When pregnant, our focus (as it should be) is getting prepared for a newborn: fixing up the nursery, going over baby gear lists to make sure we have everything we need, taking classes at the hospital, and attempting to sleep because everyone will tell you to “sleep now because you won’t when the baby arrives!” Sending out birth announcements isn’t as high on the task list as getting the crib assembled.
When to send birth announcements.
So when your sweet bundle of joy arrives, when is the best time to send out birth announcements? Simple: when you have the time to order and send them! I created and hand-addressed mine while on maternity leave because I had a lot of help during that time. I knew if I went back to work, it would be tough for me to find the time! I think within the first 6 months is the best time to send out a birth announcement, and it certainly doesn’t need to happen in the first few weeks! However, now there are companies that send them for you, so all you have to do is organize a list, pick out a pretty design, and send! (I’ve reviewed them below.)
I LOVE TinyPrints for many reasons. They have stylish designs, excellent print quality, great customer service, and a very easy-to-use website.
What I love most: They will mail these for you. It is so, so simple: you can either upload a spreadsheet or enter the addresses into your address book. They will also store the addresses for you so you can use for future parties, Christmas Cards, Baptism announcements, etc. It is so convenient and much easier than hand-addressing, allowing you to save a trip to the post office for stamps and spending hours writing out names and addresses. This is a great service for the mom of a newborn!!
Prices start at $0.79
Here are some of my favorite birth announcements from TinyPrints:
MyPublisher has a great selection of cards in addition to their gorgeous photo book options.
What I love most: My favorite option from MyPublisher is the envelope liner. They really add a special touch to mailed invitations, giving you a pop of color right when you open the card (you can see a picture of the envelope liners here). They aren’t very expensive and add a lot of personality to announcements and invitations.
Prices start at $1.39.
Here are some of my favorite birth announcement templates from MyPublisher:
If you love to make photobooks, I suggest you also sign up for MyPublisher’s emails – they are always running fantastic deals! Check out all of MyPublisher’s current deals, coupons and discounts.
Minted has a beautiful selection of photo cards, and I love their collection of designers. The printing quality is superb and your choice of paper, cuts and styles in addition to the chic designs set Minted apart from other companies.
What I love most: Minted features the work of thousands of designers, and invite designers to submit their designs to be considered part of their catalogue for sale. (Details here.) It’s really fun to browse through all of the cards and see talented designers showcase their creativity!
One more unique thing: They have a variety of card shapes so you can send outside the box. Really, you can: they have 9 different card shapes in addition to the traditional non-rounded edges rectangle.
FINALLY, they also will address and mail the birth announcements for you – trust me, this will save you a huge amount of time and stress!
Prices start at $1.21
These are some unique designs from Minted that I adore:
Visit Minted to view their full collection of gorgeous designs.
4. Pear Tree Greetings
Pear Tree Greetings has a beautiful selection of baby announcements, stationary, and even storybooks! Their collection of baby announcements is gorgeous – very clean, modern designs. They even offer larger format fold-out cards and birth announcement magnets!
What I love most: Pear Tree really has a very unique offering of birth announcements (I chose a few below) – and the larger ones like the pendant birth announcement that you can hang may be fun to get in a small quantity to send to really close friends and family, and choose a less elaborate birth announcement for the rest of your list.
Prices start at $0.63
These are a few designs that really stand out from Pear Tree:
Mixbook offers photo books, calendars and cards – and has a great online system to create your own custom designs.
What I love most: Mixbook sets itself apart because you have the ability to customize the templates and you have as much creative control as you’d like: you can use the template, or you can change the font, move things around, or change the color. I created this Christmas card featuring our dog and loved all of the different ways you can customize the template.
Prices start at $0.89
Check out the entire collection of chic birth announcements over at Mixbook.
I’ve been using Shutterfly for about a million years. That’s an exaggeration. It’s been more like a decade. But I’ve always been happy with their quality, speed, website functionality, and customer service.
What I love the most: The ease of creation. And the price. I save all of our photos in Shutterfly to share with family and friends, so our photos are already there. You can also import from other sites. They are by FAR the most affordable… and when you’re sending out hundreds of birth announcements, price matters!
Prices start at $0.40 and they always have great deals.
Here are just a few of Shutterfly’s cute and affordable birth announcement templates:
Tips for Sending Birth Announcements
Birth Announcements: Getting Organized
If you can possibly add one more thing to your To Do list before you have the baby without going crazy, I suggest creating your birth announcement list before you have the baby. Get it organized and make sure all of your addresses are correct before you have the baby, and creating and sending birth announcements will be a breeze. Many of the birth announcement card companies will send them for you (which I review below).
Taking the Photo for the Birth Announcement.
Every birth announcement needs a photo, of course! I think getting a sweet newborn photo for the announcement is best to get during the first week when they are so teeny and tiny and snuggly and sleepy. Photographers will say this is the best time to photograph because they will pretty much sleep through the entire photo shoot, allowing you to put them in little baskets and furry blankets they may resist a little later.
Addressing the Birth Announcements
If you don’t choose TinyPrints or Shutterfly (the two companies that will mail them for you), you should allot a an hour each night to hand-address the envelopes. Don’t try to do it all at once or you’ll get frustrated.