Buying a Baby Gift for a Coworker

At some point during your career, you may be expected to buy a baby gift for a coworker. However, if you’ve never purchased a baby gift for a coworker before, you may be unsure how to proceed. How much should you spend? What kind of gifts are you expected to buy?

Today, I’m going to offer some tips about buying a baby gift for a coworker.

When should I buy a baby gift for a coworker?

Many people are unsure if they should purchase a baby gift for their coworker at all. While there is no set rule on when to buy a gift for a coworker, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. In other words, if you’re debating whether or not to buy a baby gift, you should buy a baby gift.  After all, this is a person you work with, and they are sure to appreciate you reaching out to remember the birth of her baby.

It’s also a good idea to find out what your other coworkers are doing. If everybody else is purchasing a gift, then you should probably purchase one as well or coordinate buying a group gift. You don’t want to be put in an awkward situation of buying a gift that is the same as other coworkers.

How much should I spend?

This is where your decision becomes more subjective. The amount you spend is entirely dependent on your relationship with your coworker. If you work in the same office, but you don’t have a close relationship with your coworker, then you shouldn’t spend more than $10 or $20. At that price range, your baby gift will be a simple yet thoughtful gesture on your part.

If you work side-by-side with your coworker every day and would consider that person a close friend, then you might want to take your baby gift to the next level. You’ll want to put a little more thought into your baby gift. At this point, the amount you spend isn’t so important. Instead, it’s all about how much thought you put into it.

Ultimately, your coworker will appreciate your baby gift regardless of how much you spend on it. If you’re able to give the baby a thoughtful and unique present with some emotional connection behind it, that will mean more to your coworker than even the most expensive gift.

What kind of gifts should I give?

Fortunately, this question is the easiest one to answer. There are so many different baby gifts to buy that you really can’t go wrong here. Obviously, you should figure out whether you’re buying a gift for a boy or a girl. If your coworker is having a baby shower before the birth of the baby, and if the sex of the baby isn’t known, then you’ll have to choose a unisex gift.

In many cases, your coworker will have a baby registry that you can look at in order to get gift ideas. If your coworker has set up a baby registry, then your job is easy. However, if all of the gifts on the baby registry are more than you would like to spend, then don’t be afraid to purchase your own gift.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

-Piggy banks

-Wall clocks

-Baby Clothes

-Diaper disposal systems or diaper caddies (or a baby diaper cake..wink)

-Savings bonds

-Gift baskets/gift cards

-Baby toys

-Company stock in the baby’s name


Ultimately, your gift will mean more if it has some practical use to the baby or the parents. Stay away from flowers and other frivolous gifts. Instead, find a gift with a genuine emotional connection and your coworker will be more than happy.

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,

Winnie the Pooh Diaper Cake

Original Pooh Bear
Original Pooh Bear on Display in New York City

He’s over 80 years old now, but still as popular as ever. His name is Winnie the Pooh and his name is loved by children (and adults I may add) worldwide. I did some digging around and at one point Disney reported revenues on Pooh products of over 1 Billion dollars, about the same amount as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto combined! Who would have thought such an simple looking bear created by A.A. Milne, an English author would have grown into such an iconic figure. His first book was released in 1929.

In case you are wondering, the name “Winnie the Pooh” was coined by Milne after a teddy bear owned by his son Christopher Robin Milne. This original bear is on display in a public library in New York City.

The picture shown above left is the original bear owned by Christopher Robin Milne.

Notice another familiar name? Christopher Robin of course is the fictional character who became Pooh’s best friend. He was named after Milne’s son. And so begin the rise of a wonderful children’s story that many of us can remember growing up ourselves and of course then sharing with our children.

If you look at the picture you will notice Pooh didn’t have his popular red shirt. The first artist version of Pooh with the red shirt occurred in 1932 by Stephen Slesinger, the man who licensed the use of Winnie the Pooh from Milne only 2 years earlier. (Incidentally, Mr. Slesinger was known as a pioneer for licensing literary characters.) There were no plush Pooh toys with the red shirt until the 1940s. A lady by the name of Agnes Brush created these new designs. I checked some auction sites and you can still find original Pooh plush toys from the 1950’s with his red shirt available for purchase.

In 1961, the late Stephen Slesinger’s wife, Shirley met with Walt Disney and a licensing agreement was created with Disney for Winnie the Pooh. With the Disney name behind Pooh, his popularity soared even more. Movies, animated features and of course virtually everything you can put a Pooh image on was produced. For the next 30 years the Pooh brand grew with Disney doing what they do best: marketing! It wasn’t until 1991 that a bump in the road occurred. That “bump” was the Slesinger family suing Disney for breach of contract regarding royalties. Many court cases ensued with a settlement reached in 2009–a full 18 years of legal wrangling!

Winnie the Pooh Diaper Cake
Winnie the Pooh Diaper Cake

Over the years, Lil’ Baby Cakes has featured a diaper cake using Pooh with his red shirt pooh and the classic Pooh. I have always like the classic Pooh and am now happy to offer our latest rendition of the Winnie the Pooh diaper cake. This is a 4 tier design built using 70 Pampers Swaddler diapers featuring a classic Pooh plush toy. I dressed this design up with a flannel receiving blanket, Pooh themed accoutrements, and the Burt’s Bees getting started products. This design is a great way to pass the legacy of Winnie the Pooh story to the new family. Long after the diapers are gone the newborn boy or girl will have classic Pooh plush toy as a lasting remembrance of a classic story. As with all our designs, you can have this shipped to the new family along with your personalized gift card welcoming the new baby home.

I thought it would be fitting to end this post with the lyrics from the Winnie the Pooh song. Ready? Let’s sing along:

Winnie the Pooh
From Winnie The Pooh and the Honey Tree
Written by: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Deep in the hundred acre wood where Christopher Robin plays
You’ll find the enchanted neighborhood of Christopher’s childhood days
A donkey named Eeyore is his friend and Kanga and little Roo
There’s Rabbit and Piglet and there’s Owl, but most of all Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff
He’s Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Willy nilly silly old bear

Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff
He’s Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Willy nilly silly old bear

I welcome your thoughts about Pooh and our latest design in the comments section below.