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Q&A: Sending birth announcements?

How do birth announcements work? When should I send them out by? And what goes on them?

Re: How do birth announcements work? When should I send them out by? And what goes on them?

The Bump Expert

Mail a printed announcement, send an e-card, text it, put it on Facebook, or Tweet it – there have never been more ways of letting your peeps know when your little one has arrived. There’s no bad way to spread the good news, choose what suits your personal style.

Etiquette and How-To
Who to send birth announcements to, when, and what they should say.

Who? Send birth announcements to any friends and family that you think would like to celebrate the arrival of your newborn. Be sure to include anyone who came to your baby shower.
When? Send out your announcements as soon as possible but if it takes you six months to do it, everyone will understand that you have your hands full with baby. Do a little prep while you’re pregnant to get your cards out as soon as possible. Whether you choose a printed announcement or an e-card, pick out your design out before baby arrives. Once baby is here and you have her stats, get her info to the site or store where you got you bought your announcements and they should be able to quickly turn them around for you. If you opt for printed announcements, figure out what you would like to write, buy your stamps, and address your envelopes while you’re pregnant – believe us, it will be way easier that way.
What? Decide whether you want to include a photo on your card and think about what you will write. An announcement usually has an introduction - which can be as straight-forward or as sentimental as you choose, the birth details -- baby's birth date, weight, and length (plus time and place of birth, if you like), and the parents' names, followed by the names of the baby's siblings.

Printed Announcements
Choose and customize a photo birth announcement at one of our favorite sites like Tiny Prints, Minted, or Paper Culture. Prepare to have your brain boggled as you sift through thousands of adorable cards – but have to choose one. Browse Etsy to find a unique, handcrafted announcement – you can even get a customized announcement as a PDF file that you can print at home. If you more of a bricks-and-mortar type, drop by your local stationer’s shop and choose a bespoke announcement but expect to spend a lot more for it. You can also order custom-printed announcements online from one of our favorite stationers like Greenwich Letterpress, Egg Press, and Luxe Paperie.

Digital Announcements
Sending an e-announcement might seem like it lacks formality for the occasion of a birth but with the abundance of clever and adorable cards online, it’s a terrific (and thrifty) way to go. Paperless Post e-cards are as gorgeously designed as anything created by a high-end stationer and your first 25 cards are free when you sign up for the site. Pingg offers charming, artist-designed announcements from names like Martha Stewart, Wee Gallery, and Simple te Design. If web is too passé for you, use Red Stamp - an iPad and iPhone app that offers 400+ stylish announcements that you can send by email, text, Facebook, Twitter, or paper postcards.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Ways to Tell Your Partner You're Pregnant

Registry 101: What to Skip

Who to Put On Your Birth Announcement List

updated 12/1/2011

Kelly Alfieri

re: Q: Birth announcements?

My favorite birth announcements are the ones with photos! All the major online photo sites (snapfish, shutterfly, kodak, etc.) have options that let you design your own this way - just upload a photo of baby and you can get them within a few business days. Prices are pretty reasonable, too.

formossissima |

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Joel McHale, from the Soup, had the cutest and funniest birth announcement. It had a picture of his baby boy on the fron tand it said " He looks like a little bald man".

laylabailey |

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This answer doesn't answer the question of what to put on them. So... what do you put on them: a picture of the kid, and the date of birth, but what else?

spiffy |

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Parents names, baby's name, date and time of birth, length and weight.Something like: With great joy, Tom and Jane Johnson welcome Genevive Marie to their familyMonday, June 29, 20094:15 p.m.20 3/4 inches7 pounds, 4 ounces

kenziegirl |

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For my first child I actually went to vistaprint.com and picked out a large business postcard design I liked, uploaded four photos of my daughter and on the front put It's a Girl, her name, weight and height. On the back I put a cute girly design partially transparent and put all of her birth information including where she was born and that good stuff, our names, grandparents, great grandparents names and godparents.I think traditionally birth announcemnt are just one sided pic of baby with name, date, weight and height, however I prefer to be a little different and most of our family members live several hours away.

kaicee_a_05 |

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We will have personalized Hersey chocolates because we are expecting a baby girl and my husband is mexican and in Maxico it is a tradition to give chocolates anuncing the birth of a baby girl. We might have a little card with picture also for the closest family. I do not want to send picture of my daugther to people who might throw it away......and let's face it a co-worker, neighbour or someone form the high school might not keep it.

gravoide09 |

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Our son is due on December 7th, so I think we'll have a birth announcement/Christmas card combo for most of our friends and relatives. Although, a few very closer relatives (grandparents and great-grandparents mostly) will probably get official announcements.

harrietvane11 |

Q&A: Sending birth announcements?

That's a great idea I'm Due Dec. 8th we were planning on doing a christmas card any ways. Might as well do them both at the same time ;)

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kalyanivarma |

Q&A: Sending birth announcements?

As a December birthday girl myself, and with my little baby boy due mid-December, I just wanted to share my perspective. It really sucks to have your birthday be lumped together with Christmas (i.e., the combo present). December babies (yes, we bond together) seem to have a pretty consistent opinion on this topic. So, I know that I am going to be extremely aware of keeping my little baby's bday and Christmas as two separate, distinct events and as such, I would definitely recommend that you keep the Christmas cards and birth announcements separate rather than start off with a precedent that it is ok to combine the two.

Dkoesel |

Q&A: Sending birth announcements?

As a December baby myself, I have to agree with Dkoesel....so right...we always get shorted!

sepeople |

Q&A: Sending birth announcements?

I plan on sending online birth announcements to everyone I know. Then I'll order a small box of paper birth announcements to mail to family and older friends who do not have an email account.

kdalton4789 |

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I am going to use Pingg.com They are free and you can make your announcement ahead of time and send later. They have wonderful designs and it is enviromentally friendly.

marslover |

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Who all should we send one to?

Lilouwyn |

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I think it is important to send one to anyone who attended your baby shower or gave the baby a gift as well as any close relatives and friends.

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