We understand why social media gets a bad rap, but when babies are involved? We are all for it. Nothing could be more exciting or sweeter than a baby on board. If you’re an Insta-lover who’s planning an announcement in the near future or at any point in your life, we suggest taking a note from these creative ‘grammers whose #babyannouncements were totally on point.


1. Shoes, Shoes, Shoes: There is absolutely nothing better than shoes. Especially when they are the teeny tiny shoes of your newest little one being held by your slightly bigger little one. (via @tonianpas)


2. A T-Shirt Broadcast: Sometimes the easiest way to say it is with a playful quote on your baby’s first onesie. (via @merricka_pril)


3. Capture the Magic: Harry Potter fans, rejoice! There is a way to keep the magic of Hogwarts alive and well… in your baby announcement! Of course, if you’re not into J.K. Rowling, you can always introduce your little one using another awesome book. All it takes is a few simple props and a customized baby onesie. (via @Melificent)


4. Kiss and Tell: When everything started with a kiss, it’s only right to start the next chapter with a kiss too. (via @bonjourkimmie)


5. Be Real: ‘Nuff said. (via @rad.photography_)


6. Shared Hobbies: When you and your partner share a hobby, it’s almost a given that your little one will share the same passion at some point in their lives. Try combining your favorite pastime with a fun announcement about the little one that is about to about to become your new favorite pastime. (@via danibelle86)


7. Personalized Mugs: These simple mugs are perfect for coffee lovers. Plus, you can use them long after the photo has been liked and lost in your feed. (via @kezialouise)


8. Incorporate Your Other “Kids”: It’s never easy adding a new member to any family. So don’t forget to add your fur babies to your big announcement. (via @brittanyeliseanderson)


9. Incorporate All Your Kids: Of course, it’s always important to have all your human babies be part of the big announcement too. As long as it doesn’t practically kill Dad. (via @citygirlgonemom)


10. Use Iconic Landmarks: Though we love the golden balloons, it’s the much-Instagrammed landmark that makes this shot. Well, that and that cute little girl’s expression. (via @chnael_)


11. Play Off the Holidays: If you’re announcing around the holidays, your photo just got a lot easier. (via @rirish819)


12. Work It Out: Body-building babes everywhere: This super-simple picture, using weights and chalk, is pumpin’ genius. (via @cpett24)


13. Add Your Other Loves: Own a biz? Try combining the new love of your life with the career you love. (via @beeraficionado)


14. Treasure Hunt Style: Whether for a holiday or just for fun, try making a treasure hunt for your spouse or little kiddo to find and solve. Then, capture the moment and share it with the masses. (via @kymberlee.solomon)


15. Classic Romance: Sometimes the best announcement is a classic one — two people on a bench, rustic chalkboard on the side and a little one on the way. (via Rock 1 Photography)


16. Techie Treasure: If you’re as excited about a new iPhone as you are about the birth of your first baby, this techie treat is for you. (via @keithanthonycraig)


17. Bright Balloons and Muted Backdrops: This sweet ‘gram proves you don’t have to try too hard to make a bright, flashy baby announcement. (via @jaimemily)


18. Simple and Punny: Obviously, a good pun goes a long way with a baby announcement. These cute little pics are Instagram genius. (via @chelseaduh)

Did you announce on Instagram? Would you? Share in the comments below.