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10 Creative Ways to Do a Gender Reveal During COVID-19

From the moment you start sharing your pregnancy news, the first question you probably get from everyone is “Are you having a boy or a girl?” In recent years, a popular way for expecting parents to reveal the gender of their new addition has been by hosting a gender reveal party with family and friends.

However, with social distancing practices still in effect due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents-to-be are having to get creative with how they share the news. But luckily, you can still have an exciting gender reveal party with your closest friends and family by inviting them to join the reveal remotely, thanks to Facebook Live, IGTV, Zoom or Google Hangouts.

If you find yourself stuck on how to reveal your baby’s gender to friends and family, then keep reading for creative gender reveal ideas for all types.

Bath Bomb Reveal

Either make your own gender reveal bath bomb or buy one online. When the time comes, fill a plastic container or your tub with water, and drop the bath bomb in, letting it reveal if it’s a boy or a girl. Guests can watch live as the bath bomb fizzles!

Water Balloon Fight

Host a virtual gender reveal party where you and your partner have a water balloon fight while the rest of your family and friends get to watch! Lay 10 water balloons out in a row and let your guests vote on which one to throw next. Have one filled with either pink or blue colored water so that, when it breaks, the gender is revealed!

Sing It, Baby!

Make a specific playlist filled with songs with titles like “Let’s Hear it For the Boy” or “I’m Just A Girl”. Send it out to family and friends as a musical way to share the news.

Blowing Bubbles

Each expectant parent blows a bubble with either pink or blue bubblegum. Then, the parent with the incorrect gum color has their bubble popped during a virtual session!

Sibling Love

Make a custom shirt for your baby’s older sibling in either blue or pink and snap a family picture to post on social media. Cute messages like “I’m the Oldest!” are always a winner.

Booties Reveal

Another good way to tell your loved ones is to buy or make a set of crocheted booties in blue or pink. Then, ship them out and wait for the delighted phone calls!

Cake Pop Reveal

Make cake pops with white cake inside, colored blue or pink depending on your baby’s gender. Get your video camera going as you feed one another a cake pop and reveal the color inside to everyone watching! We also love the cakes that explode with a colorful candy treat. 

Gumball Guessing Game

Mail your tribe a bag of gumballs filled with an equal number of blue and pink gumballs. Add one extra gumball to the bag that’s either pink or blue, depending on your baby’s gender. Have everyone look at the bags and try to guess the gender before they dump them out and quickly count the gumballs during your virtual party for the big reveal.

Dress Up the Pup

If you’re already a parent to a fur baby, feature your pet in the big reveal video by dressing them up in a special t-shirt, collar or accessory and then calling them into the room with you while you’re streaming with family and friends!

Blacklight Reveal

Write the gender in blacklight markers on a white poster board. When everyone has joined your virtual gender reveal party, flip off the lights and turn on your blacklight flashlight for the grand reveal.

 

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6 Forgotten Nursery Must-Haves for Twins

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Are you expecting twins? Designing a nursery for twins will be one of the most fun parts of your twin pregnancy. However, there are a few things you need to prep for your newborn twins that you may not have thought about. Here are a few tips from our friends at Twiniversity, the twin experts.

 

Furniture Anchors

Plan to anchor all furniture to the walls before the twins are even born. Trust me, you will thank me for this! Getting this out of the way before delivery day will allow you to set it and forget it. Once your twins are on the move, it’s one less thing you have to worry about. Be sure to also anchor lower furniture, such as dressers. You’d be amazed how easy it is for two toddlers to pull over furniture when they work together.

 

2-stage Crib Mattress  

Since you’re buying multiples of everything, it pays to get more bang for your buck. Many great crib mattresses are ‘2-stage,’ meaning they can be used from infant to toddler, usually as simply as flipping it over after your baby turns one year old.  Oh, and don’t forget to protect that investment with a crib waterproof mattress cover.

 

Big Diaper Basket

You are about to give birth to two different people. Even if you’re having identical twins, there’s a good chance your twins will have a weight discordance at some point in their first year. Purchase an extra large diaper basket that’s big enough to hold two different sizes of diapers at once, just in case your twins are ever in different sizes for a while.

 

Unobtrusive Lighting

Plan for some lighting in the room that will allow you to navigate their room in the dark while they’re sleeping, but won’t wake them up. A strategically positioned night light should do the trick to make sure you don’t stub your toe on a crib on your way out the door.

 

Two Memento Boxes

You may not always have time to keep a detailed journal of every milestone for each twin, but you will definitely want to save specific mementos, such as hospital bracelets, clothing, coming home outfits, etc. for each child. Make a box for each of them. It may help to keep a shoebox for smaller items within a large plastic bin to hold everything you want to save.

 

Smart Device

Let Alexa keep you company during all of those late nights with your infant twins. Install a smart speaker in their bedroom, such as an Amazon Echo or Google Home. It can play music, answer your questions, and even play games with you while you’re serving the 16th bottle of the day. Even better, ask Alexa to read you, “What To Do When You’re Having Two” by Natalie Diaz, founder and CEO of Twiniversity, the #1 global resource and support network for parents of twins.

 

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Now reaching over 2 million families a year in over 150 countries, Twiniversity is the largest global resource for all things “twinnie”. With worldwide recognition in her field, Founder Natalie Diaz brings her twin parenting expertise to their online resource, including parent to parent forumslive and online expecting twins classes, social media channels, and her bestselling book “What To Do When You’re Having Two“, the #1 bestseller on Amazon for Twins & Multiples Parenting.

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