Unlike your wedding, birthday or graduation gifts, your baby gift arrives when you are in recovery. A unique recovery that requires you to wake every 2-3 hours to take care of a tiny human. The last thing you need is another thing to do.
Help me end, (or at least extend!) the ridiculous baby gift thank you note writing. If you send a baby gift, offer an easy out for the new mom. "A text message is plenty acknowledgement, thanks!" Or, get shipping confirmation so you know she received it. Or, tell her you'll be offended by any correspondence within 6 months.
If you'feel obligated, here are a few shortcuts:
--Use a newborn picture for Thank You Notes or postcards. It makes it more personal with less time.
--Have Dad or your partner do it. (At least they are not dealing with the physical recovery from pregnancy and birth or lactating.)
--Your Postpartum Doula may or may not use a script to help you write them.
I want to make life easier for parents and stressing about Thank You Notes for baby gifts seems so unnecessary. Seriously, if you are judging someone for not sending a thank you note for a baby gift, you're probably not a meaningful person in their life. Just sayin.
Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, Mother of Three.