A baby is a major event in anyone's life, regardless if the arrival is through a traditional birth or adoption. Expressing personal sentiments is not always an easy task, particularly if you choose to write your own card.
Things to Say
Customizing your message shows a personal connection to the parents. You may choose to write an additional message on a store-bought card or craft your own message using a blank card:
For a Boy:
My wish is for your son to grow up to be healthy and strong and to know the love you feel for him. May every day of your future be as joyful as today.
For a Girl:
Your beautiful baby girl will soon fill your life with all things delicate and pretty as she. We are thrilled to help you welcome this little angel into your family tree. Congratulations!
For an Adopted Baby:
We’re thrilled to celebrate this chapter in your life as proud parents. The wait was long, but the arrival of this precious bundle was worth every moment. Best wishes for a future filled with smiles and laughter.
We are so thankful that your baby has arrived safely. Sending happy and healing thoughts to Mommy and the family. Please let us know if we can do anything to help.
Addressing the Envelope
According to Emily Post, you may address the baby directly on the card envelope or address the family as a whole. You may choose to address only the parents, particularly if you don’t know the baby’s name. Some examples include:
Baby: Miss Amelia Mitchell
The entire family: The Mitchell Family Barb and Herb Mitchell and Baby Mr. And Mrs. Herb Mitchell and Baby
Parents: Barb and Herb Mitchell Mr. And Mrs. Herb Mitchell
If the card is being given in person or at an event, you do not need to add an address. Sign your full name, or if you're a relative, use your title and name, such as "Aunt Anne," so that the parents can identify you.
Including Quotes, Poems or Verses
You may choose not to write your own congratulatory message; instead, include a quote or verse from a song or poem that is especially meaningful to you and the family. Be careful not to overstep by including verses or quotes that may be overtly religious.
See tiny fingers and tiny toes, Bright baby eyes, cute baby nose; Hear baby gurgles and baby sighs, As Mom and Dad sing lullabies.
Life is changed, but that's okay; It's fun to spend glad hours each day, Taking time for all the good That comes along with parenthood.
By Joanna Fuchs
Include a heartfelt closing along with your sentiment. You may use any of the following or a combination of them, or create your own.
- All my/our love
- With love
- We’ll call soon
- All the best
- Lots of love
- Much love to you
- Sweet dreams
- Hugs and kisses
- God bless
- Snuggles and cuddles
- Tickled pink
- Rock-a-bye baby
- Here’s to diaper changes
- Over the moon
- We’re so thrilled
- Wishing you joyous times