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How to Surprise Grandparents with Pregnancy – 19 Sweet Ideas

Finding out you are pregnant is such an exciting time.  Bringing new life to the world and expanding your family is something special that deserves to be celebrated!  After getting a positive pregnancy test, you will want to share the news with your parents. There are so many unique ideas on how to surprise grandparents with pregnancy and we’ve compiled them all here!

Whether you are looking for ways to announce a first grandchild or maybe they will be grandparents again, we have compiled some of the cutest ways to share this special news.

19 of the Best Ways to Surprise Grandparents with Pregnancy

First Grandchild Announcements

Grandparent books

Present the new grandma and grandpa with their very own picture books to read to their new grandchild.  Jean Reagan writes a series of books entitled “How to Babysit a Grandma” and “How to Babysit a Grandpa.”  Written from the point-of-view of the grandchild, both books tell the reader how to care for Grandma or Grandpa while “babysitting.”  While the stories are cute and funny, the new grandparents are sure to shed a tear when they read them to their grandchild for the first time.

Munchkin Surprise

Show up with breakfast and one on the way.  Bring a box of munchkins (donut holes) to the new grandparents or invite them over to your place for breakfast.  Place this adorable sign in the box announcing your news, and see how long it takes for them to notice! 

You could even pair this announcement with some coffee sleeves that break the news for you as well.  The only thing better than coffee and donuts in the morning is finding out you’re going to be a grandparent!

Personalized Fortune Cookies

Take the grandma and grandpa-to-be out for dinner at a Chinese food restaurant.  At the end of the meal, have your server bring these personalized fortune cookies instead of the regular ones.  Have your own message inside that says, “Congratulations on being a Grandma!” or “You’re finally going to be a grandfather!” Make your message anything you’d like, and watch their shocked faces as they crack into their cookies.  

Since one little slip of paper will hold such a wonderful memory, give each grandparent a holder for their fortune announcement.  It is a magnet that will keep your grandparents baby announcement on their refrigerator for years to come.  

Finally Stop Asking

For the parents who just never seem to stop pestering you about grandchildren, this is the perfect announcement.  Gift them a tiny onesie or mug that says “You can finally stop asking when we are having a baby now.” Wrap the them in a box and let both grandparents open it together.

Pacifier Announcement

Of all the pregnancy announcement ideas for grandparents, this is one of the simplest ones.  Gift your parents this adorable pacifier that says “You better sit down!” along with a heartfelt note telling them you are pregnant.  This is a great option for grandparents that do not live near-by.  They will be completely surprised to receive a tiny gift in the mail.  If you are not giving this gift in person, make sure to write a note instructing them to open the box together!  You will get the most excited and tearful phone call from some happy grandparents.

From Pet Grandparent to Human Grandparent

Use your beloved pet to announce your pregnancy to your parents.  Invite your parents over, and place this cute bandana around your dog’s neck.  Wait to see how long it takes for them to read the bandana and find out the news!  Want to use your cat instead? Not a problem!  The same bandana fits around your kitty’s neck to break the news.  Your parents will be thrilled to graduate from pet grandparent to human grandparent.

Scrapbook Surprise

This idea is for someone willing to put a little DIY effort behind their announcement.  Purchase this little wooden scrapbook album in advance and customize the pages for your announcement. Glue in baby pictures of the new Mommy and Daddy, and make each page lead to the final announcement with a sonogram picture or a space for the new baby’s first photo.  Any leftover blank pages can be filled with pictures of the baby, as well as a snapshot of the surprised and happy faces of the new grandparents-to-be!


If you’re wondering how to surprise grandparents with pregnancy in a grand gesture sort of way, we’ve got you covered.  With news this exciting, it’s go big or go home, right?  Take your parents out to the ballgame (or any other sporting event) and announce your news on the jumbotron at the game!  Have an entire stadium of cheers and applause for the best new grandparents.  Contact your local stadium or arena ahead of time to set up the announcement.

Extra Flashy

If you want to be extra, you could gather friends and family (your parents excluded, for obvious reasons) and choreograph a mini flash mob for your announcement.  Choose a song that has the word “baby” in it a lot and reference your baby bump (no matter how small) in your choreography and your parents will catch on quickly!

Size of Baby

Present the new grandparents with the fruit or vegetable that your baby is the sizeof. Search online to find what food your baby is the size of.  For example, if you are telling your parents when you are 7 weeks pregnant, your baby is the size of a blueberry. Place one single blueberry in a small jewelry box and wrap it up for your parents. When they look at you and are, understandably, confused, you can explain that their new grandchild is the size of a blueberry!

Already Grandparents Announcements

Act It Out

Invite your friends and family over for a game night and suggest a game of charades. Make sure that the teams work out correctly (grandparents should be on the same team) and play the game normally for a little bit.  When the time is right, and no one is suspecting it, act out the clue that another little one is on the way!

Heartbeat Stuffie

Record your little one’s heartbeat and place it inside a cute stuffed animal of your choice.  Give to your parents for a wonderful surprise and a meaningful keepsake that they will cherish forever.  Even when their grandchild is an adult, they can listen to their baby heartbeat and reminisce about the day they first heard it.

Use Older Child

Since they are already grandparents, use your older child, or children, to announce the news.  If there are multiple grandchildren, gather them together to act out a little skit for their grandparents that spills the beans.  If you only have one child, take a photo of them holding a sign that announces the news.  Then, you can print and frame the photo for a wonderful surprise that will hang in their house forever.

Retro Photo Viewer

Bring your parents back to childhood with a personalized retro photo viewer that is customized with photos that announce your pregnancy.  Do a mini photo shoot that spells out that you are pregnant, and turn it into a photo reel for a photo viewer.  Gift the viewer and reel to the grandparents and watch them click through the photos to reveal your exciting message!

Ideas For Grandma

Color changing mug

Put a dramatic twist on the classic “grandma” mug by gifting the new grandma a color changing mug instead.  What initially looks like a plain black mug, magically changes when heat is applied into a white mug that says, “Congratulations, you’re going to be a Grandma!” on it.  

Personalized Wine and Glass

For the grandma who likes to enjoy a glass of wine on occasion, announce the baby news using her favorite red or white.  Add a personalized wine label on top of her favorite vintage to tell her she’s becoming a grandmother.  As an additional keepsake, gift her a wine glass as well so she can flaunt her grandma status whenever she’d like.


Gift the soon-to-be grandma with a brand new calendar marked with your due date.  Enclose your due date with a heart, and mark other appointments, like ultrasounds, as well.  You can even mark each week of your pregnancy if you want to get more detailed.  This floral calendar for 2020 is beautiful and feminine, and would make a beautiful accent to any new grandma’s home.  

Ideas For Grandpa

Matching T-Shirts

Show up to grandpa’s house wearing his and hers t-shirts that announce your big news.  The new grandpa might take a few minutes to catch on, but when he does, he will be ecstatic.  And laugh at the way you broke the news!

Personalized Beer and Mug

Show up for a chat with a six pack of your dad’s favorite beer.  Only replace the labels ahead of time with these personalized bottle labels sharing your pregnancy.  Watch your father crack open a cold one and celebrate the good news together.  Give him a personalized beer mug too that he can keep forever that commemorates the moment.  

Tips for Surprising Grandparents

While surprising people is always fun and exciting, a few small things could throw a wrench in your pregnancy announcement for grandparents.  Keep in mind the following when surprising your grandparents for smooth sailing and happy memories.

  1. Know your audience.  For instance, if your parents are donut lovers, surprising them with a box of munchkins would make the most adorable announcement! Think about things that your parents are interested in…. And they probably won’t be expecting a pregnancy surprise along with it.
  2. Take Photos or Video. Make sure you have some type of camera or phone on hand, ready to take pictures and/or videos.  While it is important to be present in the moment, having a video of the exact moment of surprise is something that will be cherished long after your parents are gone.
  3. Plan ahead.  If the idea you choose involves a little bit of planning, don’t wait until the last minute to order something or make a call.  Do so far in advance in case bad weather delays shipping or something falls through.
  4. Be clear about your expectations.  If you are involving someone besides yourself, like a server, make sure to give clear and easy instructions so that there is no miscommunication.
  5. Don’t go overboard.  While some ideas are more involved than others, know yourself and know your limits.  If you already have two other children and plan to do a long and involved announcement with many moving parts, it may not be the most realistic approach.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, there are countless ways to tell grandparents you’re pregnant.  The idea you decide upon should be the right fit for you and your soon-to-be grandparents.  There is not a one-size-fits-all approach for how to surprise grandparents with pregnancy. Nobody knows your parents like you do, so make the announcement special by choosing something personal to them.  Remember, no matter what happens, your parents will be thrilled to be entering the next step of their lives as grandparents!

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