Announcing pregnancy to first-time grandparents is a big deal, even more so if they're long-distance grandparents. This might be a moment they’ve been waiting for for a long while, so making it exciting for them will be really special.
While it can be easy to get caught up in the emotions of this milestone and the fact you can't be in the room, there are plenty of ways you can make this a special moment, no matter how many miles are between you. From making the most of technology to sending them creative hints in the post, your pregnancy announcement can still be just as memorable and meaningful.
We've rounded up some of our favourite pregnancy announcements for grandparents who can’t be there in person to get your creative juices flowing and ideas sparking.
● Virtual game night announcement
● Online photo puzzle
● Digital baby book
● Video call
● Interactive storybook
● Interactive map
● Online scavenger hunt
● Augmented reality reveal
● A series of email stories
● A digital advent calendar
● Baby trivia countdown
● Song lyric countdown
● Custom calendar with due date marked
● Personalised mugs
● A framed ultrasound
● Baby clothing
● Message in a bottle
● A positive pregnancy test
● A voice recording
● A keepsake locket
● A letter from the baby
● A family recipe book
● A video montage
Announcing pregnancy to grandparents who are far away can feel like an underwhelming process, especially if you have something grand planned for family and friends who are physically closer to you.
Luckily, that doesn't have to be the case. There are so many things that you can do to make your long-distance baby announcement extra special for you and the future grandparents.
The easiest way to make a pregnancy announcement to family and friends who are far away is to organise a virtual event.
Of course, you’ll have to think about matching up time zones so everyone can be included, which might seem tricky to start with, but it’ll definitely be worth it. After all, it’s a special moment!
Here are a few of our top virtual grandparent's pregnancy announcement ideas.
Special delivery via mail is a great way to announce your pregnancy to the new grandparents, and they’ll even have a gift to keep at the end of it.
You can send them a custom-made calendar with the due date marked as a special day. Once they receive it, have a video call to watch their reaction as they discover the significance of the marked date. Etsy is a great resource for announcements like this.
A package of personalised grandparent mugs, a framed ultrasound picture, baby clothing, a pregnancy announcement card, or even a heartfelt message in a bottle are also all brilliant ways to drop the news through delivery.
When it comes to announcing pregnancy to grandparents, it can be tempting to jump straight in and reveal the news straight away.
Although the excitement can be overwhelming, it can be nice to bask in the news with just your partner for a while – drip-feeding the news to the new grandparents can be the perfect way to get the best of both worlds, and it’ll be funny for them to look back on and realise all the signs they were missing!
Series of Emails
Start with simple life updates and gradually add baby hints in each email. You can reveal the big news in the final email or over a video call.
Virtual Advent Calendar
Create a calendar that hints at your pregnancy with each day's content, timed with a specific season or holiday.
Baby Trivia Countdown
Send daily emails with trivia related to babies or parenting, each hinting more towards the news. The final trivia question reveals the pregnancy.
Song Lyric Countdown
Compile and send a playlist with songs that subtly hint at babies or parenthood, adding a new song each day. Share a revealing song on the day of the announcement.
The aim of these countdowns is not just to announce the pregnancy but also to build anticipation and excitement, making the grandparents-to-be feel involved in this wonderful journey from the very start, despite the distance.
We’d recommend giving them a call after you’ve dropped the big final hint, too, just to make sure they’ve definitely understood the news! They’ll also have a bunch of questions and want to share their excitement with you, so be prepared for a long and emotional call.
Virtual announcements might feel a little impersonal or far from the precious pregnancy announcement you'd imagined. Thanks to all the tech we have at our fingertips, this doesn't have to be the case.
With an interactive announcement, your pregnancy reveal can be just as special and intimate.
Create an online interactive storybook that takes the grandparents on a journey. It could include significant moments from your and your partner's lives, with the final page revealing the pregnancy. Websites like StoryJumper or Book Creator can help you create this personalised digital storybook.
Online Scavenger Hunt
Design an online scavenger hunt, with each clue leading to a webpage or online location that reveals the next clue. The final clue leads to the pregnancy announcement. This could be a fun and engaging way to reveal the news.
Augmented Reality Reveal
If the new grandparents are tech-savvy, use an augmented reality app to create a unique reveal. The grandparents can scan a QR code you send them, which reveals a 3D image or message announcing the pregnancy. This can also be a great gender reveal idea!
Planning a pregnancy announcement for grandparents who are living far away can be an incredibly enjoyable experience. But before you dive into any creative ideas, it’ll be a good idea to think about those inevitable factors that you’ll need to work around in your planning.
If you’re close with your parents or grandparents, you might find the emotional borders of living long-distance just as tricky as the physical ones, particularly when announcing something as special as your pregnancy. Think about the ways you can make them feel included and involved, even if they’re not physically with you.
If it’s feasible, try to arrange to visit them (or vice versa) before the baby arrives and celebrate together. Or, if that’s not possible, schedule regular video calls or send them regular updates and photos throughout the pregnancy.
Embracing the role of long-distance grandparents comes with its unique set of joys and challenges.
However, distance needn't dampen the excitement of this precious news. With a bit of creativity, you can make your pregnancy announcement truly memorable and special, both for you and the grandparents-to-be.
Our journal is filled with advice, tips, and tricks on parenthood and looking after your new bundle of joy, so be sure to check it out.
Announcing your first pregnancy to your family can be exhilarating, and there's no right or wrong way to do it. You can have a big announcement with all your family around, or you can choose to keep things low-key and stagger who you tell and when to prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed with well-wishers.
In the same way that there's no right or wrong way to announce a pregnancy, there's no right or wrong time to make the announcement either. If you feel like you want your family to know early on to offer support and advice, there's no reason to hold back. However, if you'd rather wait until you're further along in your journey, that's fine, too. It's all about what you feel comfortable with.
Feeling nervous to tell your parents or the whole family is perfectly normal. It's a significant life event, and the anticipation of their reactions can be both exciting and daunting. You might also be navigating feelings of vulnerability, as sharing the news makes the pregnancy more real. Just remember, it's your special moment, and it's okay to take your time to share it in a way that feels right for you!
Your online pregnancy announcement could be as extravagant as a video montage or as simple as a video call. A heartfelt group call with your entire family is always a great idea, and it means everyone can be excited about the news together.