Own a computer and digital camera? If so, you can make your own baby birth announcements that are beautiful, affordable and professional looking. First, we recommend that you visit some of the websites on the internet that offer personalized, custom-imprinted birth announcements to get ideas of what styles you like, wording, and just to get ideas in general. Second, determine how many friends and family will receive the announcements. This will help you figure out what type of announcement might work for you. The more complicated the design, the longer it will take to create. Therefore, if you have a large list of birth announcement recipients, you may want to choose one of the easier designs. Finally, you’ll need to decide what information you’d like to include on your announcements. Some people like to include every last detail about the baby including the name, birth date, length, weight, exact birth time, sibling names, parent names and even names of their family pets. Others simply include the baby’s name and photo.
If you plan to make your own announcements, we do recommend that you gather the supplies, address and finish as many of the announcements as possible before the baby’s due date. After baby arrives, you likely won’t have as much time to spend on the announcements so if time is at a premium, you could try to do just 5 or 10 announcements a day until all of them are sent to your list. Several ideas to consider are outlined below. Making the announcements can be very fun and a great way to let your creativity shine!
1) Create a postcard birth announcement with your baby’s footprint. You can buy plain white postcards and either a pink for a girl or light blue stamp pad for a girl at just about any office supply store (if you don’t know the sex of the baby, either buy one of each or buy the stamp pad after the baby is born). You can pre-address and stamp all the postcards prior to the due date. After the baby is born, use his/her foot on the stamp pad and then stamp the front of each postcard. Your friends and family will all be thrilled to have their very own copy of the baby’s foot. We recommend doing this one day when the baby is taking a nap. Then just write the baby’s name and any statistics you want to include on the back of the postcard. Or add one of these clever sayings: ‘Ten Little Toes, Each One As Precious As The Other’, ‘We’ve Increased The Size Of Our Home By Two Feet’ (you should use both of your baby’s feet on the card), or ‘We Have Ten New Toes To Tickle’.
2) Create a photo baby announcement. After the baby is born, buy a baby t-shirt with his/her birth information and then take photo of them in the t-shirt. If the baby has older siblings, you could include them by purchasing “I’m The Big Brother/Sister” t-shirts as well and then take the photo of all the children. These shirts can be purchased at many online at stores including Baby Gifts & Gift Baskets. Buy postcard paper – three hole punch the photo and then tie together with ribbon.
3) Using greeting card software, type the baby’s name and birth statistics right onto a picture post card featuring your new baby. Print addresses on the reverse, stamp and mail for a no-hassle, no envelope birth announcement.