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 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.