🙁😚😷 This article was co-authored by Giselle Baumet and by wikiHow staff writer, Nihal Shetty. Giselle Baumet is a Mindset & Wellness Coach and the Owner of Granola Babies based in Orange County, California. With more than 16 years of experience, she specializes in helping others, particularly parents, navigate through life’s challenges. Giselle earned a BS from Rhode Island College and a Lactation Educator Certification from The University of San Diego. She also holds a Women’s Life Coach Certification from The Academy of Creative Coaching, a Transpersonal Hypnotherapist and Somatic Healer Certification from The Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Institute, a Hypnosis and Childbirth Certification from The American Hypnosis Association, and a Positive Parenting Educator Certification from Positive Discipline.
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🙁😚😷 It’s pretty exciting when a friend, family member, or colleague becomes a parent, but what should you say? Whether you’re writing a card or expressing your good wishes to a new parent in person, you’re going to want to have a nice phrase or two in mind. That’s where we come in. We’ve got you covered with the best messages for a new parent, from funny to heartfelt. Read on for our complete guide on how to congratulate someone on their new baby.
1 1 of 13:“Congrats on the new member of the family!”
- A simple wish shows that you care. You don’t need to be Shakespeare to wish a friend or a family member on an occasion like this—just sending a few words of affection their way can mean a lot. Let them know that you’re wishing them the best by saying something like:XResearch source
- "Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness!"
- "This is such wonderful news!"
- "Wishing you and the baby all the best things in life."
- "Congratulations on the baby!"
2 2 of 13:“See you when you have some free time—maybe in 18 years?”
- A funny message brings humor into a new parent’s life. Having a baby is a fun and exciting thing, so send over a light-hearted message to bring a smile to your friend’s face. Try saying something like:XResearch source
- "Your new tax deduction is so cute!"
- "Congratulations on your latest joint project!"
- "I hope you’re prepared for a busy schedule of posting baby photos on Instagram."
- "I hope you got some rest before the baby arrived—you’ll need it!"
3 3 of 13:“Thrilled to shower you and the baby with love.”
- For a baby shower, send a message showing how excited you are. A baby shower is an exciting time in a soon-to-be parent’s life, and expressing your own excitement can make them feel even more joy. So, send them a positive message, like:XResearch source
- "Can’t wait to meet your little munchkin!"
- "Wishing you an easy pregnancy, an easy birth, and a happy and healthy baby."
- "You’re about to get on life’s best rollercoaster ride. Congrats!"
- "So, so happy for you. I’m wishing you a safe delivery!"
4 4 of 13:“Hope you’re ready for the new alarm clock you just made!
- Baby showers are also a great time for a funny message. After all, baby showers are often filled with silly games and plenty of laughs, so a message that tickles the soon-to-be parent’s funny bone can work really well. Send them something like:XResearch source
- Congratulations on your coming bundle of poop! Oops…joy!"
- "Congrats on the coming arrival of your tiny overlord!"
- "Hitting the bottle is going to mean something completely different soon!"
- "A toast to the bun in your oven!"
5 5 of 13:“I couldn’t possibly be more proud of you.”
- A heartfelt message expresses the depth of your relationship. A new baby is a huge moment for any parent, and this is a good chance for you to express what scientists call "sympathetic joy," or genuine happiness at their good fortune. Showing your friend sincerity at this moment in their lives can feel really meaningful. Say something like:XTrustworthy SourceGreater Good MagazineJournal published by UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, which uses scientific research to promote happier livingGo to source
- "I’ve always know you to be a kind, loving, and generous person. Your child is so, so lucky to have you as their parent."
- "Thank you for being such a blessing in my life. I’m so glad that you’ve got a blessing of your own now."
- "I love and care about you so much. I’m happy beyond words."
- "It’s an honor to have you in my life, and I can’t wait to be there for you and the baby."
6 6 of 13:“What a cute photo! Congrats!”
- If you’ve learned the news through social media, try out this comment. It can make a new parent feel really special to have their feed fill up with well-wishers, so show them some love. If your friend posts a photo or a text post with the news, you can say something like:
- "Your baby is adorable. Wishing you all the best!"
- "Well done on creating a mini human! Keep us updated please :)"
- "So thrilled to see these photos! You all look so happy."
7 7 of 13:“If you need anything, I’m here for you.”
- An offer of support can mean a lot to new parents. Raising a child is a lot of work, and letting a new parent know that you’re here to support them through this chapter can feel very comforting. Say something like:XResearch source
- "They say it takes a village to raise a child, and we’re here to help."
- "You aren’t raising this kid alone—we’ll make sure they have a wonderful life."
- "If you ever need someone to make a run to the store for some diapers, you have my number."
- "Let me know how I can help you as you embark on this new journey!"
8 8 of 13:“Wishing you and the your little bundle of joy all the best.”
- Try using a message like this for a baby boy. This is a cute message to send to a friend or family member who recently gave birth or adopted a baby. Send your friend a note that says something like:XResearch source
- "I know this little bundle of joy is going to sweep you off your feet."
- "Congratulations on being blessed with such a sweet little baby."
- "I know your child will be kind, smart, and generous, just like their parent/mom/dad."
- "Your baby is an angel—I’m so happy for you!"
9 9 of 13:“So excited to watch your angel grow up!”
- If your friend has a baby, send them a wish like this. This is a good gender neutral message to send your friend and let them know how happy you are about their new baby. Say something like:XResearch source
- "I can already guess that your child will be quick-witted and creative, just like their parent/mom/dad."
- "What a beautiful baby! I’m so happy to be able to know them."
- "I know you must be thrilled to have such a wonderful child enter your life."
- "Your child is such a wonderful blessing, and you richly deserve them."
10 10 of 13:“These kids are so lucky to have parents like you!”
- If your friend is having twins (or triplets!) send a message like this. It’s both exciting and maybe a little overwhelming to parent more than one baby at the same time, so your well-wishes might be especially appreciated. Send something like:XResearch source
- "Double the giggles and double the grins, double the trouble if you’re blessed with twins!"
- "Born with [two/three] buddies! How cool! Lots of love to your new family!"
- "Diapers and bottles times two! Congrats!"
- "Genes so nice, they made them twice!"
11 11 of 13:“I’m so glad you’ve all found a home in each other.”
- Adoption can be a long journey, so congratulate your friend with a kind message. If your friend has become a parent at the end of their adoption journey, it’s a great idea to send them a note letting them know that you’re happy for them. Say something like:XResearch source
- "It’s great to see your dream of being a mom/dad come true. Congrats to your family."
- "You have so much love to give—your child is really lucky to have you."
- "We’re so happy to see your family grow—congratulations on your adoption."
- "Warmest wishes for your adoption! We’re thrilled to have heard the news."
12 12 of 13:“It was tough getting here, but I know it was worth it.”
- If your friend had a difficult pregnancy, you want to be supportive. But keep in mind that acknowledging a difficulty pregnancy is something you should only do if you’re very close to the new parent, Otherwise, it’s best to keep things completely positive, unless you know that your friend would appreciate a mention of their struggles. If so, say something like:XResearch source
- "Wishing you and the baby all the best as you recover."
- "I love you and I’m here for you as you continue your journey."
- "I wish you a motherhood that’s worth all the struggle that went into it."
- "So thankful for your baby to be here, and wishing him and you all the best."
13 13 of 13:“Every child begins the world again.”
- Share a piece of wisdom or quote about parenthood. Plenty of people have written about the wonder that a new child brings into a parent’s life, so consider sending over a relatable and touching quote. Your friend might appreciate a message with a quote like:XResearch source
- "There are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child." —Anne Lamott
- "A new baby is like the beginning of all things—wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities." —Eda LeShan
- "Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything." —William Macneile Dixon
- "Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born." —George Bernard Shaw
- If you want to get your friend a meaningful gift, try purchasing a baby memory book. Memory books aren’t just for parents to remember these early days: your friend’s child is likely to enjoy looking back on it when they’re older as well.XExpert SourceGiselle Baumet
Mindset & Wellness CoachExpert Interview. 1 November 2021.
- Although flowers are always nice, you could also get a baby quilt. Accidents happen, and new parents can never have too many spare quilts for their baby.
- New parents might not have too much time to cook, so bringing them a few home-cooked meals or a voucher to a food delivery service can also be a really kind gesture.
- ↑Giselle Baumet. Mindset & Wellness Coach. Expert Interview. 1 November 2021.