We know it’s not always easy to find the words for every occassion. When it comes down to it, you shouldn’t feel pressured about what to write in a baby shower card. What you say really does depend on the parents and your relationship to them.
For work colleagues, a quote as well as your congratulations are the best idea. Think about how they feel getting a generic card from their former co workers. The mother is probably taking time off in her maternity leave, and that can be a stressful time for her. She will want to look at the card on her mantle and smile as she looks through people’s comments. Even if your comment is the only creative one, it might brighten her day somewhere down the road.
In The Card
If the card is for an acquaintance, then try to steer away from heart felt sentiments. These might seem wooden or fake since the family is not really that close with you. In this instance, buy a card that is nice quality and cute or funny. Let the card say the message and just sign your name at the bottom. This also saves time when the mother opens her gifts in front of everyone. If you feel that the mother might not recognize you by name, give her a prompt in the card. For example, if you know her from yoga class tell her you enjoyed getting in shape with her at the yoga studio. Or, if you are a distant cousin, tell her that you’re so glad to be her cousin and are glad that you are in touch with her again. This will also make it easy for her when she is sending out her thank you cards to write you a polite response and locate your address more readily. Always sign with the first and last name so that she knows how to locate your address.
What to write in a baby shower card for a close friend is always easier. You can just pour out your heart and say how much the family has meant to you. You can remind her of a funny memory when you talked about having children together. This makes for a very sentimental message, and she will enjoy keeping this card in her keepsake box, or at least re-reading it a few times before she throws it out. Sometimes the message can be just as important as the gift to a new mother. People enjoy knowing that they are cared about, and if you go out of your way to tell her, she will feel supported. Also, remind her that you are just a phone call away if she ever wants to talk or hang out. And if you used to be close but are not anymore, maybe don’t ask her to reconnect unless you mean it.
All in all, it is not what to write in a baby shower card that matters, but how fitting your intention is to your relationship with the mother.