Using Social Media to Announce Baby’s Arrival
When I left for the hospital to give birth to my older daughter, one important piece of paper that I brought with me was a list of phone numbers of people to call and announce our baby’s arrival. These days, that piece of paper has been replaced with social media. Now, instead of making phone calls to let friends know of baby’s arrival, new parents often turn to social media to let the world know that their precious bundle of joy has been born. In fact, a recent poll by www.Babycenter.com found that 72 percent of new parents use social media to announce their baby’s birth.
As with all social media, there are things to remember when announcing your arrival. Below, find a few dos and don’ts when using social media to announce a birth:
DO remember to call those important people who should be the first to know (grandparents, aunts, uncles). Some may feel slighted if they learn about the birth at the same time as the rest of the world, and there are still some who aren’t on social media.
DON’T post photos of the actual birth. Wait until your miracle is cleaned up before showing him or her off.
DO turn off the phone. While it’s exciting to read all of the messages from well-wishers, new moms need their rest and don’t need to be interrupted every minute with notifications.
DON’T post photos of the baby without the parents’ permission. If you are an aunt present at the birth, don’t beat the parents to the punch by announcing the arrival before they do.
Not only can you announce baby’s arrival through Facebook, but you also can share the news that you are expecting. Facebook recently added “Expecting a Baby” under the “Life Event” tab. Sharing your good news is just a click away.
Lenexa mom Margaret Sarver fondly remembers sharing with family the news of both of her girls’ arrivals the old-fashioned way.