With so many people waiting to find out when your little one enters the world, some new parents will want to get the word out as soon as possible from the delivery room while others may want to take some time to themselves before they begin the often lengthy and tiring task of letting people know.
Fortunately the array of new technologies available in addition to the more traditional ways to announce a new baby mean that there are a number of options to suit all new parents. Some may even like to use several different ways to announce their news to lots of different people – including close family, extended family, friends from different social groups, work colleagues and people who live internationally.
1) Social networking sites
Technology like Facebook and Twitter allows you to announce the arrival of your baby quickly and receive immediate responses, as well as including a photo or video of your new little bundle of joy.
Some fun ways to announce it online might be to feature a short poem as your status update such as “After eight hours she’s finally here, everyone give Baby Ava a cheer” or by posting a photo of an older sibling holding a sign saying “I’m Ava’s big brother!” You can even turn your baby’s name into a trending topic on Twitter such as #welcomebabyavasmith by using hashtags in your Tweets.
But try to be aware of privacy and consider who can see your online profiles on social networking sites when posting your news – on Facebook you can choose to share your status only with certain people and not others. The same goes for photos and videos.
2) Text or phone calls
Text messages ensure people directly receive the news to their phones straight away, without the new parents needing to call each individual person and spend a lot of time on the phone. Phone calls are usually best for immediate family and people who cannot be contacted any other way.
For people even more technologically savvy, a video call via Skype enables friends and family to be able to see the baby as well as speak to you in person. You can even do group video calls so you can speak to multiple people at the same time. Skype is especially ideal for speaking to people overseas without the nasty international phone call rates!
Newspaper announcements are definitely less popular these days than they used to be but some people still like to use them to announce their baby’s birth, especially in smaller towns or communities where everyone is familiar with one another. Sometimes grandparents will like to do this in the area where their children grew up and no longer live.
Some parents may even like to have their baby announced over the loudspeaker at their local sports club or church for the same reason.
4) Paper or online birth announcements and emails
Some parents still like to send out paper birth announcements in the mail – and this is something an older person who is not familiar with technology will always appreciate. It can be also be sent with a formal invitation to the christening or naming day to save on postage.
Online birth announcements are the modern version of paper announcements whereby the new parents can select a template for an announcement and enter in all the birth details like the baby’s name, weight, time of birth and a photo to be sent electronically. It can even be done for free with certain companies such as Fisher-Price and www.happygreetings.net
Alternatively parents can create their own birth announcement to include or attach in an email to notify multiple people all at once, who may not have a Facebook or Twitter account or who you want to share your news with but not be friends with online. Some parents may also like to post their news in online forums such as those that focus on their hobbies that they are a member of, or parenting groups such as the Essential Baby community.
5) Baby blogs
If you want to share even more detailed information or photos with friends and family members than a Facebook status update or Tweet will allow, as well as indulge your creative side, starting a baby blog is a great way to do this.
You can initially direct people to your baby blog via Facebook, Twitter or email and then update it as your baby grows, to keep everyone posted on his or her milestones. You can even set up things such as photo slideshows or video montages, progressive growth charts, countdowns to the first birthday, interactive surveys on when people think your baby will get his or her first tooth or start walking, and start a family tree, leaving spaces for any future siblings! Try Blogger, Wordpress and BabaBabies to get started.
Blogs can be password protected so that only certain people can access them and parents can feel secure and comfortable about posting personal information. Similarly some parents may want to create a Facebook profile for their baby where they can update people on their baby’s development in the same way but still have control over who has access to it.