Happy Birth Day: The Etiquette of Birth Announcements

Jul, 30, 2012

After waiting nine long months for a baby to arrive, most parents are excited to share their news with family and friends. Birth announcements make the event official. Here are some tips on how/and what to share in one.

Birth announcements and personal notations? It’s not necessary to write a personal note with each birth announcement. Your family and friends will understand that you’re sleep deprived. Save the handwritten notes for your thank you cards for baby gifts.

Birth announcements, time, and timing Once the baby is born, time will be precious in more ways than one. So it’s a great idea to plan birth announcements ahead of time and simply add the details of the baby’s name, date of birth, height, and weight after the baby is born. This way they can be sent out sooner, and you can spend your precious time with the baby.

Birth announcements for adopted children. A new family member is a joyful occasion whatever the circumstances. In the case of an adopted child, you may want to send a photo of the child, plus his or her age and country of birth.

Birth announcements and social media. Some parents can’t wait to announce the arrival of their child formally. But your dearest friends and closest family members will treasure an actual paper announcement sent through the mail, especially if you include a photo of your new family member.

Birth Announcements and Facebook? You may be tempted to send a birth announcement by way of your Facebook page, but if so, pay attention to the site’s privacy guidelines and send only to those people you can trust not to make any photos openly available on the Internet.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Lisa Mirza Grotts is a recognized etiquette expert, an on-air contributor, and the author of A Traveler’s Passport to Etiquette. She is a former director of protocol for the city and county of San Francisco and the founder and CEO of The AML Group (Lisagrotts.com), certified etiquette and protocol consultants. Her clients range from Stanford Hospital to Cornell University and Levi Strauss. She has been quoted by Condé Nast Traveler, InStyle magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. To learn more about Lisa, follow her on Twitter.com/LisaGrotts and Facebook.com/LisaGrotts

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