FAQs

What is BabyHunch?

A free website where you can host a Baby Pool (aka Baby Guessing Game) for friends and family!

What is a Baby Pool (aka Baby Guessing Game)?

A Baby Guessing Game (aka Baby Pool) is a group game where any number of participants can submit their guesses (called “hunches” in these parts) about the new baby. You can guess categories such as the Birthdate, Birth Time, Gender, Weight, Length, Hair Color, Eye Color and/or the first letter of the baby’s name.

What browsers and operating systems does BabyHunch work on?

BabyHunch should work on all MODERN operating systems and browsers. If you're seeing weird things or things aren't working, you are likely using an older browser like Internet Explorer and you should consider either upgrading to the newest form of Internet Explorer (called Microsoft Edge), or just use a different more modern browser like Google Chrome.

Can I start a Baby Pool for twins or triplets?

Yes! When you create a new pool, the very first option will ask how many babies (One, Twins or Triplets). If you choose "Twins," BabyHunch will automatically create TWO pools They are technically separate pools, but linked together so everyone can easily flip back and forth. Similarly, if you choose "Triplets," the system will automatically create THREE pools, linked together. After initially creating Twin or Triplet pools, you can edit each pool individually, however you see fit.

Does everyone I invite have to register an account?

NO. This is a big advantage of BabyHunch's Baby Pools. Only the person who creates the pool has to create an account. Anyone who gets invited doesn't have to register their own account. They simply enter their hunches and hit submit. In general, most people don't like having to create an account if they don't have to. With BabyHunch, they don't have to.

Can I edit my own hunches?

Only if you are the person who created the pool. If you didn't create the pool, hypothetically you would need to create an account in order to edit your own hunches, but we made the decision to NOT require everyone to create an account. This is a big benefit of BabyHunch and a big convenience for anyone who submits hunches to a pool hosted on our site. The one slight disadvantage is that you can't edit your own hunches, but it's relatively rare that someone makes a mistake or changes their mind and wants to make a change.

With that said, there are three ways to make changes to hunches:

  1. If you created the pool, you can edit your own or anyone else's. Please see the question below for more info on that.
  2. If you are not the creator of the pool, you can ask the person who did create the pool to make the change for you.
  3. You can send an email to help@babyhunch.com FROM THE EMAIL ADDRESS ASSOCIATED WITH THE HUNCH THAT YOU WANT TO CHANGE. Again, you must send the email from the email address associated with the hunch you want to change because that's the only way we can confirm that you are the person who entered that hunch. Please include a link to the pool that has your hunch and list out exactly what you want to change. NOTE: If you did not enter your email address when you entered your hunches (i.e. you didn't agree to get notifications), you should ask the person who created the pool to make the change for you.

As the creator of a pool, how can I edit someone's hunches?

Hunches can be edited from the pool page itself and YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN. When you are, you will see the "Edit" option for each individual hunch on the pool page (next to their name).

As the creator of a pool, how do I delete a pool?

While logged into your account, go to "Pools" and click "Edit Pool" for the pool you want to delete. At the very bottom of the "Edit Pool" screen, you will see a red link for "Delete this pool".

How do I delete my account?

While logged into your account, go to "Account". At the very bottom of the "Account" screen, you will see a red link for "Delete My Account". NOTE: This will delete all of your information forever, including any pools you created and any hunches for pools that you created.

I don't want to receive a notification email every time someone submits a new hunch for the Baby Pool I created. Can I turn this feature off?

Yes. When logged in, click "Account" and you will see Yes/No option for "Receive an email notification when new hunches are submitted for any pools you created". That option is Yes by default, so if you do NOT want to receive emails for each new hunch, simply change it to No and save.

I originally signed up with an email address, and later logged in with Facebook, but I don't see my pool(s)?

The likely scenario here is that when you originally registered, you used an email address that is NOT the same as the email address associated with your Facebook account.

We can help merge the necessary accounts for you so that your pool(s) show up when you login using Facebook. Please send an email to help@babyhunch.com explaining the situation and we will attempt to resolve as quickly as possible.

On the "Create a Pool" screen, what does "Default Month for Date-Picker" mean?

This simply allows you to choose which month the calendar will begin on when people pick the baby's birthdate. For example, if you create the pool in February and the Due Date is in August, you can pick August as the default month. Then when people add their hunches for date of birth, the calendar will start in August so they don't have to click all the way from February to August. It's just a little timesaver.

On the "Create a Pool" screen, what does "Hunch Display" mean?

This allows you to hide the hunches on the pool page, if you wish. We recommend keeping them as showing, but some people might do a more serious pool (possibly for money) and might prefer that all the hunches are hidden so nobody has an advantage.

On the "Create a Pool" screen, what does "Social Sharing Icons" mean?

By default, the pool page will have a section with icons to share the pool on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or also email). We say "The more, the merrier!", but if for some reason you didn't want to make it easy for other people to share the pool, you could choose "Hide" and that section would not appear on the pool page. Keep in mind, the pool page is a web page (and thus has a web address) so other people will always be able to share that link if they wanted to, even if you decided to hide the social sharing section.

How does the scoring work?

NEW SCORING SYSTEM

You can score up to 100 total points. Here is how the scoring is calculated for each category:

Date Scoring

If you guess the date of birth exactly, you get 25 points.

Otherwise, you get between 1 and 24 points, depending on how far off you were.

Time Scoring

If you guess the time of birth exactly (to the minute), you get 15 points.

Otherwise, you get between 1 and 14 points, depending on how far off you were.

NOTE: The most you can be off is 12 hours. We go in whichever direction is shorter to get from your guessed time to the actual time (either forwards or backwards). For example, if you guess 4:00 AM and the baby is born at 10:00 PM, you are scored as being off by 6 hours, not 18 hours.

Also, just to be clear, 12:00AM is midnight and 12:00PM is noon

Sex Scoring

If you guess the sex correctly, you get 25 points added to your score.

If your hunch is wrong, you get 0 points.

Weight Scoring

If you guess the weight exactly, you get 10 points.

Otherwise, you get between 1 and 9 points, depending on how far off you were.

Length Scoring

If you guess the length exactly, you get 10 points.

Otherwise, you get between 1 and 9 points, depending on how far off you were.

Hair Scoring

If you guess the hair color correctly, you get 5 points.

If your hunch is wrong, you get 0 points.

Eye Scoring

If you guess the eye color correctly, you get 5 points.

If your hunch is wrong, you get 0 points.

1st Letter Scoring

If you guess the first letter of the baby's name correctly, you get 5 points.

If your hunch is wrong, you get 0 points.

Free Points

In pools where at least one of the above categories is not being guessed, you get a certain number of free points. The amount depends on how many categories are not being guessed (i.e. the more catgories that are not being guessed, the more free points you will get).



OLD SCORING SYSTEM

With our old scoring system (which is being phased out), the LOWEST score wins. Here is how the scoring is calculated for each category:

Date & Time Scoring Explanation

If you guess the exact Date AND Time of Birth correctly (down to the minute), you get 0 points added to your score.

If your hunch is wrong, you get points added to your score. Either 1/2, 1, 2, or 3 points for each day off (with decimal calculations down to the minute), depending on what the pool creator chose when setting up the pool.

Sex Scoring

If you guess the sex correctly, you get 0 points added to your score.

If your hunch is wrong, you get points added to your score. Either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 or 30 points, depending on what the pool creator chose when setting up the pool.

Weight Scoring

If you guess the weight exactly, you get 0 points added to your score.

If your hunch is wrong, you get points added to your score. Either 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 or 1 point for each ounce off, depending on what the pool creator chose when setting up the pool.

Length Scoring

If you guess the length exactly, you get 0 points added to your score.

If your hunch is wrong, you get points added to your score. Either 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 or 1 point for each quarter-inch off, depending on what the pool creator chose when setting up the pool.

Hair Scoring

If you guess the hair color correctly, you get 0 points added to your score.

If your hunch is wrong, you get points added to your score. Either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 or 30 points, depending on what the pool creator chose when setting up the pool.

Eye Scoring

If you guess the eye color correctly, you get 0 points added to your score.

If your hunch is wrong, you get points added to your score. Either 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 points, depending on what the pool creator chose when setting up the pool.

1st Letter Scoring

If you guess the first letter correctly, you get 0 points added to your score.

If your hunch is wrong, you get points added to your score. Either 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 points, depending on what the pool creator chose when setting up the pool.