Broadcasting the birth of your baby
After nine hard months of carrying your precious bundle followed by the pain of childbirth, it is only natural that you want to broadcast the birth of the beautiful bundle you’re holding in your arms, but how do you go about it? Do you take about a full-page ad in the paper like you really want to? Call everyone in your contact list no matter how much or little you see them? It might be tempting, but when it comes to birth announcements, there are a few things you should know before you plunge in.
Check out these tips for announcing the birth of your baby in style:
We are all, as individuals, different and the same goes for put family units, which can make birth announcements tricky. Do you tell your grandma about the birth before sending announcements? Sure. But, what about your cousin? Your second-cousin removed? Old Aunt Pattie who you haven’t seen for years? Before you even think about sending out a birth announcement, think carefully about the people who might be put out if they aren’t told in advance. It’ll save family arguments and falling outs if you do.
Know any Blabbermouths?
If you know have any friends or family members who are known gossips, you might want to think about sending their new baby announcements slightly later than the rest. If you want to tell all the important people in your life the good news yourself, this will stop them from getting in there first and ruining the moment for you.
Photo or No Photo?
At one time, sending out a cute snap of your baby would be a no-brainer, and it’s easier to do now than ever before, thanks to companies like Sleepymoon Cards, but things are also more complicated. If you send friends and relatives pictures of your baby, there is a good chance they could end up on social media, and if this is something you’re wary of you will need to either send a car without a photo, or perhaps, more ideal, send the pictures you really want to, but make a request that they aren’t shared online. Your family and friends will most likely honor your request, but if there are a few people you aren’t sure about, just send them a plain announcement which is baby free and which will protect your privacy.
Don’t Wait Too Long
Although it’s completely understandable that you would have more important things to do that sort out your birth announcements in the first days of your baby’s life, waiting too long to send announcements can cause problems. For one thing, baby’s proud grandma might get impatient and blab to everyone you know, and for another, some of your relatives may unreasonably start to feel put out because they haven’t had an announcement.
If you can get your announcements printed and mailed within the first week of giving birth (recruit someone to help you if you can), you can avoid many of the pitfalls that come with family relations and keep everyone, especially yourself, happy.