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What to write in a new baby card

Kind and funny ways to welcome new arrivals in your life

Ahhhhh, they’re here! Isn’t it a miracle when a new baby comes into the world? And when that tiny person is brought into the world by someone you know (a good friend, family member or colleague) it’s especially meaningful. A personalised card filled with celebratory words is most definitely in order, but what’s the perfect message to write inside?

We’ve come up with a range of tips and ideas for all sorts of situations – from baby boys to baby girls, twins to adoption. We’ve also included a mix of fun and thoughtful examples so you can pick your favourite tone.

General tips

Before we cover each scenario, here’s a few handy pointers and suggestions to keep in mind when writing your next new baby card.

  • Remember to wish both the baby and the parents well
  • If addressing the card to the parents, always address them both (given their both in the baby’s life)
  • You can address the whole family if you know them very well, or just the baby for a sweet touch
  • Feel free to get a little deep in cards to very close friends or family members, e.g. telling them how proud you are of them
  • For people you know less well, tell them how excited you are for them and (if applicable) to meet the baby
  • Avoid subjects like the birth, more future children or parenting advice

New baby card wording examples

Simple congratulations

Thoughtful example:
Congratulations on your beautiful bundle of joy – she/he is so gorgeous! I know you two will make the most wonderful parents.

Fun example:
Welcome to the world baby, [name]. Wishing you, mummy and daddy all the health and happiness in the world (and lots of sleep!). So many happy times ahead x

For a baby girl

Thoughtful example:
Congratulations on the arrival of little [name]! I can’t wait to be part of her life and watch her grow into the beautiful person I know the pair of you will help her to become.

Fun example:
She’s here! Well done on creating a miniature version of you two.
Can’t wait for all the cuddles!
Lots of love to you all.

For a baby boy

Thoughtful example:
Congratulations on the birth of your new arrival! We’re so happy for you both. What a lucky baby he is to have such incredible parents. Best of luck of this new adventure.

Fun example:
Welcoming little [name] to the world with all the love. So happy for the three of you.
Here’s hoping he’s sleeps better than my little night owl!

For twins

Thoughtful example:
Congratulations on the birth of your happy and healthy baby twins! I’m so thrilled they arrived safe and sound. They are going to be so close – it’s just wonderful!

Fun example:
Not one but two! This is going to be double the fun.
Congratulations and tons of love to you all.

For someone in your family

Thoughtful example:
[parents’ names], congratulations on the birth of [baby’s name]
You’re going to give him/her the best life, and you deserve all the happiness she’s/he’s going to bring you both. So proud of you all.

Fun example:
[parents’ names], can’t believe she/he has arrived! Can’t wait to be cool aunty/uncle [your name]. Bring on the nappies!

For someone already with children:

Thoughtful example:
Many congratulations on the newest member of your little family. More love in your life!
Cherish this special time and enjoy every moment.

Fun example:
What a beautiful little family! Congratulations on the addition of little [baby’s name]. He/she is adorable, and I’m know [sibling name] and [sibling name] will make the best big sisters/brother!

For your best friend

Thoughtful example:
[best friend’s name], congratulations on the birth of your beautiful son/daughter. I am so proud of you and feel so lucky that our little ones as so close in age. I hope they have as an incredible friendship as we have.

Fun example:
Bienvenue, [baby’s name]
I’m over the moon you’re here! You mama and papa are the best friends anyone could wish for and I can’t wait to watch them become amazing parents to you.
Love to you all.

For a colleague

Thoughtful example:
Congratulations on the newest member of your family.
May you cherish this time and it be filled with so many special memories.

Fun example:
Wishing all the best to you and your teeny tiny one.
Enjoy every minute of this amazing adventure.

Adopted baby

Thoughtful example:
This precious little baby is such a gift to you both and you are such a blessing to them. Congratulations to your beautiful family.

Fun example:
This is such a dream! Congratulations on your new family! The pair of you are going to give this little baby so much love.

Difficult circumstances

Thoughtful example:
Some babies are extra precious... I’m so pleased Baby [name] is getting all the care and love he/she needs in the hospital. I know they will be home in your arms very soon.

Fun example:
Welcome to Baby [name]! Sending lots of love to you, daddy and especially mummy – we hope she has a speedy recovery. Let us know if you need anything at all in the meantime.

Single parent

Thoughtful example:
[parent’s name], you are going to be a wonderful mother/father. Wishing you and little [baby’s name] a lifetime of love, health and happiness together.

Fun example:
Congratulations on your little angel! Wishing you lots of special times (and sleep) together. Remember I’m always here for babysitting duties!

Sperm donor parent / surrogate pregnancy

Thoughtful example:
[parent’s name], you were born to be a mother/father. I’m so proud of you for taking this step. This baby is going to have such a beautiful life with you.

Fun example:
Welcome to the world [baby’s name]. You and your daddies have been on such a special journey and we can’t wait to you meet you! *

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