Baby Shower Diaper Cakes
Baby Shower Diaper Cakes: More Than Just a Baby Shower Gift
By now, you've likely seen a baby shower diaper cake because they are becoming a regular presence at baby showers. What started as a cute way to give disposable baby diapers as a present has turned into so much more. The best part is that no matter how you choose to use the baby shower diaper cake, you can be sure that the parent-to-be will find it adorable and, more importantly, useful. Given the number of diapers a newborn goes through, what new parent wouldn't love receiving diapers for their baby?
What is a Baby Shower Diaper Cake?
Some of you may not know what a baby shower diaper cake is, especially if you haven't been to a baby shower lately. However, it is not a mystery. It is simply a cake that is actually made out of baby diapers!
Disposable diapers are rolled together and held in place with rubber bands. These diapers are placed together to form a tier of the “cake.” How many diapers are used depends on the size and type of cake. Most diaper cakes are multiple layers that are similar in style to a traditional wedding cake. Each layer is just a little smaller than the layer beneath. Once the layers are all together, you have the base for the baby shower diaper cake.
Finishing touches, such as ribbon to hide the rubber bands, baby items, themed items, and even stuffed animals turn the “cake” into a masterpiece. It's not uncommon to find items such as these on an adorable diaper cakes for baby showers:
- Wash cloths
- Baby bottles
- Bath products
- Baby booties
- Plush Toys
The fun thing about baby shower diaper cakes are that there are so many different possibilities. Cakes can have different themes, colors, and even sizes. So, whether the expectant parent is having a boy, girl, twins, or isn't telling anyone the sex, and no matter what the theme of the shower, a baby diaper cake can be created to fit the need.
Baby Shower Diaper Cakes as a Newborn Gift
And that brings us to the next logical question: How is a baby shower diaper cake used? First and foremost, diaper cakes for baby showers can be used as a gift to the expectant parent.
Let's think for a moment about typical baby shower gifts. Most parents-to-be have a list a mile long of items they need. Some items are large like high chairs and strollers. Typically, many friends will get together to purchase one of these larger wish-list items.
But if you are going to a shower and buying a baby shower gift on your own, you might consider some of the following:
- Burp cloths
- Baby sling
- Bouncy seat
- Bottle warmer
- Wash cloths
- Hooded towels
- Diaper bag
- Baby book
- Small toys
This list looks like the same list that has been going around for baby showers for the last 50 years. Not only that, there are problems with this list.
Let's look at outfits, for instance. Babies are born in a variety of sizes. Some babies are too big to ever wear newborn clothes. Yet, look how many newborn clothes a parent gets at a baby shower. Buying larger clothes is also a gamble since it is hard to know when a baby will grow big enough. It is very sad to have a beautiful summer outfit that finally fits the baby during the depths of winter.
Then there is the problem with needing just one of something. Parents do not need more than one mobile, bathtub, bouncy seat, or diaper bag. How embarrassing for you if you provide the 3rd tub at the party!
That is why you might want to consider a baby shower diaper cake. Not only is the cake adorable, but it is so practical! Here are some good reasons for giving a baby shower diaper cake over other more traditional baby shower gifts:
- Everything on the cake is usable, from the diapers to the decorations.
- Not only is your gift completely usable, it will actually be used! You'll never have to wonder if the parent-to-be liked the outfit, if they got too much baby lotion, or if yours was the 4th copy of Guess How Much I Love You?
- You don't have to wrap a baby diaper cake. In fact, it is so cute that everyone will be happy to see it displayed from the moment you walk in the door with it.
- A baby shower diaper cake is unique and creative and will make a big impression on everyone at the shower.
However, using a baby shower diaper cake as a gift isn't the only way to use a diaper cake for a baby shower.
Diaper Cakes Support the Theme of the Baby Shower
Another great way to use a diaper cake is to support the theme of the baby shower. If you are planning a baby shower for friends or family, then you will want to decorate in a way that is memorable. This usually includes a theme with supporting decorations, centerpieces, cups, plates, napkins, invitations, and more.
How do you decide what theme to use? You might first consider the parents and what they want. Is the parent-to-be in love with Winnie the Pooh? Then a diaper cake with a Winnie the Pooh theme can be created.
You can also narrow down the theme based on the birth itself. For instance, are you wanting to focus on the fact that this is the first boy in a family of girls? Then a cake like Our Lil' Darling Boy would be a perfect fit. Other themes might be twins, adoption, and first baby.
Even if the shower is more about a color than a theme, a baby diaper cake is a great idea since cakes in pink, blue, yellow, green, or even patriotic red, white, and blue can be created.
But what if you have no ideas for a baby shower theme? Don't fret. Take a look at our baby diaper cakes to help you come up with an adorable idea that will make the baby shower perfect. Our cakes support such baby shower themes as:
- All boy
- All girl
- Gender neutral
- Gender reveal
- Lady Bugs
- And More!
When it comes to using a baby shower diaper cake as a decoration, the two most likely places for the cake will be as a baby shower centerpiece and on the gift table.
- Baby Shower Centerpiece: Adding a centerpiece to a table is a wonderful way to add flair. In today's world, a table centerpiece no longer has to be a bouquet of flowers or a decoration that gets thrown away. In fact, if you use a baby shower diaper cake, it is going to do double duty, being both cute for the party and going home with the expectant parent for use once the baby arrives. Now, instead of buying decorations that end up in the garbage after the baby shower, you can use a baby shower diaper cake as a centerpiece.
- Baby Shower Gift Table: Another idea is to use the baby shower diaper cake as a centerpiece for the gift table. As guests come in, one of the first places they see is the table for gifts. What a wonderful way to have guests “ooh” and “ahh” as they enter for the party.
However, don't feel that this is the only way to use the baby diaper cake as a decoration. It could also be placed in a corner with other theme-related items, on the food table, on a guest registry table, or even the fireplace mantle or hearth. No matter where you put your baby shower diaper cake, it will surely be the decoration everyone is talking about.
DIY or Professionally Made?
Last but not least, you may be wondering how to get a baby shower diaper cake. The truth is that you can make one yourself or you can buy one from a professional. Let's look at the pros and cons of both.
Making a baby shower diaper cake can be a lot of fun, but it can be a bit complicated. If you have a group of friends that would like to gather together for a craft day, making a unique cake can be a nice social gathering. However, “Pinterest fails” are real and making a baby shower diaper cake is not as easy or as inexpensive as you might think.
Cost: Many people assume that making a baby diaper cake is significantly less expensive, but this is not always the case. By the time you purchase the ribbon, the individual decoration pieces, and the diapers, plus the time and energy to make it, buying it professionally can actually save you money.
Think about it this way. Lil' Baby Cakes makes enough cakes of enough styles to be able to buy in bulk. Rather than purchasing a small spool of ribbon, we can buy it in larger quantities, making it cheaper by the foot. The same holds true for small baby items such as bottles and pacifiers.
Sanitary: Then there is the idea of keeping diapers clean and sanitary. A professional knows how to handle the diapers in a way that keeps them usable for a newborns bare bottom. You can rest assured that there will be no animal hair, tobacco smoke, or other foreign substances on the diapers of a professional cake.
Durable: Finally, you will know that the diaper cake is made to last. A cake made at home may not be as structurally sound as you'd like. Wouldn't it be terrible to transport the cake from your home to the baby shower only to have it fall apart?
No matter how you use them, baby shower diapers cakes are one gift that an expectant parent will love and will actually put to good use once the little one is born.