Having a baby is such a wonderful and glorious occasion that new parents want to announce it not only to their close family and friends but to the world! However, for parents who are very cautious about their safety and privacy, there are some announcements that may be best skipped.
1. Newspaper Birth Announcement: Many hospitals give new parents the option of including the birth of their children in the city newspaper. Several of the crazies out there who have stolen newborns from hospitals have confessed they found which families to target based on a newspaper announcement.
2. Baby Announcement Lawn Sign: While you are very happy to share the news that you have a new baby in the home with your neighbor, you are also sharing the news that a new mom and infant may be home alone. The woman who was targeted last year and whose baby was stolen had such a lawn sign on her lawn. Police officials speculated the sign was part of the reason that woman was targeted.
3. Baby on Board Car Sign: This fad from the late 90s that parents used to signal to other drivers to be careful around them because there is a baby in the car is also an indicator to would be baby snatchers to target you. I’ve noticed that these signs and new versions of them are making a comeback. It is harmless enough while driving but once you park and leave the car, a would-be assailant could lie in wait for you to return and pounce.
4. Facebook Profile Photo of the Baby. Facebook changed is privacy policies this summer. It was quite controversial and the company ended up retreating on some of its initially planned changes because users felt their privacy would be compromised. One thing that is universal with the new Facebook profile option is that you can no longer opt out of having your profile photo viewable to everyone on the world wide web. The only way your profile would not be viewable is if you choose not to use one. I’ve seen many new parents post pics of their baby or ultrasound photos in their profile pic as a way of signaling to all their Facebook friends about the new baby. However, you are also signaling to the millions of people in the world who troll Facebook that there is a new baby in your household as well. And really do you want everyone in the world have access to your baby’s image?