While finding out the gender of the unborn has become the new norm – 64% of us will learn our baby’s gender at 20 weeks according to a Babycenter.com poll – I encourage expecting moms to take the good, old-fashioned route, waiting.
I’ve done it both ways.
We kept our firstborn’s gender a surprise and but found out at 20 weeks with our second and, contrary to popular belief, not knowing is better. In fact, there are major advantages to having the doc keep mum.
10 Reasons to Keep Your Baby’s Gender a Surprise
1. Rather than 48 frilly dresses or athletic-themed onesies (39 of which will never get worn), you get the practical, off-the-registry gifts you really need at your baby shower.
2. You can avoid lengthy diatribes about the merits of naming your baby after your grandmother Helga.
3. There is nothing like the sheer pleasure of irking your mother-in-law for nine months. (Fair disclosure: She will even the score though, once the baby is born.)
4. You get to indulge your crazy aunt’s need to play soothsayer. She’ll hang strings over your belly, read your tea leaves, or ask about particular cravings. The bonus for you? You get to talk ad nauseam about the ins and outs of your pregnancy.
5. There’s no chance of mistakenly creating a Johnny room only to find out that you actually have a Jane.
6. The waiting room will be packed with family members and friends excitedly awaiting the big announcement.
7. You won’t be disappointed if you don’t get the girl or boy your heart was set on. Gender preferences melt away as soon as you see your new baby.
8. Co-workers will be eager to open the email announcement to see not only how red-faced and pointy-headed your baby is, but to find out if they won the baby pool and beer money for the weekend.
9. You won’t need to revamp your gender-neutral nursery for numbers 2, 3, 4…
10. Great surprises are few and far between in life – this is one of the best, if not tops.