Baby announcements and baby shower invitations are an important part of the celebration of your new addition to the family, but they can also be stressful, especially if you don’t have any idea what to do or where to start.

Luckily, you can use these five baby announcement ideas to make sure that yours is amazing and memorable! Whether you’re adding to your family through adoption or by having another child with your spouse, these tips will help ensure that you have a great time sharing the news!

Decide on the Type of Baby Announcement

There are two main types of baby announcements — photos and stories. Both can be used in combination, but a few different rules apply depending on your choice.

Baby photos are great because they provide an opportunity to share something tangible (and adorable) with friends and family who may not have had a chance to meet your baby yet.

If you choose to announce with photos, keep it simple. Dress them in something simple such as the most unique baby swaddle blankets or a coming home outfit.

Resist adding extra text or embellishments that will detract from the cuteness factor. Stick to one photo per card or postcard—no more than three if possible. And keep it clean! You don’t want anything distracting from that precious face.

Choose a Creative Way to Share Your News

Whether you plan to make your announcement online or in person, creativity is key.

Whether it’s an over-the-top, Pinterest-worthy newborn photo shoot, or a fun video of your family sharing baby’s gender and name with friends and family, it’s about making sure you find something that works best for you—and doing what it takes to share your big news.

A big baby announcement idea is great if you want to go all out and spend some money, but don’t feel like you have to spend everything on an elaborate photo shoot or video.

Take Beautiful Pictures

Deciding on your announcement’s theme can be tough. Some parents want to capture their baby’s first moments while others want to highlight what they’re most excited about.

It’s up to you, but if you’re struggling with how to share your news, think about how you want photos of your baby to look and take inspiration from that.

Take beautiful pictures, but don’t forget candid moments with friends and family as well. Remember that these special moments are what count and make sure you document them all!

Write an Emotional Essay

The announcement of your baby’s arrival is sure to be an emotional experience, so you may want to consider writing an essay to share with family and friends.

For tips on how to write a moving essay, see our guide here. You could also capture the moments of your own baby announcement in pictures and share them with friends through social media sites.

Posting pictures along with some thoughtful words is also another idea. The possibilities are endless. How will you share your baby’s arrival?

Or are you leaning toward more traditional methods such as sending cards and gifts? Regardless of how you decide to announce your new bundle of joy, make sure it works best for you and captures all those special moments shared with loved ones at that momentous time.

Send Cards Instead of Calling People

One of my friends shared that his wife didn’t want to call people, so they sent out baby announcements and cards.

While I thought it was a little overboard (as in, why not just send one card) it is definitely an idea worth considering.

Cards and announcements seem more formal to me than calling someone personally on your cell phone (at least in some instances).

Asking close family members to help with baby announcement ideas is another great way to increase participation in your announcement campaign!

Try asking them what kind of announcement or card you should use and ask their advice when you are picking out colors, patterns, etc.

To be successful, announce your baby’s arrival in a way that suits you and your family. Be honest with yourself about what will work best for you and your loved ones.

If you need more ideas on how to announce your baby’s birth you can always ask friends and family that have been there before.

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