If there is one thing that can simplify the life of parents with young children is the advent of calling cards. This way, you always have on hand a little piece of paper with the important information and facts about your children.
With all the play dates, kid birthdays, baby sitters or new preschool teachers that your child attends to or sees on a monthly basis, it saves you times and money. Calling cards do not only help you. They help the other parents to stay up to date. When you arrive equipped, you increase the chances to be invited again.
What to write on a mommy / daddy calling card?
At the minimum, you need to print your names, address and phone numbers, the name of each child. Printing the birthday dates is appreciated by the other parents.
Put down important medical information and allergies. Include your cell phone as well as your home number. This is a lot of information to put on a 2 x 3.5 inches piece of paper, spread the info with a recto/verso design look a lot better.
That is exactly what you get at Cardsformoms.com – see number 1 on my montage. I am showing you two of their models designed to serve kids with allergies and fears. Their Frog Family Card Design is fun. Having a different card than the crowd makes people remember you more. An advantage when you are dropping your kid for the first time at a play date.
Something interesting at Event Bliss is that you can coordinate the calling card design with matching 3 x 5 inches (or 4.25 x 5.5 inches) stationery notes. The notes come handy when you want to add instructions, say for a sleep over party. This way the host person identifies you right away. Models from Event Bliss are marked number 4.
Not just for moms, calling cards are for dads too
Fathers are more involved in the child life these days. You can see it by the new breeds of parenting site for dads. I know that my friends who are new father participate a lot in the day to day education of their child. And you have the case of split family. So fathers too need calling cards.
I spoke earlier to Lindsay Stephenson, the designer and owner of Penny People Designs about this. She told me that most of her clients are still mothers but that couples opt for a join calling card. Penny People Designs look more feminine. The So-chic Blue card is the most popular choice for couples – shown as number 3.
I think the stationery industry is missing out an opportunity by not offering manlier calling card designs. A Touch of Whimsy Designs has one of most stylish, personality themed selections. Information-wise is the strict minimum. Being hip and urban, I like their Little Bugaboo Mommy Card – shown as number 2.
An interesting gift for new parents
For a close friend, a sister or brother, getting them their own calling cards is an original gift idea. I suggest you give each parent their own set at the baby shower party or when the baby is born. Mom and Dad Calling Cards are not expensive.
At Penny People Designs, the minimum order is 100 cards but you can split it into two models. So for $65 CAD, you have something for each parent. If you ask them, they can work on a design with you. Lindsay and her team are nice people to work with.
You can get 30 cards for $12 USD at A Touch of Whimsy Designs. Event Bliss starts at $60 USD for 100 cards. Cardsformoms.com sells 100 cards for $50 USD.
Buy online: Mommy Business Card Design Gallery at Cards for Mom
Buy online: Mommy Cards at A Touch of Whimsy Designs
Buy online: Mommy and Daddy Calling Cards at Penny People Designs
Buy online: Mama Calling Cards + Coordinating Stationery Gift Sets at Event Bliss
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