(NEW YORK) — There was a time, in the not-so-distant past, when family and friends of a mom-to-be found out the sex of a baby when it was actually born.
Then couples started electing to find out their baby’s sex via ultrasound, somewhere around the 20-week mark. Maybe they would share the news with a few people over the phone, or maybe via email. Maybe they would keep it to themselves.
And in the last few years came the trend of “gender reveal” parties, where a couple would invite family and friends over and announce their baby’s gender by cutting into a pink or blue cake. Then it was pink or blue balloon releases.
Gender-reveal parties have become big business in the United States, with conversations related to the topic up 140 percent in one year, according to BabyCenter.com.
But the latest trend — or “trend-lette,” as Rebecca Michals, the global director of Community Baby Center put it, because it’s still so new — is the paint fight gender reveal party. That’s getting a couple of buckets of pink and blue paint, having a third party find out the sex before you — perhaps via a note from your doctor — and pick the paint to use, closing your eyes, throwing paint on each other, having a photographer take the photos and finally, opening your eyes to discover if you are having a boy or a girl.
Non-toxic paints only, please, and be sure to check with your doctor if you have any concerns.
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