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.

Diaper Cakes for Baby Showers

Diaper Cake for a Baby Shower
A Diaper Cake for a Baby Shower

Often seen at a baby shower or sent by mail, the diaper cake makes one of the most truly unique baby shower gifts an expecting mom is likely to receive. However, it is not a cake one would enjoy eating, as it is entirely made up of disposable baby diapers. In modern times, you don’t find many new parents using cloth diapers, and consequently, you won’t find many cloth diaper cakes. Most diaper cakes for baby showers are made with disposable diapers – the same kind you would normally use for your baby.

A diaper cake looks like a multi-layered cake. Some may compare it to a wedding cake, at least from a distance. Upon further inspection, the diaper cake is actually made of multiple layers of diapers. It usually takes dozens to get the full effect, rolled up and wrapped around each other in a circular pattern, built on multiple tiers. Often, the diapers are white, but colored diapers can be bought that will make for a truly special diaper cake. The cake will use all different sizes of diapers if the creator chooses to use them for a different effect.

One of the attractions of a diaper cake during a baby shower is that it allows you to have plenty of options. The cake can be as elaborate, or as simple, as you would like. It can be a very simple cake, or an extremely complex one with different colors, a theme and creative gifts. The nice thing about a diaper cake is that it is always a creative baby gift that can look very impressive regardless of the theme and gifts you choose to put into it.

Aside from being something that creates a special and memorable experience for a new mother, a diaper cake is an elaborate way to wrap a gift, or a group of gifts. These gifts are normally placed toward the center of the cake and allow for the expectant mother to “unwrap” the cake in order to find out what is in the center. As the diaper cake can be rather large, it is able to conceal some rather large gifts. One of the best things on the cake, once it is presented, are the different objects placed around the cake. A themed cake shows all the different colors it can be, along with the ribbons and bows placed around it. All the items can generally be used anywhere inside the nursery of the new baby.

A diaper cake begins with wrapping a single diaper, then adding multiple rolled diapers in a circle around that core. It is easiest to start with the top level, which may be just 3 or 4 diapers, and work down from there. A three-tiered cake takes approximately 50 small diapers, but it could use many more if you want a more creative cake. Once the layers are made, smaller gifts can be inserted in place of some of the diapers. Or, if they are small enough, gifts can be crowded in between the diapers.

Once the diapers are all in place, ribbons and other kinds of color features can be added to the diaper cake. This really makes the creation come alive and gives it a very high profile. Of course, if the gender of the baby is already known, the cake can be made in appropriate colors celebrating that fact.

Not only does this offer a chance to get the expectant mom some nice gifts, the gift wrap is also very practical. New parents will always need diapers and this gives them dozens right from the start, presented in a very unique way. Of course, it would be possible just to present the mom-to-be with a case of diapers, but a diaper cake really shows thought and creativity.

Diaper cakes can also be used as a baby shower centerpiece. Alternatively, one can be placed on the gift table, or placed on the back of the gift table so that guests know where to put the gifts when they arrive. As the hostess of the shower, it is an amazing and unique gift to give the new mom to be. It can be filled with anything from bath products to clothing for the new baby. As the hostess, you can use the diaper cake as part of a baby shower game to guess what is inside of the diaper cake.

Diaper cakes for baby showers are becoming more and more popular. They can be based around the theme for the baby’s nursery. If the new mother is having a little girl, you can have a pink shower cake filled with anything from princess themed items to butterflies. Night lights can be added, as well as pillow cases for the new baby. Pink pillows that are in themed shapes can be tied around the outside of the cake. Pink stars or pretty fairies can be partially tucked in, so that you can only see some of the shape, to add some suspense and excitement.

Diaper cakes can also be made for boys. You can find sports themes, train themes and a wide variety of others. Most diaper cakes for boys have lots of blue colors added to them. Blue receiving blankets can be tied or rolled around the edges of the cake. If you have a jungle theme for the baby, you can add blue elephants, or a stuffed tiger hanging off the edges of the tiers of the diaper cake.

Any mother, new or experienced, would love to receive a diaper cake. Diapers are used on all babies, and generally inside the diaper cake at a baby shower, you can have a few weeks’ worth of diapers for the baby. They have a variety of new and exciting items inside them. The next time you go to a baby shower, consider getting the new mom a diaper cake. She’ll be even more excited to receive it than you are about giving it!