From Hadda's Field; from the health-covered meadow. Currently at 99 on the SSA baby name list, Hadley conjures visions of green fields or sun-spotted glens. Hadley is the name of author Ernest Hemingway’s first wife (born Elizabeth Hadley Richardson).

Harper

Origin: English (from the Middle English surname)
Meaning: An occupational surname referring to a harp player. Harper is a far more common surname than given name. Famous people with the name Harper include Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Harper rose to No. 11 on the SSA baby name list this past year.

Kelly

Origin: Irish; English form of the Irish surname, Ó Ceallaigh.
Meaning: Bright-headed; warrior. Perched at 431 on the SSA baby name list, Kelly is an Irish surname that became increasingly popular to both genders during the tail-end of the 20th century.

Lincoln

Origin: English (a surname from the city of Lincoln, in northeastern England)
Meaning: An early Roman settlement in England, located at a pool or lakeside. The name Lincoln harkens back to the revered president, Abraham Lincoln; the name currently is No. 87 on the SSA baby name list and is being used more and more frequently for both boys and girls.

Quinn

Origin: Irish; Scottish.
Meaning: Descendant of Conn; Gaelic meaning is “Counsel” (referring to wisdom and intelligence). This name has deep, ancient roots as a Scottish and Irish surname and is currently ranked 126 on the SSA baby name list. A long-favorite boy’s name, the moniker became a unisex favorite in the mid-1990s (possibly due to the TV show “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”), and has continued to be popular.

More Name Ideas

For additional inspiration, check out the following unisex favorites from the SSA’s list of top 100 baby names for the past year:
  1. Angel
  2. Avery
  3. Cameron
  4. Charlie
  5. Dakota
  6. Emerson
  7. Gray
  8. Hunter
  9. Justice
  10. Kendall
  11. Kennedy
  12. Logan
  13. Parker
  14. Peyton
  15. Phoenix
  16. Rowan
  17. Sawyer
  18. Skyler
  19. Taylor
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Prepping Your Home To Welcome Baby

Nesting is one of nature’s most common instincts for parents-to-be. It’s a time of cleaning, organizing and prepping not only yourself and the nursery, but every corner of your home to welcome your baby. Readying your home and making it a cozy inviting place is like embracing baby in a safe, warm hug. 

Don’t worry if you haven’t picked out all the nursery décor yet. Perhaps your baby’s personality will inspire a different look than you planned before they arrived on the scene. Stick to the basics. Keep colors soothing and warm up the nursery with a sound machine that can help your baby get back to sleep. Some people also like black-out shades to keep the room dark and help teach baby the difference between night and day. 

Make sure there’s a comfy couch or chair for you to feed your baby, or just watch him or her sleep. A little table next to this chair can be stocked with magazines, a baby book or blank notebook, hand lotion and some bottled water so once you sit down you’ll have everything on hand. You’ll be happy to have some essentials nearby during those quiet moments of reflection as your baby is dozing on your chest. Did you order thank-you notes and birth announcements? Stick some in a zippered plastic bag with a pen in the basket so you can write some while you’re nursing or feeding baby

If you live in a multi-level house, set up a changing station on every level so you don't have to carry your wet infant up or down stairs.  

Make sure there are lots of fruit, veggies, nuts, whole grain crackers, yogurt and more since you’ll need nutrient-rich foods to help you keep up your energy level and you won’t have much time to shop. Keep a supply of bottled water so you don’t get dehydrated.

Baby gear will soon fill every corner of your home, but you might try to keep your bedroom as a grown-up sanctuary with minimal baby things. A face mask, some essential bath oils and a fluffy towel in the bathroom work well for the rare time off you may be lucky to have. And when you’re shopping for your bundle of joy, it’s ok to splurge on a new robe for yourself.

Essential Checklist

Crib

Changing Table 

Rocker

Closet filled with adorable outfits 

Monitor

Baby shampoo

Lotion 

Diaper cream 

Thermometer

Nasal syringe 

Nail clippers

Huggies hypoallergenic Natural Care wipes

Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers 

Relax and enjoy at the end of pregnancy before the adventure begins. Hug that growing belly and get excited, because very soon you’ll have your baby in your arms for the real thing.

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Celebrate the Parents-To-Be With a Co-ed Baby Shower

To celebrate the arrival of a new baby, consider throwing a coed baby shower where both the parents-to-be take part in the fun. There are plenty of ideas for creating an inclusive shower that sets the stage for equal parenting and equal excitement. 

Since a coed baby shower celebrates both the mom and dad, be sure everyone's friends are included on the guest list. As this may change the tone and activities, cater from the expectant parents’ favorite local restaurant or throw a themed barbecue.

If you’re considering games for a couples shower, think outside the box. Try a baby food taste test by removing the labels from baby food jars and blindfolding the expectant parents – then let them guess what’s in each jar. You’ll definitely want to throw in some surprises; just don’t make them too icky! Another game, which can also serve as a dress rehearsal of sorts, is to have a diaper-changing race. And it’s not just all about speed—accuracy counts! Borrow a few baby dolls and grab some Huggies Little Snugglers Newborn Diapers to set the race up! Make sure to have someone with a stopwatch on their phone ready to keep time.

When it comes to gifts, think about things the new parents can enjoy together. Ask your local guests to sign up for a babysitting slot so the parents can have a night out together after the baby comes. Consider diaper bags that are stylish for both mom and dad to tote around. And don’t underestimate the power of practical gifts as they can be the most appreciated of all. Guests can bring a package of Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers in Newborn or the next size up, as well as Huggies Natural Care Wipes. Creating a well-stocked supply closet is one of the best things you can do for new parents – it may help them avoid those desperate midnight diaper runs! After all, giving parents more time to hug and snuggle their newborn is the best gift of all.

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How to Create a Registry for Baby Number Two

Being a second-time mom is exciting and overwhelming in its own way. One fun thing you might experience is a "sprinkle.” Sprinkles are mini showers that family and friends throw for experienced moms. If you’re the guest of honor at one of these, don't be shy about creating a registry for baby number two. Your guests will want to know what you need! 

Registering for your baby will definitely be a different experience this time around. For starters, it should take a lot less time. There are likely things you can reuse from your first baby. Don’t hesitate, though, to add new items if your originals need to be replaced due to safety concerns or wear and tear.

Here’s a quick guide to creating a registry for your second baby.

Forget the frills
You’re an experienced parent now, so your registry should reflect your wisdom and expertise. Follow your instincts and register for all those practical things you know your baby will need.

Find a fab double stroller
Going to the park and meeting for playdates will be a whole lot easier when you have a stroller that helps you tow two little ones around town. Be sure to check out side-by-side, tandem and jogger strollers in the store before deciding on which type to add to your registry.

Select a new infant car seat
Even if you have a car seat already, it’s a good idea to check its model number and expiration date. In many cases, it is safer to buy a new car seat rather than reuse. Check the latest product information – with frequent recalls and the continual development of new safety features, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Add breast pump accessories
If you breastfeed, there's a good chance your breast pump is going to need some love. Update it by registering for all the accessories and parts you need to help you nourish baby number two. Think new membranes, tubes, valves and breast shields.

Get a dual-camera monitor
Whether your kids will be sharing a space or have separate bedrooms, a dual-camera baby monitor will be a great gift for your growing family. Check to see if you can add a second camera to your original model, or find a new version you like. You’ll rest easier when you can keep an eye on both little ones during naps and at nighttime.

Put diapers on the list
Making late-night diaper runs won’t be as easy as it used to be. Register for at least a three-month supply of Huggies® Little Snugglers Diapers and Huggies® Natural Care® Baby Wipes (hypoallergenic with no parabens, fragrance or alcohol) and save yourself the stress of running out of these essentials. Consider registering for a variety of sizes for your growing baby!

Sign up for a new mattress
If you plan on pulling a crib mattress out of storage for the new baby, you might be facing dangerous bacteria and mold if it wasn’t stored in clean and dry environment. Also, infants need firm sleeping surfaces, so you may need a new mattress if your older child caused any wear and tear.

Request a stroller board
Make life easier with this stroller accessory that allows your older child to hitch a ride. You’ll be able to breeze through crowds and parking lots safely and speed up the pace when you’re crunched for time. Make sure the board you select is compatible with your single stroller before adding it to your registry.

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6 Tips for Going on a Road Trip with Baby

We always try to get out of the city on a long weekend. Although Manhattan has so much to offer, it can often feel like you are stuck in a little bubble. I love to get out of town and see something other than tall buildings.

This weekend, we are headed out of town for Memorial Day for a family wedding. We are renting a car and driving four hours to Pennsylvania. While I love road trips, Macks isn’t a big fan of being in the car for a long time. We don’t have a car in the city, so he spends most of his travel time in a stroller, but we have taken him a couple of times on long trips in the car and he hated it. He isn’t used to being in a car for an extended amount of time, so I have to make the best out of our time spent in the car. I’ve figured out certain things that seem to work while we are in the car.

Check out these tips for taking your little one on a road trip:

  1. Time It Right: Leave when baby is most likely to take a nap. Macks really isn’t on a schedule yet, but we are going to try to leave for our trip in the morning a little bit after he wakes up. He is usually in his best mood in the morning and will go to sleep closely after that.

  2. Make Stops: It’s always a great idea to allow for extra time to make stops along the way. When you do it will help keep both you and the baby relaxed. This is a great time to nurse or change baby’s diaper.

  3. Bring Toys: Although Macks is still a little young for many toys, he does love to look at bright toys and noise makers. He also is a big fan of mirrors. I plan on bringing toys that can attach to his car seat and keep him entertained during those fussy moments.

  4. Sit in the Back Seat: Macks loves attention and loves when people talk to him. During some of the trip I will go back in the back seat with him to talk to him and keep him occupied.

  5. Bring Bottles: Of course babies that are formula-fed will have bottles along the way, but Macks is exclusively breast-fed. I will bring my pump and bottles to pump in the car so that we don’t have to make as many frequent stops. This way I can give him a bottle in the car and pump rather than taking a stop to nurse him.

  6. Relax: No matter how you travel, doing it with a baby can bring on extra stress. Try to relax and prepare for frequent stops, crying, and the unexpected. In the end, you will come out a stronger parent because you got through this road trip with your little one.

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10 Ways to Cut Costs When You’re Vacationing with Kids

As summer approaches, it seems my mind can’t stop imagining my little family on a beach somewhere with a bowl of guacamole, a nice glass of iced tea, and a day filled with no worries. I must admit though, I’m on a budget this year for summer vacations. The good news is though: Vacationing on a budget isn’t as hard as you think!

Here are 10 ways you can take that vacation you’re dreaming about while staying within your budget:

  1. Go for the package deals. I have friends who recently booked an all-inclusive trip to Disney World for themselves and their FOUR children. It included park tickets, breakfast and lunch each day, airfare, and hotel. When you book trips with everything included, you save a ton of money and you don’t have to worry about all of the details being separate. Saves money and time! I’m in!

  2. When flying, bring your own snacks for the airport and flights. Obviously you can’t bring a large amount of liquid (so plan to buy drinks in the airport) but you can save a lot of money by bringing your own food. The airports raise their prices on snacks because they know you’ll pay it, so cut that option out.

  3. Did you know car seats fly free? If you check the car seat at the counter when you check in, it flies free and you can pick it up at baggage claim. And you can save even more if you only have carry-on your bags. Think of waiting to get your toiletries and those big packages of diapers until you get to your destination.

  4. Instead of staying in a hotel and forking over money for room service or eating out, consider renting a condo or apartment where you have a kitchen included. That way, you can make sandwiches for lunch and cook a bunch of your own meals. Food is such a big expense when vacationing, so this will give you more funds for fun activities.

  5. Check the internet for coupons! Anytime I go out to eat, I always Google the restaurant first to see if there any any coupons available through my phone, and there almost always is! It can’t hurt to check to see if any part of your vacation has coupons.

  6. The more people you invite, the better the split is on where you stay. If you rent a 3-bedroom house or condo and bring 3 families with a few air mattresses in tow, you will save a ton.

  7. Don’t spend a ton on travel gear. My greatest item for airport travel with my little dudes in my umbrella stroller. It is compact and a great option for a nap or for those hurried runs in the airport to get to the gate. And it’s easily folded with one hand, so you can have check it, toss it in a rental car, use it at a theme park. It is versatile and perfect for traveling.

  8. For the ultimate money saver, you could take a small vacation WITHOUT the kiddos. I know that sounds a little selfish but parents earn the right to get away every once in a while. If you can enlist the grandparents to watch the baby then you will also save on not hiring a babysitter. The less people in tow for vacation, the more money you can save.

  9. Pick a destination where you know people — that way you can stay in someone’s home instead of paying for a hotel. Remember Aunt Carol who lives in North Carolina who always comments on your Facebook pics of your baby? She would probably love to have y’all visit!

  10. Research somewhere nearby. You don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to have a great vacation. You can always visit a few different nearby towns over a few days and still make it back in time each evening to sleep at your house.

The most important part of a vacation is the quality time you get to spend with the ones you love. Try not to stress over how big the place is where you are staying, or how extravagant the whole vacation is. Soak in each special moment and be sure to take LOTS of pictures! I hope you’ll be able to get the vacation time you desire while staying within your budget.

Happy vacationing!

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Top 10 Must Haves For The Baby Nursery

Mobile

Hang a safe, exciting mobile over the crib and keep the little one happy and content as she falls asleep. Try a black-and-white one during the first few months as she learns to follow high-contrast shapes and objects. Some mobiles even have clips where you can change out the cards or insert family photos.

Glider rocker

Whether it's a large, overstuffed chair or a simple rocker, a quiet, comfy spot is important for breastfeeding, bottle feeding or just rocking the little one to sleep. Pick a comfy one — you'll be spending a lot of time here.

Changing pad and diaper caddy

You don't need to invest in an expensive changing table or dresser with a top — just find a functional changing pad for diaper time. Most are waterproof, with removable covers that are easy to wash. And, you can use a simple wicker basket with a handle as a portable diaper caddy. That way you always have easy access to diapers and wipes.

White noise

Capitalizing on the fact that babies find white noise soothing, many companies make machines that produce sounds such as a rainstorm, a babbling brook — or even the sounds the baby heard inside the womb. Some look like small radios, while others are tucked inside cute stuffed animals. Be careful not to rely completely on these magic wonders, because some children become addicted to the noise and cannot sleep without it. Use only when needed, and you will understand why these are so popular.

Ceiling fan

Overhead fans have been promoted as helping to prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) when installed in a nursery. You don't have to run it at full speed to keep a nice breeze moving throughout the room.

Trash can

Whether you choose the Diaper Genie or a simple receptacle with scented garbage bags, you will appreciate the proximity of this item to the changing table. When the trash cans nearby, it's easy to toss out diapers, wipes and other items to keep the nursery clean.

Temperature with control

Babies need to sleep at a different temperature than adults, and they're not able to regulate their own body temperatures. A thermostat just for the nursery helps you keep a handle on the situation and ensure that Baby has an optimally healthful environment in which to snooze.

Play mat or rug

Tummy time is very important for newborns. Buy a mat or rug on which your baby can lie in the beginning months while playing with family members. Later on, you can set his toys out on the rug, which the baby will learn is his special spot.

Books

No matter the age of the baby, the benefits of reading to her are incredible. Read often to the baby, and she will learn to cherish and look forward to this time with you. Knowing this, you can never have too many books (you probably received many as shower presents). Find an accessible space to store them, and in doing so, show her that books are an important part of her world.

Calming colors

While many parents want to go wild with bright green or fire-engine red in the nursery, such choices can keep a baby awake or make her anxious. Soft, calming colors are far better for a baby's sleeping area. Paint stores offer low-VOC paints that are almost odorless, are non-toxic and come in a variety of pastels and soothing colors.

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Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Diapers at Disney Parks

Going on a Disney vacation with your baby or toddler is an exciting time for many parents — but as you might imagine, taking your child’s usual gear and routine on the road can be a little tricky! One part of that daily routine is, of course, diaper changes. Where will you change Baby? What do you do if you need supplies quickly?

Luckily, we’ve gotten the scoop on all things diaper at the Disney parks, and there are lots of options. Walt Disney World and Disneyland make the process logistically easy, in order to help families through every diaper contingency.

Where to Change Your Baby

For routine diaper changes, it doesn’t get much easier than at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The Disney parks and Disney resort hotels provide so many readily accessible places for a quick diaper change. You’ll never have to walk any farther than the closest bathroom to find a clean and convenient changing table. There is at least one (and usually more) in every bathroom. Consider packing your own changing pad to keep things clean and comfy for Baby.

Want even more changing table space with other amenities for diaper changes? Head to one of the Disney Baby Care Centers. There’s one in each park at Walt Disney World (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom) and at Disneyland (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park). At the Baby Care Centers, parents will find a number of additional changing tables plus plenty of baby supplies for purchase. Plus, they have quiet spots for nursing, pumping, or bottle feeding.

Purchasing Diapers in the Parks and Hotels

If you need diapers (and are in a park) simply head to the nearest Baby Care Center. The Baby Care Centers stock a limited supply of wipes and Huggies® diapers in a few different sizes. Not every diaper size will always be available, but there is always enough variety to work in a pinch. The most popular sizes — 3, 4, and 5 — are the most commonly found.

Alternatively, you may be able to find diapering supplies in regular bathrooms too. Select bathrooms in the Disney parks sell diaper-changing kits in wall-mounted vending machines for about $1.50. Those quarters you packed for pressed penny machines could do double duty for meeting your diaper needs.

One last on-property location where diapers are commonly available is gift shops. Larger shops, in places like Disney Springs or in the Disney hotels, commonly stock Huggies® diapers in several sizes just like in the Baby Care Centers.

Headed to a water park or pool? Disney has thought of that as well. There are Huggies® Little Swimmers® available for purchase in the gift shops at Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach as well as swim diapers in most Disney hotels for use in the pools.

Off-Site Diaper Supply Options

If you need a larger supply of diapers, there are plenty of other options short of packing a suitcase full of diapers for your Disney vacation. Consider ordering diapers from an online retailer and shipping them ahead to your Disney resort hotel. Put your name and check-in date on the box and the hotel will hold it for your arrival. Or, you could look into one of the grocery delivery services in Orlando or Anaheim. Thankfully, diapers can be delivered just like any other essentials your family might need.

For Those Unexpected Moments

Bring a change of clothing or two along with you in your park daypack for any unexpected diaper messes. Pack whatever you might need to clean up Baby, your stroller (and even yourself). Also, if you need a clothing change, Disney gift shops are always nearby ready to sell you either baby or adult clothing that can double as an outfit change and souvenir.

Potty Training at Disney Parks

If your toddler is potty training, keep in mind that the Disney Baby Care Centers and select resort hotels and gift shops stock Pull-Ups® Training Pants in addition to diapers. The Baby Care Centers also are the only place you can find smaller kid-sized toilets. Disney certainly makes it as easy as it can be for little ones who are potty training!

Some of the information in this post may have changed after this writing. Please visit Guest Services online at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, or ask Disney Parks Moms Panel to confirm current policies.

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Co-Ed Baby Showers Honoring Both Mom and Dad

Who says baby showers have to be for women only? Guys want to have fun, too, since they're just as excited about the little one on its way. Some couples may split up and do his and her showers, but others join forces and have co-ed celebrations, inviting fathers, brothers, uncles and male friends, too.

For the best outcome, ask your better-half if he wants to join in and then come up with a theme that works for you both. You may want to stay clear of anything too “girly” and some of the traditional shower games if there will be guys attending. Not to worry, there are plenty of activities that work for mixed genders and can be just as muchif not morefun

Here are some party ideas to get you started:

  • Literary Lunch: Have everyone bring their favorite children’s book to start baby’s library off right. Ask them to write a special message to baby inside instead of a card. Print up quotes from some of the most popular kid's books and let the guests guess which title it’s from for great prizes.
  • Backyard Baby-Q Bash: A perfect co-ed theme for your bun in the oven is a barbecue – or Baby-Q -- with burgers on the grill and a special bun in the oven. Do a toppings bar with everything from mustard and ketchup to chili, shredded cheese, sautéed onions and peppers, sauerkraut, and more.

Instead of spending hours opening presents, Mike Mohammed and his wife Ana played lots of games at their party. “We were very competitive and played guess the baby food, place the egg in the ovary (like pin the tail on the donkey) and how big is mama’s belly,” says Mohammed, a new dad who wouldn’t have expected anything but a co-ed baby shower before his son was born. After all, he too was becoming a parent, not just his wife, he says. “We did a BBQ with lots of food, beer, tunes and fun games we all played together.”

Here are some other games to play at a co-ed shower:

  • Have a relay where teams have to diaper a baby doll, open and eat a container of baby food and dress a doll in record time.
  • Open a bag of Huggies and have guests add their own message with colorful permanent pens. New parents will get a laugh at the jokes and advice when it’s time to change baby, especially in the middle of the night.
  • Instead of the Newlywed Game, play a Parenting Guess Who with questions about the new mommy and daddy. Whose belly is bigger? Who got to name the baby? Who weighed more at birth? Everyone fills out an answer sheet and the one with the most correct answers wins a prize.
  • And then there’s a classic: have everyone bring a baby picture of their own and try to figure out who’s who at the party.

The secret to a co-ed bash is just to have fun honoring both mom and dad. “I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” says Mohammed, of his co-ed festivity.

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Announcing Your Pregnancy

You and your partner are ready to share the good news — you’re going to have a baby! Looking for fun, creative or poignant ways to let family and friends know you’re growing your family? We have ideas and inspiration to help you get started.

Sharing the big news that you’re expecting a baby is one of the most joyous messages you’ll ever present to family and friends. If you’re looking for fun ways to announce your new parents-to-be status, check out the following ideas.

Back in the day.

“The most traditional ways to announce pregnancy are at family gatherings or a telephone call to close family and friends,” says Alicia Smith, an event planner for Touched by Innocence in East Orange, New Jersey.

“For years, parents-to-be would get the ultrasound photo and frame it and present it to the grandparents as a gift and capture their expression on camera,” says Colleen Mook, founder of Baby Be Hip (babybehip.com).

Photo shoot news.

As the trend for elaborate announcements has escalated, couples are having themed photo shoots that hint at pregnancy or baby being on the way. Families then distribute these photos via snail mail or email, or post on social media. “For example a family photo and current child holding sign referring to becoming an older sibling,” suggests Smith.

Enlist a messenger.

“We have also had our kids help in the fun,” shares Mook. “I've had my older daughter wear a ‘big sister’ T-shirt to a family party and waited to see who picks up on it.” Have an older sibling — or even a pet — don a “big brother” or “big sister” shirt, hat, or sign to help you share the news.

Gender reveal.

Many parents like to share the news of a pregnancy and announce the gender of their baby at the same time. You can incorporate pink or blue balloons, cupcakes, booties, bibs, rattles, pacifiers and more in your reveal.

Get social.

“Social media is the easiest way to get the message to all loved ones, whether they are near or far,” says Smith. A quick video of the baby bump; photo of the baby's ultrasound; or a portrait of you and your partner with a sign, baby shoes or other allusion to baby-to-be are all great ways to post your good news.

Snap a picture.

Gather your family and friends for a group photo, and instead of having everyone say, “Cheese!” ask your group to say “___ is pregnant!” Not only will you have shared your big news, you’ll also have a wonderful keepsake capturing the moment everyone found out you’re expecting.

Save the date.

Send out “save the date” cards to your family and friends with your due date. You can include an ultrasound picture, an illustration of a bassinet or stroller or anything you like in your note.

Bump ahead.

Take a picture of a “bump ahead” street sign and share it to announce your own growing bump.

Heavy Hints.

Buy bags of candy and attach a written note saying: “My belly is going to get bigger … and so is yours!” to share with your family and friends.

Wrap it up.

Keep your pregnancy test and wrap it up to present to your partner as a surprise.

Baby food.

Make a meal for your family or friends and serve “baby” food. Include baby spinach, baby carrots, baby-back ribs, and so on.

Let them eat cake.

Have a cake made with baby’s due date, “It’s a girl!” or “I’m pregnant!” written on it, and serve it to the dad- or grandparents-to-be.

Say it with music.

Make a playlist with baby-focused lyrics and songs for your partner’s car stereo or to give to family and friends.

Metaphorically speaking.

Hide a bun in the oven for your partner, family member, or friends to find!

Do the math.

A simple equation (1 + 1 + 1 = 3!) printed on a card, T-shirt, or written on a bathroom mirror for a loved one to find is another way to share that a baby is on the way.

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