Did a friend or family member throw you a baby shower? Congratulations on having someone who cares enough to gather everyone to celebrate such a joyous occasion. Even though you were the guest of honor and not the host, you still have some responsibilities.
It’s exciting that your close friends and family members got together to shower you with gifts for your new arrival. And now that this wonderful event is over, it’s time to get some thank you notes out to all the guests who brought a gift.
When to Send Baby Shower Thank you Cards
The best time for sending thank you notes is always as soon as possible after you receive the gifts. If you wait, you’ll start to feel stressed. Time might get away from you, and that only adds to your anxiety. So go ahead and get some thank you notes in the mail as soon as possible so you can relax and enjoy the fact that it’s done.
Once the baby comes, you might be too busy (and exhausted) to even think about writing notes. Or if the baby is already here, the longer you wait to send the card the more difficult it will be.
Tips on What to Include
As you write the card, there are some specific things you need to write. It’s always good to be as specific as possible. You may keep it brief, but make sure you include the essentials.
Here are some things to include in your thank you card:
- Offer a friendly greeting. Most of the time, starting the note with the word, “Dear (person’s name),” is sufficient.
- Show gratitude. Thank the person for the gift.
- Be specific about the gift. This shows that you know what the person gave.
- If possible, mention how you plan to use the gift. Everyone who gives a gift wants to know it’s appreciated and useful.
- Mention something about the person’s relationship with the baby. This can be a brief comment about the baby getting to know her aunt or inviting a friend to see the new baby.
- Finish with a friendly close. You can use the word, “Love,” or something else that reflects your relationship with the giver.
Specific Things to Say
If you are stuck on specific wording for your baby shower thank you card, you’re not alone. Most people want to say the right thing so the giver knows that the gift is appreciated. But sometimes the words elude you.
Here are some things you might include in your note:
- Thank you for the cute little outfit for our new baby. I can just imagine how everyone will ooh and ahh when they see how handsome he looks in it.
- I am so grateful for the generous gift card you gave us for the new baby. We plan to use it for some of the essentials we don’t already have, like diapers, pacifiers, and hooded bath towels.
- Thank you so much for the adorable layette. The whole set is precious, and I’m excited to start using it.
- I was delighted to see the pack of onesies you gave us for our new baby. This will make dressing and diaper changes so much easier.
Examples of Baby Shower Thank You Notes
As you write the note, consider your relationship with the giver. Your message to a family member will probably be more intimate than one to a coworker.
To a family member:
Thank you so much for the precious blanket you crocheted for the baby. I can’t wait to see her snuggled into it. But most of all, I want to thank you for being such a supportive sister who has always been there for me. Our little girl is fortunate to have such a wonderful aunt.
Love you bunches,
To a friend:
Thank you for coming to the baby shower and for giving us the crib sheets. They fit the crib perfectly, and they go with all the other nursery décor. I look forward to having you come over after we get home from the hospital. You’ll be hearing from me shortly after he’s born.
Thank you all so much for attending the baby shower. Brad and I appreciate your generous gift of a baby swing and portable crib. The swing will come in handy when it’s time for us to cook dinner. And I’ll use the portable crib when I visit my parents. As soon as I’m able to, I’ll bring our little bundle of joy to the office so everyone can meet him.
See you soon,
Baby Shower Hostess
While you’re writing thank you notes to guests, don’t forget to write one to the hostess. Throwing a baby shower is a labor of love that only someone who cares deeply for you will do.
Here’s an example of what to write to the hostess:
Thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful baby shower for me. My heart overflowed the second I walked in and saw how much work you put into the decorations and refreshments. You did a beautiful job of making this happy event even more special. I’m touched by your kindness and generosity. Also, thank you for the adorable baby outfits. He’ll look so cute in all of them. I also want to thank you for your friendship that has blessed me so much through the years.
Adoptive Baby Shower
If the shower is for a baby you’re adopting, you can use the same basic wording you’d use if you were giving birth. The sentiment will be the same—gratitude for others supporting your expanding family.
A few comments you might add when the child is adopted:
- We’ve been looking forward to getting the call from the agency for so long, and it’s nice to have such kind and generous friends to share the experience with.
- We’re delighted that you’re so supportive of our decision to adopt.
- It means the world to us that you’re able to celebrate this new addition to our family.
Writing the Thank You Note
When writing a thank you note, it’s always best to use good stationery or a card. Jot your thoughts on scratch paper and then transfer your message to the card. Always write thank you notes in ink. Even if you sent a thank you note via email, follow up with a printed message that you put in an envelope and mail.