Post # 1
Like the title says, DH and I are thinking about doing a gender reveal party/game night. No gifts what so ever, just family, friends and fun. I’ll be 18 (almost 19) weeks the weekend we’re planning on doing it and I was wondering if that will be too early.
We have sonograms every two weeks so I’m sure we’ll know the sex either next week (at 15wks) of the U/S after that (17wks) and it will be confirmed, but is 18 weeks too early?
Post # 3
I would just wait until you know 100% what it is… sometimes the baby doesn’t cooperate. We had an ultrasound at 16 weeks but they couldnt tell because he was crossing his legs and they couldnt get a good picture so they just “thought” he was a boy. I wouldnt have had a party with that info! We had an elective u/s at 17 weeks and it was definitely confirmed. We are having our party next weekend due to other obligations and it has been really difficult to keep it to ourselves!
18 weeks is definitely not too early if they get a good potty shot.
Post # 4
We had ours at 15 weeks and the gender reveal party the same week! It was a small dinner with family and an adorable cake, it was awesome!! No presents or anything!
Post # 5
We got back our blood test gender results at 16 weeks! We considered not telling until we got the anatomy U/S at 18.5 weeks, but we couldn’t!
Post # 6
@MrsDiddles: I don’t really ‘get’ gender reveal parties; what with showers, it just seems a bit attention-grabby. Sorry. I guess I just don’t see what’s wrong with the good old fashioned way of telling people when you see them/speak to them, and don’t see why it has to be made into a huge deal worthy of a party.
Post # 7
@barbie86: That’s how I feel! And when it’s not about gifts, it seems like a ploy for people to try and get more attention. A shower is more than enough.
Post # 8
Because its a fun way to celebrate a life! Plus your having free food and cake. Who wouldn’t want that? Lol
@MrsDiddles: i would wait till 20-22 weeks! Just to be sure 🙂
Post # 9
@Brittanyg20: Honestly, I don’t even like showers TBH; so perhaps that’s why I feel like I do. I also don’t get overly excited about babies, so if someone invited me to a party where I (gasp!) got to find out the sex of their baby, I’d probably (inwardly) roll my eyes and tell them I was busy.
I dunno, I just find it a bit attention-seeking and OTT, esp if you’re having a shower as well.
I also question how many people would be that genuinely excited to find out that they’d want to attend a party for it rather than just being told in person/over the phone.
Post # 10
My sisters having a gender reveal instead of a shower, she already has 2 kids so she has everything she needs but I guess she still wants to do something to celebrate this baby! I dunno I think it sounds fun and not attention grabby if its just low key with close family!
Post # 11
@MrsRichard: that’s a good idea!
for my sisters 3rd baby, she didnt want a shower either. She did throw a “co-ed” pamper party though where she did a gender reveal 🙂 it was fun! she blogged about it so ill post the link 🙂
Because my sister had lost a baby before, we knew we had to do something for her to show our support. She was really hoping to have a girl (the baby she lost was a girl, and my niece who is her first born always talks about how she wished she had a sister).
You can read about about her stillbirth experience here:
We threw her a “mother blessing”. It was beautiful 🙂 no real presents were involved.
This is someone else’s mother blessing, very similar though!:
Post # 12
thats an okay time! you just have to make sure they have for sure confirmed what you’re having and don’t have any doubts!
Post # 13
I think that some of my family would LOVE a gender reveal party (my mother, sisters, MIL, SIL, aunts), whereas others would LOVE the free food, booze and socialization that would be involved, so I definitely plan on having something like this when I am pregnant. No presents (I’ll make this as clear as possible!), just a fun get together with the fam and a huge surprise. I think you’ll likely be fine at 18 weeks, unless baby is being extremely uncooperative!
I would want to find out the gender myself at the reveal too, I think that would be the best part.
Post # 14
My niece just had one at like 13 weeks! She originally had it planned for a month later but changed the date via text (after sending everyone invites…) because the nurse told her they knew the gender already.
To be honest I don’t get how they knew the gender at 13 weeks. I couldn’t believe they didn’t wait until the baby was at least big enough to be 100% certain. I agree with a PP that they’re definitely OTT and gift grabby, especially if you specifically request a gift like my niece did, but for some people I guess they just embrace another reason to get together & have a celebration. Whatever floats your boat.
I don’t think I’d have one. If I did it wouldn’t be a huge thing, it’d be a few of my closest fam & friends who I know truly care lol
Post # 15
@Brittanyg20: How cute! I love the pic of her holding a piece of blue cake!
Post # 16
I don’t think it is attention grabby, I love that idea. If/when we ever choose to have kids I will be so excited for a gender reveal party! How fun is that cutting a cake or opening a present with blue or pink balloons or something. I wouldn’t invite people to any kind of baby party that I thought didn’t care. Some people use it as an excuse to get free stuff but other genuinely want to celebrate the new life they created.
As for when is too early…I don’t know enough about that to suggest anything to you. I would wait until you have a definite answer though. Congrats!