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How to announce your baby's birth
Nothing is more joyous than the arrival of a baby. As soon as that little bundle of joy is in your arms you want to should it out to the whole world and let them know how precious your baby is. But in reality, you may be in the midst of recovering from your delivery and entertaining everyone who wants to come and visit you in the hospital, as well as those wishing you well. So your best strategy is to prepare before the baby comes and have several means to communicate your good news. Below is a list of a few easy ways to prepare to share the news:
1. Make a phone list
You can make one by using a contact sheet template. Include not only your closest friends, but also those who may be overseas, co-workers or people you deal with on a daily basis. Ask members of your family to help you make calls just in case you are in discomfort or too busy to place them yourself. Delegating this job is a great way of allowing your parents and in-laws take an active part in relaying the news to their own siblings, cousins, etc.
2. Put together a mailing list
There is nothing more exciting than sending a picture of your baby out to the world as soon as you can. To make the process more efficient, you may want to print labels and address your envelopes before going into delivery. That way you just need to insert the birth announcement and it is ready to hit the post office!
Announcement on newspaper
3. Use of local newspaper
It is always a nice touch to tell your community about the arrival of your baby. Include a picture and some pertinent details and make sure to save a clipping for the baby’s book.
4. Create an e-flyer of your baby
Similar to mailed announcements, explore the format of your e-flyer and leave it ready to go before you leave for the hospital. By doing this all you will have to do is drop a picture of the baby and fill out the specifics about weight, birth date, etc. and hit send. Make sure to create a distribution group on your e-mail address book to make the process even easier. You will find that as time goes on having a distribution group will make it easier to send updates about your family.
Use Announcement Template
5. Customize a birth announcement
This simple step will help you send out your great news in a timely way. A quick search online will yield several sites offering birth announcement templates that you can easily customize and manipulate from the comfort of your own computer. Often compatible with MS Word or other popular software packages, there is no need to recreate the wheel when the templates available online are so easy to use and beautiful!
6. Create your family's blog
This very simple tool is great to keep friends and family updated about your happenings. You can customize it to your taste and continuously add more information and record special memories. You can upload pictures and videos and let those who care about you partake in the fun.
7. Create your baby's blog
There is nothing more special than allowing your loved ones to take a glimpse into your life. Create a simple blog and post often to share stories, milestones and thoughts about your journey into being a parent and watching your baby grow. Blogs are also an excellent way to allow others to share their experience and advice with you.
8. Change your answering machine
Remember to update your home and cell phone voice mails with some information about the arrival of your baby. Remember to keep in mind your safety, so don’t be overly detailed about where you are and when you expect to come home, etc.
Social media helps a lot
9. Use of social media
Facebook, twitter and Google plus are all great ways to spread the word about your baby’s arrival. As a matter of fact, 76% of parents already engage in this kind of communication, including texting and using other apps available in smart phones and androids.
10. Use online resources
There are many ways to create an online announcement, many of which are free and easy to use. By building upon templates and making them reflect your personality you can easily make a piece that is unique to your family and easy to distribute to those who love you.
Best way to announce your baby's birth?
How should you phrase your birth announcement?
Always use warm words to convey your good news. Be specific about the name, the baby’s weight and height and also the date of the birth. If this is not your first child, you may want to include your other children in the announcement too, as they are also welcoming an addition into their family. Below are a couple of examples:
“Sarah and John welcomed baby Sean Thomas into the world on July 23rd, 2013. Born at 7 lbs. 6 oz. at Mercy Hospital, he was greeted by his parents and grandparents at 10:23 a.m.”
Another option could be:
“My mom, Sarah, my dad, John and I welcomed my baby brother Sean Thomas on July 23rd, 2013. I am very excited to have him join our family and can’t wait to take him home!” (it should be signed by the sibling).
Some people choose to share a little about the baby’s name. For example, if Sean Thomas had been named after his late grandfather, the parents may want to include why they selected the name and highlight some of the virtues of his namesake.
Announcements should be brief, and not include hours of labor or any unnecessary details. People are looking for a birth date and to celebrate your new addition. Sometimes you may want to include your new family’s website or blog electronic address if you have chosen to set one up.
Announcing your baby can be very exciting, but the key is preparation. Once the baby arrives you may find yourself very busy and too tired to truly spread the word as much as you would like. This is why setting everything up before you are due, so all you need to do is add the pertinent details and a photo is the best way to approach to communicating the good news.