Why do baby announcements have the weight of the baby?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Atalanta:  I swear it’s a badge of honor! “I pushed an 8lb4oz squirming mound of child out of my vagina/had it surgically removed from my stomach.”

But I think historically it was a sign that the baby was more likely to live. Higher birthweight babies were healthier and more likely to survive the first year!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@BrandNewBride:  LMAO a badge of honor! My aunt was 13 lbs at birth and I would definitely put that weight on the announcement lol

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I didn’t think too much about it when I had my son, but EVERYONE asked, so I started leading with that info. I think that unless you’re close enough to the mom to ask about the labor experience, it’s kind of the only thing to ask, so you just do. 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@BrandNewBride: LOL and now I’m ruined lol and for that reason is what would prevent me from announcing the weight, I wouldn’t want that thought going through people’s minds.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Ive always assumed it’s because it gives people who haven’t seen the child an idea of their size.. Maybe not though.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Atalanta:  I would think it was created to indicate to recipient’s that the baby is healthy and of normal size and weight.  Many parents with babies that are born premature choose not to share the information.

Since they were popularized during the early 1900s I would assume that many announcements were followed by notices of death so a low birth weight might suggest to a family member far away to hold off on sending their congratulations until the baby is a bit older and healthier.

Today it’s just a way of describing the baby when there are few details to put down.  Length, weight, name, sex, and birth weight.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

honestly, i have no idea either. but for some reason i ALWAYS ask. which is really bizarre,  now that i think about it. but i seriously ALWAYS ask. boy or girl? name? how big was it? WHYYY do i do that?!?!?!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Atalanta:  I don’t know why either, I told people our son’s weight, but actually I got it wrong. lol I think people are just so happy after having a new baby that they want to share as much info with all their friends/family as possible.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Good question… I think it’s just one of those things that people want to know. I ask to compare to my DD…lol

When my good friend had her baby girl, I thought she was sooo tiny, and must have been the size of my DD when she was born… come to find out, her baby was 7lbs, while my DD was 5lb5oz…it really made me surprised. You forget how small your own baby was once they grow up!

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

People always ask, so why not just put it out there?  No idea why its really there though…

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Atalanta:  I didn’t get it either, but honestly everyone is going to be asking the mommy more than likely so might as well put it on there. I, personally, don’t like the comments from people who know the birth weight. Half the time you get people who are like, “Jeez that’s a big baby!” or “Oh my so tiny.” Not that it is a big deal, but oh well.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

It makes for a nice momento with all of the details on it.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m sure it was first started to inform people that the baby was a healthy weight.

But I do feel like it’s become a “badge of honor” so to speak. I feel like if someone has a 5-7lb baby people tend to react like it’s normal or not a big deal. But if somone has a 8+lb baby, they’re all “wow! you did great” or “holy crap that’s a big baby. Good job”. Even though I’m pretty sure pushing out a baby of any weight isn’t too fun.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yeah, it’s one of the things that everyone asks. And, really, what else is there to tell at that age? He’s a newborn. He’s this long, he weighs this much. He likes screaming and staring at bright lights.

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