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What To Write In A Baby Shower Thank You Card

In all the excitement of having a baby shower, it’s easy to overlook one important thing – thank you cards for all your lovely guests.

But just like a wedding, baby shower etiquette (and general politeness) states that after receiving lovely gifts from friends and family, you should show your appreciation by sending each guest a thank you note.

Sometimes however it can be hard to think of exactly what to write, especially if you are having a bout of pregnancy or baby brain fog at the moment!

So to help you out, in this post we will examine what makes a great thank you card, and will take a look at some beautiful wording examples to help inspire you.

5 Tips For Writing The Perfect Baby Shower Thank You Card

To give you the most accurate and useful advice on how to write a baby shower thank you card, we researched far and wide to identify exactly what goes into the best thank you cards.

Here’s a simple five-step formula for writing the perfect thank you note.

1. Send The Card Out Within 1-2 Weeks of The Event

If you’re wondering when to send a baby shower thank you card, the answer is the sooner after the event, the better.

That’s why it’s best to send the note within two weeks after the baby shower, because any longer and people may start to think that you’re not going to thank them for their attendance or their generous gift.

Another great reason for sending the cards out asap is that once your baby arrives, you’re going to be more than little busy doing all you can to survive the newborn phase.

So make the most of any spare time you have before your baby arrives and send out those cards!

2. Make It Personal & Handwritten

person writing on white paper

It goes without saying that the best cards are ones that make the recipient feel special.

Perhaps the easiest way to do this is to write the card out by hand the old-fashioned way, and to use the guest’s name and mention their gift (see below).

You can still design your own card using a site like Canva, but once you have the plain cards in your hands, it’s best to write each one using a pen.

3. Mention Their Gift

Another essential component of any thank you card is to specifically mention the gift that the guest has given you (or more specifically your baby).

Sure, some gifts are more exciting than others, but those practical gifts like a diaper pail are just as good (if not better) than something more picturesque, so be sure to mention the gift whatever it might be.

person handing over a gift to someone else

If someone has give you cash or a gift card, you may want to say you can’t wait to use it to buy whatever it is that’s on your wish list or baby registry.

If the gift is practical like the example above, then you can mention how thoughtful it is, how it’s something you’ve been considering buying, and how useful it will be.

And if it’s something that more fun, like a stuffed toy, you can say that you’ll think of them when your precious new arrival plays with it!

4. Don’t Worry About A Photo

If you read some other articles on how to write a baby shower thank you card, many will tell you to include a photo.

If you’re hell bent on doing so and think it’s a nice idea, then feel free to go ahead.

But I think this is not necessary for two reasons:

  1. For most moms, you’ll be sending out thank you cards before your baby is born for the reasons mentioned above (it’s best to send the card out within 1-2 weeks of the event, and it’s good to get the thank you notes out of the way before your baby arrived).
  2. Even if your baby has now been born, the last thing you want to be doing is fiddling around and making life more difficult for yourself by taking photos and then uploading or printing them onto a card, all while taking care of a demanding newborn.

Trust me, as the recipient of a thank you card, what’s important is to receive a personal and sincere thank you note, and this can easily be achieved without including a photograph.

fountain pen next to red Thank You card

5. End On A High

Who doesn’t like receiving a card that has a happy, positive ending?

So our last piece of advice is to end your note on a high, perhaps by including something about what a wonderful friend they are, how much you appreciate having them in your life (and soon your baby’s), or by making reference to the next time you’ll see them.

10 Baby Shower Thank You Card Examples

Here are some lovely examples of what to write in a baby shower thank you card, from classic and traditional words to ones that are more related to the gift or even tailored to anyone who sadly wasn’t able to attend.

Feel free to mix and match wherever you want, for example by mixing one that mentions your gratitude at receiving their gift, with words from another that mentions future plans.

Traditional Baby Shower Thank You Wording

Thank you for coming to my baby shower! It was so lovely to catch up with you and I’m so grateful for your very generous gift. 

(Insert partner’s name) and I were so touched to receive your lovely baby bouncer. I know little one is going to love sitting and rocking in it!

I’m so happy you were able to come to my baby shower! It was such a fun and special day and I’m so glad I got to enjoy it with you! I can’t wait to see you soon (next time with baby in hand) my special friend.

Baby Shower Thank You Wording From Your Baby

Thank you for coming to my baby shower! I absolutely love the cute bunny you gave me and can’t wait to snuggle up next to it. I can’t wait to meet you very soon!

Thank you for my beautiful blanket! I love the colors and how soft it is, and can’t wait to start using it when tucked up in my stroller!

Baby Shower Thank You Wording For Cash or Gift Cards

Thank you for your generous gift. I’ll be using it to buy (insert present) and I can’t wait to think you in person!

Thank you for your gift! I have a long list of things I need to buy before my little one arrives and your generosity will go a long way to helping ensure we get what we need!

Thank you for your wonderful gift towards our baby’s savings account. We’ll make sure he doesn’t spend it all on fancy toys when he’s older!

Baby Shower Thank You Wording For Someone Who Couldn’t Attend

What a lovely surprise it was to receive your gorgeous gift! You were sorely missed on the day and I can’t wait to introduce you to my baby once he’s arrived!

Thank you for sending your well wishes to us all the way from (insert town or country)! Your (insert gift) was such a thoughtful gift, I know (insert baby’s name) will love it! We hope it won’t be long before we can all meet face to face!

Other Tips On Baby Shower Thank You Notes

Thank You on wooden blocks

To conclude, here are some other tips that will help you write the perfect thank you card.

  • Plan Ahead. The best time to start thinking about your thank you notes is before your baby shower has taken place. Consider getting a head start by choosing a template you like from a designer or from a free design site like Canva. If you’re planning on going the hand-written route, then it’s also a good idea to gather everyone’s details such as up to date addresses in one place, so you know where everything is when you need it.
  • Have Some Extras. If you’re going to be printing blank cards to write in by hand, then a good tip is to buy a few more than you need, in case you make any spelling or grammar mistakes.
  • Remember Who Gave What. Be organized and carful when opening presents, and consider asking someone to keep track and make a note of who gave you what present when you open them at the baby shower. This will help ensure you avoid any embarrassment by not remembering what gift someone gave, or worse yet, mixing it up!
  • Be Sincere. The best thank you notes are the ones that comes naturally and from the heart, so try to be as genuine and sincere as possible when writing your cards.
  • Take It Easy. There’s nothing to say you have to write all the cards in one go, especially if you’ve had a large baby shower and have dozens of invitations to get through. If it feels overwhelming, it’s probably best to split the card writing over several sessions.
  • Don’t Forget The Host. Lastly, remember to thank the host of the baby shower, particularly as hosting the event typically requires a lot of planning and preparation. You might also want to consider thanking them with a gift to show your appreciation for everything they’ve put in to what was hopefully a fantastic and memorable event!

Must Read: Everything You Need To Know About Baby Showers

Tori is mama to 3 year old Isabella and co-founder of Rockinbaby. She has a BSc in Psychology, is a certified yoga teacher and is a working mom. In her free time Tori loves cooking delicious foods and baked treats, entertaining and working out. Learn more about Tori here.

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