Here are 10 Reasons
What is it about diaper cakes that makes them so special?
Over the last several years, these adorable creations have become one of the most cherished gifts for expectant parents. But if you're unfamiliar with diaper cakes, then you may not understand why they're so popular.
In this post, we share what makes these cakes such a great choice for a baby gift.
Diaper Cakes 101 – What are they?
First things first. To understand why diaper cakes are so popular, you need to have an understanding of what they are.
Put simply, diaper cakes are multi-tier cakes made of diapers instead of actual edible ingredients. They typically serve two fundamental purposes: decorative (for a baby shower or nursery) and practical. After being displayed, parents can use the diapers on their baby. When a cake is properly crafted, every diaper is usable.
Diaper cakes typically come in numerous colors, themes and sizes. Some can be up to five tiers tall and embellished with ribbon, tulle and a host of extra goodies.
The challenge in finding a good baby gift
Before we list the reasons to consider a diaper cake, let's look at the challenges in buying a gift for the new baby and his/her parents.
- When a baby is on the way, we all want to buy something special for the new parents—something separate from the registry list that they'll truly appreciate and remember.
- Unfortunately, when you shop at the big-box stores, everything seems unoriginal and uninteresting. Chances are, in a few months, the parents won't remember who gave which gift, unless you get something unique.
- You don't want to buy the same gift as someone else, right? But when you get a conventional gift from a big online retailer—whether it's a toy for Baby or a treat for Mom and Dad, there's a good chance someone else may have the same idea.
- It's hard to find something that's both original and useful to the parents. An expectant mother needs numerous items in preparation for a new baby. If your gift doesn't have a practical use, it will probably take a back seat to the more thoughtful gifts from others.
10 reasons to buy a diaper cake
So, what makes a diaper cake such a great gift? Why should you consider one for the expectant mom in your life? Here are just a few of the many reasons:
1) Parents love them!
Let's start with the most obvious reason: diaper cakes are truly appreciated by parents of newborns. Despite their popularity, diaper cakes are still a new concept to many people. Lots of moms and dads don't even know about them, which makes the surprise even more special.
But also, parents love them for all the reasons we highlight below: they're original gifts that serve a very practical purpose, helping keep the nursery well-stocked with a much-needed item.
2) Originality is everything
Diaper cakes are an original gift, which makes them a hit with the new parents (and with guests at celebratory events like baby showers).
The uniqueness factor alone leaves a big impression on the happy recipients. A diaper cake is simply unlike any other gift. While the new parents are sure to receive plenty of baby clothes, toys and other conventional items, your diaper cake will stand out instantly for its creativity.
The originality also plays a big role in the long-term appreciation of your gift, which we address in #7 below.
3) It's practical: Baby needs diapers!
Diapers are one of the most essential items in the nursery—and one of the biggest ongoing expenses for parents. And yet, understandably, nobody wants to put a big box of diapers in wrapping paper and give it as a present.
Diaper cakes provide the perfect solution. They equip parents with the diapers they need, but in a beautiful and unique presentation. The initial wow factor will impress the parents, but the diaper cake will continue to serve an important purpose: reducing the expense of diapers for Mom and Dad and keeping Baby's bum dry and comfy.
Plus, at Lil' Baby Cakes, we use only the best and highest-quality diapers from top brands, like Pampers Swaddlers.
4) "Awwws" are pretty much guaranteed
Let's face it. Diaper cakes are adorable!
There's just something so irresistibly cute about a stack of tiny diapers neatly arranged to look like a cake. So when you present it to the parents, or put it on display at a baby shower, get ready … there's going to be a big "aww" moment!
The adorability of diaper cakes makes them such a special, beloved gift, whether you're sending one directly to the expecting mom or using it as a table centerpiece at shower. And this brings us to our next point …
5) A must-have for baby showers
You don't need a baby shower to give a diaper cake. But if you're having a shower, then a diaper cake is a must!
A diaper cake naturally lends itself to showers because it looks like a real decorative cake. It's the perfect way to dress up a table. You can surround it with food, gifts or other decorations. It makes a great centerpiece, draws attention and garners compliments from guests.
Remember the "aww" moment we mentioned above? Multiply that by a room full of guests, and your shower will already be off to a great start.
6) So much fun
Here's another big difference between diaper cakes and conventional baby gifts. Diaper cakes aren't merely adorable or merely original. They're diapers made to look like a cake! It's a little quirky, isn't it? That's what makes them so much fun.
The clever factor is huge. From across the room, a well-made diaper cake can actually look like real white frosting and the work of a master cake designer. The "aha" moment of realization, when the expecting mother or guests get a closer look, is so much fun. People are tickled by it in ways they aren't tickled by other gifts or decorations.
7) It's a gift that won't be soon forgotten
Diaper cakes are truly memorable. For all the reasons mentioned above, the new parents will likely never forget about the cake or who gave it to them.
As mentioned above, it can be difficult to find a gift that leaves a lasting impression on moms or dads. While caring for a newborn, it's easy to forget who gave which gifts, even if those gifts were appreciated. But the originality of a diaper cake (and the experience of receiving one) make it unforgettable.
In five years from now, when Baby is a chatty, rambunctious kindergartener, her parents won't remember who gave all the onesies, stuffed animals or baby bottles, which will be long packed away. But chances are they will never forget that beautiful diaper cake.
8) Many colors and themes to choose from
If you prefer your cake to be gender-specific, you can select from a wide range of diaper cakes for boys or diaper cakes for girls, in traditional colors like pink and baby blue. Or, if the gender doesn't matter (or the baby's sex will be a surprise), you can choose from gender-neutral diaper cakes.
Well-made variations are typically decorated with ribbon, bows and tulle. This creates the opportunity for cakes to be brightly colored or designed with pretty patterns, like polka dots, stripes, animal characters and other designs.
Many cakes are also designed in adorable themes. For example, you might find one with a princess motif, complete with a royal ribbon and a tiara-topped teddy bear. Or, you can select a theme that has special significance for the parents: dancing, sports, fishing and numerous other options, each adorably designed for babies but with a nod to Mom and Dad's interests.
9) Handmade gifts are more special
The best diaper cakes are skillfully crafted by hand. This is another key feature that sets them apart from conventional gifts that are churned out by machines in other countries.
Handmade gifts feel more special, precisely because they have been meticulously labored over by a professional. What's more, when you shop at Lil' Baby Cakes, your cake is made to order. So instead of sitting in a box or collecting dust on a shelf somewhere, your cake is individually crafted, on demand, just for you and the lucky recipient.
10) Lots of extra goodies
Diapers alone make these cakes great gifts. But they’re even better when topped with a bounty of extra gifts for Baby and his/her parents.
At Lil' Baby Cakes, for example, we decorate most of our cakes with additional goodies, such as plush teddy bears, baby socks, receiving blankets and soft rattles for the newborn. Most of our cakes also include baby-care essentials, such as body wash, shampoo and powder, from beloved brands like Johnson's and Burt's Bees.
If you prefer to keep it simple, that's fine too! We offer lightly-decorated options that are just as beautiful, so you can skip the extra goodies if you don't need them.
Find your perfect diaper cake
If you're ready to wow the new mom, or make her baby shower even more beautiful, let us help you find the perfect diaper cake today.
At Lil' Baby Cakes, we have dozens of colors, styles and themes to choose from. Every cake is made to order, by hand, and shipped from our studio within 48 hours. If you have any questions, or need help choosing the perfect cake, call us toll-free at 1-866-944-2253.