What is a Diaper Cake?

Pink Monkey Diaper CakeDuring 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 that 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
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.”

The response is usually something like, “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 on from there, and I either explain more (if they ask) or we move on to different topics. It got me thinking about how there are many people who have never heard of a diaper cake, and don’t even know that they can make some of the most memorable, and unique baby shower gifts that you can possibly give. So, with that in mind, I want to take the opportunity to set the record straight, explain what diaper cakes are, and put the word out there for those of you looking to learn more about them.

Traditions and Origins

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. This isn’t universal, of course: more and more dads are starting to take an interest in the planning and attendance of the baby shower, because they truly want to share every aspect of their baby’s life with their spouse.

I did some online searches and research, and where baby cakes first originated from, and who first made them, isn’t abundantly clear. 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 inventors of diaper cake were woman who enjoyed crafting, and as such, made these for friends and family members who were pregnant. Finally, it’s pretty safe to assume that there weren’t any for profit businesses making 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. We’ve come a long way since then, but what makes us truly unique and special today was true, even back then. We crafted that cake with extra care, paying special attention to even the tiniest details, and made it as beautiful as we could. We do the exact same thing today, with every cake we make.

The Evolution of Diaper Cakes

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 to enjoy once mommy can start drinking again. 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 its tiers, so does the “traditional” diaper cake, and I feel most comfortable with this style for many reasons.

For one thing, styling a diaper cake in the “traditional form” makes it instantly recognizable as a cake, even if guests are a little startled when they discover they can’t eat it! We tend to associate these cakes with special occasions, like weddings, anniversaries, and of course, new babies. By intentionally keeping that same shape, I’m able to capture the emotions that these cakes foster, and enhance them even more with a fun twist of my own! More practically, the tiered system allows me to craft some amazing, gorgeous looking cakes that won’t fall apart the minute they’re touched. Since we have to ship our wonderful cakes to many different places, I want my customers to know that their cake will arrive in perfect condition.

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 the standard size 1 for our designs, and look for quality plush toys to include in 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 will come to love and appreciate just as much 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, “Why buy a Diaper Cake?”

In closing, I thought I would address one final comment that I tend to get from folks I have talked to since I started 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 these folks are just pulling my leg, 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.

By the way: the answer is no – you don’t have to refrigerate them.

As 2018 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 2019!

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.

Personalized Diaper Cakes are Here

Lil Princess Personalized Diaper Cake
Kitty Cat Personalized Diaper Cake
Kitty Cat Personalized Diaper Cake

We are happy to introduce a line of personalized diaper cakes.  These cakes allow you to add your own personalized greeting.  This may be the baby’s name or other short phrase for welcoming the baby home.  We will be introducing more selections in the future, however, in the meantime we have three selections for you to choose from.

The first selection is called Kitty Cat Personalized Diaper Cake.  Your special message will be imprinted on the second tier of this four tier diaper cake as shown in the photo.  Included in this cake is 72 Pampers Swaddler 1 diapers, the Johnson and Johnson Travel Pack of products, a Kitty Paci-Clip, and a pair of white eyelet trimmed socks.  We also include a plush Kitty Cat toy adorned in pink, white, and mint stripes.

Our second selection is called the Too Cute Boy Personalized 4 Tier Diaper Cake.  This particular cake is also a 4 tier design, and like the Kitty Cat,
your message appears on the second tier of the cake. This cake include 70 Pampers Swaddler 1 diapers, washcloths, newborn booties that have a cute little dump truck design on them, and a stripped flannel receiving blanket. Also included in the Johnson and Johnson products as well as a cute Gund Bear named Maxie.

Too Cute Boy Personalized 4 Tier Diaper Cake
Too Cute Boy Personalized 4 Tier Diaper Cake message appears on the

Our last selection is called Our Lil’ Princess Personalized 3 Tier Diaper Cake.  This design has your message imprinted on the bottom layer as shown in the photo.  Included in this design is 42 Pampers Swaddler 1 diapers, cotton Disney brand Princess bib, Johnson and Johnson products, and washcloths.

Any selection you choose is wrapped in tulle ready for gift giving.  We also provide an optional gift card you can add with any additional message. I’m really excited about the roll-out of these personalized cakes. Giving you the choice of adding your own special message is something we hope the new mom will enjoy. Also, in keeping with our goal of offering great value for your money, any of our personalized diaper cakes comes with FREE personalization.

Our Lil' Princess Personalized 3 Tier Diaper Cake
Our Lil’ Princess Personalized 3 Tier Diaper Cake

We hope you enjoy these selections.  So far this year, we have introduced over 50 new designs. In thinking about these new designs, I wanted to cover a broad cross section of themes and colors so that you have the best selection possible.

As always, your comments are welcome.