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Traditional Birth Announcement Options

Whether baby is about to arrive—or she’s already here—you’re definitely going to want to share the details of her official debut with family, friends and co-workers.

One of the best ways to make sure that everyone’s in the know is with a traditional birth announcement. They help you express your joy and also inform your tribe that the long-awaited little one has finally made her grand entrance. Traditional birth announcements usually include your baby’s full name, date of birth, time of birth, weight, and, of course, the names of the proud parents.

You can never select your birth announcement too early, so try to make your final decision before the delivery date if you can. This will make it much easier for you to send out the announcement sooner, rather than sometime after baby’s first birthday (it happens). Here are some options to consider when choosing a traditional birth announcement.

A No-Pic Approach

Yes, you can send a birth announcement without including a picture of baby. And no, you wouldn’t be the first to consider this option. You’ll find plenty of no-photo birth announcement choices online. There are classic, engraved notecards on thick cardstock (think royal proclamation); fun die-cut designs; and whimsical cards with cute and modern illustrations. If you’re feeling super creative you can even design your own.

An Eco-Friendly Announcement

This is a great way to make a statement about your family’s commitment to helping the environment and protecting the planet for future generations. There are online shops that offer announcement cards printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper, so that means zero trees are cut down to create your card. If you’re placing an order locally, just ask. Printing on recycled paper may be available even if it’s not advertised.

The Photo Op

If you snapped a super-cute pic of baby at the hospital, or captured your little cutie in a candid moment at home, then this is the option for you. A photo birth announcement makes a great keepsake for family and friends, especially when you take advantage of the many ways there are to customize them. You can reflect who you are as a family by selecting from a wide variety of themes including comic books, embroidery, sports and more. Even your choice of design can communicate whether your clan is modern, contemporary, classic or traditional.

Totally Paperless

Of course, you can always go digital. There are all kinds of sites offering announcements in the same high-quality designs that are featured on paper birth announcements. Both photo and non-photo options are easy to find. If you want to give a nod to traditional snail mail, skip the social media posts and send your official announcement exclusively through email and only to the inboxes of close family, friends and co-workers.

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