One of the joys of delivering your new little bundle of joy is sharing the news with your family and friends. This is typically done with birth announcement cards, however there is no specific formula you must follow. You can be as creative or as direct as you wish when sharing the arrival of your baby.
Announcements With Pictures
Photo announcements are popular because they let everyone get a little sneak peak of your baby, especially if they haven't had the opportunity to meet him in person yet. Share just one photo, or share a few, it's really up to you. There are many stationery printers that have basic templates ready for you to add your baby's pictures and birth information, such as Tiny Prints or Shutterfly, or you can create your own using a computer and any card stock of your choice. For a folded announcement, perhaps add a collage of three or four photos of the baby including close-ups of his hands or feet. Inside, use a larger color photograph along with his birth statistics. Birth statistics consist of the time and date of birth, his birth weight and length.
Include Older Siblings
If the baby is coming home to a big brother, sister or both, include them with the announcements. Perhaps mention "Sarah is proud to present her little brother, Alexander John" or use other phrases or words that include the older children. Perhaps a picture of the older siblings with the baby would be nice on the front of the announcement with solo pictures of the baby inside.
For the birth of multiples, such as twins, triplets or more, you can make or order special announcements sharing the news about each new baby. Another option is to make small postcard announcements for each baby and mail them together. Every child should have his or her own spotlight.
Basic announcements without any of your baby's pictures work well to announce his birth as well. Choose announcements that match the nursery or go along with your favorite baby themes such as pacifiers, rubber duckies or teddy bears. These are usually less expensive and can easily be made on your personal computer with DIY stationary kits or card stock.
If you have a website or an online photo album you'd like to share with your family and friends, include the Internet address with your announcement. This is particularly helpful if you plan to keep a blog or journal and update your friends and family on the progress of the baby. Many new parents don't have time to actually share this information with everyone, particularly at first.
For the technologically savvy people in your life, consider making a short introduction video with a webcam and email it to everyone with an email account. You can include a graphic announcement in the email with the video attached so they can see the baby. Another option is to send out an announcement with a particular day and time that you can provide live, streaming video of your new addition. Your loved ones that are too far away to come for a visit will truly appreciate this.
Choose an object you can make, such as a Christmas ornament if the baby is born just before Christmas. Use glitter pens to write the baby's name and birth stats and give those to your closest friends and family.
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