Learning that you or someone you love is going to have a baby is a momentous occasion. And because a new pregnancy can cause a range of emotions -- from exhiliration to fear -- it is best to give some thought to how you tell others about your impending arrival. After all, if you share the news with your husband while he's backing out of the driveway, he might very well run right into a telephone poll. News this important requires a little forethought. Here the parents of Parent Soup share their advice for making the announcement of a baby on the way a smooth, celebratory event.
Telling Older Siblings
"I think a gentle approach that recognizes their possible fears of being replaced is best. A quick, happy announcement at a restaurant or public place is a good idea. Announce it in a celebratory way, to set the tone."
If You're Reluctant to Tell Your Family
"Remember that no matter your circumstances, a child is a gift and a part of the family. Whatever the situation, your family should know. The best thing for a mom-to-be who's worried about what your family will think is to be honest. Once you've shared the news, you can be free of guilt or worry."
For Long Distance Grandparents-to-be
"My parents live in Atlanta and my husband and I live in New York. So when it came time to tell my parents I made a batch of blue and pink baby feet and bunny rabbit cookies. I put the cookies on a toddler plate and mailed them to my parents. After three years of infertility, our announcement elicited enormous relief."