Owl Diaper Cake

Owl Diaper Cake by Lil Baby Cakes
Owl Diaper Cake by Lil Baby Cakes

We’re introducing our Owl Diaper Cake as a new addition to our Lil’ Baby Cakes product line.  I really love the owl theme that is becoming more and more popular today.  I’ve had this theme design in my head for quite some time, however, I had problems finding an owl plush toy that would  fit the theme.  I’m happy to have found this colorful plush toy to serve as the focal point for this offering.  Here’s a description of this design.

This adorable cake starts with a 2 tier base made from 40 Pampers Swaddler 1 diapers.  We then added some colorful dotted ribbon along with pink trim ribbon to set the overall color cue for the diaper cake.  We added a bottle mounted horizontally on the top of the cake to act as a “perch” for the owl.  Our owl is a colorful patterned plush toy that matches popular color themes used for baby showers or in a baby’s nursery.

New moms enjoy the Johnson and Johnson baby products so we added the travel size shampoo, baby lotion, and baby powder.  We also added some coordinating crinkly paper and a pink and green bow to complete the diaper cake.

Not shown is the white tulle and ribbon used to wrap the Owl Diaper Cake for baby gift giving.  An optional gift card is also provided to create a personalized message for the new mom and family.

We’re excited to offer our customers the Owl Diaper Cake.  Whether you’re shopping for a baby shower gift or a baby gift to send by mail, we invite you to consider our new design.  We’re sure it will become a popular baby gift the new mom will love.  You can find out more information about this design on our product detail page located here:  Owl Diaper Cake

Diaper Planning for Your Newborn

Baby in a DiaperMoms-to-be are always nervous about the new addition to their family. They ask many questions, and do in depth research on virtually everything pertaining to their growing belly. One of the most common decisions is what type of diapers should she use:   cloth diapers or disposables.  If disposable, should they be eco friendly or regular and then what brand?  Moms want what will work the best for their own circumstance. Some may consider their budgets, while others may consider convenience.  For my kids I used disposable diapers because it worked best for me.  I know there is lots of debate so let’s get the discussion started.

Cloth Diapers vs Disposable Diapers

If one considers a budget, cloth diapers will beat out disposables every time. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics from birth to six weeks babies should have five to six wet diapers and four soiled diapers per day. Calculations done by realdiaperassociation.org suggest that the average child will need 60 diapers per week costing the family $1600 over a two year period for disposables. Families who use cloth diapers can spend roughly $300 over the same time frame and have the advantage of using them for multiple children. Those on the disposable side of the debate will argue that cloth diapering can add to energy usage and laundry costs not to mention the extra time involved for laundering.  Another solution is a cloth diaper service which delivers to your home.  You can check this industry trade association for service providers.   Although this reasoning may seem sound, mothers with older children will admit that leaks and stool “explosions” will happen regardless if you are using cloth or disposable diapers, So extra laundry concerns may be a moot point.

So…Who Wins the Diaper War?

If considering convenience one could argue that disposables are much easier to use. For those who work outside of the home and use daycare providers they might not have the option of using cloth or only cloth diaper at home but send in disposables to day care. Others may argue that disposables are easier to handle because they do not have the extra laundry to contend with. Some families may choose this option because they do not have washer/dryer in their home and do not want to hand wash diapers or take them to a commercial laundry mat.

Many families have gone “green” and have started looking at diapering alternatives. While eco-friendly diapers are not as widely used as much as their counterparts; the “green” movement is making a huge impact across the nation.  Eco-friendly or natural diapers come in both disposable and cloth forms. Seventh Generation chlorine free diapers are available at most retail stores at around the same price as Huggies and Pampers brands. gDiapers offer several options for both cloth and disposable supporters. The gDiaper flushable inserts gives families many more options by allowing the family to flush the insert down the toilet, compost it, or just toss it in the garbage. gDiapers are a bit more expensive then traditional cloth diapers but for a family interested in an eco-friendly diaper this may be an attractive alternative solution.

Some studies estimate that 83% of families are using disposable diapers.  However nothing factual has been published in many years and many families do use both cloth and disposable depending on family needs.

Choose the type of diapers that best suit your objectives and priorities. Stock up those shelves with the right choice of diapers that fits your needs as obviously there are many diaper changes on the way once the new baby arrives.

Your comments are welcome.

Top 9 Holiday Survival Tips for Pregnant Mothers

Tips while Pregnant During the Holidays

Having a little human being living and growing inside you can eat up lots of your energy and enthusiasm – in fact, it can totally drain any pregnant mommy of her vigor at times when it’s least expected. If you’re one of those pregnant women this year, you probably already know how even a short walk from the bedroom to the kitchen can flush all the wind out of you. It’s harder during the holidays, even if you’re one of the most balanced and even-keeled pregnant women ever. Add in a few dozen pregnancy hormones playing up to the mixture, and we’re headed for big trouble. With Christmas and New Years on its way, we thought it would be the perfect time to share our top holiday survival tips with the pregnant girls out there! These will make it much easier to get through the chaos and madness that comes with the holiday season.

  1. Chill, cut down, and relax! This should be the first and foremost on your thing at the moment. Cut your ‘to-do’ list into a quarter. All your cookies don’t need to be homemade from scratch. While you’re running from one store to another and popping into a dozen friends’ homes, do not forget to just sit down and catch your breath. Amongst the millions of holiday chores on your mind, take out some time to ‘chill,’ even if it’s just lying back in the car for a few seconds.
  2. Eat frequently and eat healthy. While hopping from one holiday party to the next, try nibbling on some crackers to keep away that morning sickness, which you must have realized by now, does not happen exclusively in the morning. Eat mini meals at regular intervals throughout your day, instead of scarfing down a heavy holiday dinner meal. You will thank us for this tip when that heartburn stays away next morning. Heartburn can be very bad during pregnancy.
  3. Be nice to yourself. This holiday is a fantastic opportunity to adopt some proper self-care routines. You’ve got time on your hands. Make use of it and set some health boundaries. Healthy Mom= Healthy Family. Furthermore, you will want to show your children the best way to take care of their health and body.
  4. Be selective when choosing which celebration parties to attend. Try to only accept that invitation that really matters to you. This will allow you to fully enjoy the occasion and prevent you from ending up burnt out. For the invites that you do give a nod to, keep your activities at bay and don’t overexert yourself. For example, rather than being worried about whether you’ll hurt your hosts’ emotions by taking your leave a few hours earlier than expected, remind yourself that your primary priority is to take care of you and your baby. In fact, even if the celebrations are being held at your own residence, feel free to put up your feet for a while. Instead of you waiting on the others, let them serve you.
  5. Say ‘yes’ to help. One of the most harmful assumptions of motherhood is the myth that ‘I need to be able to do everything by myself. It’ll show that I’m weak if I ask for help.” Believing in and acting according to this myth will build on your postpartum depression. Make it a habit to accept help. It’s good and healthy, and most definitely not any sign of weakness.
  6. Develop ‘temporary thick skin’ for your baby’s sake. Give your mind and body’s comfort precedence over what people think when it gets too tough. As you attend a number of holiday parties during this season, you will meet up with friends and relatives that might have not spoken to you in months or even years. It may be Great Aunt Edna who’s got an unbeatable habit of passing nasty comments. Simply ignore such comments, instead of getting worked up over it. The extra stress and tension is really something you can do without while pregnant.
  7. Gift Giving (with some extra thoughtfulness). A number of guests feel unusual walking into a holiday gathering without a gift. If you’re a member of that club, why don’t you bring in some sparkling juice to the party, rather than an alcoholic beverage you won’t be able to enjoy?
  8. Accept Support. With the holiday and hormones teamed up, your mood will shift gears from happy to depressed in seconds. Fight of this emotional rollercoaster by seeking and accepting the help you need – whether it’s personal or professional. Pay some visits to a certified therapist if you think they’ll be able to help you clear up the rough times you’re facing. Don’t be shy. If your ups and downs in mood are interfering with your regular activities, maybe the best choice to be made for both you and your baby’s sake is consultation with a health practitioner that you can place your trust in. It may be anxiety or pre-natal depression that you’re dealing with. Such conditions do require treatment although not always medicines. It could just be a concrete action plan to help you get back into your shoes again.
  9. Glamour up! Someday, you’ll again fit into that sexy formal glittery gown on New Year’s. For the time being, enjoy the pregnant glow no one else at the party’s got. Celebrate the growth (it means you’re well and healthy). Go out shopping and don’t be afraid to splurge on a dress that makes you feel beautiful and confident. Show off your gorgeous baby bump through a loose flowing or tight fitting top!

What’s your top holiday tip for pregnancy? What’s that one thing that gets you right through the holiday blues? Leave us a glimpse of your thought in the comment section below.

Can You Really Pick the Gender of Your Baby?

Baby Gender
Can You Really Pick the Gender of Your Baby?

A popular trend among couples is gender selection.  The theory behind gender selection is that methods can be used to choosing sex of the baby before conception.  Can you really pick a gender before becoming pregnant?  Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis or “PGD” is a scientific method that half of the fertility clinics in America are using to allow couples to choose the sex of their baby.  The process is also used to screen for genetic defects among embryos. Banned in several countries including Canada and Britain the practice is causing a major debate among experts. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and The American Society for Reproductive Medicine oppose using the method for gender selections.

Some of the Craziest Methods Employed

Old wives tales tell us there are many ways to choosing sex of the baby without the use of modern medicine and are certainly more fun.  Conflicting stories are rampant among the old wives tales while one might tell you to eat meat for a boy another tale might say to eat meat to conceive a girl during pregnancy.  There is no hard evidence whether any of these methods work, although the internet poll takers seem to agree that they work in about 50% of cases.  Some of the most popular ways to pick a gender without the use of PGD are quite fun and, some, even amusing. Check them out!

Diet

  • For a boy mom and dad should eat red meat, for a baby girl they should eat fish and veggies.
  • For a girl both partners should eat avocado peels before the attempt, for a baby boy avoid them.
  • For a boy the male partner should consume caffeine, for a girl he should avoid it.
  • For a girl both mom and dad should partake in sweets during pregnancy, for a boy they should salty foods.

Doing the Deed

  • If the male initiates sex it will be a boy, if the women initiates it, a girl.
  • For a girl the woman should be on top, for a boy the man.
  • If the male has an orgasm first the baby will be male, if the female orgasms first the baby will be female.
  • For a girl, the male’s testicles should be cool to produce cool sperm, for a boy they should be warm to produce warm sperm.
  • For a boy do the deed when there is a quarter of the moon, for a girl do the deed on the full moon.
  • For a girl have sex in the afternoon, for a boy at night.
  • For a boy have sex standing up, for a girl use the missionary position.
  • For a girl attempt conception on an even day of the month, for a boy go for an odd day.
  • For a boy do the deed with moms head facing south, for a girl moms head should be facing north.  Not sure about east or west.  One of each maybe?

What experiences do you have with gender selection?  Have you had success in choosing gender or have the old wives tales failed you?

Share your thoughts with others.

10 Most Unusual Baby Names of 2010

What Baby Name Would You Choose?
What Baby Name Would You Choose?

One of the most exciting things about having a baby is deciding on a name.  Couples find many ways to decide on a name including compiling lists, creating names by combing words and adding letters, and some just wait until they hear a name and “know” that is what they should name their children.  While it seems the trend is that parents are falling in love with traditional names many parents choose to stray off the beaten path.

Where to Find Unusual Baby Names?

Names can come from virtually anywhere.  There are thousands of websites dedicated to baby names and parents can use online creators to scramble any word into a name.  Many people are naming their babies after days of the week or months in a year.  Trees, Plants and flowers are another favorite among new parents.  Biblical and Victorian names are increasing in popularity as well.

The Social Security Administration publishes a list every year of the most popular baby names in America.  Surfers can use the search function to look up a name and see how many Americans were given your favorite name.

While there are no official lists published for 2010, surfing popular mom-to-be and parenting forums one can easily tell what the trends are.  Finding unique names can be a bit trickier.

Here’s Our Lil Baby Cakes Top 10 Unusual Baby Names

  1. Akira- Japanese in origin meaning “intelligent”. Traditionally a name for a male, Americans are breaking the tradition and bestowing the name on their daughters
  2. Gareth- Traditional Welsh name for a boy meaning gentle
  3. Henrique- The Portuguese equivalent of Henry in America
  4. Jade-a unisex name meaning “Precious Green Stone”
  5. Luna- a female name that is Latin for “Moon”.
  6. Mace- a male name of French origin meaning “Club”
  7. River- a unisex name with the literal meaning of “River”
  8. Rowan- a unisex name in America however originating from Ireland as a traditional boy name and refers to the “Rowan tree”
  9. Ryce- meaning “powerful” this traditional Anglo-Saxon boy name is making headway in the search for unique baby names
  10. Willow- a unisex name meaning “Willow Tree”

The Buzz for Second Names

Many couples are going for the extremely rare and unique names and try to match up middle names that sound great with the first and last name.  This is not an easy task in some cases. More often than not parents like to use family names for the middle names here are some suggestions on popular family names as middle names:

  1. Akira Marie
  2. Gareth Jacob
  3. Henrique Allen
  4. Jade Leah
  5. Luna Rose
  6. Mace George
  7. River Nicole
  8. Rowan Michael
  9. Ryce John
  10. Willow Elizabeth

Since naming a baby is a major endeavor it would be wise to research the various names and meanings before committing to any given name.  However many people have names “come” to them in dreams and they just “know” that is what they should name their child.

Discuss and Share the most unusual baby names you’ve heard!  What are your experiences with naming little ones?  Comment and share with a buzz of mommy and daddies-to-be on our website!  Who knows what exotic new baby name you might discover for your newborn baby.