With all the planning that happens when preparing for a new baby, baby shower thank you cards can often fall by the wayside. We get it! As a new parent, you have a lot on your plate as you prepare for your new baby. And while you really want to say thank you to everyone who attended your baby shower, finding time to sit down and write your thank you cards can be tough. Follow this step by step on how to write the perfect thank you card for your baby shower. It also includes tips on how to prioritize and organize your thank you’s so you don’t miss a single person on your list.
Baby Shower Thank You Tips
Even if you opened your gifts at the shower and had an opportunity to say thanks in person, it’s still a warm and considerate gesture to follow up with a hand-written baby shower thank you card. The people you invited to your baby shower are your village. You’ll be leaning on some of them for advice, home-cooked meals, and companionship during the newborn days ahead, so why not show them how much they mean to you now with a thoughtful baby shower thank you card? Before you get started on your baby shower thank you cards, here are some helpful tips:
- Order your thank you cards in advance – Pick out your baby shower thank you cards before your shower so they’re all ready to personalize and send.
- Don’t stress about length – You don’t need to be writing a novel for every card. A simple thank you and mentioning how much their gift means to you is plenty!
- Find a comfortable space to write – If you have dozens of thank you notes to write, pick a comfortable spot in your house so you’re not feeling strained by the end of it.
- Design your card to match your theme – Are you have a boy or girl? Was your shower gender neutral? Pick a card design that matches your shower theme.
Step 1: Compile all gifts in a spreadsheet
If someone else hosted your baby shower, ask them to keep a running list of who attended and, if applicable, the baby shower gift they brought. That way at the end of your baby shower you have one consolidated list of names and gifted items that you can take home and add to.
Add columns to your spreadsheet like address and any special notes you want to include in your card so you don’t miss any important information. You can also use this spreadsheet as an ongoing list to compile thank you’s for people who didn’t attend your shower, but sent you gifts off your baby registry still.
Step 2: Start with a “Thanks”
First and foremost, start your card with a heartfelt “thank you.” You can thank them for the gift they gave and how useful it will be for when the new baby comes. Even if they didn’t give a gift, be sure to thank them for attending your shower and how special it was that they came to celebrate you.
If you’re unsure on how to word your thank you card, some baby shower wording ideas include:
- “I loved the new onesie set and can’t wait to dress up our baby…”
- “Thank you so much for the generous baby shower gift…”
- “It meant a lot to me that you were able to come to my shower…”
- “I’ll always think of you when using our new stroller…”
However you say thanks, make sure it truly comes from the heart.
Step 3: Mention any plans to visit or see the baby
If the friend or family member is close, they will probably be eager to meet the new baby once they’ve arrived! As a new parent, don’t feel pressured to invite everyone over immediately. Mention in your card that you look forward to introducing them to the little one once you’ve settled into a good routine. If you’re comfortable with it, say that you’ll send them updates and photos when the baby arrives so they can share in your joy.
Step 4: Switch up your card wording
Are you writing a thank you card to your best friend? Your coworkers? Your sister? Depending on the recipient, your card wording will differ. When speaking to a close friend or relative, you’re likely sharing a more meaningful message. Whereas with your coworkers you’re still saying thanks, but in a less personal way.
If you’re at a loss for words, try incorporating a fun baby-themed quote or saying that will leave you and your recipient excited for what’s to come.
Step 5: Add an extra thanks for hosts
If a friend or family member hosted your baby shower, consider spending extra time (and maybe some extra money) on their thank you note. An extra-long, thoughtful thank you is more than enough, but if you have the means and the desire you can include a small hostess gift as well. A spa gift card or personalized tote bag is a perfect way to say thanks for making the day so special.
Step 6: Address your thank you cards and send!
Great job! You’ve done all the hard work. Now it’s time to address each letter, add a stamp and send off. Cross your t’s and dot your i’s by double-checking the names and addresses against the spreadsheet list you compiled earlier. Pair your thank you card with a sweet baby-themed address label to add some extra cheer to their mailbox.
How to Pick the Right Baby Shower Thank You Card
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with what type of thank you card to pick, the good news is that there is no wrong choice! A baby shower thank you card should be happy and hopeful. Ideally, the personalized card will emphasize something, you, the parent loves. Below are some tips to help you pick the right shower card:
Baby Shower Themed Card
Did you have a woodland themed baby shower? Or was it an animal-themed shower? However you welcomed your little one, have your thank you card reflect the same theme as your baby shower. Pick design elements like a moon and stars for an outer space theme or bright yellows for a jungle theme. If you have a copy of your baby shower invitation, match the thank you cards design as best you can.
Gender Specific Thank You Card
If you know if you’re having a boy or a girl, match the thank you card design to the baby’s gender. This is perfect if your baby shower was also a joint gender reveal party. A girl baby shower thank you doesn’t have to be only bright pinks and purples. Same as a boy themed thank you doesn’t have to be all blue!
Neutral Shower Thank You Card
On the flip side, if you don’t know the baby’s gender (or are keeping it a secret!) keep your thank you card neutral. This is perfect if your shower also didn’t have a theme or you kept the theme casual. No need to overthink the design—a cute script or a colorful background is enough!
Consider Card Size
If you’re someone who keeps things short and sweet, purchase a baby shower thank you that’s on the smaller side. If you like to write longer messages to your loved ones, go for something larger so you can keep all your thoughts to one side. Baby shower thank you cards range from 2×3 all the way up to 6×8.
Ideally, you should try to send your baby shower thank you’s within a month of the event taking place. But even if your cards are sent after that (or even after the baby comes!) your loved ones will understand. If you get your thank you’s sent later than you wish, mention in the thank you note that you’ve been busy preparing for the new baby but reaffirm how special the recipient’s presence and gift was to you. Ultimately, your loved ones will appreciate the time you took out of your day to think about them and acknowledge their gift.