Pregnancy Reveal Ideas – Summer Style!

The explosion of colors at sunset, the lush green meadows of grass, the soft sandy beaches, and the bright flower beds all make for beautiful photo opportunities during the summer. And if you’ve been waiting to reveal your pregnancy, why not take advantage of these unique summer backdrops to reveal your pregnancy – summer style! Here are some summer-inspired pregnancy reveal ideas.

Feet with baby sandals

A popular pregnancy reveal method is setting out a pair of baby shoes next to mom and dad’s shoes. Use this idea with a summer twist by buying baby flip-flops and setting them in the sand. You could also do this with baby swim flippers, or a baby swimsuit.

Don’t eat watermelon seeds

The old joke about eating watermelon seeds makes for a witty and cute pregnancy reveal, especially during the summer when bright red, juicy watermelon is abundant. Slice yourself a nice, ripe wedge of watermelon, take a big bite, and have someone snap a picture. Then add some simple text, like “Uh-oh, I must have eaten a watermelon seed. Baby watermelon coming November 2017!”

Expecting a little firecracker

There are a lot of cool pictures you can take of fireworks, so use the firework-happy holidays to announce your pregnancy. Hold a sparkler out in front and take a photo, with the caption something like, “expecting a little firecracker this September!” This could also be fun if you have other children. Have each of them hold a sparkler, then add the caption,” adding another little firecracker to the family this September!”

Name in the sand

If the beach calls your name each summer, use it as an opportunity to take a special pregnancy reveal photo in the sand. Write your baby’s name in due date, or even just something like, “Baby [last name] coming October 2017.” You can do a lot with this idea, like standing in the background with your partner kissing, with the focus on the words in the sand. Another cute idea is to extend this photo opportunity into an annual photo, taking a similar picture each year with your baby as he/she grows.

Outdoor balloon photoshoot

Bright, colorful balloons against a vivid blue sky with puffy white clouds is a very picturesque summer scene. Consider taking maternity photos incorporating bright balloons outside to announce your pregnancy. You can write on the balloons, or simply hold them while touching your belly. Adding other children, perhaps with each holding a balloon, and then a balloon tied to something floating next to the children to indicate another baby being added to the family, is an adorable idea.

Empty beach chair

Set up your beach chairs on the beach, and get a head start on your baby’s summer gear by buying a child-sized beach chair and setting it up next to yours. Take a photo with the caption, “Another [last name] beach bum coming October 2017,” or something to that effect.

Baby Bike

Family bike rides are a favorite family past time for many families during the summer, so get your baby involved while you’re still pregnancy starting with your pregnancy announcement. Buy a small tricycle, bike, or scooter and tie it to the back of yours. Strike a cute pose on your bike, and use this to announce your upcoming arrival.

Message in a bottle

Another fun beach idea is to place an ultrasound photo in a nice glass bottle with a cork, creating a “message in a bottle,” scene. Lay it in the sand with the ultrasound visible, and write your due-date in the sand in front of the bottle.

Disney-inspired

There’s nothing like the magic of Disneyland during summer vacation, so give baby a taste of the magic before his/her arrival by staging a disney-inspired pregnancy reveal. You can buy adult-sized mickey ears, and place baby-sized ears next to them. If you’re able, you could even take the photo at Disneyland or Disney World next to a Disney princess or prince, ask them to pose by pointing at your stomach or something to that effect, and add a caption that says something like, “Our own princess will arrive in September 2017.”

Did you announce your pregnancy during the summer? What other summer-inspired pregnancy reveals do you love?

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5 Tips for Baby Sun Safety

Summer is upon us, and with it, all of the fun outdoor activities that come with warmer weather. Help keep your baby safe in the sun by following our five tips for baby sun safety.

1. Keep babies six months and younger out of the sun.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants avoid sun exposure, and are dressed in, “lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck.” Because your infant’s skin is very delicate, it is more susceptible to sunburn, so keep her shaded as much as possible. The AAP suggests using a minimal amount of SPF 15 when adequate clothing and shade are not accessible; though please consult with your doctor before doing so.

2. For babies 6 months and older, use a broad spectrum sunscreen with zinc oxide whenever you’re outside.
This applies to both sunny and overcast days. Make sure to use a sunscreen that combats both UVA and UVB rays, and has a power of at least SPF 15. It’s also a good idea to double-check to make sure that your selected sunscreen contains zinc oxide, as this is one of the most effective compounds in protecting against the sun’s harmful rays. The AAP advises using one ounce of sunscreen per application for a young adult. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours, and after swimming or sweating.

3. Try to avoid the sun during its peak intensity hours.
The call to avoid the sun during its peak intensity hours (from 10 am – 4 pm) is an admonition that comes directly from the AAP. One of the best defenses against the harmful ultraviolet radiation that can cause sunburns (and worse) is avoiding the sun during this window. If you do find yourself outside during this time period, please make sure your child is appropriately protected with sunscreen and is shaded from direct sunlight.

4. Use rash guards and hats to further protect your child from sunburn.
Another way to protect your baby from the sun is to put her in a rash guard that has a broad spectrum SPF 50+ fabric, and a brimmed hat that also contains sun protection. These SPF 50+ sun suits are another great option for your baby, as they are designed to be swimwear but also keep all of baby’s skin protected.

5. Stay hydrated.
Staying hydrated while out in the sun is vitally important. If you’re breastfeeding, your own hydration becomes even more important as you are your child’s primary supply of fluids. However, whether you breastfeed or bottle-feed, you’ll most likely need to feed your baby at more frequent intervals when outside in hot weather.

 

We hope these tips help empower you to keep your baby safe in the sun. For more tips, please check out this post about water and sun safety, as well as this information from the AAP.

 

 

 

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