What is a Diaper Cake?

Pink Monkey Diaper Cake

During the holidays we always run into folks who are friends of our friends or friends of family members.  As part of the typical conversation, the question is invariably raised asking what I do for a living.  When I reply I make diaper cakes, most of the the time the response is “huh” or “what’s a diaper cake?”.  So I usually give my standard elevator pitch that goes something like this.  A diaper cake is an arrangement of diapers made to resemble a traditional tiered

Here’s a Lil’ Baby Cake from Oct. 1999

cake.  It is then decorated to match a particular baby theme with ribbons, bows, and baby care items.  I then like to add a plush toy for the baby to enjoy as they grow older.  Then the response is usually “Oh, that’s cool, I have never heard of those before” or “Wait a minute, are those the things people bring to baby showers?  I think I know what they are.”  Either way, the conversation continues and I either explain more (if they ask) or we move on to different topics.  It got me thinking that there are many people who have never heard of a diaper cake or don’t even know they are giving as baby gift.  So with that background, I’ll proceed to explain what a diaper cake is for those who may be wondering.

Well I think it’s fair to say the diaper cake is a “girl” thing.  There aren’t many men who are aware of them primarily because they are popular at baby showers and traditionally the baby shower is about the mom and her friends.  I did some searches and it’s not really clear the origin of diaper cakes, however, it’s assumed that they were made even before disposable diapers became mainstream.  Of course, back then cloth diapers were used and probably glass baby bottles, as plastic bottles were generally not available at the time.  It’s also assumed that the diaper cake creators were woman who enjoyed crafting and as such made these for friends and family members who were pregnant.  And lastly, it’s pretty safe to assume that there weren’t any for profit businesses make diaper cakes like there are today.  I went back to the earliest days of Lil Baby Cakes (Oct 2, 1999) and pick up the diaper cake image shown on the right.  This was one of the first diaper cakes created on the site at the time.  Back then, you can see a baby bottle, Q-tips, ribbons and bows, and a cellophane wrap to present as a gift to the new mom.

Over the years, the designs have evolved to include plush toys and a host of other “goodies” for the mom.  I’m sure you may have seen pictures of diaper cakes made with a champagne bottle in the center along with the diapers as a way to give the mom something to care for the newborn plus of course the champagne for the parents.  I’ve seen motorcycles, airplanes, topsy-turvey, and a host of other designs all cleverly created with diapers.  However, just like a traditional wedding cake has it’s tiers, so does the “traditional” diaper cake and I feel most comfortable with this style for many reasons.

Our Lil Monkey Pink Diaper Cake
Our Lil Monkey Pink Diaper Cake December 2012

So a Lil’ Baby Cake diaper cake for now is a collection of diapers arranged as a traditional tiered cake.  We use Pampers Swaddler diapers in our designs and look for quality plush toys to include on our cakes.  Each diaper is perfectly usable as if it just came out of the package. (I do get asked every now and then if all the diapers are usable.)  And just like in the “ole days” each cake is handmade from scratch when the customer places the order.  The Our Lil’ Monkey Pink 4 Tier design shown on the right highlights the main characteristics that goes into

every cake I design.  For instance,  I love Mambo from Gund.  It’s a great product with a cherished history that new parents appreciate as well as the baby as she grows older.  We put together an overview of this diaper cake that you can find on our main website entitled what is a diaper cake?

In closing, I thought to add another comment from folks I have talked to while owning Lil’ Baby Cakes.  Believe it or not, I still get the occasional question asking whether or not you have to refrigerate the diaper cake.  Now, maybe it is all in jest or maybe they are just making wise cracks.  However, it has happened enough times that I sometimes wonder if people do get confused about exactly what a diaper cake is.

As 2012 closes down I would like to wish you a Happy New Year.  I look forward to creating many more new designs next year all Lil’ Baby Cakes style!  Best wishes for a great 2013,

Personalized Diaper Cakes

Personalized Blue Elephant Diaper Cake
Personalized Blue Elephant Diaper Cake

It can be very difficult to think of a personalized baby shower ideas or gift when a friend or relative has a baby shower. Anyone could purchase an off-the-shelf item for the new mother, so often you’ll want unique baby gifts to make sure you bring across that you’ve given more thought to their present than merely finding some cliché item at the mall. A personalized diaper cake is alternative can certainly be a unique baby gift idea the new mom will enjoy.

Typically, the most common personalized baby gifts are small items such as engraved ornaments or a blanket with the baby’s name embroidered on it.  So if the gift giver wishes to send a larger sized baby shower gift that’s different than the typical baby gift, a personalized diaper cake can be a very appealing option.

Diaper cakes are a unique type of gift given to new mothers for their baby. They consist of a multi-layered ‘cake’ composed of rolled or folded diapers arranged similar to a wedding cake.

Diaper cakes are often assembled with different kinds of necessaries for a newborn baby. These include, in addition to the diapers, baby shampoos, lotions, body wash, baby powder, stuffed toys and burp cloths, but any kind of personal gift for the new mother would surely be appreciated.

It seems obvious, but disposable diapers are a very large expense for a new mother. Diaper cakes are a great present because new mothers are always in need of a plentiful supply of disposable diapers, so it might be out of necessity that you want to give them to the new mother, even though diapers on their own aren’t exactly the most thrilling of presents. A personalized diaper cake is a nice way of presenting an expecting mother with some necessities as well as presenting them with something appealing and thoughtful.

A personalized diaper cake is the ideal centerpiece to a baby shower. Professional personalized diaper cakes are very beautiful items, decked out in bows and ribbons and lovingly hand-crafted to look exactly like a layered wedding cake. The model of a married couple that normally adorns the top of a wedding cake is usually replaced with something theme-centric, such as a teddy bear or a gender-specific toy (a car for a boy, a doll for a girl, etc).  For our personalized diaper cake, we offer the customer an opportunity to create their own unique message that is applied to the ribbon on the diaper cake.  This gives the new mom a truly personalized gift with a special message to welcome the new baby.

They are often the “fun item”, as taking apart each layer reveals usually contains another baby care item for the expectant mom. They can be personalized in any way the customer wishes, so any in-jokes and notable likes the recipient has can be well expressed. The recipient will know that you spent a lot of time thinking about them and the present you wanted to get them, and they’ll appreciate it all the more.

The diaper cakes can also be themed, so that the presents and decorations that adorn it match not only each other but the specific theme of a nursery or to reflect the baby’s gender. Often the personalized diaper cake is so beautiful it is kept as an ornament in the baby’s room (after the presents have been removed, of course).

Common themes include building a baby library, where all gifts are baby books or book-related, a Noah’s Ark theme, where each person brings two identical gifts of things the mother-to-be is likely to need several of, or a ‘pamper mom’ party, where each guest brings a small luxury, such as chocolates, bath salts, etc.

If you know the sex of the baby in advance, it is common to have sports-themed cake decorated with baseballs and bats, footballs, soccer balls and tennis balls. For a girl, its common do have a stuff-animal theme, with monkeys, ducks (and ducklings), pigs, frogs or elephants.

A personalized diaper cake can also be the focus of baby shower games, such as a variant of the traditional memory game. The host places the diaper cake in the center of the room, and each player has two minutes to study and memorize what items were on the cake (pacifiers, clothes, ribbons, etc).

The diaper cake is then removed from the room, and each player has another two minutes to write down each item that they can remember that was on the cake. When the time is up, the cake is brought back in and whoever has the most correct answers wins.

Whether used as a baby shower centerpiece or purchased as a standalone baby gift, a personalized diaper cake makes an attractive gift option for those looking for something different.  After the baby shower or the birth of the baby, the new mom will have a ample supply of diaper and necessities she can use for the care of the new baby.

Should I Buy or Make a Baby Diaper Cake?

Diaper Cake
Should You Buy or Make a Diaper Cake?

I am often asked whether it is better to make a diaper cake yourself or purchase one ready made.  Obviously I am a little bit biased because my core business is making baby diaper cakes.  Nonetheless, I thought is would make sense to compare both options and then let the reader decide for themselves the best choice.

There are many places to find information on how to make a diaper cake.  You Tube has a slew of how to make a diaper cake videos, and you can also find diaper cake instructions through a Google search.  It doesn’t matter where you find the information because regardless, you will be making one if not multiple trips to the store for supplies.  So let’s start with the basics.  You will need to find a cake plate to work with.  Depending on the size of design you want to make, you may get stuck buying a package of cake plates because typically they are not sold individually.  So unless you are making multiple diaper cakes for baby shower centerpieces, you won’t have much use for the remaining plates.  Next comes the diapers.  You can get these just about anywhere, however, based on the size of your design you will probably not use an entire box of diapers.  I guess you can give the new mom the extra diapers you don’t use.  It would be a bit awkward if you made a baby shower diaper cake and then tell the expectant mom “By the way, here are some extra diapers I didn’t use” along with your hand made diaper cake gift.

Next comes the selection of the ribbon.  You can select the ribbons and bows you would like to use from many different sources.  There are literally hundreds of ribbon styles to choose from so the biggest problem will be picking one or multiple ones to use.  Again, you will end up buying a whole roll of ribbon and unless you can use the remaining ribbon elsewhere you will have some waste.  Lastly, comes the part I enjoy, which is picking  a plush toy to adorn the top of the diaper cake.  Again, the sky is the limit as far as choices so this shouldn’t be too big of a problem to find one that works for your design.  Many styles also include baby care necessities such as baby shampoo, baby lotion, and powder.  These items are optional based on your own design concept.  After you get these supplies rounded up, all that remains is gathering up some common items many home crafters have around the house and you can get started.

So far, I discussed the things you need to buy to make a baby diaper cake.  Let’s talk about why people like to make their own diaper cake.  Probably the main reason is to offer a personalized baby gift that is hand made.  Usually, the person making a diaper cake knows the expectant mom very well and wants to create a special experience for the new mom.  This person isn’t going to give a store bought baby gift as “anyone” can do that.  Instead, they are creative and want to show that creativity through a thoughtful unique baby gift.  Others may make a diaper cake to save money.  I personally think, based on the emails I get, that many “do-it-yourselfers” underestimate the costs and time involved to make a diaper cake.  How do I know?  Because I get messages routinely asking about where to buy supplies, or how to attach items because their way isn’t working.  So I can only surmise that they must be having problems making their diaper cake.  Does this happen to everyone?  No, and I am not trying to persuade anyone from making their own diaper cake, if that is their desire.  I just believes, sometimes people underestimate what it takes to make a diaper cake that they can be proud to give as a baby gift.

On the other hand, some choose to buy a handmade diaper cake directly from a company such as Lil’ Baby Cakes.  There are many reasons for this with probably the key one being the buyer gets a professionally handmade diaper cake ready for baby gift giving.  Instead of having to run around town looking for supplies and themes, one can merely go online and browse from pages of diaper cake designs looking for the right fit.  The baby gift buyer only needs to pick an appropriate size and style, make the purchase, and then have it shipped to the new mom.  It couldn’t be any easier.

Who tends to buy diaper cakes online?  Primarily I would say they are busy folks who don’t have the time or energy to create their own diaper cake.  Another possibility is those who live away from the expectant mom and really need the convenience of being able to purchase a diaper cake that is already made.  Companies may also choose to purchase a diaper cake online as it is a easy way to purchase a unique baby gift that the new mom would enjoy.

Regardless of whether you make a diaper cake or purchase one for a baby shower, you definitely have choices.  If you are the creative type, you many enjoy the process of researching a design and then moving forward to make your own diaper cake.  I’m sure the new mom would really appreciate the thoughtfulness and the personalized nature of the baby gift.  Similarly, if you are making a baby shower diaper cake, you and the other ladies planning the shower can work with each other to personalize the entire event and add your own special touches.  Alternatively, for those who choose to purchase a diaper cake directly, you can choose from many popular styles and themes, all ready for gift giving.  Either way, the expectant mom will receive a baby gift she is sure to love.   A diaper cake is not only practical, but a baby gift that she’ll talk about long after the baby comes.

What are your thoughts?  I welcome your comments.

Diaper Cakes for Baby Showers

Diaper Cake for a Baby Shower
A Diaper Cake for a Baby Shower

Often seen at a baby shower or sent by mail, the diaper cake makes one of the most truly unique baby shower gifts an expecting mom is likely to receive. However, it is not a cake one would enjoy eating, as it is entirely made up of disposable baby diapers. In modern times, you don’t find many new parents using cloth diapers, and consequently, you won’t find many cloth diaper cakes. Most diaper cakes for baby showers are made with disposable diapers – the same kind you would normally use for your baby.

A diaper cake looks like a multi-layered cake. Some may compare it to a wedding cake, at least from a distance. Upon further inspection, the diaper cake is actually made of multiple layers of diapers. It usually takes dozens to get the full effect, rolled up and wrapped around each other in a circular pattern, built on multiple tiers. Often, the diapers are white, but colored diapers can be bought that will make for a truly special diaper cake. The cake will use all different sizes of diapers if the creator chooses to use them for a different effect.

One of the attractions of a diaper cake during a baby shower is that it allows you to have plenty of options. The cake can be as elaborate, or as simple, as you would like. It can be a very simple cake, or an extremely complex one with different colors, a theme and creative gifts. The nice thing about a diaper cake is that it is always a creative baby gift that can look very impressive regardless of the theme and gifts you choose to put into it.

Aside from being something that creates a special and memorable experience for a new mother, a diaper cake is an elaborate way to wrap a gift, or a group of gifts. These gifts are normally placed toward the center of the cake and allow for the expectant mother to “unwrap” the cake in order to find out what is in the center. As the diaper cake can be rather large, it is able to conceal some rather large gifts. One of the best things on the cake, once it is presented, are the different objects placed around the cake. A themed cake shows all the different colors it can be, along with the ribbons and bows placed around it. All the items can generally be used anywhere inside the nursery of the new baby.

A diaper cake begins with wrapping a single diaper, then adding multiple rolled diapers in a circle around that core. It is easiest to start with the top level, which may be just 3 or 4 diapers, and work down from there. A three-tiered cake takes approximately 50 small diapers, but it could use many more if you want a more creative cake. Once the layers are made, smaller gifts can be inserted in place of some of the diapers. Or, if they are small enough, gifts can be crowded in between the diapers.

Once the diapers are all in place, ribbons and other kinds of color features can be added to the diaper cake. This really makes the creation come alive and gives it a very high profile. Of course, if the gender of the baby is already known, the cake can be made in appropriate colors celebrating that fact.

Not only does this offer a chance to get the expectant mom some nice gifts, the gift wrap is also very practical. New parents will always need diapers and this gives them dozens right from the start, presented in a very unique way. Of course, it would be possible just to present the mom-to-be with a case of diapers, but a diaper cake really shows thought and creativity.

Diaper cakes can also be used as a baby shower centerpiece. Alternatively, one can be placed on the gift table, or placed on the back of the gift table so that guests know where to put the gifts when they arrive. As the hostess of the shower, it is an amazing and unique gift to give the new mom to be. It can be filled with anything from bath products to clothing for the new baby. As the hostess, you can use the diaper cake as part of a baby shower game to guess what is inside of the diaper cake.

Diaper cakes for baby showers are becoming more and more popular. They can be based around the theme for the baby’s nursery. If the new mother is having a little girl, you can have a pink shower cake filled with anything from princess themed items to butterflies. Night lights can be added, as well as pillow cases for the new baby. Pink pillows that are in themed shapes can be tied around the outside of the cake. Pink stars or pretty fairies can be partially tucked in, so that you can only see some of the shape, to add some suspense and excitement.

Diaper cakes can also be made for boys. You can find sports themes, train themes and a wide variety of others. Most diaper cakes for boys have lots of blue colors added to them. Blue receiving blankets can be tied or rolled around the edges of the cake. If you have a jungle theme for the baby, you can add blue elephants, or a stuffed tiger hanging off the edges of the tiers of the diaper cake.

Any mother, new or experienced, would love to receive a diaper cake. Diapers are used on all babies, and generally inside the diaper cake at a baby shower, you can have a few weeks’ worth of diapers for the baby. They have a variety of new and exciting items inside them. The next time you go to a baby shower, consider getting the new mom a diaper cake. She’ll be even more excited to receive it than you are about giving it!

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There’s only a few days remaining this month to take advantage of our coupon code good for 10% off any diaper cake.  It’s easy to use our coupon.  Just select the diaper cake of your choosing on our site and then during check-out add this coupon code:  halloween

Your diaper cake will be promptly shipped within 48 hours to the new mom or mom to be.

Happy Halloween from Lil’ Baby Cakes.