In modern America, women are spending more and more time trying to get their husbands to appreciate babies before they are actually born. We took a look at a few common and a few unorthodox methods that mothers are trying.
1. Surprise ultrasounds
Nothing quite says “Yay! A baby!” like finding an ultrasound in your lunch when you’re surrounded by coworkers. Husbands are guaranteed to remember they have a baby on the way with this touching gift. As an added bonus, it will also force your husband to brag (or at least talk) about your up coming addition in front of that attractive secretary so you can be sure she knows that he is off limits.
2. Baby Room Painting
It’s easy to feel excited about a coming child when you have lots of work to accomplish before they get here! Putting together cribs and highchairs and bikes and pretty much every other thing you can buy on the internet for your child will keep your husband busy and anticipating the arrival of your new baby. If he does somehow manage to finish all of the projects before your little tike is born, try changing the wall color you want for the babies room every week or so until you go into labor, at least then your husband will be as anxious as you are for that special day to arrive.
3. Fake Daddy Tummy
Technically, this won’t make your husband more excited for the baby, but it will definitely put him in a place to understand what you’re going through. Another benefit of the baby tummy is that the sweat and work on his back could help him shed those pesky pounds of “sympathy weight” he’s gained helping you eat all those hot wings.
4. Child-Name Rights
This one is a little more dangerous, if your husband is into weird names like “Herbadiah”, “Jebediah”, or “Samuel”. But a good way to get your husband excited is to offer him the right to chose the name for the child as long as he meets a goal amount of excitement for the baby and you.
5. Avoid ANY References To Vomit or Poop
As every good mother/soon-to-be knows, baby poop is the physical equivalent of nerve gas. Baby vomit is mostly harmless, but avoid it all the same. You don’t want to do anything that will negate all of the progress you’ve made with our previous suggestions.
6. Subtle Reminders of Child Labor
Try to frequently remind your husband of the benefits of having this child. He’ll have another set of hands to accomplish daily chores, like raking leaves, cleaning the house, and retrieving various small objects from that dark scary basement. While babies aren’t immediately useful for labor, they grow eventually, and you can mold them into the little worker you want. Also, there’s been some movement on legislation in Vermont that could help monetize your new little human.
Let us know if any of these suggestions help you out in your quest to getting baby the attention and excitement it deserves.