At last, the waiting, guessing, apprehension and pregnancy aches and pains are over, your baby has arrived. Naturally, new parents have a million and one things to do, beginning by simply staring at delight and wonderment at the bundle of joy they have created. A midst the cooing and adulation reality kicks in and parents realize it’s about time they let the world know about their baby.
In what ways do you announce a bouncing baby boys or a beautiful baby girl has safely arrived?
21st century parents have a myriad of methods to share the good news. Do parents tweet their exciting news to eagerly-awaiting followers? Or do they opt for more traditional baby announcement methods, such as placing a banner in their garden with the name of their baby on?
Of course, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to announce the birth of a baby. Similar to the name you give your child and how you decide to decorate the nursery, how you announce the birth is entirely up to you and your partner. That said, there are certain advantages and disadvantages by going down the traditional route or using a modern technique.
Take a look at when it comes to telling the world a baby has arrived does traditionalism suffice or does modernity prevail?
In an era where expectant mums can inform the world of every slight contraction and pregnancy niggle and where excited soon-to-be-parents can proudly post a video of their nursery creation on YouTube, it’s hardly surprising that many parents are telling the world about the arrival of their baby via digital channels.
Using the likes of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to inform friends, family and colleagues the baby has arrived has its obvious advantages. It’s instant, free and convenient are just three.
Social media baby announcements are popular among celebrities. For example, in 2010 Cristiano Ronaldo chose to announce he had become a father of a baby boy on Twitter.
More recently, the world has been engulfed in Cowell-baby mania, since Simon Cowell shared photos of his two-day old son, Eric on Twitter.
“I never knew how much love and pride I would feel,” posted the elated celebrity father.
It’s certainly a popular method of announcing a birth in the 21st century, but are there any disadvantages of bringing the news digitally?
One of the most obvious disadvantages is the possibility that not all of your family, friends and acquaintances will be among your digital following, particularly older generations. Your grandmother, for example, might be upset at being the last to hear about the baby’s arrival.
In order to ensure nobody is left out or forgotten, you may want to think about using a more traditional method to make the exciting baby news.
Designing handmade cards using scrap materials and creativity and sending them to friends and family to inform of the baby’s name, weight and birth date, is a thoughtful and traditional way to announce the birth. As well as being a meaningful method to inform those close to you the baby has arrived, sending cards either by hand or through the post, will ensure nobody is left out, not even Grandma.
The only downside to bringing out the glue, scissors, scrapbooks and the rest, is that with a newborn baby to attend to every minute of the day, new parents simply don’t have the time.
Another traditional method to inform neighbors of the birth is to make a yard announcement. From placing signs in the front garden to using stork lawn ornaments, traditional yard announcements are still a popular way to announce the good news.
We cannot ignore that the most eagerly-anticipated birth of the century thus far was announced in such a traditional method. There was much speculation about whether the palace would use more modern practices to announce the arrival of the royal baby or adhere to traditionalism. Royal orthodoxy prevailed and the birth of baby George was announced using the age-old custom of placing a placard inside the railings of Buckingham Palace. On 22 July 2013, a golden easel was placed in front of Buckingham Palace announcing the arrival of the Royal Baby.
Of course there are disadvantages to using this centuries-tested method, namely unless you’ve given birth to a prince or someone of celebrity-standing with the world’s media gathered round your home, the yard announcement is only valid to people living in your vicinity. Therefore friends and family not living in your neighborhood would have to hear the news elsewhere.
A cultural affair
Interestingly, trends in baby announcement methods vary from nation to nation. According to this infograph, for western babies, websites, Facebook and videos are an increasingly popular way to announce a birth. Some cultures keep new mothers indoors for 44 days as a means of marking the birth.
Times may have changed since the days of mailing cards and handing out cigars to mark the arrival of a baby. From text messages to tweets, today’s parents have many innovative ways to spread the happy news. Whether you opt for a traditional method like Will and Kate or a modern one like Cristiano Ronaldo, is entirely up to you. Either way, sharing the news that your baby has arrived, is a joyous and momentous occasion.