Should You Find Out the Gender of Your Baby?
February 6, 2016
Pregnancy is an amazing journey full of milestones, doctor check-ups, and an expanding belly. For some, they know without a doubt that they will find out the gender of their baby. While for others, they definitely do not. So, what do you do: find out the gender of your baby or not? We’ll highlight the pros and cons of each decision.
Obviously, the pros of finding out the gender are that you’ll know exactly (unless by some very small percentage your doctor is wrong) how to plan once the arrival of your baby comes. You’ll be able to plan accordingly, but do you realize just how many things you’ll need to plan for baby? This point is probably the most important element to consider when you are making the decision to find out what you are having. For starters, let’s start with where the baby will live: their nursery.
Often baby stays close to mom and dad for their first 3-4 months, a baby bassinet or a portable crib, like a Pack ‘N Play, is where a newborn will sleep. So, a nursery doesn’t have to be fully finalized when baby makes his or her arrival. However, adding the finishing touches on baby’s nursery with a newborn may not be the easiest to do. Consider how you envision your nursery, and then think: will it be difficult to finalize the nursery if you do not know if it will be pink or blue?
Additionally, if you are a planner and like to have things organized, think of the things you’ll need to buy that are gender based (though, you can also choose unisex options too):
– Baby clothes
– Baby blankets
– Baby accessories (think hair bows, baby shoes, hats)
– Burp cloths
– Baby’s hooded bath towel
– Changing pad cover
– Baby bedding
These are just some of the things you’ll need once the baby gets here. And, if you prefer the above pieces to be gender based, then you’ll definitely want to find out what gender your baby is.
However, if you love surprises, not finding out the baby’s gender will be one of the biggest surprises you’ll ever have!
With that said, you’ll want to make sure you and the baby’s mom and dad are both on the same page. Can you imagine if one of you knew what you were having, while the other didn’t want to know at all? You’ll have to be extra, EXTRA careful when referring to the baby. It will be easiest if you are both on the same page to find out together or not at all.
Also, if you are not wanting to find out your baby’s gender, at all of your doctor appointments, be sure to tell your doctor and nurses that you do not want to know what the gender, so they don’t accidentally spill the beans.
The good news is that even if you don’t know if you are having a boy or a girl, there are so many options when it comes to choosing unisex baby products.
A big suggestion is to definitely register for baby products before you have baby showers. You will get many people asking if you’re having a boy or a girl, so because you do not know yet, give well-wishers options of what they can buy for you that you will be happy with.
Another option is if you found out what you were having with your previous pregnancies why not make this one an extra surprise and wait to see what the baby is upon delivery? How fun will that be?! That way you can have the best of both worlds.
If you are a planner and just are excited to know what your baby is, go ahead and find out while you are pregnant. You’ll be able to celebrate their gender every time you purchase something for your bundle of joy while pregnant. Or, if you want the ULTIMATE surprise, keep the gender a secret until delivery. Either way, seeing your baby for the first time will be something you will cherish forever.
Tell us: did you find out the gender of your baby while pregnant or not?
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