Birth announcements are a great—albeit obvious—way to tell the world you gave birth. Since this isn’t the 1800s, the odds are that everyone and their mom already knows that you have a new bundle of joy after your grand Facebook announcement and play-by-play live tweeting. But an official birth announcement is a cute keepsake and will seal the deal.

You have birthed. You have made baby. You have produced a miracle that everyone must meet.

Birth announcements come in all shapes and sizes. Most that I have seen involve a wrinkly little newborn sleeping on a towel with an angelic glow cast about the photograph. I have to admit that I was very tempted to do a birth announcement after we had our kids, but I was very lazy. I also wanted to try a newborn photo shoot, but I never booked that either.

If I had done a birth announcement, there are several styles that I would have avoided. For starters, anything creepy is not advisable for a birth announcement that welcomes your new son or daughter into the world.

Use these weird examples as a guideline for what NOT to do, and you’ll be in the clear:

1. It took me a while to figure out what was going on because SUCH HANDS.

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3. I’m going to put this one in the TMI Category…

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5. These adorable twins look so adorable and earnest that it upsets me.

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6. To me this photo screams, ABANDONED BABY, and I don’t like it one bit.

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7. Please, please don’t ever try this at home or in a professional photo shoot.

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8. The baby-in-the-bag idea looked better on paper.

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9. Perfect for Team Green waiting to find out the gender.

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10. If you haven’t booked that birth announcement yet, it’s never too late. (Sweet aside: This birth announcement was made for a 13-year-old adopted son.)

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