Newborn baby in pink swaddle resting on woman's lap

Tiny fingers, tiny toes, and eyes that look just like their grandmother’s—there’s no doubt that having a new baby is a magical, life-changing event, and such a momentous occasion in any parent’s life calls for a celebration.

Worldwide, about 385,000 babies are born a day—that’s a whole lot of adorable arrivals.1 So, if you receive news that a coworker has recently embarked on the adventure of a lifetime—aka, parenthood—you’ll likely want to acknowledge this remarkable moment and send your best wishes and congratulations to the new mom or dad.

The style and delivery of your congratulations will depend on your relationship with the new parent. We’ve compiled some advice (and adorable gift ideas) to help you wish them the best.

What Do You Say to Congratulate a Coworker on a New Baby?

The more you offer congratulations to an expecting coworker, you might also find yourself wondering how to congratulate a coworker on a new baby.

Whether you send your warm wishes through a baby shower card, write an email, or deliver to your congratulations in person, you can take a few different approaches. Some people like to write funny new baby messages, while others prefer a more personal or sincere note. Usually, you can decide on the tone by the type of relationship you have with the person.

If you're BFFs with your coworker and want to attempt to put a smile on their face with a touch of humor, go right ahead. If you’re close, you can also choose to make your message a little less formal. Plus, don't forget to give mom a little maternity gift too.

Here are some message ideas to spark inspiration for a coworker you’re close to:

  • We can’t wait to meet your new bundle of joy! Congratulations on welcoming your newest member!
  • I’m so happy for you and [partner’s name]. You deserve all the baby bliss!
  • I know your little one will be just as amazing as you.
  • Warmest wishes to you and your sweet new baby.

If your coworker isn’t a close friend, you might need a slightly more formal (but still simple and sweet) idea of what to say:

  • Many blessings to your growing family.
  • Enjoy every second of this time with your new baby.
  • Take this time to rest, recover, and be with those you love.
  • You’ll be a marvelous parent. Congratulations to you and your family.
  • Congratulations on your new arrival

Getting a Gift for a Coworker’s New Baby

If you have been invited to a baby shower, a baby shower gift and a thoughtfully-written baby shower card message is a superb way to show your support and welcome your coworker’s new little bundle to the world. Plus, it means you get to shop for some endearing baby items.

A few factors determine what type of gift is appropriate for a coworker. One that will most likely be important is how close of a friendship you have with them. It’s also wise to find out if the new parents have a baby registry or if the office plans on joining forces to get one big baby shower gift.

Overall, the best piece of advice is to stick with something practical or something that creates wonderful memories for the new parents. New parents can never have enough of the following:

  • Diapers
  • Socks
  • Bodysuits
  • Swaddles

Ideas for a New Baby Gift for a Coworker

But if you’re looking for something to set your gift apart, there are plenty of other gifts and bundles you can give to welcome the little one. Here are some ideas to start with:

Sporty Sweatpants – Who doesn't appreciate a good pair of sweatpants–especially when they are this cute? These super soft pants are made from organic cotton that go perfectly with our Sporty Sweatshirts. They’re roomy in the thigh and tapered at the ankle. These are stylish and come in a variety of colors and prints.