Is there anything more exciting than anticipating a new baby! Aside from thinking about your new life as a mother, you get to revel in adorable baby essentials while everyone you know is eager to help you celebrate!
But between the excitement and the pregnancy brain fog, a baby registry greeting might bring you a little writer’s block.
Why a baby registry greeting is a challenge.
These days, registries are commonplace. But in your parents’ and grandparents’ generations, they were unheard of. Worse yet, hinting at what you might want as a gift was an absolute etiquette faux-pas.
The truth is, most people appreciate when there’s a baby registry. This gives them a chance to give you something you’ll actually use instead of yet another set of washcloths. But in our heads, the old frame of mind persists. Hence the writer’s block.
So here are 4 steps – with examples – for a baby registry greeting that comes off as gracious and helpful rather than presumptuous.
Step 1. Start from a place of gratitude.
It’s easy to get carried away when you’re planning for your baby or thinking about all the special things you want for him or her.
But take a step back and start from a place of gratitude. Gratitude that this special baby will come into your life, gratitude that you have people who want to celebrate your baby with you, and gratitude that you have people who’ll host them.
Once you re-center in gratitude, writing a baby registry greeting will be easy.
Step 2. Remember you’re being helpful.
Your guests want nothing more than to know that they’re gifts will be used and enjoyed. Many of them don’t know or remember what a baby actually needs, but truly want to make your life with baby a little easier.
Jot down the details you might want to share like:
When the baby is coming. Knowing you have a winter baby may encourage your guests to give you an extra blanket instead of a beach towel.
Baby’s gender. If you’re willing to share the baby’s gender, your guests will have more fun picturing who they’re shopping for. If you’d prefer to keep it secret – mention that as well so they’re not left guessing.
Nursery colors and theme. “I just thought this Disney Princess blanket was cute.” There’s no good way to add a pepto-bismol-pink baby blanket to a peach and silver nursery. If you’re particular about how things look – help guide your guests to colors that work rather than what they think is cute.
Specific personal preferences. Are you an all-natural mama? Cloth diaperer? Book lover? World traveler? If there’s something you want people to know about how you plan to parent – share it!
Step 3. Is there anything you don’t want?
This will require extra delicacy, but if there’s anything you absolutely don’t want, find a tactful way to say it.
Explaining why you don’t want a type of gift will blunt the delivery to anyone who’s over-opinionated about etiquette. Just avoid any critical words (like cheap or harmful) and be sure to stick to only one type of exclusion, instead of a laundry list of what not to give.
“As we’re a nature-conscious family, if you’d like to give a gift we’d appreciate organic items or wooden toys rather than plastic.”
Step 4. Keep it short and sweet.
If you want to add a little humor or extra grace, go ahead. Then put all your thoughts together into a short and grateful message.
Online baby registry greeting
Most online baby registries like Amazon, let you enter a personalized greeting for your guests. Since they’re already there, there’s no need to guide them anywhere else. Just a note of appreciation will do. Here are some examples:
Thank you so much for visiting our baby registry! These are some of our favorite baby essentials! We appreciate your help in welcoming our baby girl, and can’t wait to introduce her to you in the spring!
Thank you so much for celebrating our baby’s arrival with us!
We may not know if it’s a boy or a girl, but we do know they’re already loved.
Baby registry greeting in shower invitation
Generally a baby shower invitation will come from the hosts and not the parents. Here are some simple ways to guide the guests to the registry:
If you’d like to help celebrate our niece’s arrival with a gift, the new parents have created a registry with Amazon and Modern Nursery. You can view these registries online.
We’d be so grateful if you could join us to celebrate Anna’s baby! Here’s a few things to know:
– It’s a boy! (Coming in June)
– Nursery colors: gray and white
– The parents are registered at Babies R Us if you need ideas
Baby Registry Greeting FAQ
What should I write on my baby registry?
Welcome your guests and thank them for visiting the registry. You may also include any other preferences while focusing on the gratitude to welcoming your baby.
What should I put on my registry greeting?
Aside from a thank you, you may include details like the gender, when the baby is coming, and nursery colors and themes. If you have other preferences (like organic items, etc.,) find a tactful way to include these and explain why.
How do I politely send my baby registry?
Generally, baby registry information would be included in the shower invitation. If you’re asked “what would you like?” you can respond with “Thank you so much for thinking about me! We’ve actually made a registry with some essentials we’d really love for our baby.”
How do you tell people to stick to your baby registry?
Be very gracious in bringing up that you have a baby registry. But aside from sharing that you have one and it’s full of your favorite essentials, you can’t really guide guests to what they should give.
Final Thoughts – Baby Registry Greeting
When writing your baby registry greeting, remember a few things. Come from a place of gratitude, remember that you’re being helpful, and keep it short and sweet!