How to Set Up a Baby Pool

Baby pools are a great way to share a few laughs and to spread the good news about the birth of a baby. And, thanks to the Internet, you can set up a quick and easy pool that allows lots of people to play. 

What Is a Baby Pool and How Does It Work?

A baby pool usually consists of a guessing game based on mom's due date, where people enter guesses about when the baby will be born, the gender or sex of the baby and the length. Some pools even throw in how long labor will last. 

Typically you...MORE might think of the office baby pool as a thing of the past, but the practice is thrivings. How the pool is administered varies widely, however. Some choose to have their baby pool set up so that each guess costs you a dollar or two. The money can either go in a pot and be given to the winner or to the parents as a gift to the new baby.

The winner is usually determined by whoever gets the closest ​in the most categories, though some baby pools are set up or regulated differently. You can use a program like Excel or another spreadsheet to keep track of the bets. If that's too fancy for you, good old fashioned paper works well too.

By allowing others to see the latest guesses you can spur others to play, not to mention having a great laugh around the water cooler about the potential results. For a fun twist, you might even have each player leave a few words of wisdom to the parents-to-be.

Online Baby Pools

If high tech is what you're looking for, you can now manage your baby pools online. They offer a free service, though every player must register to enter a guess. It will accept twins and other multiples. It allows you to guess the gender, birth date, weight, and length.

The page is set up so that you can leave messages about your pregnancy and birth to the players. It also has an email program to invite users to play. There is even a space to link to your baby registries and makes a nice addition to online baby shower capabilities.

Check out the suggestions below for platforms to help you set up an online baby pool.

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    Expectnet Baby Pool
    Photo © Expectnet

    The Expectnet online baby pool has been around for years. They have a free version and a full or paid version. You do have to register to use either version. This pool is capable of handling twins and will measure the info for each baby. You can have people guess in the following categories:

    • girl/boy
    • birth weight
    • length
    • birth date
    • time

    Anyone can host a game, and the games can be set to private.

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    Baby Hunch
    Photo © Baby Hunch

    Baby Hunch has a cool graphical output that shows what your guests are guessing for your baby. Options for questions include:

    • girl/boy
    • birth weight
    • length
    • birth date
    • time
    • hair color
    • eye color
    • first letter of baby's name

    It's fun and flexible, you can even remove the categories that you've not interested in. Participants do not need to register for this pool. The results are tabulated by the program and displayed, including how close each participant was to the right answers.

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    Bebepool
    Photo © Bebepool

    Bebepool has a lot of options. While all of the baby pools are fairly similar, this one also allows you to customize what options you want added in your personal baby pool. This means, if you know you're having a girl, you can remove that portion of the polling. The options include:

    • girl/boy
    • birth weight
    • length
    • birth date
    • time
    • hair color
    • eye color
    • baby's first name
    • baby's middle name

    The pool is free and does not require your participants to register.

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    Baby Pool
    Photo © Baby Pool

    This baby pool is a bit different in that your baby pool guests reserve specific times and dates as their own, meaning no two people can guess the same dates and times, etc. There are also more customizable features. Each pool also has multiple subpages, including a baby registry page. Options include:

    • girl/boy
    • birth weight
    • length
    • birth date
    • time
    • hair color
    • eye color
    • baby's first name
    • baby's middle name

    In this pool, the administrator can also set up the measurements to be in English (inches,...MORE pounds, ounces) or follow the Metric System (centimeters, kilograms, etc.).There is a fee for this service.