Congratulations on the new addition to your family! The birth of a baby is a momentous occasion. You’ll want to share the good news with all of your loved ones. Birth announcement cards are the perfect way to spread the news widely. This is a beautiful time, but you’re probably not getting a lot of sleep, so you might need some help thinking of birth announcement card ideas. We’ve created this guide to help you sort through all the details. Whether you’re looking for funny, formal, or sentimental wording, we’ve got a wide array of unique birth announcements that will capture your joy and personal style for this special moment.
“Little Introduction by Pixel and Hank
What you say in your baby’s birth announcement depends on your personal style. If you’re feeling overcome with emotion and want to share it, send a sentimental card. Maybe a funny birth announcement is more your style. Or maybe you just want to keep it simple. Sending the name, stats, and a photo is more than enough for some people. Anything you say in the text of your card can be paired with a simple “Welcoming,” “Presenting,” or “Announcing,” followed by your little one’s name. Here are the stats you don’t want to forget:
Botanica Frame by Laura Hankins
Purest Joy by Kimberly FitzSimons
Cuteness Runs in the Family by Jackie Crawford
Siblings by Corinne Malesic
Blissful Welcome by Olivia Raufman
Blessing by Lea Delaveris
Sweet Everleigh by Hooray Creative
Magazine Block by Maria Hilas-Louie
Two Cute by Creo Study
Flourished by Everett Paper Goods
If you’re looking for something more thorough, you can include longer birth announcement wording. Here are a few examples of longer notes you can include with your birth announcement. Feel free to mix and match.
Monogram Block by Robert and Stella
Selecting a photo for your baby’s birth announcement can be hard! If you’re like most people, you probably already have a lot to choose from. The first thing you’ll want to decide is, who do you want to be in the picture? Some people prefer to have the whole family, while others just want to showcase their new addition. If you have another child, you can also feature the siblings—or even a pet! If you’re going to involve a professional photographer, you’ll want to make the appointment before your child is born. This can be tricky since many people don’t know exactly when the baby will be born, so you’ll want to schedule a few weeks out from your due date.
That said, it’s not necessary to include a professional photo. You may not be feeling up to it! So feel free to go with one of your own that you already have. Choose one that you feel captures what your baby looks like and gets a clear picture of the baby’s face. If you want to take a new one yourself, you can dress the baby in a favorite outfit and lay him or her on a neutral background like a white blanket. Just make sure the image is high enough resolution, so it isn’t pixelated. When in doubt, trust your gut. If you like the picture, chances are, others will too.
Some parents prefer not to send a photo of their baby, which is completely fine. Consider non-traditional images like just a picture of the baby’s hand (see above). Or you can choose a tasteful no-photo card with just stats and any other information you feel comfortable sharing.
So Current by Carolyn MacLaren
Birth announcements are a wonderful way to reconnect with old friends and maintain your relationships. While it would be great if you could reach out to each person in your life individually, you’ve got a baby to take care of! Sending a birth announcement card is a much less time-intensive way to keep your loved ones up-to-date about this important milestone. Whether you’re reaching out to high school friends who you haven’t spoken to in a long time or friends and family you’re in excellent touch with now, a birth announcement card reinforces those bonds.
Someone You Should Meet by Mere Paper
It’s best to come up with your list of birth announcement recipients before your baby is born, when you’re better rested. But if you ran out of time, that’s perfectly understandable. We’ve created a list of people you might want to consider sending birth announcements to, to help jog your memory. Some people like to share the news widely, telling everyone they’ve ever known. Others are more private, preferring to just share the news with their inner circle. Think of this list as a catch-all list where we’ve pulled together everyone we could think of. Feel free to scratch some people off, if that doesn’t feel comfortable to you. The key thing when creating your list is to ask yourself, “Will this person be happy to hear this news?” If the answer is yes, then send!.
People love reconnecting over birth announcements, so if it feels right, send your announcement widely, even if you’ve lost touch with someone. It could be a great chance to reconnect. And don’t forget to include obvious recipients like grandparents and siblings. Even though they already know your good news (and were maybe even present at the birth!), they’ll enjoy having the announcement as a keepsake.
Heaven by Phrosne Ras
Not everyone likes to send birth announcements to coworkers, preferring to keep their home life separate from their work life. That’s completely fine. Just trust your instincts, and if something makes you uncomfortable, don’t do it.
Some people prefer to send birth announcement cards to friends and family and send an email to colleagues. For emails to colleagues, the same rules apply. You’ll want to include the baby’s birth stats, name, and anything you feel comfortable sharing about how you’re doing. And, if you’re comfortable, don’t forget to include a photo of your newborn!
Garden Fox by Hannah Williams
The general rule of thumb is anytime in the first six months, but the sooner the better! It’s always more fun when you get to share the news first. And you want to share your good news while it still feels fresh. You can speed things along by doing some prep before your baby arrives by selecting your design, creating your recipient list, and choosing your wording before the birth.
When the baby comes, all you’ll have to do is select a photo and enter in the stats. If you can’t get to the birth announcement right away, that’s okay. People know that your hands are full!
Mini Safari by Jenna Holcomb
Here are a few tips for birth announcement etiquette that can help guide you as you’re designing your birth announcement.
Lastly, before you order those birth announcement cards, be sure to proofread carefully and ask someone else to proofread too. You’re not getting much sleep, so asking someone to help you catch little errors can be a gamechanger. They can make sure every i is dotted and every t is crossed. No go enjoy your bundle of joy!