This is why it’s a no-no to go all out for your little one’s gender reveal

Few things in life bring across pure excitement like a couple expecting their first child. For the ensuing nine months, future mom and dad will be making sure that everything is ready for when the little one finally arrives.

Gender reveal parties have become a big deal over the last couple of decades, where couples go to often extravagant lengths to let people know the sex of their baby. While it is aesthetically pleasing, there is really no need to do so. During a gender reveal party in Southern California, a ‘smoke-generating pyrotechnic device’ was supposed to simply reveal a colour – pink for a girl, blue for a boy. Instead, it sparked a wildfire that has scorched more than 10 000 acres of land. Not good.

There’s even been instances where people have lost their lives. A father-to-be in New York lost his life, and his brother seriously injured, when a device they were building for a gender reveal exploded. In another case, a pilot and copilot hired a plane to announce “it’s a girl” died when their plane crashed into a lagoon.

For something that is supposed to be straightforward, people are willing to risk their lives and possibly never get to see the little one grow up.

Is it (really) necessary?

The dawn of social media has given rise to digital publicity and giving rise to trends seen today. In 2008, blogger Jenna Karvunidis cut into a cake at a party with her family. Inside the cake was pink frosting, revealing to everyone in the room that she would be having a girl. Her blog post about the party would go viral and it was then that the modern gender reveal trend was born – thus inadvertently making her the ‘inventor’. A once intimate moment between a couple has the possibility to be viewed by family and friends on various social media platforms – Instagram is generally a popular place for this.

With the ever-increasing cost of living, you have to ask yourself (and your partner) is it worth going through all the fuss of popping a confetti-filled balloon or set off a glitter bomb in a party environment when a small gettogether would’ve sufficed? Not everyone is in the same financial boat so if you’re by the means to go all out with blue or pink festivities – then by all means, why not? The baby has no clue people are celebrating that it is coming into the world with a penis or vagina.

Just a year after the little one is born, 1 year old birthday festivities are next on the agenda. Parents often put in plenty of effort for the occasion but at the end of the day, it is really a day for the parents to get together – kids rarely, if ever, remember their first birthday party.

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