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Make your older children a part of your newborn's first experiences.

How to include older siblings in birth announcements

Your children are likely to be excited when you announce you're having another baby - they get to be big siblings, after all! However, kids tend to want to be the center of attention. If your older children want to be involved in the birth of their newest sibling, you can let them. In fact, birth announcements are the perfect place to include all of your kids. Here's how you can make big sis or bro feel like a part of the welcoming process:

Have them pick out cards
When you have young children help you with things, you want to give them relatively easy responsibilities. For instance, you might delegate the choosing of the actual birth announcement to your children. Pick out three or four designs you and your spouse like, then have your kids choose one from the bunch. That way you know you'll be sending a card you like and your children will feel involved.

You and your kids might just love the Special Delivery Trifold announcement from Pear Tree Greetings. This card features multiple panels on which you can share photos of your newborn along with his or her name.

Let them choose an outfit
Most birth announcements feature a photo of the newborn, a tradition you'll likely want to follow. If you do, your child can sport an outfit just as cute as he or she is. Many parents opt for a minimal approach by wrapping their baby in a blanket, or giving them a cute hat or headband. Discuss a couple of options with your spouse, and have your other children choose between the outfits. For example, your oldest son may think the newborn should wear the blue beanie while your daughter might suggest a white one. Make sure the kids feel like they have some say, but ultimately you and your spouse should make the clothing decision.

Take pictures of all the kids
While birth announcements most commonly feature the newborn by his or herself, you can snap a shot with the big siblings. For instance, your older children might hold the newborn, or they can all be snuggling on a couch. Taking a photo with everyone shows how your family has grown over time. If you go this route, consider taking pictures of the baby alone as well. The announcement can then feature the two images side by side.

Find the perfect birth announcement for your child.

Finding the perfect birth announcement

A new child being born into your family is one of the greatest things that can happen. The amount of joy to be taken from the experience is simply incomparable. Of course, you're going to want to try and convey some of that feeling to your friends, family and loved ones with your birth announcements. Whether you've just had your first child or are already a veteran parent, whether you have one new arrival or have been blessed with twins or triplets, we can help you pick the perfect birth announcement. Take a look at these three ideas to get brainstorming:

1) Include the family
Of course, your new child is going to be the star of the announcement, but you want to make sure to include the rest of the family in it as well. If you already have children, try to feature them in the card. For example, our Sweet Photo Paper Collage allows you to select five different photos for your announcement; use some of these to showcase the new child by himself or herself and the rest to display him or her in the arms of older siblings. If this is your first child, consider using several photos of your newborn with you, your spouse and the child's grandparents.

2) Make it a keepsake
A birth announcement doesn't have to be just another piece of mail. Using any of our birth announcement magnets offers a nice contrast to the traditional mailing in that they automatically become a keepsake for your friends and family. Instead of filing it away in a box somewhere for scrapbooking purposes, your loved ones will now be able to proudly display the announcement for as long as they please on their fridge or any other magnetic surface. The magnets also make great celebratory gifts for colleagues at the office, friends at the gym or parents at the PTA meeting.

3) Double (or triple) your fun
Having multiple children arrive at once can be overwhelming, but also one of the most joyous occurrences in your life. Pick a birth announcement that matches the level of love and excitement you feel for the new additions to your family. These twin baby announcements allow you to capture the individuality of each child while maintaining their image as twins. Similarly, these triplet announcements come with your choice of over 70 colors, frames and texts so you can do something a little different for each child if you so desire.

Dress your infant up for your birth announcement photos.

Popular accessories to use in your infant’s photos

When your son or daughter is born, you want to tell all of your friends and family – you are a proud parent, after all! That's where birth announcements come in. These handy stationery items let everyone on your mailing list know when your child was born, details of his or her birth, and the gender. Many parents even opt to use birth announcements that feature a photo of their newborn. If you go this route, schedule a photo session for your child. You can dress him or her up in a cute outfit that will have all your loved ones sighing in awe. Here are a few accessory ideas sure to add some adorable points to your baby's photos:

Headbands
Many parents dress their little girls up in a headband of some kind. These accessories feature a soft band with some kind of adornment, such as a flower or pom pom. You can find low-key headbands that feature a small flower, or a fashion-forward type that goes all out with feathers. No matter which you choose, your baby's attire is sure to turn heads.

Bows
Hair bows are similar to headbands. These come in clip or band form and add a little pizzazz to your newborn's look. If you want to use your photo as a gender announcement, consider picking colors that hint at a certain sex. Pink and blue are typical choices. Of course, you can forgo the classic gender variation and settle on something neutral – green, yellow, red and white are all great options.

Knit caps
Imagine your son or daughter lounging in a handmade beanie. The image is cute, right? Pick a fun knit pattern, such as caps that have little ears or bows attached. You may also consider using super soft yarn to make the hat. Your baby will likely feel more comfortable wearing a velvety cap than a wooly one.

Wedding bands
You can emphasize how little your child is at this stage of his or her life by making your wedding band an accessory. Place your ring around a tiny finger or thread it through a necklace. You can even use both your and your spouse's rings together. Doing so emphasizes that the two of you together created this wonderful miracle.

Neck ties and bows
Your little mister can look all dapper in his birth announcement photos by putting on the ritz. Consider dressing your son in a baby tie or bow tie. You can even find these accessories in infant size! Make sure either piece (depending on which you use) is loosely fitted. 

If you want a more gender-neutral neck adornment, consider dressing your baby in a soft scarf. The cozy knit is sure to feel soft on your baby's skin, and the tousled-over-the-shoulder look is totally chic. 

Blankets
Sometimes the best accessory is a nice comfortable blanket. Swaddle your newborn in a baby blanket that has his or her name embroidered on it. This is a creative and sneaky way to display your child's name in the birth announcement!