Baby Birth Announcement Etiquette in Singapore
Baby Birth Announcements can get taxing and difficult for mothers and parents, regardless of the fact that they may be first-time mothers, or an experienced one. Not only are you juggling with your newly-born child, the tiredness and exhaustion that comes with it, your personal life, and your professional life — you’re also worrying about getting the news about your wonderful bundle of joy out to your friends and loved ones. What to write in it, how to send it out, and when to send it out; though all of it may sound menial, it all adds up to your seemingly never-ending list of things to do. But before you start stressing out about announcing your baby’s birth and let it get in the way of your excitement, know that you’re not alone! There are numerous overwhelmed parents out there. Hopefully, with Revel’s tips and hacks, this thrilling task remains undaunting for you :)
Birth Announcement Ideas
There are so many ways to announce your child’s birth! Here are just a few of them:
Baby Birth Announcement Cards
This is probably the most common and most intimate way of getting the message out. Don’t worry too much about personalising each card, though. The lovely recipients of your cards are bound to understand the time crunch and the fatigue that comes with being a parent-to-be or a new parent! The fact that you’re reaching out to them via mail is meaningful in itself. There are numerous cards that you can get to do so, including Revel’s very own collection of Birth Announcement Cards.
Baby Birth Announcements on Social Media
Be careful with this! While it may be quick and convenient to post a few photos on Facebook or Instagram, there are two things to look out for:
RSVPs are more ineffective on social media
If you’re seeking RSVPs on your birth announcement cards, RSVPs may not be as accurate as you would like them to be. Especially so with Facebook’s “Maybe” option, which just leaves you hanging, really.
If you’re sharing photos of your child and/or invitation with your address, ensure that your privacy settings are set to be viewable by only those who you want to send the message to.
Baby Birth Announcements via Texts/E-mails
Another quick way to get your announcement out, and is effective with those who are sure to check all their important texts/e-mails. Just be wary of having to send multiple texts/e-mails out to get your message out to some people.
Designing your Birth Announcement
From the actual design to the wording on your invite, there are a few things to cover before your invitation can be ready:
Designing your Card
If you’re going with a colour theme for your birth announcement, then it could be important to match your envelopes to the colour of your choice. If you choose Revel’s designs (which we’ve linked above), you have the wonderful option to pick from our wide range of coloured envelopes!
Alternatively, if you choose to design your own card then be sure to use resources, such as online colour palettes, which would definitely help you pair your chosen baby photo with the right colour or pattern.
Wording your Message
Clever birth announcement wording can seem baffling and tricky, but don’t sweat it! If you choose not to personalise your messages, then you only have one clever message to think of. While you may feel certain pressure to create the perfect announcement card, it’s acceptable to just have the all the details that are needed. Keep it short and sweet so that your recipients can get their information quickly — name, date and time of birth, the weight of the child, and perhaps your address, are probably the most important details that most are interested in.
Disseminating your Birth Announcements
Now that you’ve gotten your idea set and your announcements ready, it’s time to send them out! Before you do so, here are a few tips to make your workflow a lot easier:
It would be extremely tedious to collate and send out all the announcements by yourself — just think of gathering all the addresses/numbers/e-mails by yourself! More so should you choose physical cards, with having to send them out by post. Hire some free help: grab a free relative or your older child to give you a hand. Instead of handwriting addresses, you could print multiple addresses on sticker paper so that you can cut them and stick them on easily. That reduces the work for you and your help; all you have to focus on is the message you intend to send out!
Keep It Personal
There’s no need to send out your birth announcements to people you haven’t kept in contact with in years. If you don’t have their current address, number, or email, that means they might not necessarily have to be the first to hear it from you (the word will eventually reach them, I’m sure). Keep your announcement personal and intimate by sending it to those who matter the most — immediate family, relatives, close friends, and anyone you find yourself constantly keeping in touch with.
Overestimate the Time Needed
Think you’ll need a month to get everything done? Give yourself two, especially if you’re a first-time parent. Chances are, there are unforeseen circumstances and scenarios that you wouldn’t have thought of or factored in to your timeline. Don’t be too ambitious and tire yourself either! If it’s taking a little longer than you would have thought, it’s completely okay :) Don’t beat yourself up over it. After all, you have a child to take care of (amongst many other things).
As exciting as Baby Birth Announcements might seem, they might feel just as intimidating. Fret not, though! Just breaking up the task and taking it one step a time — instead of rushing it — would allow you to take it easy and fulfil the task with less pressure and stress. Don’t worry too much about deadlines too! Life has too many deadlines for us anyways, so as long as you’re trying your best, and eventually are able to finish up the announcements, you deserve a pat on the back!