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Telling Your Kids They're Getting a New Sibling

By Jeana Lee Tahnk

The minute I found out I was pregnant with baby No. 3, I started thinking about how I'd tell my two kids. Because they were older (ages 8 and 5 at the time), I knew they would "get it" much more so than if they were younger, but I was still a little anxious about their initial reactions. We were a happy family of four for so long, how would a new sibling change the dynamic?

My husband and I decided to wait until we knew the pregnancy was routine and normal before telling the kids. Unfortunately, that meant holding off for a few months and getting beyond the first trimester.

I did my best to downplay the morning (in my case afternoon) sickness that hit during weeks seven through 14, and reassure the kids that I was fine, but they thought something was odd. At one point, my daughter said, "Mommy, you've had this stomach bug for a looooong time." I wanted to break the news at that moment, but I needed to make sure everything was fine with the baby first.

I trudged through the weeks and finally hit wonderful week 13, which put me safely into the second trimester. At long last, it was time to tell! We were SO excited and I wanted to plan a little party for the family. The morning of the big reveal, I had a doctor's appointment at the hospital and on my way out, stocked up on "It's a Boy!" and "It's a Girl!" balloons, chocolate cigars, knick-knacks and other small gifts. I also stopped at the grocery store and picked out mini cakes for my kids and had them write, "Big Brother" and "Big Sister" on each.

We took the kids out to dinner that night - a rarity during the school week - and then excitedly brought them home to share the news. I called a family meeting and asked the kids to sit down and my husband started subtly videotaping our "meeting" on his phone.

I started out the conversation with, "So, you know how mommy wasn't feeling well for a while ... any idea why?" Guesses included a stomach bug, I ate something bad and I eat too much salad (clearly, they're not fans of my kale salad).

After a little more beating around the bush, I finally blurted out, "I have a baby in my belly! You're going to be a big brother and big sister!!" The news was met by a split second of silence and then whoops of excitement, jumping up and down and more jumping up and down. The kids were genuinely excited and I think a bit relieved that there was a reason for my two months-long "stomach bug."

We gave them their little gifts and as I would have predicted, my son declared it was a boy and my daughter declared it was a girl. Our little baby party proceeded with us calling other family members with the news, eating cake and imagining what life would be like with a baby in the house. It was a wonderful night that I won't soon forget, and I felt so happy that my kids were so excited.

It seems like just yesterday that we broke the news of the new addition, and here we are today, a family of five. The kids have been nothing short of amazing, welcoming their baby sister into the world, and I often call them "little mommy and daddy" because they love her and care for her as much as my husband and I do.

Telling the kids that they were getting a baby sibling was exciting, but seeing them be the best big brother and big sister I could ever have hoped for is beyond anything I could have dreamed.



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Baby Names from the Future

My handsome, geek of a husband has inspired a love of science fiction within me. Our son’s name was selected from a sci-fi movie, and we have other baby name ideas for number two (which are mostly also from sci-fi.) 

I gathered a list of some of my favorites to share with you all. Some are cutting edge names straight from the future, while others have a more traditional flair. I hope you enjoy!

Dana — Dana Scully, X Files

The return of this show may bring a resurgence to this name!

Delenn — Delenn, Babylon 5

If you’re looking for something very unique to name your baby girl, this pretty name could be it!

River – River Tam, Firefly/Serenity

Honestly, this one was hard for me to include! If we have a baby girl for number two, this will likely be her name.

Elim — Elim Garak, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

According to the Bible, Elim was one of the places where the Israelites camped following their Exodus from Egypt. I think it makes for a strong, unique boy name!

Gwen – Gwen Cooper, Torchwood

This is such a pretty name, and you could go with Gwendolyn, if you wanted something longer and more formal.

Roland — Roland Deschain, The Dark Tower

This name is a bit older sounding, but it would definitely be cute for a baby boy.

Malcolm – Malcolm Reynolds, Firefly

I love this name, and I loved this show!

Emmett – Emmett Brown, Back to the Future

This boy name is a favorite of mine.

Galen – Galen Marek/Starkiller, Star Wars

According to our Baby Name Finder, this name means calm, and is of Gaelic origin. I’ve only met one person with this name, and I think it’s a good choice!

Korben – Korben Dallas, The Fifth Element

Fantastic film, and a cute name to boot!

Tigh – Colonel Tigh, Battlestar Galactica

Pronounced, “Tie.” This one is certainly unique and definitely adorable.

Felix — Felix Gaeta, Battlestar Galactica

I like the nickname “Fee!”

Ender — Ender Wiggin, Ender’s Game

I’m a huge Orson Scott Card fan, and this is one of my favorite characters of all time!

Aeryn – Aeryn Sun, Farscape

Unique spelling of a fairly common, gender neutral name.

Adelle — Adelle DeWitt, Dollhouse

This one is on the rise in popularity, although it’s likely not inspired by this character!

Jonas — Jonas Quinn, Stargate SG-1

I actually like both parts of this character’s name for baby boy names — take your pick!

Deanna — Deanna Troi, Star Trek: The Next Generation

One of my favorite people is named Deanna, so I think this would make an excellent name choice!

Olivia — Olivia Dunham, Fringe

I love the nickname “Olive,” which this character was lovingly called in the show.

Astrid – Astrid Famsworth, Fringe

Cute, and also a name that may be on the rise due to the kid’s movie, How to Train a Dragon.

Everett – Everett Young, Stargate Universe

This is a good, strong name!

Chloe – Chloe Armstrong, Stargate Universe

I’ve always liked this name!

Claire – Claire Bennet, Heroes

James – James “Sawyer” Ford, Lost

Aynsley – Aynsley Norris, Orphan Black

I think this name is adorable, but I’m not so sure about the spelling!

Micah – Micah Sanders, Heroes

Zane – Zane Donovan, Eureka

Jemma – Jemma Simmons, Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

This is a very sweet name for a baby girl!

Luke – Luke Skywalker, Star Wars

I’m sure we’ll see plenty of Star Wars inspired names rise in popularity this year!

Ava – Ava, Ex Machina

Nova – Nova-Prime, Guardians of the Galaxy

I actually met a little girl with this name the other day, and I really like it!

Gretchen – Gretchen Ross, Donnie Darko

Super cute!

Have you added any of these names to your list of possibilities for baby?

This article was written by EverydayFamily from Everyday Family and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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5 Easy DIY Baby Shower Favors

Baby shower favors aren't a must, but they're a nice gesture to thank guests for coming to honor the soon-to-be new parents. And the best part? They don't have to put a major dent in your budget; all you need is a creative approach and a touch of elbow grease. Try these crowd-pleasing ideas.

Baked Party Favors

If you bake (or have a friend who bakes), sugar cookies or cupcakes might be the way to go! You can make lots of sugar cookies in baby-themed shapes - like rattles, ducks, onesies, and more - using the help of cookies cutters. Package the cookies in colorful cellophane bags and give them out as favors. Or better yet, put them on sticks and use them as decor as well! Guests can pick their cookies on the way out.

Tip for the non-baker: Buy plain cookies or cupcakes and decorate them at home! Top them with pastel sprinkles or swirls of icing, or personalize them by piping on each guest's first initial. Send them home in individual boxes, easy to find at party and wedding supply stores.

Mix it Up

Just because you're having a baby doesn't mean that your guests need to take home a baby-themed favor. We love the idea of giving party favors that your guests will actually love - like gifting baby shower attendees your favorite nail polish brand in a color that coordinates with your party theme (or in this case, your baby's gender).

A Picture to Remember

Use a hot glue gun or paint pens to decorate plain, inexpensive photo frames with beads, small trinkets or a thoughtful message. Send one home with each guest, then after the party, mail or email a photo of the guest enjoying the fun.

Floral Favors

Flowers always make excellent shower favors. Shower hosts who have a green thumb can divide and pot seedlings from their gardens to give away. Buy mini terracotta pots at a crafts store or garden center and paint them in baby-appropriate colors, then tuck in the plants. Include printed care instructions with each one.

Fill Baby Supplies with Treats

Buy baby bottles, baby socks, or even cloth diapers, then fill them with an assortment of goodies such as candies and chocolates. Top each favor off with a pretty ribbon and a handwritten tag to thank the guests for coming.

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Nursery Design: Thinking Outside the Box

Mom-to-Be, are you feeling a little lost when it comes to mapping out the design for your baby’s nursery? If the thought of choosing themes, colors, furniture and decorations has you overwhelmed, worry not! We have great tips from Sherri Blum Schuchart CID, IDS, of Jack and Jill Interiors Inc. (www.jackandjillinteriors.com) to help you take your little one’s nursery from ordinary to extraordinary.

If you’re looking for fun, interesting and unique design ideas for Baby-to-Be’s new room, nursery design pioneer Sherri Blum Schuchart of Jack and Jill Interiors Inc., has tips to help inspire creative decor and budget-friendly designs.

Girl’s Room Inspiration: Hollywood Glam

“Consider an Audrey Hepburn theme or Marilyn Monroe style pad with gilded or mirrored furniture with a sleek midcentury modern appeal,” suggests Blum Schuchart. For more glam style, add:

  • A crystal chandelier
  • A plush rug
  • Fringed or ruffled throw pillows
  • Lots of mirrors
  • Sweet gems and stones to lampshades, curtain hems and more (just be sure they’re out of reach from little hands)

“This style is definitely not too babyish and can grow nicely with a girl,” says Blum Schuchart.

Design Tip:
Don’t be afraid to check out discount websites and thrift stores for glam-inspired decorations. “They’re a great starting place for sourcing these items,” Blum Schuchart says.

Boy’s Room Idea: Steampunk Style

Gears, pulleys and other industrial elements can be easily incorporated into custom light fixtures, hung on walls, or even propped on bookcases or used as bookends. Additional design tips:

  • Frame some old maps.
  • Use neutral colors and mix in leather and weathered wooden pieces for texture.
  • Give the wall an old exposed brick look — or use barnwood wallpaper.
  • Recycle an old, wooden dresser. Avoid especially old items, which are likely to have been coated in lead-based paint.

Design Tip:
You can often find industrial-style elements gathering dust at thrift stores, grandparents’ attics, or in old storage areas. Dust them off and get creative!” says Blum Schuchart.

Twins! Double-Duty Tips

Worried about needing double the supplies for a twin nursery? “You don’t need double everything … just the crib!” says Blum Schuchart. Unless there are constantly two parents available to handle the babies, chances are you’ll be taking turns caring for your twosome — both changing and feeding them. As a result, Blum Schuchart recommends only one chair, changing station, and so on.

Expert Tip:
Do be sure to personalize the crib area for each child with unique wooden monograms or by hand-painting their names above the crib. If you have a boy/girl combination, don’t feel you have to use gender-neutral colors,” says Blum Schuchart.

Get Creative & Have Fun!

For a different spin to your baby’s room design, don’t be afraid to flex your own personal ideas and inspiration. Blum Schuchart suggests reviving things you may already have around your home: “Recycle and reuse!” she says. For example, rather than purchase a spendy light fixture, pick up something unique from a thrift store and spray paint it a fun color. Make sure that your existing items are free of lead-based paint, as well. When in doubt, throw it out.

Blum Schuchart did just this for a recent client: “I bought a discount store lamp and spray-painted it to match an expensive chandelier to save money on the lamp. A matching lamp was $400 and our lamp was $52 plus a can of spray paint!”

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Baby Shower Traditions Around the World

Most baby showers — no matter where they are held around the world — share some key components: Family and friends, good food, gifts for mother and child, and lots of fun! Take a look the different ways parents around the world celebrate and welcome a new baby into the world.

Hindu godh bharai

The traditional Hindu baby shower is referred to as a godh bharai, which translates to “fill the lap” and means showering Mom-to-Be with abundance and blessings.

This special family celebration blesses the unborn baby and showers the mom-to-be with gifts, blessings, and support in her new journey of motherhood.

Usually, the godh bharai is a women-only celebration involving a ceremony of singing, dancing, games and adorning the mother-to-be with colorful jewelry, bangle bracelets, filling her lap with gifts, fruits and sweets.

Afghani sixth night

Afghan parents usually celebrate a baby six nights after birth. A large meal and party commemorate the event, and guests bring presents for the baby.

Guests at an Afghan shower already know the child’s gender — so gifts are often just what the baby needs.

Dominican evening fiesta

Parents in the Dominican Republic throw huge baby parties for both men and women to attend. The party is kept secret from the expectant parents — so that it is a surprise the evening of the big event.

The party includes gifts for the Mother-to-be, but prior to opening presents there are a variety of games to be played:

South African stork party

Not unlike U.S. parents-to-be, South Africans enjoy celebrating the impending arrival with food, games and gifts. But the showers are instead known as a “stork party” and are often a surprise hosted by a close friend of mom-to-be.

Tibetan pang-sai

In Tibet, parents celebrate baby’s arrival, rather than having a party prior to birth. The celebration is called a pang-sai, which means “cleansing of the baby.”

This celebration is held within the first week after birth (usually three or four days later). Guests offer gifts of foods and clothes to the newborn. The most respected person in attendance is the one who has the honor of naming the newborn.

France's first birthday parties

French parents don’t have a baby shower or celebrate baby’s birth until much later. Parents usually wait until baby’s first birthday to have a fete.

The event is usually attended by men and women, and guests bring gifts for both the birthday baby and the mother.

Chinese full moon celebration

Showers in China are held after the birth of a baby, as holding them before is considered unlucky).

The event is a formal affair and traditionally consists of a large banquet dinner. Guests bring gifts of money in red envelopes for the new baby and parents. (The color red is associated with good luck and good fortune.)

Image: Huggies Baby Shower Planner Pinterest Board

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Why I Kept My Baby’s Name a Secret Until After He Was Born

When I’m pregnant, my husband and I do not share our top baby name choices with friends or family.

Of course they all will ask (and ask, and ask, AND ASK SOME MORE): “Do you have a baby name picked out yet?”

I will polity reply, “Yes, but I’m not telling” (often said in an I know something you don’t know type teasing voice while giving them a big silly grin.

Why not share something so very important?

Honestly, so many reasons. I could go on and on about the benefits on keep the name secret until after baby is born, but there are a few I feel ranked more important than others.

5 reasons I keep my baby names secret until after the birth

  1. I really don’t want to know if you hate it.
  2. It was your dog’s name. It rhymes with something negative. It’s the same name as that stinky kid you sat next to on the bus in the 2nd grade. When it comes to naming my baby, I understand that not everyone will love my decision. But once the baby has arrived, I dare you to tell me you hate the name I picked.

  3. I don’t want you to steal it.
  4. Since my husband and I don’t find out if the baby is a boy or a girl until after birth, it means we have to come up with two names, a boy name and a girl name. What if we tell you our girl name, and then we have a boy? If you steal our girl name, we won’t be able to use it down the road, on the chance we ever have a daughter!

  5. I know something you don’t know!
  6. These days, there are just so few good surprises left. We’re surrounded by instant gratification, and the waiting game often feels torturous. Guess what? I love to torture! I can’t help but admit it’s super fun to keep my friends and family guessing.

  7. What if I change our mind?
  8. If I tell everyone the baby’s name early on in the pregnancy, it will be weird if I decide to change it last minute. By keeping it a secret, it offers flexibility to change my mind and not look silly.

  9. I don’t mean to offend, but it might happen.
  10. All my children have special and meaningful middle names, given to them after a parent or grandparent. I would hate for other family members to become unnecessarily hurt of offended that I didn’t name the baby after them. And no, I don’t want feeble attempts to sway my decision to change the middle name, while I’m still pregnant.

How about you? Did you share your baby’s name before he or she was born?

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Flower Power Baby Shower

A baby shower is all about celebrating the blossoming of a new life, which makes this floral theme a perfect fit. It’s classic and it's beautiful—and it can be customized to suit the personality of the mom-to-be, whether she’s elegant and sophisticated or down-to-earth and casual. Here’s what you need to know to carry off this baby shower theme in style.

Invitations

Looking for a memorable way to announce your baby shower theme? Design your invitations to look like vintage flower seed packages. (Either pick up a vintage seed catalog at your local thrift store or search for vintage image reproductions online.)

Decorations

While you’re hitting the thrift store, you’ll also want to be on the lookout for eye-catching containers that can be used to dress up the party décor. Think vintage mason jars, tea tins, juice glasses, and teapots—anything that can be teamed with a small bouquet of flowers. Tip: You can create a spectacular centerpiece for the food table by tucking a few roses inside a stack of floral-themed vintage teacups. What could be simpler or more beautiful?

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Diaper Cake Centerpiece

Of course, if you would prefer to create a centerpiece that is as useful as it is beautiful, a diaper cake is hard to beat. In this case, you’ll want to decorate the cake with artificial plants and other natural-looking elements and use a floral-themed cake tray as a base.

Not quite sure how to go about making a diaper cake? Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Supplies.
    To make a three-tiered diaper cake, you’ll need 100 diapers, 100 elastic bands, elastic cord (to hold each tier of diapers in place), a roll of burlap ribbon, and a flowerpot filled with artificial flowers and greenery.
  2. Assembly.
    Once you have the necessary supplies on hand, you’re ready to start assembling the cake. Roll the diapers into cylinders and wrap each cylinder in an elastic band. Cluster the cylinders together with a length of elastic cord to form each tier of the cake, remembering to nestle the flowerpot into the middle of the top layer.
  3. Decorating.
    Once the assembly is complete, you’re ready to start decorating. Wind a layer of burlap ribbon around each tier (to hide the lengths of elastic cord) and your cake is ready.

Gifts for Mom

Looking for a way to nod to the floral theme when you’re shopping for a gift for the mom-to-be? Simply dress up her existing gift with a bouquet of flowers. As you can see, this diaper bag makes a great vase.

Thank You for Party Guests

It's the perfect way to wind up a great day: send each baby shower guest home with an attractive and meaningful memento of the baby shower. Ask each party guest to spell out her commitment to the new baby on a heart-shaped card, and then attach that card to a vase of flowers (your thank you gift to her for being part of the celebrations). The vase will serve as a powerful reminder to her to continue nurturing the tiny budding life that is this new baby.

For more inspiration to plan the perfect shower visit Huggies Baby Shower Planner on Pinterest!

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Your Baby’s Nursery: Frequently Asked Questions

Building the perfect nursery for your little bundle of joy is an important part of planning for your baby’s arrival. To help answer common questions about safety, essentials, and decor, check out the following tips and advice from a nursery design pro.

Do I need to purchase a new baby crib, or can I buy one used?

Don’t purchase a used crib, says nursery design pioneer Sherri Blum Schuchart of Jack and Jill Interiors Inc. (jackandjillinteriors.com). “Crib safety is a priority in designing your nursery. Standards have changed and even as recent as a few years ago, drop-side cribs were banned and replaced with stationary sides. Do your homework and look for crib companies that have never had recalls or safety issues,” she recommends. Seek out new cribs to ensure you're getting the safest product for your baby.

How important is the quality of a crib mattress?

Much like any other baby essential, such as a car seat or crib, your child’s mattress deserves careful consideration. Your baby will spend a lot of time sleeping on a crib mattress. Do some online window shopping and check with trusted consumer reporting services for up-to-date reviews of top brands that fit your needs.

“There are so many crib mattress options on the market today,” says Blum Schuchart. “If the crib and mattress are purchased new, [chances are] they meet today’s safety requirements. I don’t recommend used cribs or mattresses, as standards change often and this is an area you don’t want to take chances.”

Do I need to babyproof the nursery now — or can I wait until my child is crawling?

Although your baby won’t likely crawl until she’s about 8 months or older, you do indeed need to do some babyproofing now to ensure your child is safe. Plus, “you’ll be surprised how quickly she will be mobile,” says Blum Schuchart. “I recommend babyproofing before baby is born. After baby arrives, life gets even busier and you don’t want to get too busy to handle this very important task after baby is mobile.”

Some important safety tips to keep in mind as you prepare your baby’s nursery include:

  • Make sure your child’s changing pad or table is set up according to the manufacturer’s directions, that you use the safety strap provided, and that you never leave your child unattended.
  • Set all toiletries in changing and bathing areas out of baby’s reach — but within yours.
  • Position the crib in a safe spot far from windows, steam pipes, outlets, wall hangings, and so on.
  • Don’t let baby nap on anything too soft like fluffy bedding or comforters.
  • Make sure baby’s sleeping area isn’t too hot or cold. The best temperature is around 65 F, experts say.
  • Tuck electrical cords out of the way so you don’t trip when getting up for a late-night feeding.
  • It’s not too early to put safety covers on all electrical sockets in your home.
  • Make sure window blind cords are firmly secured and out of reach.
  • Secure bookshelves to walls.
  • Make sure baby’s toys don’t have any buttons, beads, or any other decorations that could be chewed off and become a choking hazard.
  • Make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors operating in your home — and check the batteries monthly.

What essentials do I need for the nursery? Surprisingly, you really don’t need much for your nursery:

Necessities

  • Crib and crib mattress
  • Bedding (including a mattress pad and/or waterproof cover)
  • Changing pad and changing table (or dedicated area with safely situated storage for toiletries)
  • Diaper supplies (including a disposal system)
  • Baby monitor
  • Nursing or feeding area (a glider or comfortable sitting chair)
  • Dark window curtains or shades (essential for nap time)
  • Baby clothes (nothing with a drawstring)
  • Blankets and burp cloths
  • Dresser (or storage for baby clothes, blankets, and so on)

Niceties

  • A night light (or lighting that can be dimmed, so you can peek in without waking baby)
  • A mobile (safely situated above a crib or changing table)
  • Baby swing or bouncy seat
  • Stereo
  • Wall art and room decor
  • Closet organizers
  • Open storage bins

How soon before baby arrives should we plan the nursery?

“Definitely start planning around the end of the first trimester, especially if you want any custom- or designer-made products,” says Blum Schuchart. “Furniture can take up to 12 weeks if it’s custom made or a custom color, glider chairs four to eight weeks, and custom bedding can be four to six weeks generally,” she adds. So, the sooner you start planning, the less stress you’ll put upon yourself.

Are there safety concerns about painting the nursery too close to baby’s arrival?

“If you’re using a standard latex paint, expectant mothers should stay away from the nursery until the scent of fresh paint dissipates,” advises Blum Schuchart. Stay out of a newly painted room and avoid its fumes for at least two to three days. To help alleviate any fumes, open the windows and air out the space. “There are many odor-free and low- or zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints available on the market now that are safe for expectant mothers and baby. So I recommend using one of these paints to play it safe,” she adds.

Still have questions?

“Do your research and ask friends who have toddlers and were recently in your shoes,” says Blum Schuchart. “New mothers and fathers are happy to share their experience with you along with some ‘do’s and don’ts’ of planning. Or better yet, consider hiring a nursery designer or babyproofing expert. These professionals are up on the most recent concerns and safety issues and are well worth hiring for a few hours to consult.”

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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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Disney-Inspired Baby Names from A to Z

Picking a baby name can be overwhelming! Especially if you have a long list of names you love. If you’re a huge Disney fan and always wanted to tip your hat to your love for Disney, check out some of these unique Disney baby name ideas from A to Z!

    A: Aurora, Sleeping Beauty
    B: Bruce, Finding Nemo
    C: Christopher, Winnie the Pooh
    D: Daisy (as in Daisy Duck)
    E: Elsa, Frozen
    F: Fauna, Sleeping Beauty
    G: Gideon, Pinocchio
    H: Hugo, Hunchback of Notre Dame
    I: Ian, The Princess and the Frog
    J: Jane, Tarzan
    K: Kiara, The Lion King
    L: Lilo, Lilo & Stitch
    M: Merida, Brave
    N: Nala, The Lion King
    O: Otto, Robin Hood
    P: Peter, Peter Pan
    Q: Quint, Timon and Pumbaa
    R: Robin, Robin Hood
    S: Sulley, Monsters, Inc.
    T: Tiana, The Princess and the Frog
    U: Ursula, The Little Mermaid
    V: Violet, The Incredibles
    W: Wendy, Peter Pan
    X: Xerxes, Aladdin
    Y: Yao, Mulan
    Z: Zeus, Hercules

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Our Points Structure Has Changed

We are changing our Rewards Points structure so that we can improve our Huggies® Rewards program to offer you more ways to earn points. So, we are multiplying the cost of Rewards items by 10. But don't worry, your points balance is also multiplied by 10!

Our Points structure has changed

See How Rewards Has Changed

Watch this helpful video to learn more about all of the great improvements made to the Huggies® Rewards program.

Say Goodbye to Rewards Codes

You asked, we listened! Introducing two new ways to get your Huggies® Rewards Points when you buy: submitting a receipt and loyalty card linking — exclusively for Huggies® Rewards. 

Huggies Rewards Submit Receipts instead of Rewards Codes

Submit Your Receipts

There's a faster way to get your Huggies® Rewards Points! Earn points by uploading and submitting a photo of your receipt for all Huggies® Diapers and Wipes. You'll even get 2x the points for your first receipt submission! 

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Get More Points!

Now there are more ways to earn points! From reading articles, to taking surveys, to sharing on Facebook & Twitter. More ways to earn = more ways to love Huggies®!

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New Huggies® Rewards App

Get the most out of your Huggies® Rewards experience. The new Rewards app has all the same great features as the website, right at your fingertips. Available in the App Store® and get it on Google Play™.

 

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