Online Baby Pools

Baby pools are something you might equate with fantasy football in the office. This type of thing is something that used to be reserved for dads or people in offices. Now, with the Internet, you've got the ability to have a quick and easy pool setup to allow lots of people to play. What I love is that most of them will also calculate the winner for you. That always made picking the winner easier and I didn't feel so responsible for the outcome.

Baby pools are fun! Where else do you get to go gambling on someone else's birthdate?

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. So pools even throw in how long labor will last. (I'd save that for the brave of heart!)

Typically you might think of the office baby pool as a thing of the past, but actually the practice is thriving in many areas. 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 whomever gets the closest on 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 really 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.

If high tech is what you're looking for, you can now manage your baby pools online at expectnet.com. 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 gender, birth date, weight and length.

It even leaves a place for comments. The page is set up so that you can actually 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 if you desire to do so. This makes a nice addition to online baby shower capabilities.

No matter how you do a baby pool, consider the fun possibilities involved.

It's a great way to share a few laughs and to spread the good news about the birth of your baby.

Expectnet

Expectnet Baby Pool
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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. You can have people guess in the following categories:

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

This pool is capable of handling twins and will measure the info for each baby.

Anyone can host a game and the games can be set to private meaning they need a name to find the pool. You can see it all on a tour. More »

Baby Hunch

Baby Hunch
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Baby Hunch has a cool graphical output that shows what your guests are guessing for your baby. While it includes the typical data, there is more that can be entered:

  • 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. More »

Bebe Pool

Bebepool
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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. More »

Baby Pool

Baby Pool
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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.

  • 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, pounds, ounces) or follow the Metric System (centimeters, kilograms, etc.). Five participants are free, 10 for $9.95 and unlimited for $19.95 More »

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