Want to know one of the most overlooked items on the prepping-for-baby checklist? Birth announcements. Oh, you’ll think of it but quite possibly not until you have a days-old baby in your arms, needing your attention around the clock.
Whether your baby is a few weeks old or still a few weeks away, it’s never too late or too early to think about how you’ll share your family’s big news. From the hundreds of different options available, we have culled our favorite birth announcement tools that pass Nine Naturals muster in aesthetics, quality and convenience.
Traditional Baby Announcements (By Post)
For all of the social photo-sharing conveniences on the digital market, sometimes it’s the traditional, physical envelope or postcard that seems most fitting for such special news as the announcement of your new baby. Several online services help you personalize your news by providing elegant, tasteful announcement templates. Parents need only to provide the names and addresses of the recipients and then give the “go” when the baby is born. These services do all the work of addressing and sending the announcements once the baby arrives. You can focus on more important things!
Paper Culture. Announcements by Paper Culture are ideal for proud parents looking to indulge as they spread the news. In fact, their “jumbo” offering is 35% larger than the average announcement, giving parents more room to let their baby’s face to burst off the page. Paper Culture uses 100% recycled paper for their products.
Minted. Designed for the indie-chic mom and dad, Minted curates a quirky and distinctive selection of announcement templates, each designed by a thoughtful independent artist. Both modern and more traditional style layouts are available. And whether you choose the pearlescent paper or the 100% recycled matte option, your announcements from Minted will feel personal.
Tiny Prints. Tiny Prints takes home the prize for the range of customization. Tiny Prints offers hundreds of designs that can be altered and personalized as dramatically or subtly as you see fit. They also can accommodate a wide range of budgets; you’ll always be treated to a Personal Shopper who will help you sort through Tiny Prints’ bountiful selection of templates.
Electronic Baby Announcements
Perhaps you and your partner are wedded to the digital experience – from design to execution to delivery. There’s no shortage of stylish and touching options for the parents who want to keep the announcements virtual.
Sweet Greets. We’re particularly fond of Sweet Greets; the user experience is simple and intuitive. Available for both the iPod and iPad, Sweet Greets requires no more than sixty seconds to upload, detail, personalize and send out an impressively designed baby announcement to friends and family. Sweet Greets also syncs up with your Facebook or Twitter page to ensure all of your social circles get the news.
Paperless Post. Paperless Post was created with a nod towards both environmental sensitivity and design consciousness. It was part of the revolution of moving invitations, greeting cards and announcements into the digital space. Paperless post has garnered attention from the likes of Oscar de la Renta and Kate Spade, in addition to new parents who want birth announcements as lovely as their newborns. Classic, yet chic, children’s artwork adorns many of Paperless Post’s announcement designs.
What site or app will you choose for your newborn announcements? Did we miss an app that we should have featured? Let us know!