10 Great Ways to Introduce Baby
Traditionally, a paper birth announcement is the first opportunity for parents to introduce their newborn to the world. But the modern mom is cooking up different ways to announce the birth of Baby – from something kooky to simply logging onto their favorite social networking site. Real moms share how they introduced their sweetie to society.
“I went a little nuts while I was nesting before the baby came and actually created 50 handmade announcements from my scrapbooking supplies. I thought my husband was going to have me committed when he woke up at two in the morning to find me hovered over a pile of paper, charms and glue sticks. Once my daughter arrived I just filled in her stats, popped in a picture, and mailed ‘em off.” - Tiffany H.
“I’ve lived in the same small town my entire life and most of my family and friends are here or nearby, so when it came to announcing the birth of my son my parents rented one of those wooden stork lawn ornaments with his information on it and put it in the front yard. Everyone who needed to know was bound to drive by within a couple of days. No postage required!”
- Brandy C.
“I’m lucky enough to have a friend who is a photographer and puts together these amazing digital slideshows of the photo shoots she does and posts them on her website. She took a ton of photos of my son before we even left the hospital and had the slideshow posted within a week of his birth. All I had to do was email out the link. It was so easy and felt really special.” - Renee K.
“I’m a sucker for all things traditional so I did have printed announcements made. It was actually nice to let my mom watch the baby for a couple of hours while I went to the stationery store and chose the design I wanted. I was so happy I did it that I actually ended up having the announcement framed – it hangs in my daughter’s room.” - Lizzie T.
“I fully admit that I’m one of those people who was updating my status on Facebook throughout labor, so I felt like it was fitting that my final status update served as my daughter’s birth announcement. All of my friends and family are on there so it was quick, easy and cheap!” - Lisa V.
“We announced the arrival of our twins in the birth announcement section of our community newspaper. It’s free and I love having that clipping to add to their baby books. It’s their first piece of publicity!” - Madeline H.
“My little guy was born around Thanksgiving so we combined our annual holiday card with his birth announcement. It was convenient, cost-effective and a fun way to ring in the holiday season.” - Jessica B.
“I really wanted a printed announcement for my second child but I needed to do it on the fly because my oldest was still keeping me really busy, on top of caring for the newborn. I just used one of those photo sites where you can drop an image into the design and hit order. The announcements arrived in my mailbox within five days and I sent them off a week later. It was so easy.” - Meridith D.
“I’m not really into standard birth announcements but I did want to share my son with all of my family and friends so my parents were kind enough to plan and host a meet-and-greet party for us to introduce him to everyone. It was a really fun afternoon, the pictures turned out great and it was so special to have so many people I love in the very same place.”
- Julie S.
Late to the Party
“Everything felt so chaotic after my son was born that it took me four months before I could even begin to address the idea of his birth announcement but I finally got it together. It ended up working out because by that time we had pictures of him smiling, which made for a really adorable card. At first I was hard on myself about being so late with them, but at the end of the day being with my baby and caring for him was way more important than creating the perfect announcement.” - Dawn A.