American Baby’s Baby Booty: Announcing…

I was one of those people who planned each of my baby’s birth announcements while I was still pregnant. Grace’s were from a Martha Stewart kit (oh, the things we do for the firstborn!), and Joe’s were from a stationary Web site. Planning in advance, when when I was in nesting mode, was actually a good move. I didn’t yet know

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the birth date or the baby’s weight, but  I knew which font I liked and what border pattern was cute. I planned each announcement, then filled in the details after the baby was born.

But here’s what I did wrong: In my postpartum mania (I’m surely not the only person who felt adrenaline-filled euphoria for a week after giving birth, before I crashed), I got those announcements out fast. Like, mailed out within two weeks of the birth. Very efficient.

Unfortunately…newborns are not the most adorable creatures. I had gorgeous babies, but when I look back at their birth announcements, I cringe a little. I don’t think Grace’s was even in focus! And they were each SO much sweeter-looking a month later. I’m not even going to post their birth announcements here. Though I will show you one-month old Joe, because I need to make up in bragging now what I missed when I created those too-early birth announcements.

Tiny baby Joe

Here’s what you can learn from my mistake. Have a plan for the birth announcements, but don’t worry about mailing them out for a good month. Chances are everyone you’re close to will have seen pictures on Facebook anyway. That means the birth announcement isn’t everyone’s first look at the baby, but it IS the picture that will get stuck up on their fridge. Make sure it’s cute! Beyoncé seems to already know this. She waited a month before posting Blue’s photo online!

To kickstart your birth-announcement plans (or to help you create first-birthday party invites, or thank-you cards, or whatever), is letting us give away two $50 gift-certificate codes. The site used to be primarily for building photo books, but they’ve recently expanded to include birth announcements, invitations…lots of good stuff. Just leave a comment here between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, February 29th. You’re welcome to post one comment a day. You can read the full rules here. Goody luck!

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  1. by Megan McKeever

    On February 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I agree, put pics of when my daughter was only 4 days old, so much more adorable even a week later :)

  2. by jenn hegel

    On February 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

    shoot my daughter is 4 months and I still haven’t gotten announcements out! I need this for sure :)

  3. by jenn hegel

    On February 23, 2012 at 11:06 am

    my daughter is 4 months old and i still haven’t gotten out announcements!

  4. by Sharon Roche

    On February 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I could definitely use this for my son’s first birthday party invites! I can’t believe it’s coming so quickly!!

  5. by Adrienne

    On February 23, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Would love to win one of these gift certificates. I was actually quiet pleased with the photos I used on my baby girl’s birth announcements, but she does get cuter and cuter each day.

  6. by wendy

    On February 23, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Would love this for when our little guy turns one!

  7. by Jane

    On February 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Need this for my baby girls 1st birthday party in April! :)

  8. by Glendy ortiz

    On February 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    My daughter’s first birthday is coming up!! Would love to get these invitations :)

  9. by Carol

    On February 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    second baby will arrive this May.

  10. by Jenna

    On February 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Huh, did I ever even send announcements?!

  11. by Jen

    On February 24, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I have a best friend that is delivering tomorrow. I would love to make her some announcements!

  12. by Alexcia Spraggon

    On February 24, 2012 at 1:18 am

    I love the My Publisher website. I would LOVE to win this certificate for my baby girl’s 2nd birthday party. I already have a book made by them for her first year. Please pick me!

  13. by Libby

    On February 24, 2012 at 1:23 am

    We have baby number 2 on the way in August. Did lots if DIY with Baby #1′s announcements, which I can’t fathom for Baby #2…my publishers announcements look awesome!

  14. by rachel

    On February 24, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Announcements for our first baby would be wonderful!

  15. by Jessica

    On February 24, 2012 at 4:51 am

    I actually had 3 sets of birth announcements made up for my daughter. I received 20 from the package at the hospital. Our aunts and uncles received those. The other two sets I got at discounted rates with new mommy codes. These sets were sent out to friends and cousins. One of the sets had a single photograph of her at about 2 weeks. The third set had multiple pictures on the front and back of her throughout her first month of life. I would love to order some cards to send out for Easter.

  16. by Lindsey

    On February 24, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I use mypublisher all the time for photobooks. GREAT quality!

  17. by Maria Gill

    On February 24, 2012 at 6:25 am

    I’d love to win this! I’m having a baby at the end of July.It will be a great thing for me to have something to prepare for a special announcement.

  18. by Lindsy

    On February 24, 2012 at 6:45 am

    I’ve used my publisher for years for photo books. Just had my first baby 1/29 and was excited to see they now do announcements!!! I will be using them for sure!

  19. by Lisa Lytle

    On February 24, 2012 at 6:51 am

    I think waiting a month is a great idea!

  20. by Angie Froemel

    On February 24, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Love the new announcements!

  21. by Shannon Busby

    On February 24, 2012 at 6:59 am

    My granddaughter was born on the 21st of feb. I had planned on designing her cards for her but this would be fantastic!

  22. by Laurie

    On February 24, 2012 at 7:01 am

    So true!!!!! I wiated on my third child..third time is a charm – Yes the announcements went out late but I see them everywhere and I am glad I did – ALso I was able to make beautiful art for the nursery from it!!!

  23. by Ekaterine N. Eleftheriou

    On February 24, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Never got around to even mailing them for second baby and didnt have any for first! Would love to do this for third baby!!!

  24. by Danielle R

    On February 24, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I love to send out announcements. I waited originally to send them out after my daughter was born until she was around 2-3 months old. It was more because I wanted to send out a cute picture of her. Babies start to get more personality the longer you wait and it reflects in the pictures.

  25. by Lisa

    On February 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I’ve used mypublisher before and they were great! Would love to win the gift certificate!!!

  26. by Athena Bryson

    On February 24, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Birth announcements have changed so much over the past several years. I would love to win!

  27. by Diana

    On February 24, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I would love to win the cards…baby due in April :)

  28. by Kelly

    On February 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I agree that babies get cuter the older they get. I still like to send put birth announcements with newborn pics on them. But I send seasonal photo cards to my family, so they can have good updated pics to put on the fridge :)

  29. by Linda

    On February 24, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Second Grandbaby expected in early March. Love the new baby announcements!!!

  30. by Alisha

    On February 24, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I am due next month and would love to get this:)

  31. by Kaitlin

    On February 24, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Would live to use my publisher for my baby (due June)’s announcements!!

  32. by israel y

    On February 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    hope i win!

  33. by sandra

    On February 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    i might make a photo book

  34. by Adrienne

    On February 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I hope I win! Can’t wait to get crafty!

  35. by michelle

    On February 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    our 3rd baby is due march 3rd. it would be awesome to win his birth announcements!

  36. by michelle

    On February 25, 2012 at 11:02 am

    thanks for the great giveaway. i hope i win! baby due in a week.

  37. by Jenna

    On February 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    So many possibilities!

  38. by Heather

    On February 26, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Nice site! Love the products/services provided

  39. by michelle

    On February 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    this is my 3rd day of entering… i hope i win for our baby boy! :)

  40. by michelle

    On February 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

    i hope i win! i hope i win! i hope i win…

  41. by Ssmith

    On February 27, 2012 at 11:55 am

    love the photobooks that I have gotten on other sites- would love the chance to try and new site for my almost 1 year old!

  42. by Heather

    On February 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Added their site to my idea resources!

  43. by michelle

    On February 28, 2012 at 10:58 am

    day 4 for me… i hope being persistent pays off! :)

  44. by Jenna

    On February 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    What a great prize!

  45. by Heather

    On February 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    entering again today!

  46. by Heather

    On February 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    My last day entry!

  47. by Jess

    On March 1, 2012 at 8:54 am

    The contest is now closed. Thanks for entering!