Baby Shout-out from President Obama

Did you know new babies can get a special “welcome to the world” from President Obama? Upon request, the White House will send congratulatory greetings to the nation’s most recent arrivals. What a perfect “DC” keepsake!

And, from what I can tell (feel free to let me know if I’m wrong), you can request them for other children to give as a new baby gift. If you like to give presents that represent our capital city, this is a great alternative to those “Future Democrat” and “Future Republican” onesies.

Here’s what you need to know to get a POTUS shout-out:

– The requester and baby must be U.S. citizens

– Requests must be made after the baby is born, but within 12 months of the birth  (FEB. 2011 UPDATE: Requests must be made within two months of the birth)

– The following information must be provided:
Name of honoree
Address of honoree
Date of birth (month, day, year)
Requester’s name and daytime phone number

– Requests should be mailed to:
The White House
Attn: Greetings Office
Washington, D.C. 20502-0039

(FEB. 2011 UPDATE: You can also request through your Congressman and not have to mail in a birth certificate)

Requests usually take about six weeks to process, though it could take up to a few months—the Greetings Office has apparently been flooded with requests because of this administration’s historical significance.

And I’ve got to give my own special shout-out to my friend, Margaret, for telling me about this. Wish I’d known sooner to get them for my own babes!

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