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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.

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“Thrilled to shower you and the baby with love.”

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“I couldn’t possibly be more proud of you.”

  1. 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:[5]
    • "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."
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“If you need anything, I’m here for you.”

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“So excited to watch your angel grow up!”

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“These kids are so lucky to have parents like you!”

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“I’m so glad you’ve all found a home in each other.”

  1. 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:[10]
    • "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."
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“It was tough getting here, but I know it was worth it.”

  1. 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:[11]
    • "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."

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“Every child begins the world again.”

  1. 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:[12]
    • "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
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      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. This article has been viewed 4,786 times.
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