Here’s you dilemma. Your co-worker is expecting and now you’re expected to write a nice note along with your baby shower gift. You know it’s not appropriate to write on the card, “You look like you’ve gained 70 lbs so we hope you’re really having a baby!” so what do you write instead? Here’s a handy-dandy list of appropriate well wishes for someone about to go on maternity leave. These could also work for a father celebrating a new arrival or congratulations to new adoptive parents. Use these for inspiration and “make it your own” to be sure it sounds like something you would say.
- Blessings to you and your family during this precious time. Can’t wait to meet the sweet new addition.
- We will miss you while you’re home with your beautiful bundle of joy. We’ll be sure to not leave a bundle of work for you when you return!
- God bless all of you….enjoy this sacred time! Can’t wait to see pictures of the newest family member!
- Our very best wishes for a healthy and happy baby!
- Good luck on your maternity leave. Can’t wait to meet your “new boss”!
- Wishing you well on your maternity leave. We’ll miss you!
- Our thoughts will be with you for a happy and healthy baby. Take your time to rest and enjoy your little one.
- We will surely miss you while you’re home with baby. When you come back to work, we’ll be sure not to ask you to change any diapers!
In general it’s absolutely appropriate to wish the mom-to-be a healthy delivery and baby. If you’re wishing them well there aren’t too many things you can say that are wrong.
However there are two areas you’ll want to steer clear of…You will want to avoid joking that you think her/his time off is going to be easy. I’ve heard some co-workers say, “I’d sure like six weeks of time away from work!” New parents are signing up for sleepless nights, endless diaper changes and a whole lot of stress – many times at reduced or no pay! Even if you’re not cut out to be a parent hopefully you can appreciate and respect their decision to bring a life into the world.
You will also want to avoid advice or sensitive questions about how they will give birth or parent the child. Childbirth and parenting are very personal subjects that are usually best avoided in the workplace. The new parent will initiate with you if they are seeking advice. Otherwise they usually just want you to tell them their baby is going to be the cutest in the world.
Hopefully these tips will help you send off the new mom to a wonderfully rewarding maternity leave. New parents will appreciate your well wishes and encouragement during this exciting time in their lives.
P.S. Another great gift…. tell them about this blog (but not that you found your heartfelt sentiment here!)