Welcoming a new baby into the world is a community affair. Siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, co-workers, and family friends alike leap at the chance to congratulate and encourage parents on their new baby. Such a personal occasion calls for personalized messages, but not everyone knows exactly how to express their sentiments.
Examples of Congratulations Messages for New Parents
Tons of babies are born every day. Chances are you will find yourself congratulating new parents several time throughout the year. It might be easier to personalize a message for family members and close friends. However, maybe your boss just gave birth or your local bank teller and you want to offer congratulations but don't know exactly what to say.
These messages would be appropriate for anyone to use regardless of your relationship to the recipient.
- Wishing your new family a lifetime of happiness. May your greatest times be spent together.
- We (I) couldn't be happier to share in your joy. Congratulations on your adorable new son/daughter.
- All the best to you and your new little bundle of joy. May your lives be filled with happiness.
This type of message is typically reserved for people you have a close, personal relationship with.
- Congratulations on creating a beautiful, healthy baby (boy/girl). We (I) look forward to sharing in the joy he/she will surely bring.
- Best wishes to an amazing couple as you share in the love (baby's name) has brought us all. Our lives are forever happier with him/her in them.
- Count your lucky stars, little (baby's name). These parents are yours, a lifetime of love they will bring.
Messages filled with scripture or teachings from any religion can be used in a personal message.
- Roses are red, violets are blue, (baby's name) is blessed, to have parents like you. Blessings to you and your new bundle of joy.
- God has blessed your lives in bringing you this child. May your lives be blessed together for eternity.
- 'Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.' Psalms 127, 3-5. We (I) gladly rejoice with you in the gift of your new baby boy/girl.
Personalized messages filled with humor or jokes are best reserved for very close friends and family members who are known to have an excellent sense of humor.
- Welcome to the greatest adventure of your lives. Hold on and enjoy the ride!
- Here's to hoping he looks like dad and thinks like mom! Beauty and brains, what a winning combination!
- Congratulations, you are now the proud owners of a real live mirror. He/she will not only look like you, but act like you especially when you don't want him/her to!
Tips for Creating Personal Messages
As the experts at Hallmark say, congratulations messages for a newborn baby are really your way of officially greeting the new arrival. Your purpose is to add to the new parents' joy in a way they can keep forever if they choose.
While there is no shame or ill-will in buying a special occasion card and adding a simple 'congratulations' with your signature on the inside, most of us hope to be a little more giving than that. Follow these steps and you are sure to create a message worth giving.
- Choose your recipient. When sending a card after the birth of a baby, you have three choices on whom to direct your message. Some people choose to write a note to the new baby, but most direct messages to the parents or the entire family.
- Select a greeting. The greeting is how any note or letter naturally starts. You can choose a formal, semi-formal, or informal greeting depending upon your relationship to the family. The most common formal greeting, according to Oxford Dictionaries, is Dear. This greeting can also be used informally along with Hello, Hi, or a person's first name.
- Speak from the heart. Regardless of your relationship to the family, find an appropriate way to say what you really want to say. The birth of a new baby is a very sentimental time and genuine messages are always well-received.
- Add a quote. If you are truly at a loss for what to say, consider adding in a quote. Children's books, baby poems, scripture, and songs offer an endless variety of words for any occasion. WhatChristiansWantToKnow.com offers family-related scriptures if you can't think of any off the top of your head.
- Choose a salutation. Your salutation is the word or words right before you sign your name. Try to keep your salutation at the same level as your greeting, formal or informal. Phrases such as warmly, lots of love, all our love, God bless, sincerely, from, or hugs and kisses are common salutations.
Your Personalized Message
Sharing in the joy as parents welcome a new baby into the world is a priceless opportunity. Take the time to think about who you are sending the message to and what you really feel and your message will surely be received with open arms.