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birth announcement ideas: wording, design & etiquette

Finally, baby is here, and your loved ones are anxiously waiting to hear all the details. Was their prediction for a girl correct? Did you pick the name they suggested? Did they win the guess the birth weight office pool? Introduce your new addition to th

birth announcement checklist

who should I send birth announcements to?

Traditionally, parents with adorable new additions send paper announcements to a select group of their closest friends and family, including everyone who attended their baby shower. Today, many parents opt for a less formal approach and send announcements to work colleagues, neighbors and acquaintances too. Still others prefer announcing baby through social media, and mailing paper announcements to only a few important people. How you introduce baby to the world is your choice, so do whatever feels most comfortable to you in this busy, exciting time. For more social media announcement ideas explore our creative announcements article.

when should I send birth announcements?

Parents with new babies often feel pressured to get birth announcements out immediately, though this need not be the case. Conventional etiquette suggests that baby’s announcements be sent within 6 months of their birth, giving parents plenty of time to settle in with their precious new bundle. If you’re eager to send your announcements soon after birth, get them ready in advance. Design your announcements and address your envelopes before baby arrives, then all you’ll have to do is add the birth details after they’ve made their grand entrance.

what should I include in a birth announcement?

Conventional birth announcements usually lead with the parents’ names, followed by baby’s full name, birth date, weight, length, and sometimes the child’s sex and birth place. Typically, today’s parents adapt this traditional style to fit their own personalities and lifestyles, including names of proud big siblings and even beloved household pets. Design your birth announcements in any way you like, adding only the details you feel comfortable including.

should I send photos with the announcement?

Sending photos with your announcement is optional. Some parents like to wait to send out formal announcements, so they can include plenty of professional photos, while others prefer to send one casual snapshot, or nothing at all. If printed photos aren’t your thing, consider creating a dedicated baby account on a photo hosting site and adding the address to your announcement. That way, friends and family can check back regularly for the most recent pictures of your little one. A classic first photo often depicts baby sleeping cozily in a snug swaddle wrap.

birth announcement wording ideas

The way you word your announcement will depend on the particular message and tone you want to convey. As with any message, it’s important to make sure it’s appropriate for your audience, so be sure to consider the friends and family who’ll be receiving your birth announcement. Below, we’ve included some wording ideas to jumpstart your creativity.

announcements for baby girls

Join us in welcoming our beautiful baby girl!
Alyse Christine Williams
Arrived October 10th, 2018 at 9:14 pm
Weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces

announcements for baby boys

Oh boy! Here comes another one!
Thomas Carter
Cherished by big brother Alex
And proud parents Daniel & Matthew
Born March 3rd, 2018 at 1:44 am
At 9 pounds, 8 ounces

gender neutral announcements

Our beloved bundle
Raileigh Addison
Came into the world May 1st, 2018
And we’re excited to share our joy with you!

birth announcements for twins

So cute, the world needed two!
Hannah Maria & Lara Anne
Born February 10th, 2018 at 9:48 am & 9:59 am
To proud parents
Maria & Alexis Waugner

announcements for adoption

We didn’t pick her, she picked us!
Welcome to the family
Diana Carla
Adopted November 11th, 2018
To parents
Alex & Drew

traditional birth announcements

Elizabeth & Matt Schumer
Would like to formally announce the birth of
Carina Elaine
On January 25th, 2018 at 10:44 pm
6 Pounds, 7 Ounces | 18 inches

funny birth announcements

Well look who decided to drop by….
Topanga LaDonna
Born December 22nd
Marla and Danny Fleischman

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