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Congratulations—you’re pregnant! We’re sure you can't wait to share your happy news, especially with your mom and dad, who are future grandparents. Why not take this opportunity to REALLY surprise your parents with this life-changing event? Below are 25 creative ways to tell parents you’re pregnant!
Tie a note to a binky that says:
“Dear Grandma and Grandpa,
Please hold this for me in case I need it when I come to visit. Knowing my mom, she’ll probably forget it.
See you in (DUE DATE MONTH)!”
Baby (INSERT LAST NAME)
If you’re the crafty type, paint a sign for your parents that says: “The best parents get promoted to grandparents.” This is something they can display around the house as a constant reminder of the joy that is to come very soon!
Once you have your first ultrasound picture, frame it and give it to your parents with a note that says, “The only thing better than having you as parents, is our baby having you as grandparents!” They will love this sentiment and will be able to display this picture to share with their friends and family.
Decorate a onesie to give to your parents. Buy a plain white onesie and paint the phrase, “Will you be my grandparents?” with a heart. Easy, but oh-so memorable and cute!
Do your parents love a cup of coffee or tea to start their day off? Give them each a new mug and in the bottom of the mug write the following phrases:
“You’re going to be a grandma!” “You’re going to be a grandpa!”
This will be something they can see every time they finish off their morning drink and will keep a smile on their face throughout the rest of the day. And if you aren’t the crafty type, you can buy a pre-made mug online.
If you’re in a hurry, or can’t wait to do something extra fancy, simply write a letter to your parents that says,
“Roses are red, violets are blue, on (INSERT DUE DATE) your grandbaby is due!”
If your parents are already grandparents, simply use the phrase “again” to any of the above announcements. For example, add “again” to the phrase “You’re going to be a grandma!” on their coffee mugs. They will be just as excited if it is their first or fifth grandchild.
If your parents are always up for a laugh, this is an ideal way to share your news. Simply wrap up a onesie that has one of the following phrases written on it:
“If you think I nap a lot, you should see my grandpa!” “My dad knows a lot, but my grandpa knows everything!”
These are likely to make your dad laugh, and then he’ll realize that he is going to be a grandparent! Yay!
No, not that kind of coupon, a personalized coupon! On the coupon write:
“Coupon good for one grandchild. Redeem (INSERT DUE DATE).”
Make a card with a fold. On the front write “What is a grandparent?” When they open the fold have it read “You. You is a grandparent.” So funny and so easy to make.
Announce pregnancy with the test that delivered you the news in the first place! Pregnancy test results can fade over time, so you’ll have to use this one if you live near your parents and can see them soon after taking a test. Wrap your pregnancy test in a box and have your parents unwrap it and be delighted!
If you have older kids, dress them up in shirts that say “I’m going to be a big sister!” or “I’m going to be a big brother!” Have your kids wear the shirts over to their grandparents house or video chat with them and wait until they notice what the shirt says.
There’s nothing like a celebratory cake to break the news. Have a bakery frost a cake to say “We’re pregnant!” and bring it to a family dinner. You’ll never have a more memorable dessert!
People love to use the jumbotron for wedding proposals, so why not use it to announce a pregnancy? Just make sure your parents come to the game and are looking at the screen when it flashes up above.
Gift your parents a box of diapers and tell them they’ll be needing them around their house for when they babysit. They’ll be confused at first, but once they connect the dots, the reaction will be priceless.
There’s nothing like a good pun to break the news! Have your parents over and ask one of them to open the oven. Put a hamburger bun (or better yet, some freshly-baked buns for eating afterward!) and ask them to tell you what’s inside. Once they say, “Why is there a bun in your oven?” they’ll have that magical light bulb moment.
If you live away from your parents, this is a fun one to make them feel like they’re right beside you. Make an audio recording of your first ultrasound when you hear the baby’s heartbeat, and then play it over a voicemail recording for your parents.
If you have a favorite local cafe, plan to go there with your parents and set up a surprise with the owners in advance. Ask them to list “You’re Going to Be a Grandparent” as one of the specials of the day on a chalkboard or sandwich board outside. Then enjoy the exciting conversation to follow over a delicious meal!
Get your entire family together for a fun game night and ask to play Pictionary or Charades at some point in the evening. Act out “we’re having a baby” and wait for someone to guess the wonderful news!
Sometimes it’s best to announce a pregnancy in a simple way. Gift your parents a new calendar with your due date highlighted boldly, or simply ask them to save the date. When they ask why, break out the news!
Tell one of your parents that you heard about their big promotion at work and wanted to give them a congratulations gift. When they ask what promotion you’re talking about, tell them they’ve been promoted to grandparent status!
These days everything big hits Instagram or Facebook, but you can let your parents in on the news early by sending them a special preview of your pregnancy announcement photos. Add to the cute factor with pink and blue balloons, a shirt that announces the pregnancy, or any other cute reveal ideas you might have.
If your parents have a place for guests to put their shoes in the hall or doorway, add a teeny tiny pair of baby shoes and wait for your parents to notice!
Wondering specifically how to tell your mom you’re pregnant? A grandma-to-be will always be happy with a new necklace in her rotation. Gift your mom a sweet and simple necklace with the word “grandma” or even the name or initials of their future grandchild (if you’ve decided the name early on!)
Buy a bag of fortune cookies at your local Asian market, then take a pair of tweezers and replace a couple of the fortunes with a printout that announces your pregnancy with a Chinese fortune-sounding twist. Put the cookies in a small box as a gift, or take them with you to a Chinese restaurant and have the server present them to your parents.
We hope this gave you some fun ideas on ways to share your happy news with your parents. For other pregnancy announcements, we have some adorable announcements right here.