Once you find out that you’re pregnant, you’ll probably need to take a deep breath and process how much your life is about to change. After the shock sets in and you’ve settled into full-on mom mode, you’re going to want to scream it from the rooftops!
However, telling your entire squad is probably not the best idea right away. You’ll want to let the secret out to those closest to you first, including your spouse, parents, siblings, and best friends.
Finding a fun way to tell your parents that you’re pregnant should be at the top of your list. Announcing your pregnancy to your parents will be one of the most exciting reveals. Hopefully, they will be just as excited as you to hear the amazing news!
Becoming a grandparent is a beautiful time in a parent’s life and you’ll want to make the moment memorable for both you and them. This is why I wanted to help you come up with some creative ways to tell your parents that you’re pregnant. If you can get their reaction on video, that would be even better!
Creative Ways to Announce Pregnancy to Parents and Grandparents
A creative way to announce to your parents that you’re having a baby is to wrap up a gift or surprise for them to open. Here are some ideas for fun pregnancy announcements to your parents and future grandparents, that can be used on other friends and family, as well. Most of these items are right from Amazon or Etsy so they can be at your door within a couple of days!
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1. Baby Onesie
Have them open a gift to reveal an adorable onesie giving them their new titles as grandma and grandpa! It’s the most amazing feeling to get promoted to grandma or grandpa so they’ll love seeing it written out right in front of them. This onesie from Amazon (above) is adorable and can be at your door step sooner if you’re pressed for time.
However, if you have some time to spare, consider checking out personalized onesies on Etsy (below) like this one from Kate and Meri’s shop, They can include the baby’s name, due date, and even different names for your parents.
If you have drinkers in your family, showing up to a family dinner or party with this wine bottle will surely get you some applause. You can simply purchase labels like these on Amazon and stick them right on top of previously purchased wine bottles. Soaking off the old label is not a must, but it can help it to look nicer.
If you’re not in a rush, opt for a more personalized touch to your wine bottle label with something like this from Etsy (below). Either way, your parents will be jumping for joy when they see it, and that won’t just be from the alcohol!
Although you may not have a large baby bump yet, you can wear a shirt that accentuates or points out your belly for your parents to take notice. See how long it takes for them to realize what’s written on your shirt, let alone what it actually means!
There are fun options for seasonal pregnancy announcement shirts when you want to have a pregnancy reveal to your family. If it’s the fall, try incorporating a pumpkin or those skeleton shirts with the baby skeleton inside. For Christmas, a Mistletoes shirt will get the point across or a Some Bunny is Egg-specting shirt around Easter.
These scratch-offs are so real-looking and a very creative way to tell your parents that you’re pregnant. Grandma and Grandpa won’t be suspicious when you give them some lottery tickets for a birthday or holiday gift.
Have them scratch off to see if they win and when they’re finished, they’ll reveal that they are a lucky winner! The grand prize is a Grand Baby! Hopefully this will help to distract them from the fact that they didn’t win the $250,000!
These lottery tickets come in packs of 6 or 12 so there will be plenty if you want to give them out to a large group of family members. Just make sure that they’re all scratching them off at the exact same time so they don’t ruin the surprise for everyone else!
5. Bandana or Clothing for Pet “Getting a Human”
If you have a pet that’s going to be a “big brother or sister,” it would be fun to use them as part of the pregnancy reveal to your family! They’ll make the perfect prop and a fun way to announce your pregnancy to parents.
While you’re gathering with family or friends, make sure your dog enters with this bandana or shirt on with the big news. If you have to do a long distance announcement, a simple photo of your pup with the clothing and an ultrasound is also an adorable way to tell your parents that you’re pregnant.
If you have a parent’s birthday or a special holiday coming up, a greeting card scratch off will be a great way to tell family you’re pregnant. This is also a great way to do a long distance reveal as you can easily mail it right to them, especially in the time of a pandemic.
7. Promoted to Grandma/Grandpa Mugs
Any coffee drinkers in the family? If so, a coffee mug with their “new” title will be perfect for them! It’s a great way to tell family that you’re pregnant with something practical that can be used over and over. This is how I announced my first pregnancy to my parents and they still use and love their mugs years later!
Use it for the whole family if you’re announcing to other relatives. Aunts and uncles get upgraded too so they deserve a special gift for the occasion!
Going to a dinner party at your parent’s house and want to reveal your pregnancy to your family there? If there are lots of beer drinkers there then this is a perfect surprise. Bring over their favorite 6 pack, but change out the beer labels for these pregnancy announcement labels! Make sure grandpa looks at what he’s drinking before cracking open a cold one!
I love sentimental, yet practical, gifts that can actually be used over and over. As a creative way to tell your parents that you’re pregnant, give them grandma and grandpa books as a small gift to open.
These books will be great to either keep at their house for visits or at yur own house for when they babysit. They’ll love reading stories that incorporate them in the book.
I absolutely love this book, Grandma Wishes. It always brings a tear to my eye when I read it to my daughter so I can’t imagine how my own mom feels when she reads it!
10. Sonogram frame
This is a beautiful way for your mom to display the first sonogram of your new baby. I’m sure she’ll take it out to show all of her friends too! She can keep the frame and always replace the photo with an updated picture of her grandchild for years to come. What a lovely way to reveal your pregnancy to family.
11. Grandpa Whiskey glass
If dad is a whiskey or cocktail drinker, a glass like this will probably make his day! Of course, any one else in the family who could use a cocktail glass would be very fitting too!
12. Grandma Keychain
This is a beautiful keychain to give mom as a gift to reveal your pregnancy. Just be careful what birthstone you choose because if your baby’s due date is one month, they may still be born in a different month!
13. Pacifier with a note
Save all the money for that baby-to-be because no one says that you have to buy all your family members gifts just to tell them you’re pregnant! If you’re on a tight budget, a simple note attached to a baby’s pacifier will certainly do the trick. This way, you still have a baby item that will go to good use while not splurging for all these gifts.
Give them a gift they can use throughout their home. This grandma/grandpa pillow will be a fun decorative piece they can use before baby even comes! If your mom and dad love stylish home decor, this pillow will certainly go with anything!
15. Sweet poem
I love a poem that comes from your unborn baby and it is sure to bring tears to their eyes. This one comes with an adorable baby feet necklace, but you don’t even need it. You can even type up this poem to give alongside another gift that you chose form above.
16. Funny Items
Most of the ideas above were sentimental ways to tell your family that you’re pregnant. However, if you or your family are the humorous, jokester types, a funny item may be more of your crowd pleaser. Cute onesies that have a little humor attached to them are sure to bring a smile to their faces!
Planning a celebration for a birthday or holiday? When you bring out the cake, use this gorgeous cake topper to make your pregnancy announcement to your parents!
Another way to reveal at your home or a party that you’re throwing is a “baby on the way” banner.
19. Wrap up a diaper
Another very frugal, but practical way to reveal your pregnancy to family is with a diaper! This may be the last time they’ll see a clean diaper! The rest of them will be the dirty ones they’ll be changing!
20. Grandma Necklace
A lovely necklace that is sentimental and grandma can wear for years to come.
21. Have them find a ‘bun in the oven’
This is an old classic and typical pregnancy announcement- cooking a bun in the oven!
22. Mark a calendar with your due date
Take a look at your calendars together and tell them to save the date: your due date!
Here are a few more ideas of clever ways to announce pregnancy to your parents:
- Heartbeat: Record the heartbeat of the first ultrasound and tell them you have new music for them to hear as you turn it on.
- Game night: Get your family together for a fun game night and ask to play Pictionary or Charades. Act out “we’re having a baby” and wait for someone to guess the wonderful news! Or if you’re a Scrabble family, spell out “I’m expecting” either in one turn or over the course of the game.
- Wrap up your pregnancy test: Simply place your positive pregnancy test in a gift bag or box for them to open. This works best if you used a digital test that says that you’re pregnant instead of making them try to decipher what the lines mean.
- A new fortune: 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.
Hopefully, this gave you some creative and fun ways to give your parents the surprise of a lifetime when you announce your pregnancy. Also, once you’re ready to reveal the gender of your baby, check out these 8 Fun Ideas for Virtual Gender Reveals.
Don’t forget to record their reaction on video! Their response is sure to be something you will watch over and over.
Congratulations and good luck on your pregnancy reveal to family! Check out more pregnancy announcement ideas here!