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The arrival of a new baby is a good reason to celebrate and to congratulate the soon-to-be parents. But figuring out what to write inside the baby shower cards can pose a challenge. Looking at some wording ideas and examples are often enough to break through the writer’s block.
General Baby Shower Sentiments
On any baby shower card, you should offer good wishes to the new parents. Show your excitement at the good news and congratulate them on the new addition to their family. Baby shower cards can also include a more detailed message, such as some wisdom from your own parenting experience, a mention of the gift that is accompanying your card, or a shared experience you have had with the mom or dad. Keep the message sincere and brief. Address the message in your card to just the mom-to-be, both parents, the entire family or even the baby to come.
Short and Sweet Messages
To keep your message succinct, sum up your good wishes for the parents in a single sentence or two. For example, if you are a close friend or family member of the mom to be, you might write, “Congratulations on the new bundle of joy who hopefully won’t take after us by giving our moms gray hair.” You may also mention shared traditions or experiences in the short message: “I am so happy for you! I can’t wait to meet your new little man at Thanksgiving this year!” or, “Now our two little girls can perform in dance recitals together just like we did when we were little!” If you are not close to the parents -- such as a co-worker or friend of the grandparents -- then you can still write a brief message, such as, “Congratulations on your new baby! I know parenthood will bring you as much joy as it has brought us over the years,” or, “Enjoy every minute of time with your little one! The time will go by fast!”
Messages for Multiple Births
Today, many couples are welcoming multiple babies into their lives at one time. If you know the couple is having twins, triplets or even more, then tailor your baby shower card message to their situation. You might include a more humorous message, such as, “I knew you wanted a big family, but I didn’t know you wanted them all at once! Congratulations and let me know if I can do anything to help!” or “Good job on giving the stork a workout! Best wishes for your multiple bundles of joy!” You could also take a more serious approach: “I am so happy for both of you. Enjoy this amazing blessing you have been given.”
Messages for Adopted Babies
Adoptions require different baby shower card messages. Showers for adopted children are often held after the new arrival has become part of the family, so the arrival date needs to be reflected in the message. You may want to address these messages directly to the new child: “I am so happy you have joined the family! I know your new mommy and daddy will give you all the love in the world!” Baby shower messages for adopted children can also stress that they are cherished parts of the family: “You’ve made the family complete.”
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