So you just had a baby—congrats! Up next? Introducing your new addition to the world with a personalized baby announcement. Birth announcements are cards sent out to your family and friends announcing the arrival of your son or daughter (or multiples). They typically feature a newborn photo and essential birth announcement info, including:
- Length (in inches)
- Time and place baby was born (optional)
- Parent or parents’ names
And any other message you’d like to share! If this last bit has you stumped, don’t worry. We rounded up some of the best birth announcement wording options to give your little one a meaningful introduction to the world. Pick the opening lines, add the basic info above and—voila—you have your very own baby announcement card. Whether it’s for a baby girl or a baby boy, for a special holiday or specifically for social media, these birth announcement ideas say it all.
Birth announcement wording and ideas in this article:
Baby girl birth announcements
Baby boy birth announcements
Twin birth announcements
Facebook birth announcements
Holiday birth announcements
Unique baby announcements
Funny birth announcements
Disney birth announcements
Baby announcement photos
Baby Girl Birth Announcements
Searching for a sweet, whimsical message to announce the birth of your baby girl? Look no further—the birth announcement wording of these three notes should do the trick.
• Twinkle, twinkle, little star. Do you know how loved you are? Introducing our baby girl…
• Welcome to the world, precious girl. Announcing the arrival of our daughter…
• Thank heaven for little girls. Introducing our daughter…
Baby Boy Birth Announcements
Check out these equally joyous baby boy announcements. Though it’s worth noting: With a little light tweaking, most of these birth announcement ideas work for both boys and girls. So pick the one that feels most true to you and your family, and edit away.
• How wonderful life is now he’s in the world. Announcing the arrival of our son…
• Oh boy, he’s finally here! Welcoming little [baby’s name] to the world…
• He’s officially a big brother! Say hello to [older son]’s new best friend… This one’s for siblings and can easily be used for sisters too!
Twin Birth Announcements
Double the pleasure, double the fun! There’s two times the love in a twin birth announcement, and no one’s going to fault you for playing up that number. Go ahead, double down on those twin references using these birth announcement wording solutions:
• Twice the love, twice the joy. [Parents’ names] proudly introduce their twins…
• The best things come in pairs. We joyfully introduce our sons to the world…
• Doubles, anyone? Say hello to the next famous tennis twins, our daughters…
Facebook Birth Announcements
Since they aren’t being printed and sent out in a formal style, Facebook birth announcements (or any baby announcements via social media) can be a lot more casual. You can still include all the basic birth information—because people won’t hesitate to post their questions if you don’t!—but you can be a little more informal when it comes to the birth announcement wording. Consider these birth announcement ideas:
• She’s here! [Baby’s name] arrived on [date], and we’re obsessed with all [pounds] of her. Thanks for the love, everyone!
• It’s official—we’re now proud parents! [Baby’s name] arrived on [date] at [time], and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We can’t wait for you to meet him!
• Okay, Facebook friends, here she is! Check out the first picture of our daughter, [baby’s name], born on [birthday]. We can’t thank you enough for all the sweet messages. We promise you’ll meet her soon!
Holiday Birth Announcements
Whether baby was born right before the holidays or you’ve been holding out until now, holiday birth announcements are a surefire way to add some extra joy to the season. Here, some birth announcement ideas for how to phrase your very merry card:
• It’s an especially happy new year with this little [boy/girl] in our lives. Details…
• Look what Santa brought us! Details…
• ’Tis the season—for love. Seasons greetings from our new little love bug…
Unique Baby Announcements
Every child is one of a kind—so why not introduce baby in a unique way? Check out these three fresh birth announcement ideas, whether you’re a millennial mom, a bookworm dad or just one happy parent.
• The snuggle is real. Meet the cuddliest member of our family…
• “Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So today is my new favorite day.” Say hello to our new little love, who has already brightened our days. Details…(We love this quote from Winnie-the-Pooh, but if you’re a big reader, you can comb any of your favorite children’s books for some wonderfully under-appreciated quotes, and pair a recognizable name with unexpected and meaningful words.)
• A new cheek to kiss, a new child to love. Our hearts are brimming as we announce the birth of our [son/daughter]...A good option for second-time parents.
Funny Birth Announcements
What’s more LOL-worthy than the realities of new parenthood? (Answer: Not much.) So why not just roll with it and go the funny route with your birth announcement wording. You know all the parents out there will relate.
• The true meaning of #blessed: Sleepless nights and nonstop poop…but look at that little face! (Swoon.) Introducing…
• Escaped from the womb! Wanted—for stealing his parents’ hearts. Meet…
• Sh!t just got real. (Seriously, it’s in abundance.) Say hello to our little pooper…
Disney Birth Announcements
For those die-hard fans of classic kid movies, here are a few Disney-themed birth announcement ideas. (Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t love receiving a Star Wars birth announcement?)
• Meet our Minnie-Me! Announcing the arrival of…
With a photo of a little girl in Minnie ears.
• The force awakens (at all hours of the night). Meet our new little jedi...
• We wished upon a star—and our dreams came true. She’s finally here to say hello! Introducing…
Birth Announcement Photos
Of course, while the birth announcement wording is important, keep in mind as you browse around for the best birth announcement ideas that baby announcements are really about the adorable baby photo included. If you’ve decided to take that photo yourself, there are a few pro tricks to keep in mind.
“Setting up a newborn photo shoot yourself can be totally overwhelming if you’re a new mama—especially if you have another child running around. But it doesn’t have to be,” says Michelle Sulcov, a family photographer based in New York City. “Here are some of my tips for taking gorgeous photos of your baby in his precious first few days or months.”
• Invest in a Boppy. A breastfeeding pillow like the Boppy can go a long way in helping you nail the perfect photo of baby. Whether your little one is asleep or awake, it will keep your hands free and the baby upright with his neck protected. Placing a blanket or swaddle over the Boppy will help hide the prop—just avoid big, bright patterns that could get distracting. Remember, baby is the star of the show!
• Have fun with accessories. Baby will look adorable all bundled up in a gauzy, colorful swaddle. Another easy accessory for girls is a cute headband, like these from Etsy designer Tawny Meadow.
• Don’t ditch the diaper too soon. While plenty of newborn photos feature baby in the buff, it can get messy! Make sure to set up the exact shot you want before removing the diaper.
• Set the mood. For the best photos, you want baby to be calm. Sound machines can help lull your little one into a contented state. You’ll also want to keep the room nice and warm, so baby doesn’t get cold and fussy mid-shoot.
• Find your light. If you don't have a pro camera, your iPhone (versions 6 and higher) can take stunning snaps in natural light. Use a window as your light source. If the light coming through the window is harsh, pull your curtains closed to get slightly diffused, soft lighting. Believe it or not, sometimes an overcast day provides the best lighting for photos.
• Strike a (reasonable) pose. Let's be honest: Trying the " froggy pose" with your baby may sound tempting, but it’s actually tricker than it seems and often needs some Photoshop magic. A simpler solution? Putting a sleepy baby on her side. You can then play with the positioning of baby’s hands to find the cutest pose. Of course, if baby isn’t in the mood to sleep, open-eyed pics are gorgeous too.
• Embrace nap time. The easiest way to get a great shot is when baby is peacefully sleeping. The trick? Feed baby before the shoot, and keep your fingers crossed that she’ll fall asleep on the Boppy.
• Vertical or horizontal? When it comes to positioning your camera, it’s really up to you. Just make sure to give yourself a little space around the frame so you can easily add text without covering baby’s face. You can always crop the image later with photo imaging tools.
• Teamwork makes the dream work. While the Boppy works wonders, it’s always cute to have a pic of you or your partner holding baby in your arms. (Pro tip: Stick to soft-colored clothing, so the focus stays on baby.)
• You can never take too many photos. Just keep snapping. If you take tons of photos, one of them is sure to be “the shot.”
• There’s no shame in calling a pro. If all else fails, there are lots of awesome newborn and baby (one month+) photographers out there who live to capture these precious moments.
Published July 2017