It goes without saying that learning that you’re expecting a baby is a monumental, life-changing moment. For some, finding a way to tell your partner that truly expresses and encompasses the joy of the situation can be tricky.
How you share the news with your partner will be unique to you and your relationship. What works for you as a couple won’t necessarily work for someone else. For example, some people want to wait until they’ve taken several tests, while others can’t wait to share the news!
With that, we’ve listed nine varied and surprising ways for you to let your partner know that you’re expecting, which will stay with you as happy memories for many years. We hope that one of these ideas resonates with you!
1. For the Book Lover
If your partner loves to read, pick up a baby book (like the ever popular, What to Expect When You’re Expecting) and hide it on their bookshelf. Ask them to retrieve a book for you in the general direction of your plant, then wait for the questions to begin.
2. For the Coffee Lover
Serve your partner their morning coffee in a ‘World’s Best Dad’ or ‘World’s Best Mom’ mug, then wait for bewildered (and happy) confusion to ensue.
3. For the Realist
Practical gifts are always a great option. A luxury basket brimming with adorable, quality, and practical baby wares — like bibs, teethers, books and plushies — from Canadian company, NutcrackerSweet.com, is sure to fit the bill, and especially if your partner is away travelling or for work. Get the basket delivered to your partner’s temporary location — they ship across North America — then anxiously await delivery! You can even add in a personalized baby toque, blanket or onesie.
4. For the Pet Parents
If you have a dog or an amiable cat, pop a bandana on them or note beneath their collar that says, ‘Big Brother’ or ‘Big Sister,’ then try to corral them so that they’re ready and waiting for your partner when they get home.
5. For the Sports Fan
Pick up a baby-sized cap, onesie, or tee for your partner’s favourite team or player and surprise them with it. Layout your baby ware on game day if the timing works.
6. For the Organizer
If your partner is forever checking their desktop calendar, add your approximate due date to it. When they get home, ask them to check if you have anything planned for that date under the guise of making plans.
7. For the Sweets Fan
If you’re a fan of baking, bake a cake, then fill the centre with Jelly Babies. Serve your partner a slice after dinner and wait for the confusing and strategically placed gummy babies to tumble out.
8. For the Board Game Fan
If you and your partner hold a weekly board game evening, suggest Scrabble. Sneakily keep aside the letters that spell out ‘We’re Pregnant’ — you can bend the letter count rules a little here — and spell out your news on your first go.
9. For the Gardener
If your partner is an avid gardener, gift them seeds for the yard that are laden with sneaky clues, like baby corn, baby blue eucalyptus, baby potatoes, baby’s breath, baby blue eyes and baby spinach and wait for the pieces to start to fall into place.
Letting your partner know that you’re expecting can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be one moment of many that you’ll hold onto and treasure for many years.
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