When and How to Tell People You’re Expecting

When and How to Tell People You’re Expecting

Congrats on your new family member to come! You’re probably eager and/or nervous to tell everyone the exciting news. Read on for when and how to make the big announcement, and when you’re ready, check out these great birth announcement options.

Timing

When you choose to share the news is really a personal decision that only you can make. And, there’s really no right or wrong answer when it comes to timing. That being said, many women choose to keep their news private until the first trimester has passed. After 12 weeks, the risk of a miscarriage drops substantially. You might consider just telling family and close friends before then.

The Announcement

You by no means have to make a ‘big announcement’ on social media or otherwise. If you’re a more private person, then just tell close friends and family, and others if or when it comes up.

However, it is a good idea to tell coworkers so they aren’t left wondering why you’re running off to the bathroom every half hour. At worst, your boss could mistake your absences for poor performance. Don’t leave them to their own assumptions.

If you do want to share your news in a more public way, here are some fun and creative ideas:

Announce on social media and ask people for advice

Instead of just announcing your pregnancy, ask people to share their top tips. Start a ‘note’ on Facebook, so you have everything in a searchable format v.s. just asking for comments on a post. This is a great way to get friends and family more involved with your journey if you want them to be. New moms love to give advice to their expecting friends about pregnancy and parenting. It’s also a way to crowdsource useful information and resources with minimal effort. Have older relatives that aren’t on social media? Send them a letter with a pre-addressed return envelope and ask them to reply back with their favorite piece of advice for new moms.

Have photos taken

Schedule a pregnancy photo shoot with your spouse. You’re probably overdue for some cute photos together anyway. Then, share them on social media or go old-school and have prints made. You’ll be thankful later in life that you preserved the moment, especially if this is your first pregnancy. Giving relatives a framed photo is a great way to share your news in a more personal manner.

Do it with humor

The lightest way to share your big news is with humor. There are so many fun photo options out there. If you have other children or pets, you could include them in the photos. See 24 Ways to Announce Your Pregnancy on Facebook, Instagram, and More.

When and How to Tell People You’re Expecting

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Host a party or go out to dinner

Invite your loved ones over for an intimate gathering or throw a major celebration, if that’s your style. Or, just invite a few friends out for a meal. You know what to say when they ask why you’re not drinking! Put a photo from your pregnancy shoot or sonogram on display and it will do the talking for you.

Bake something

Let the cookies or cake break the ice for you. Bake something yourself or head to a grocery store or bakery and let them do the work. Bring a tray of cookies to the office as a way of sharing the news with coworkers. They’ll be excited for you and for the treats.

When and How to Tell People You’re Expecting

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What are your thoughts on timing and methods of sharing the news? We would love to hear from you. Leave us a comment below to connect.

Popular Baby Name Roundups from Pinterest to Get You Started

Popular Baby Name Roundups from Pinterest to Get You Started

Choosing a baby name can be overwhelming, but really, the process should be fun. Pinterest is a great place to start for everything baby-related, and baby names are no exception. We’ve sorted through all the lists and included our favorite ones here for your convenience. This post will help you narrow down which ‘type’ of baby name you want – popular, old-fashioned, unique and so on.

Here are some categories of names to consider:

  1. Popular Names

Avery, Jackson, Sophia, Emma, Milo

These baby names are just a few of the most popular choices from the last two years, and there’s a reason for that. Do you want a baby name that’s trending? Start by looking through the top baby names for boys and girls in 2017.

  1. Disney Baby Names

Abigail, Charlotte, Gideon, Milo

Whether you’re a big Disney fan or not, one of these dreamy and mystical Disney girl names might suit your baby. There are tons of choices beyond the typical Cinderella or Ariel. We’re particularly fond of Giselle and Alice. There are also some great Disney-inspired names for boys from Mickey to Oliver.

Popular Baby Name Roundups from Pinterest to Get You Started

  1. Baby Names with Fantastic Nicknames

William “Liam,” Collette “Coco,” Isabella “Izzy”

A lot of the time, nicknames are unavoidable. Even if you want your child to be called by their given name, relatives and even your kid might have different ideas. So, you might as well choose a name that also has a great nickname. Check out 12 Baby Names with Fantastic Nicknames.

  1. Old-Fashioned Baby Names

Adeline, Lincoln, Victor, Raymond

Take a nod from the past and consider an old-fashioned baby name. Everything that’s old comes back into style at some point so your kiddo will be ahead of the curve. Take a look at The Ultimate List of Old Fashioned Baby Names.

Popular Baby Name Roundups from Pinterest to Get You Started

  1. French Baby Names

Coralie, Luc, Marielle, Louna

They have a nice ring to them, don’t they? These names are some of the most popular choices in France. If you’re striking out with American names, you could turn to French. It is one of the five romance languages, after all. See 17 French Baby Names that are Prime for an American Takeover.

  1. Unique Names

Greer, Declan, Talia, Iris

Your baby is unique and you want everyone to know it. Help your little girl or boy stand out in the world with a beautifully uncommon name. Browse 100 Unique Baby Names.

  1. Baby Girl Names with Special Meanings

Sophia – wise, Madison – gift of God, Gwyneth – happiness

Every name has a meaning behind it, but these ones have extra special and memorable ones. Give your daughter a name that she’ll be proud of. Look through Baby Girl Names with Great Meanings.

  1. Short and Sweet Boy Names

Blake, Clark, Ian, Zac

There’s something very appealing about boys names that are short and simple. Give your little man a name that is classic and easy to pronounce. Here are 100 Sweet and Short Names for Boys with Meanings.

There are tons of names to choose from and these are just a starting point. After you gather some initial ideas, continue your search on Babble, a resource provided by Disney. You can sort baby names by letter, origin, or theme.

And when you’re ready, have a look at our beautiful birth announcements, which can be customized for your baby’s chosen name!

Did one of the names on this list spark your interest? We would love to hear your top considerations. Leave a comment below.

September Photography Contest

We love to show off the work of our amazingly talented photographers. Take a minute to enjoy the slideshow below. Check back each month to see more unique and beautiful photos. Congratulations to all winners and honorable mentions!

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Happy 4th Birthday! Guide to Planning a Party for Energetic 4-Year Olds

Approaching their fourth birthday, your toddler has more energy than ever. Plan a party that will keep your energetic kiddo and all of their little friends entertained. Here’s what you need to consider.

  1. Theme

The first step to planning any party is choosing a fun theme. Your little one will probably want to have some input on this. Come up with a few feasible ideas for them to choose from involving their favorite animal, TV show, book, sport, or activity.

Happy 4th Birthday! Guide to Planning a Party for Energetic 4-Year Olds

Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

  1. Food and Drinks

Since most four-year-olds aren’t big eaters, you don’t need to worry too much about the food. Toddlers will likely be more interested in activities (see number three) and running around. Keep food simple. Mini hot dogs, pizza bites, or meat and cheese sandwiches will please picky eaters and adults. Pre-cut fruit and veggies are an easy and healthy snack. Customize these to your theme if desired.

Happy 4th Birthday! Guide to Planning a Party for Energetic 4-Year Olds

Food ideas for a princess theme party

Have plenty of water and juice available for energized kids to re-hydrate. Adults will appreciate coffee if the party is in the morning or early afternoon.

Kids will expect a dessert at a party. This doesn’t have to be cake. Cookies, brownies, or a make-your-own ice cream sundae station are good alternatives (Baby Centre).

  1. Entertainment

Entertainment is crucial for little toddlers with endless energy. You want to have a variety of activities for kids with different interests and energy levels. You could hire entertainment, such as a clown or magician. You could also rent a bounce house or host your party at a local park where there is built-in entertainment on the playground. But, there are plenty of less expensive DIY alternatives. Here are some ideas:

  • Arts and crafts station – This is an easy activity for kids who need a break between running around. Cover a table with newspaper or a disposable tablecloth. Keep it simple with paper and crayons, or get creative with a craft that’s a little more advanced and relates to the theme of the party.

Happy 4th Birthday! Guide to Planning a Party for Energetic 4-Year Olds

A DIY candy necklace station is a craft (and tasty treat) that both kids and adults can partake in. By using candy instead of beads, there’s no choking hazard.

  • Stop and go dance game – Dancing is an easy and fun way for kids to get their extra energy out. Play upbeat music and tell kids to “freeze” when the music stops.
  • Bubbles, balloons, squirt guns – Providing items that kids can use to entertain themselves is a no-brainer. Kids love bubbles, stuffed animals, and clothes to play dress-up. Outdoor parties lend themselves to water-based activities. Provide water balloons, squirt guns, or a kiddie pool.
  1. Party Favors

Little ones love party favors to take home! Don’t worry, there’s no need to spend a ton. Check out the dollar section at Target or set up a make-your-own candy goody bag station. Coloring books relating to the party theme are another simple option.

Happy 4th Birthday! Guide to Planning a Party for Energetic 4-Year Olds

An “adopt a puppy” party favor is so cute for a puppy-themed party.

Lastly, remember to take plenty of photos or schedule a Bella Life photo shoot before your party!

Party Like a 3-Year Old! 10 Must-Have Games for Your 3-Year Old’s Birthday Party

It’s time to party like a 3-year old for your little one’s upcoming birthday. You’ll want to keep your energetic kiddo and their friends fully entertained with some fun games. Toddlers don’t have the longest attention span, so games with simple rules are ideal. Read on for our top picks.

  1. Pin the Tail on the Donkey (or Another Animal)

Pin the tail on the donkey is a classic and can be reworked to fit your party’s theme or child’s favorite animal. You could do pin the tiara on the princess or pin the nose on the clown. Hang up a large poster or DIY drawing of the character on a wall, then outline the target. Make objects with tape on the back for kids to stick on the poster. Blindfold kids one at a time and let them each have a go at pinning the object closest to the target.

Party Like a 3-Year Old! 10 Must-Have Games for Your 3-Year Old's Birthday Party

Pin the tail on the bunny

  1. Ring Toss

Buy a pre-made ring toss set or DIY your own according to a theme. The rules of the game are self-explanatory. Give kids a certain number of rings and have them take turns. Maybe give a prize to the child who gets the most rings in place. You could opt for a bean bag toss instead.

Party Like a 3-Year Old! 10 Must-Have Games for Your 3-Year Old's Birthday Party

This “Triceratoss” was made using a foam board and party hats.

  1. Cupcake Walk

This is the same idea as a cake walk, but with cupcakes or other prizes. If using cupcakes, wait till the end of the party to play this game, so that kids can eat some healthier food first. Print out small pictures relating to the theme of the party i.e. different Disney characters. Tape them to floor in a circle. Play music while kids walk around the circle. Then, stop the music and call out a character. The kid standing on that character gets a cupcake. Keep going until everyone has a cupcake.

  1. Musical Chairs

This is similar to the cupcake walk. Set up a circle of chairs with one less than the number of kids who are playing. When the music stops, kids have to find a chair. Continue removing one chair each turn.

  1. Craft Time

Choose any easy craft that just requires painting something that’s already made. Or, print off some free coloring sheets and provide plenty of crayons for simple clean up.

  1. Gumball Guess Game

Fill a jar with gumballs or any other candy and have kids guess how many are in the jar. Parents may have to write their child’s name and guess on the paper. Wait till near the end of the party to go through the guesses and announce or count out how many gumballs are in the jar. Whoever had the closest guess wins a prize.

Party Like a 3-Year Old! 10 Must-Have Games for Your 3-Year Old's Birthday Party

Gumball Guess Game

  1. Hopscotch

This is great for an outdoor party. Use chalk to draw a Hopscotch and leave out chalk for kids to play with during the party.

  1. Water Balloon Toss

Here’s another great outdoor game for the summer. Fill up tons of water balloons ahead of time. Draw a line in chalk, with colorful tape, or use pool noodles on grass. Pair kids up with eachother or an adult. Have everyone take a few steps back from the line then toss a balloon to their partner. Continue taking steps back, then throwing until all of the balloons are popped.

  1. Treasure Hunt

Before the party starts, hide items around the backyard or just one room of your home. Make sure there are enough so that every kid can find one even if some aren’t found. Choose small items related to your theme that can be traded in for prizes after being found. These could be small stuffed animals, rubber ducks, or anything else you can think of.

  1. Cupcake or Cookie Decorating

Set up a cupcake decorating station. Cover the table with a disposable tablecloth for easy cleanup. Have a few colors of frosting and bowls filled with candy and sprinkles to decorate.

Party Like a 3-Year Old! 10 Must-Have Games for Your 3-Year Old's Birthday Party

This set-up is so cute for an artist themed party.

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