You have chosen the perfect baby gift for a new little human coming into the world. You’ve spent hours up and down the aisles at the greeting card store and found the perfect one. The picture captures your relationship with the mom or dad and the sentiment encapsulates what you want to say. Sure, you could just sign your name and seal it up.
But what would be the fun in that.
After all, most baby books have a place in the back to store cards from well wishers both before and after birth. Those are the cards that the child will look at as he or she grows. These are the people that the parents will remember again and again, ling after the child has outgrown that baby bomber jacket you brought to the shower.
Including the perfect message not only says something about you, but about the relationship you have with the parents and the one you hope to watch grow up.
Personalizing your message is a great way to start off. If you aren’t sure what to say, think about your relationship with the Mom- or Dad-to be. Did you watch one of them grow up? Are there any funny stories that you remember from their babyhood or toddler years? This is the perfect way to turn a simple greeting card into a time capsule.
Maybe you’re a contemporary of the parents and far too young to remember them as children. Not a problem, just think back to a funny anecdote concerning care of someone or something else. For example, you might say something like: “Remember how har it was to house break the puppy? I’ve heard potty training is a little bit tougher.”
Maybe you don’t have the right words to share with the parents-to-be. It isn’t the end of the world. Someone out there may have already expressed your sentiments, and you will look extra-brainy if you can quote that person in your card. Here are a few good one’s to consider.
Having children is like living in a frat house - nobody sleeps, everything's broken, and there's a lot of throwing up. -Ray Romano
One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun. -Jane Goodall
Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day. - Taylor Hanson
Having a baby is like taking your lower lip and forcing it over your head. - Carol Burnett
The joy of having a baby today can only be expressed in two words: tax deduction. -Anonymous
Motherhood: All love begins and ends there – Robert Browning
Babies have big heads and big eyes, and tiny little bodies with tiny little arms and legs. So did the aliens at Roswell! I rest my case. – William Shatner
A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on – Carl Sandberg
Having a baby is wonderous. It is to forever have your heart walking around outside your body. – Elizabeth Stone
Advice and Support
In many ways, now moms get far too much advice. But it isn’t always the best kind of advice. Their growing belly seems to be an invitation for every stranger on earth to “entertain” them with horror stories of birth and new babies.
It’s enough to make some women feel that they never want to go through with it.
You can counteract some of this by giving your new Mom-to-be good advice and supportive words in her card. Try some of these on for size.You’ve got this!
Dishes and housekeeping are what I do best. If I can help in any way, just give me a call. (555)555-5555. I’m there for you.
Please let me bring (mention her favorite meal) by. Let someone take care of you, while you take care of that beautiful new baby.
If you’re wondering about breastfeeding, diapers and lack of sleep, give me a call. I’ve been there.
If you need a babysitter, give me a call. I promise not to teach him/her the drums until he’s/she’s at least a year old!
There are no books or magazines that can truly prepare you for the miracle of motherhood. Your baby will be your best teacher.
The most important thing you, or anyone you love, can spend on your baby is time.
Blessings and Good Wishes
Spirituality is a big part of motherhood in many different cultures. Even if the parents-to-be are not particularly religious, many appreciate blessings when they are experiencing this incredible change.
If the parents are decidedly against a higher spiritual power, then consider just offering one of these lovely wishes without invoking God.
Praying for health and happiness for you and your baby.
Jesus said: Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these. – Matthew 19:14. Congratulations on your little slice of heaven.
Every baby is a blessing, a gift from heaven above.
You have a beautiful adventure ahead of you. Praying for a healthy and safe delivery.
Welcoming your baby with prayers of health, joy and a little bit of sleep.
Wishes for Girls or Boys
Some parents know the sex of the baby in advance. This can give you a lovely way to personalize the card for the new son or daughter.
Now you’re picking out tiny dresses. The next thing you know, you will be picking out her bridal gown. Enjoy every minute in between!
Oh Boy! We hope you get your Mom’s smile and your Dad’s sense of humor.
Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what your new baby is made of.
Snips and Snails and puppy dog tails, if that’s what your little boy is made of, good luck on that delivery!
Toy cars and trucks in all shapes and sizes, your new little boy comes with lots of surprises.
I’m tutu excited to meet your beautiful little girl.
Whatever you decide to write in your card, write it from the heart. That is the best gift of all.