Your family and friends have thrown you a surprise baby shower, and you are elated to celebrate the imminent arrival of the new addition to your family. Once the party and the happy festivities are over it’s important to free up some time to write out baby thank you cards, to thank all of the guests for their company and loving gifts.
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The Best Time To Sent Thank You Notes
As with any social occasion that involves sending out formal or informal invitations, a baby shower follows the same general rules of etiquette as a wedding, anniversary or birthday party. A baby shower is generally held six to eight weeks before the baby’s due date.
If you’re a super organised mum-to-be you will probably to your best to ensure that the writing of thank you notes for the baby shower is already featured at the top of your to-do list. The best time to send baby thank you cards is within two to three weeks of the event taking place, but no later than two months after baby arrives. With so many things to sort out before you give birth, don’t be surprised to find that you miss this deadline.
Preparing for a baby involves a lot of work, so your friends and family will understand why your baby thank you cards have yet to arrive in the post. They will happily give you up to three months to write and send the thank you cards.
It’s a good idea to keep a note of the gifts and the name of the giver, so that you can write a personalised message in your baby thank you cards. It’s a nice touch to mention how baby will use the gift, when expressing your gratitude in the thank you note. At the baby shower, ask a friend to create a list for you, so that you can relax and enjoy the occasion.
What Do You Do If You Miss The Deadline?
Although the last few weeks of pregnancy can be chaotic and hectic, especially if you’re a first time parent, the weeks following the birth of your child will be even busier. You’ll find it harder to set aside any time where you can collect your thoughts and write meaningful thank you notes. Even if you don’t make the customary deadline, it’s never too late to show gratitude.
If you miss the six to eight week deadline you can make up for the delay by including a photo of your newborn with the baby blanket/cuddly toy/or family keepsake that you have been gifted at the baby shower. Adding this personal touch will warm the heart of the baby thank you card recipient.
Totally forgetting to send thank you notes for a baby shower is not acceptable. If you want your friends and family to know how much you love and value them, it’s essential that you do your best to stick to the etiquette rules when writing and sending baby thank you cards.
It’s In The Post
Friends that send you gifts ahead of the baby shower or via mail, will appreciate receiving baby thank you cards that let them know the item arrived safely and on time. Let the gift giver know how grateful you are for their best wishes and generous baby gift, by sending them a baby thank you card at the first available opportunity.
Someone who sent you an expensive baby gift may be anxious to know that the parcel arrived, without the need to track it. Writing and sending your baby thank you cards promptly will avoid any unnecessary concern.
Early And Late Arrivals
It’s pretty common for your little one to arrive earlier or later than expected. Your due date is just a rough estimate of when your bundle of joy will take his or her first breath in the world. If you’re caught off guard and don’t have time to write and send the thank you notes for the baby shower before baby is born, don’t beat yourself up about it. Relax and take your time settling into motherhood before you put pen to paper. You can always include a thank you note for baby shower gifts received with your birth announcements.
A baby that arrives after its due date has given you some extra time to finish off your pre-baby preparations. Even though you may just want to rest and put your feet up, setting aside a little time to write and sent your baby thank you cards, before your life changes forever, is worth doing. Get your baby shower thank your notes out as early as possible so that you have one more thing to cross off your to-do list.
Take Advantage Of The Family Network
As you gradually become accustomed to parenthood, take advantage of the supportive family and friends that you have around you. Allow them to pitch in and lend a hand with baby so that you have some time for yourself. A loving friend or member of your family won’t mind being asked to run an errand to the nearest post box, to mail out the baby thank you cards that you have finally written.