In a world of constant tagging, sharing, and liking, posting your birth announcement on Facebook can lead it to being overlooked on your friends' newsfeeds, especially if it's the 10th one they've seen in a month. Instead of just posting a picture of your newborn, try one of these fresh ways to make your birth announcement stand out on your social network.
Before you give birth, take a trip to your local craft store to stock up on patterned paper, markers, letter stickers, and other embellishments to make a handcrafted DIY announcement. Tape the most important piece — a photo of your baby — on to the announcement after the birth.
"Nowadays you can't send a birth announcement without a baby picture," says Amanda Kingloff, author of the craft book Project Kid. Take a few shots of your homemade announcement and post the best one on Facebook — making sure that your announcement is large enough to be legible!
Use a mobile app to compose a short video of pictures and clips that chronicled your pregnancy (including belly shots). Depending on what app you use, video lengths can vary. You can end the video with a shot of your newborn alone, with siblings, or surrounded by family, or you can wrap up with a slide with information about the birth.
You can also film a video using your smartphone's built-in camera and post it on Facebook.
Post your announcement with a picture of your baby along with baby pictures of you and your partner, Kingloff says. Then poll your friends to see which parent they think the baby resembles most.
In addition to your best baby shots, Kingloff recommends including the essential info everyone will care about: your baby's name, birth date (and/or time of birth), and measurements (length and weight).
Depending on when your baby is born, consider using a holiday photo as part of your birth announcement. Whether it's Baby's First Christmas, Baby's First Halloween Costume, or Baby's First 4th of July, you'll be sure to find a timely holiday to center your announcement around.
If you get stuck, think about some family traditions you have throughout the year, like an annual beach vacation, and focus the announcement around your baby's introduction to special family moments.
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Share the news of your baby's birth by designing a cover photo that doubles as an announcement on your own page or on a Facebook group page. If you don't have imaging software like Photoshop, use SmileBox or PageModo to create and customize your own cover photo, Kingloff suggests.
When well-wishes for your new family member start to roll in, turn Facebook comments and shared photos of your baby into a printed book through sites like Blurb, Snapfish, Shutterfly, or PinholePress. For photos-only sites, try ArtifactUprising. The books are perfect for parents who love to look back through congratulatory messages, Kingloff says. Be sure to make a copy for the new grandparents to flip through, too!