Parents may be constantly posting pictures of their newest bundles of joy, and you want to not only share how you feeling by “liking” the post but sharing a compliment as well! But not only do you want to share a compliment, but you may feel the pressure to be creative compared to all the other eager commenters. There may be minutes before the post is flooded with all the positivity it can handle and of course you want your compliment to be read by the creator, so needing the “perfect comment” in a hurry can be stressful.
Be sincere and genuine when you are commenting on a baby picture and stay positive or reassuring. When a compliment is heartfelt, it is received with grace and appreciation compared to those with many words and emojis. The fact that you are showing support may make the parents feel welcomed for their post and want to share more.
When one finds themselves without many words, expect this article to save you and allow your compliment to be read first, and not as the 20th! After all, in this day and age of social media, being “first” is the ultimate goal.
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What to say when someone sends you a picture of their baby
When you are directly sent a picture of a baby, you may find yourself lost for words. You feel like you are not being given the opportunity to “scroll past” their message until you have a minute to go over what to say. That looming feeling of being obligated to respond quickly instead of ignoring due to your feelings of discomfort can weigh a lot.
With direct messages, you should not “leave them on read” longer than a few hours depending on what is going on in your personal life, say they sent the message during work hours for you, or late at night after you have gone to bed.
Luckily, today’s advancements with technology have allowed us to be able to send “emojis” and “gifs” to display how we feel if we are of few words. For may “gif” applications, you can type in what you are searching for, say searching for a mini video that signifies “cute”, “adorable”, or “baby”. There are endless options, as well as new content being created and added to the collection, so you do not have to worry about having to constantly reuse content!
For emojis, you do not have as many options, which can benefit many from becoming overwhelmed with choices. A simple heart emoji of any color or a happy emoji face can suffice. Even a string of emojis can be sent in one message to signify how happy you feel about the picture. For combinations, using a sentence with emojis added here and there can be the perfect response.
How do you compliment a baby?
Babies arrive innocent and should be treated this way. When viewing a picture of a baby, there may be features that excite you about them that you can comment on and stay wholesome. Maybe their larger or smaller size makes you squeal with joy, or their smile brightens your mood. There are also times when a head full of hair leaves you “gushing” with happiness.
For shorter terms, let’s look at a list of baby features that can be comfortably commented on:
- Hair (if any)
- Size (in a positive light only)
- Skin tone
- Similarities in looks with mother/father
If any other feature stands out to you in a positive light, say so! These may be features the parents have not noticed yet and may bring additional joy to their life, thanks to you.
If no features stand out to you, then vague compliments will work just as well. Again, being genuine and honest with your response means so much to the eager parent(s).
The best baby comments for Facebook and Instagram
The best comments for Facebook and Instagram are vague responses, as there are others who will see these comments, emojis, and gifs. These are not direct messages back and forth and will be judged by the public eye, increasing the pressure on the responder. A simple one or two sentences will suffice for this situation.
Longer comments may be messaged to the joyous parents directly instead of flooding their feed.
These comments may be (but are not limited to):
- How precious!
- Sheer perfection!
- Praise God! (for those who are religious)
- I’m so happy for you!
Comments to avoid when complimenting a baby
The saying, “What’s placed on the internet, stays forever” applies to this as well. Remember, any time you leave a comment, it is staying on the internet for a long period of time. Be mindful of your words, phrases, and anything else left in the comment section. This is not the time to be passive-aggressive.
As some babies are born with defects, do not leave comments bringing attention to them. Yes, they may still be considered “beautiful” even with the deformity, but adding that extra word or two may be harmful to the eager parents. Birth defects can cause a lot of strain when raising a baby, and your words should not add additional heartache and strain.
There’s also a trend of sexualizing babies even at this early stage, with comments such as “He is so handsome, he is going to be a heartbreaker” or “She is beautiful, her daddy is going to have to beat those boys off of her”. Babies are babies, they are minors and we must remember this when commenting during our excitement. Do not write out comments mentioning any future relationships in regards to the baby.
How to compliment a baby boy
For baby boys, the typical list of compliments may be shorter, but not unimportant. There are a few compliments that can be used that are considered safe:
- How handsome!
- He’s precious!
- He is adorable!
- You (all) did well!
- What a handsome boy!
These compliments can be used together as well to create longer sentences, such as, “How handsome. Y’all did good!”
How to compliment a baby girl
For baby girls, there may be a long list of compliments that can be used compared to baby boys, such as:
- She’s beautiful!
- She is stunning!
- She is adorable!
- She is cute!
- She is such an angel!
How to compliment a baby when you aren’t sure of the gender
Using genderless compliments can be lifesavers regardless of the situation. With any previous compliment that has been discussed, you can remove he/she and any gender-specific words and keep the rest of the phrase.
For example, if you do not know if the baby is a girl, instead of saying, “She is such an angel”, you can say “What an angel”! How simple was that?
How to compliment a newborn baby
The same rules for genderless compliments can also apply to a newborn. Other more popular compliments in relation to the new arrival include:
- I am so happy for you!
- What a blessing!
- Such a beautiful baby!
- Y’all did so well!
Going forward, remember to stay honest and true to what you say, and also consider the situation. Even if you mess up, the parents will be more than thankful that you took the time to respond/comment on their photo of their new addition to their family!