Military deployments often mean a loved one missing key moments at home. Not having your loved one present for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions can really make an otherwise joyous moment a little less fun. This is especially true when military families are getting ready to welcome a new bundle of joy. Missing pregnancy or the birth itself is an all-too-common reality for many military families, but a deployment doesn’t have to keep a loved one from being a part of the moment, thanks to care packages, including gender reveal care packages!
Gender Reveal Care Packages
For many soon-to-be parents, finding out whether they’re expecting a boy or a girl is a highlight! When one parent can’t physically be there for the big reveal, it may be tempting to skip it entirely, but you don’t have to! Gender reveals have gotten more and more elaborate so why not incorporate the fun into a care package?
You can go one of two ways when decorating gender reveal care packages: either decorate the box in both pink and blue or decorate the box in pink or blue, depending on the gender of the baby. There are many pre-printed paper options and baby-themed stickers at craft stores that make decorating the box easy!
If you’d like help decorating your gender reveal care package, contact me on Etsy and we can come up with a fun way to share your news!
Content ideas include items that come in pink or blue packaging, like Hubba Bubba gum, SmashMallow (pink and blue) and Kodiak Cake single serving mixes (blue). If you have items that don’t fit the color scheme, don’t forget that wrapping paper can be your best friend!
No matter what else goes in the box, make sure to include some way to tell your loved one the big news! You could send a note or card, poppers or a mini piñata filled with colored confetti or a gender specific onesie. These gender reveal balls seem to be super popular with folks, but may add some logistical concerns to your care package, especially if they pop open in shipping and the powder gets everywhere!
A fun option is to arrange schedules so your loved one can open the box while FaceTiming you or have a co-worker film their reaction. It won’t be as good as them being there in person with you, but it still helps create a lifelong memory.
“You’re a Dad” or “You’re a Mom” Care Packages
Giving birth with a loved one away from home is a pretty common occurrence for military spouses and understandably they want their loved one to still be part of the moment. A fun care package post-delivery is a great way to help bridge that gap.
If you thought you needed to include a few sonogram photos before the baby arrived, you can be 100% sure that you need to include a TON of pictures once the baby has arrived. Use photos to decorate the flaps or include them as contents; just be sure to protect them. You could also include a onesie or hat that baby has already worn. I would discourage you from sending super special mementos (like hospital bracelets or the outfit the baby wore home) just in case they don’t make it back home.
Pro tip: put the box together (decorate and fill as much as possible) before baby arrives! That way all that’s left is to add the last few items, tape and ship so you can focus all your time and attention on the newest member of your family.
Pregnancy Announcement Care Packages
What do you do if you find out you’re expecting while your loved one is deployed?
Well for me the answer is easy: send a pregnancy announcement care package!
You could approach this care package in a variety of different ways:
- send a “normal” care package with an extra surprise at the very bottom of the box.
- theme the box with “baby” or mini items, like a playlist of songs with “baby” in the title, travel-sized toiletries or mini versions of favorite snack items.
- wrap all of the items in the box and include a letter on each item that spells “we’re pregnant!”
No matter which way you choose to go, your loved one will be so surprised to get the big news via care package!
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