So, your best friend, work colleague or beloved family member has just given birth to a healthy, happy baby – hurrah! Now that the easy part is over (phew!), here comes the hard part: what to write in that all-important new baby card. Why go to the bother of posting a card when an email or WhatsApp message will do, I hear you cry? Because nothing says “thinking of you” like a hand-written card through the letterbox (you might have to scrabble behind the sofa to find 67p for a first-class stamp, though).
choosing a card
Pick a design that will appeal to both parents; consider whether they would prefer a humorous or sentimental card. If you don't know the couple very well, make life easier by opting for a pre-printed card. And remember, you don't have to write an essay – short and sweet (just like the new baby) will do the job!
Having trouble putting pen to paper? Then follow our top tips on what to write in your new baby card…
new baby card for friends and family
While it is certainly easier to write a card to friends or family members, do remember to choose your words carefully. Many parents like to box up their new baby cards and bring them out (roughly 13) years later to remind them of the happy, pre-door slamming days. If you find yourself struggling for words of wisdom, children's books, nursery rhymes and poems are packed with inspiration. And, if you want to score points for originality, bypass the parents and address the card directly to the baby!
Here's some top suggestions on what to write in a card for a new baby;
• Goodbye “me time”, hello sleepless nights on the sofa, early morning feeds and exploding nappies - enjoy every moment! • So, SO excited to meet the newest member of your family – save the first cuddle for me! • “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr Seuss • “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” — Winnie The Pooh • “I can’t wait to watch you grow and become your very own version of a beautiful butterfly” - The Very Hungry Caterpillar
new baby card for a work colleague
Office jokers (there's always one) might be tempted to write a “witty” message (they do have a reputation to maintain, after all). However, if you've never met Sue from Accounts, she might not appreciate ill-judged comments or – worse still – dubious doodles in her new baby card. Instead, play it safe and keep it simple with one of the following:
• Congratulations on your beautiful new baby! • Congratulations on the arrival of your newest family member! • Welcome to the world, (baby’s name)! • Congratulations on your new arrival! • Sending lots of hugs to mum, dad and baby!
new baby card after a difficult birth
While it might seem insensitive to send a card to parents whose baby is battling illness or complications, remember, this small gesture could serve as a huge morale boost. When a baby is born, we welcome them into the world with cards and presents; during this uncertain time, parents will appreciate a show of normality. When writing your message, avoid any mention of specifics and instead adopt a positive tone, letting them know that you are thinking of them…
• So happy to hear that (baby’s name) is feeling better and ready to come back home, where he/she belongs! • Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. We hope that (baby’s name) will be on the mend soon and back home where they belong. • Welcome home (baby’s name)! Wishing you a life filled with health, happiness and lots of exciting adventures! • So sorry to hear that (baby’s name) has been poorly. We wish him/her a speedy recovery and can’t wait to say hello when they are feeling better.
sealed with a kiss?
If you and the baby's parents are best friends, you won't need any advice on how to sign the card; a good old-fashioned “lots of love” will do. If you haven't known the couple for very long, however, you’ll want to avoid writing anything too formal or overly-familiar. Why not give any of the following a go?
• Best wishes • With love • Enjoy this exciting new chapter! • Welcome to the world (baby’s name)! • Wishing you all much happiness
So, if your best friend, work colleague or beloved family member has just given birth, help them celebrate with a new baby card. Whether it’s shop-bought or handmade, you can make it personal with a few well-chosen, heartfelt words. And, with plenty of months’ prior notice, there’s no excuse not to have a baby card ready to post as soon as the baby arrives. Now, where did I put that 67p…?