What should you include in your birth announcement?

You’ve been blessed with a beautiful baby, now it’s time to announce it to the world. Sending a birth announcement to your friends and family is as important as sending a wedding invitation. Even in this new electronic age, mailing a physical birth announcement isn’t something that should be replaced by a quick email.

Many new parents wonder what they should include on their birth announcement. This is one area that a seasoned designer can offer their professional experience to make the process easier for you. Here is a list of my recommendations:

1. Photos – We recommend sending a photo birth announcement as everyone wants to see how cute your little one is. You can choose a design that uses only one photo of the baby or use a few, like close ups of their tiny hands and feet. You can also include a photo with siblings or the entire family.

2. Gender – This can be denoted by the colour used on the announcement. Pink for girl or blue for boy, but some want to use a gender neutral colour so we recommend that you include a heading like “it’s a boy!” So there is no doubt as many are using unique names that might not be so obvious.

3. Name – Using either the babies full name or their first and middle name. Many like including the first name or nickname in a script style font faded in the background.

4. Birth Details – Include as much or as little as you would like, the common details to include are; date of birth, time of birth, weight and length.

5. Parents – Including the parents names, if the mother uses her maiden name it is recommended to use only the first names. Common writing includes “Love proud parents, Max and Rhonda” there is no need to include the last name(s) here if you have included it as part of the babies name.

6. Siblings – If the new baby has siblings include them with the parents names. Putting them on the line below the parents name “Love proud parents, Max and Rhonda and big sister Julia” or include them in the introduction “Julia is proud to announce the arrival of her baby brother…” at the top of the announcement. This helps make them feel involved in the announcement.

7. A special saying, poem, or religious verse/quote. Depending on the amount of space left many chose to include something special to them. You can also order a double sided or folded style card which allows for extra space.

We recommend to keep it simple, less is more, is a good rule of thumb. Don’t over-crowd the design with too much information. This is where hiring a professional designer will ensure that your birth announcement is perfect, as their experience with design and layout will help guide you to a completed design that you will be proud to send to all of your friends and family.


Back to School, This Mama is a Little Sad!

It is the last week of August and this mama a little sad. So much is happening and I admit I have shed a couple of tears here and there.

My baby, my first born, the little baby boy that changed my life is turning 9 in a couple days! How is it possible that my little baby boy is going to be 9 years old??? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was spending countless hours designing his nursery, rubbing my growing belly and buying every blue item of baby clothes the stores sold. Last week while doing some back to school shopping with my mom I teared up as I picked out some size 10 jeans for him. Size 10 just doesn’t seem possible, life moves far to fast. So all you with babies out there, hold them extra tight (and a little extra for me!) cause before you know it they will be all grown up.

The kids are back to school in a week which means that I will be back to the quiet days in the studio allowing me for serious work and creativity. Sure I am happy about that, but this week is a big milestone for our family. The kids are starting a new school. They are heading to the amazing public school in our neighbourhood. We moved last summer for the school as I knew that they would be leaving the Montessori system one day and wanted to make sure our home was in a great school district. I am excited about the changes, and the ability to be involved in my kids school, something that I didn’t have with the private school. I am also scared, I loved their old school and if money was no object they would stay there forever. Mr K asked me yesterday “what if my teacher isn’t nice” and I quickly answered with “of course they will be nice” but deep down inside I knew that there was a possibility that he might not love his teacher… and this scares me. He has always loved school, he would jump out of bed, throw on his uniform and be downstairs in minutes. This made me shed a little tear, so fingers crossed that he loves his teacher and his teacher loves him.

With the kids going back to school, it also means that my youngest baby is officially going into grade 1. OMG when did this happen?! I look at parents of toddlers and babies and feel like that stage of our family flew by so fast. I don’t have the big transition of her from part time to full time days, as she was always in full time at the Montessori school. But I no longer have babies, or toddlers, or preschoolers. I am now the mother of kids, and according to some one is a tween! So as I drop my kids off for their first day at their new school I will fight to hold back the tears… of course until I turn around and start walking back home!!

If you see me over the next week, don’t bother asking how I am doing. Just give me a hug and hand over a tissue as I am sure that I will need it!

To celebrate the fun side of kids going back to school, I wanted to do a giveaway of two sets of our Love Notes for Lunch Totes. Tell us if you are happy or sad that the kids going back to school and you can win.

Love Notes for Lunch Totes