Fun Facts About October Born Babies

October born babyOctober, the tenth month of the year, is the eighth month of the Roman calendar. “Octo” means eight in Latin. However, October moved to the tenth position once January and February were added.

October is a beautiful time to be born. In areas where autumn leaves are changing, the sights are breathtaking. However, even in warmer climates without colorful foliage, the temperatures are just right for enjoying the out-of-doors. However, October is the month used most to determine the kind of winter we will be having. If a large number of acorns fall to the ground, if wooly caterpillars are more black than brown, and if deer have a gray coat, then you can expect to have a hard winter.

Babies born in October are either Libras (Sept 24- Oct 23) or Scorpios (Oct 24- Nov 22). Libras are known as peacemakers and have a strong need for justice. Finding harmony is a big part of a Libra’s makeup. Scorpios are known to be calm and cool, as well as a bit mysterious.

Those born in October have the choice of two birthstones: the opal and the tourmaline. Rumor has it that it is bad luck to wear an opal if you weren’t born in October, and some believe that the opal is bad luck altogether. If you worry about the luck of the opal, then the beautiful tourmaline is for you. According to an Egyptian legend, tourmaline comes in blues, greens, reds, pinks, and even yellows because it passed over a rainbow on its way journey from the center of the earth.

The birth flower is the Calendula commonly known as the marigold. Though common in gardens throughout the US, the Calendula was used by Romans and Greeks in ritual ceremonies, early Catholic events, and Hindu decorations for deities. In many cultures, it is known for its healing properties

October has had its share of historically significant events. The Postal Service was created in October of 1896, the first presidential telecast happened in October of 1947, and the Berlin Wall came down in Germany in October of 1990. October is also well-known for its Halloween celebration on the 31st, but did you know that you can also celebrate National Cookie Month, Chili Month, Pizza Month, and Dessert Month? If you like to eat, then October is the month for you!

If you have hopes that your October baby will someday be President, then you may just be in luck. More American Presidents have been born in October than any other month including Adams, Hayes, Arthur, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Carter. But even if you prefer actors, writers, or business moguls, October has you covered with people such as Julie Andrews, Katy Perry, Angela Lansbury, and Bill Gates.

Longevity also seems to run in the genes of those born in October. Research has shown that those born in the months of September through November are more likely to reach the ripe old age of 100. Just think, the October baby may eventually be a centenarian!

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.

Diaper Cakes for Boys

Blue Satin Frog Diaper Cake for Boys
Blue Satin Frog Diaper Cake for Boys

A diaper cake for boys is a unique way to give an expecting mom a practical baby gift.  When making a diaper cake for boys, you will typically find lots of blues, as blue is the general color that you find for boys. You can also have different types of themes for the diaper cake. Most parents will decide on a theme for the child’s nursery, and the baby shower will be centered on that theme.

When looking at a diaper cake from afar, you may think it looks like a multi-tiered wedding cake. Most diaper cakes are used with only white diapers, causing it to look like a white cake. After further inspection, you will find that the cake is made entirely of diapers. The cake is actually made of around 50 diapers or so.  Some larger tier cakes (4 or 5 tiers) use more diapers to construct the additional layers.  The diapers are folded around a center post in a circular pattern to make each layer.  Each layer is then stacked to make it look like a cake. You can make it as simple as you want, or as elaborate as can be. For a different look, some designers roll up each diaper and then arrange bundles of the rolled diapers to create each layer.  For either design style, ribbons , baby care necessities, a plush or stuffed animal can all be attached to the diaper cake to complete the design.  Naturally, these baby items are all selected to match the boy theme.

You can find many different items on the diaper cake.  It’s common to find newborn baby shampoo, diaper powder, or baby lotion as gifts included with the cake. Some diaper cakes contain different colored baby bottles wrapped around the edges of the cake so that it will add more color to the aesthetic appearance of the entire gift. Cotton swabs, washcloths and body wash are a few other things commonly found on the the cake. Sometimes a receiving blanket is included on the base layer of the diaper cake to add more color.

Diaper cakes for boys are made entirely from diapers that can all be used for the new baby. Proper construction of the diaper cake allows the new mom to disassemble the cake diaper by diaper.  Sometimes, the cakes are made with differently sized diapers that will fit the baby as it grows. The cake can have many layers, but most of them typically have three separate layers. Typically, the largest cake that someone would choose to have made is composed of five layers. Six layers are also possible, but shipping considerations may limit this as an option for sending to the new mom.  With the larger cakes, you could place a teddy bear for the new mother and her baby. Expecting mothers really love receiving these cakes as gifts – there’s nothing like watching a new mom use the items on the diaper cake as they are truly items required for the care of a newborn.

Because the diaper cakes are such a unique baby gift, they can be sent in many different situations. For example, they can be used as a centerpiece at the baby shower or as focal point on the gift table.  Any mother would love to walk into her baby shower and see the diaper cake used not only for a gift but as a part of the decorations. Diaper cakes don’t just have to be for the new moms to be either. Any workplace or group of friends can get one for a new dad as well. Few things are as satisfying as receiving a useful and thoughtful for a new baby that is on the way.

If you’re planning to give a diaper cake as a baby gift, you should first think about what kinds of themes and contents would be the best fit for the mother and baby. Find out what the new mother and father are looking to put into the nursery. Take the time to find little objects that will match with their décor. If the mother is going with a jungle type theme, you can adorn the diaper cake with stuffed giraffes or elephants from a local nursery store or from Lil’ Baby Cakes. The same is true for themes such as trains or cars that certainly match the diaper cake for boys theme.

The average baby uses about seven to eight new diapers a day! Keep that in mind when choosing the type and size of diaper cake to get. It can take some of that new stress off the mother if she already has a supply of diapers on hand. Although these cakes are usually given to new or expecting mothers, those are not necessarily the only situations in which they’re appropriate. If you ask an experienced mother, she will always tell you, you can’t have enough diapers! If you want to do something nice for a mother who has already had her child, she would still appreciate the gesture and the diaper supply. That’s why a diaper cake for boys is an extremely practical gift. What parent wouldn’t be thankful for such a thoughtful gesture? Many people don’t give diapers despite their practicality because it’s a somewhat awkward or non-standard gift. The diaper cake brings elegance to the practicality and excitement to the whole experience of a baby shower or newborn’s birthday.

Next time you are invited to a baby shower, consider alternatives before you go out and buy a new baby gift for the new parent. Talk to some of the people going to the shower and see what they are getting for the new mother to be. Most people attending baby showers love to get a single large gift from several people at a time so that they can get something greatly needed for the mother. Check out some of the diaper cakes that are available and you’re sure to find one that will go with the mother’s, or the new baby’s, theme. It can be a great way to help start up a brand new nursery, and the mother will be grateful. If you are hosting the party and you don’t know what to do for the mom to be, order or a diaper cake for boys – they always look great and the new parents will get use out of the diapers and the baby will grow up with a plush toy that could become their favorite.