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Etiquette: Many Thank You Notes for Mommy

By Jacinda |

Thank You Cards

Proper Etiquette insists that you send a Thank You note. So with all of the beautiful and thoughtful gestures surrounding the arrival of a new baby come many, many hand-written expressions of gratitude. I know that you have a 3 month grace period for wedding “thank you’s,” What is it for a new baby? I’m hoping it’s the same because I’m getting dangerously close. But let’s not dwell on the negative, let’s look at all the pretty options out there. Perhaps I just need some new stationery and I will be inspired to tackle the project? It’s worth a shot. What is your style? Does one of these options catch your eye?…

Clockwise from top left:

A) SIMPLESONG: Simple Hello + Thank You

B) PAPERCULTURE: Momma and Baby Elephant Mobile


D) PAPERCULTURE: Baby’s New Pair of Shoes

Come back for more pretty Thank You card options throughout the day.

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9 thoughts on “Etiquette: Many Thank You Notes for Mommy

  1. Jessica @ says:

    The elephants are adorable! I have such a weakness for lovely paper goods. With my first baby, I was able to write thank-yous while nursing. It’s a bit of a balancing act at first but since she nursed almost constantly for the first five or six months, I had a lot of practice. The notes were my lifeline out to the world in a lot of ways. Now that Baby #2 is due this summer and Baby #1 will only be 20 months old… I imagine I’ll be pushing the boundaries of etiquette this time around.

  2. jamiebeths says:

    ever since having a baby when i give a gift to a new mom part of that gift is that she cannot send me a thank you note. an email to let me know she received it is appreciated for those gifts sent by mail, but i will not let mom.s write me thank you notes. are you kidding? as if we’re not doing enough?!

  3. Jo says:

    I gave up handwriting thank you notes a long time ago. I know that’s officially “rude” but I make a phone call or write a heartfelt email instead. I don’t see the point in spending the money (that I don’t have) on fancy cards and postage, only to have it arrive, get read once, then either lost or thrown away. It’s a waste of energy, money, and resources (like trees!).

    Typically, when I give a gift to someone — especially a new mom — I go out of my way to say, “If you’re going to write out paper thank yous, please go ahead and skip us!” If I mail a gift, I appreciate a “It arrived!” notice of some sort (a quick email is fine), but I don’t need a handwritten acknowledgment of gratitude. It feels outdated and unnecessary.

  4. Mira says:

    I’ve got a three month old, and I’ve been keeping up with the thank-you notes (although it did get a little rough over the holidays). Mostly I’ve just been doing them as the gifts come, and I don’t let myself use/put away the gift until I’ve written the note.

  5. jamiebeths says:

    while i’m glad that there are others out there who share my feelings that thank you notes and new moms don’t necessarily mix well, i am disappointed that “baby’s first year” which up until now i had felt was a haven for like-minded moms who “get it” is now pushing products and “proper etiquette.” and to be clear, i wrote a handwritten thank you for each one of the baby gifts we received but i would never, ever, ever let another mother write one for me and i would never tell another mother to spend her time or money on notecards. there are so many other things that need a new mom’s attention. and beyond that, if a mom does feel that she WANTS to write thank you notes (more power to her!), waiting three months, when most of us need to get back to work, is really not the way to go, in my opinion.

  6. jamiebeths says:

    and one last thing (i think) – “thank you notes for mommy?!” – to be sure, my husband wrote all of the thank you notes for much of his side of the family and all of his friends. i guess these three posts really rubbed me the wrong way, huh?

  7. Meghan says:

    Yup. I agree with Jamiebeths 100%. While I am a stationery junkie, I don’t even like receiving thank you notes. They are SUCH a waste of money. Mine don’t even make it home form the post box half the time. I read them right in front of the box and toss them in the garbage on the way out the door. What am I supposed to do with them? When I gave birth, my husband left the next day to return to Army training for 3 months. Write thank you notes?! Sorry, I was too busy pumping milk, trying to sleep when baby slept, and figuring out when I could take out our dog for a pee!

  8. Stephanie says:

    I took the easy/cheap way out. I went to and made a photo card and used a standard thanks for thinking of little Sophie, we appreciate the gift. Best money I ever spent!

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