Newborn Basics

12 Unique Birth Announcement Ideas

From custom cards to sweet treats, we love these wonderful ways to announce the new baby.
Photo By Paperless Post
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Customized Cards

We love this way from Paperless Post to announce the new baby, because it's classic, elegant and charming (hello polka dots!). Choose from blue or pink (shown), and customize the copy with the details everyone wants to know.

 Plus, Paperless Post is offering a free gift of 25 Coins for your first set of cards. (We love free!)

PictureThatSound
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A Card With a Sweet Sound

Sending family and friends a card to introduce the new baby is a classic move, but adding baby's ultrasound heartbeat or precious giggle to the card is a nice touch. With PictureThatSound's Pregnancy and Baby, you'll be sending a super-special announcement.

$25 for set of 2, PictureThatSound.com

Simply Sweet Arrangements
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The Chocolate Choice

You can't go wrong with treats, like individually wrapped chocolate lollipops and candy-coated chocolate balls from Simply Sweet Arrangements. Not only will your recipients be ecstatic over baby's arrival, they'll appreciate the unexpected snacks.

From $31 (pictured arrangement is $63), SimplySweetArrangements.com

Photo By Paperless Post
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A Picture Says It All

You know the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words"? Well, when it comes to announcing your new baby, that sentiment holds true. This adorable lion face is customized with your baby’s sweet mug from Paperless Post.

Plus, Paperless Post is offering a free gift of 25 Coins for your first set of cards. (We love free!)

TinyPrints.com
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A Celebrity Mom's Touch

Tiny Prints teamed up with celebrity moms model Miranda Kerr, actress Georgina Chapman, actress Ali Larter and TV personality Catt Sadler to design one-of-a-kind birth announcements and thank-you cards. (The one pictured above is Kerr's.) And the best part is, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their designs will benefit Baby Buggy, a nonprofit organization that provides families in need with the essential gear, clothing and products for their children.

$27 for set of 10, TinyPrints.com

Tommee Tippee
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A Digital Memory Book

Sure, you could announce baby's arrival via a Facebook status update, but what fun is that? Plus, it's so impersonal. We suggest you digitize the day baby was born using a free service courtesy of Tommee Tippee. The Day Baby Was Born captures it all with a little input from you — facts about baby, your pregnancy journal, your letter to baby, photos and more — and creates a storybook that you can share on Facebook.

Free, TheDayBabyWasBorn.com

You're Going to be a Grandma!
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Just for Grandmas

This commemorative book, which honors the bond between grandmothers and their grandchildren, will be a keepsake in Grandma's library for sure. You're Going to be a Grandma! includes poetry and illustrations that reveal the joys of being a grandmother, as well as a baby journal for Grandma to fill out and add to.

$13, TheGrandmaBook.com

Thomas Christel
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A Sign Outside Your Door
"In Italy, parents announce a new baby by putting a sign on the outside of the house with the baby's name and if it's a male or female for all the neighbors to know of the arrival," says Thomas Christel, owner of La Torretta Bianca Bed & Breakfast in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy. "The cost is nothing, except your time and creativity — unless you’d like to add pink or blue balloons." The above photo was taken when he and his wife, Romina Abbadini, announced their daughter, Stella.
Expressionables
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Wrap It Up

Whether you're sending the men of the family "It's a girl!" cigars or a picture of the new baby, personalized wrapping paper with the baby announcement itself also adds a nice touch. How about a roll of Giftskins by Expressionables personalized wrapping paper?

$15 per roll, Expressionables.com

Splurge Bakery
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A Special Cookie

Fresh, handmade and individually wrapped, these custom photo cookies from Splurge Bakery are another great option for new moms and dads to announce the birth of their little peanut. They're perfect for telling friends at the office. And they taste delicious!

From $2 each, SplurgeBakery.com

Bonnie Marcus Collection
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A Handwritten Note

Sometimes going simple is plenty. A handwritten note to your closest family and friends might mean more than a pricey and highly produced card — your recipients will know you took the extra time to write it, after all. Just write on a charming note card like this one from Bonnie Marcus Collection, which is such a bargain.

$10 for 25 notecards with envelopes, BonnieMarcus.com

Party City
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Send a "Cigar"

Revamp the tried-and-true method of announcing the new baby with cigars by sending the chewable kind. We love these It's a Boy/Girl bubble gum cigar boxes, which come with 36 individually wrapped pieces to hand out to your family and friends or mail with a note.

$15, PartyCity.com

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By Ysolt Usigan