Custom Birth Announcements

The birth of your baby is one of the most momentous occasions in your life, and it is understandable that you want to celebrate it with your friends and family.  Today, parents can snap a photo of their baby seconds after it is born, and it can be on its way to friends and family all over the world in a matter of minutes.  A birth announcement is not usually the first glimpse people get of the baby, but it is the most special.  It is, for many of your loved ones, the first “real” photo they have, and it includes the precious birth information, which can be saved in scrapbooks and albums or given a place of honor on the fridge.  Custom birth announcements allow you to send the very best, something your baby would be proud of!

You can get premade birth announcements at virtually any box, discount, or dollar store in the country, and while they can be very cute, they lack the personal touch that means so much.  Why settle for less when it is just as easy to have custom cards made?  You can either have them made and printed for you or you can create your own custom announcements with the help of an online service or simple computer program.  Either choice will result in gorgeous announcements.

There is no shortage of services that can help you create custom birth announcements.

Some options include:

  • Tinyprints.com.  They have an excellent array of templates for boys, girls, twins, and multiple births.  The designs are fresh, fun, and sophisticated.  Prices start as low as 99 cents per card.
  • Walmart.com. You upload your images through Walmart’s website, and they will make 5.5” x 4.25” cards with a printed message.  A set of 24 cards with envelopes is about $25.
  • Shutterfly.com.  Shutterfly has a mix of modern and traditional designs that are fully customizable.  Prices typically start at about 90 cents per card.
  • Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe (the 2009 edition is the most popular, and less expensive than the 2010 and 2011 versions).  With this software, you can create beautiful announcements at home.  The program costs about $20, and you will obviously have to supply your own paper, ink, and envelopes.  The advantage is that you can use this program to make everything from greeting cards and announcements to banners and calendars.

The most important aspect of a custom birth announcement is undoubtedly the picture.  Many announcements now incorporate several photos of the new baby and his parents or siblings as well.  The design is up to you.  Many people prefer how black and white photos look; they tend to give the announcements an elegant, traditional look, but again, it is up to your preferences.

Also make sure to include the following information in your announcements:

  • Your baby’s full name.
  • The time and date of his birth.
  • The location of his birth.
  • Birth weight and height.
  • The parents’ names.
  • Siblings’ names, if any.
  • A personal message.  This can be a simple, “We are proud to welcome…” or it can be a cute poem or verse.  There are many options available, and you can browse online to find the right wording or create your own.

Your custom birth announcements will be appreciated by friends and family, and they will make a great addition to your baby’s scrapbook.