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What is a diaper cake?
A diaper cake is a collection of diapers rolled up and arranged in tiers resembling a traditional cake. The finished cakes can also be decorated with baby care items such as bibs, pacifiers or any other item you choose.
6 Easy Steps to Diaper Cake
Large cake plate, 60 diapers (newborn size), 1 inch ribbon, ¼ inch ribbon, 50 small rubber bands, 6 large rubber bands, an 8 oz and a 4 oz baby bottle, baby and decorative items (silk flowers, plastic booties, etc.). Tip: Use ribbon that matches the baby shower theme!
For this step you will need about 35 diapers. Place the 8 oz. bottle in the center of a large cake plate. Roll 17 of the diapers into a cylinder shape and make sure they are rolled tightly. Place a rubber band around each diaper roll to hold it in place. Assemble 5-7 diapers side-to-side around the bottle and place a large rubber band around the ring of diapers to keep them secure. Continue to add a second ring around the first with the remaining rolled diapers and secure them with another rubber band.
Roll up 18-20 more diapers but instead of securing them with a small rubber band, tie a piece of the ¼ inch
ribbon around each one. This ring will be visible by everyone so it needs to be pretty! Assemble these
band. Tie the 1 inch ribbon around the ring to cover the rubber band.
Step 3 – Keep Stacking - Tier Two
Repeat Step 1 to form the second tier, but only form two rings instead of three. Make sure the outer second ring diapers are each tied with a ¼ inch ribbon. Also tie the 1 inch ribbon around the entire second tier, similar to the first.
Step 4 – You Are Almost Done! Tier Three Time
This tier can be assembled separately. Roll 5-6 diapers with ¼ inch ribbon and assemble them in a ring around the 4 oz. bottle. Secure this entire ring to the bottle with a rubber band and a 1 inch piece of ribbon. Place this tier on top of the second tier to form the three-tier cake.
Step 5 – Time for the fun part!
Add stuffed animals or other baby items such as rattles, receiving blankets and pacifiers all around the cake. You can tuck them into the rubber bands or in between the diapers.
Step 6 – Be prepared for ooohs and ahhhs!
The gift recipient will adore your creation and so will the other guests!
Here are some Great Gift Ideas that a baby boy would love!
Soft Books. Babies may not know how to read, but what makes this a great gift is that it's a perfect gift for a baby and mother to enjoy as she reads it to him.
Music Box. All babies find music to be entertaining and soothing. This gift will help babies to relax and hit the snooze button in no time.
Mobile. Imagine him lying in his crib, enjoying the colors and patterns that are coming from the mobile hanging above his crib.
Explore & Learning Toys. Great gift ideas to help the baby learn new colors and shapes. Mostly, round and square shapes.
Plush Toys. Newborn babies love to touch and feel the softness of a plush toy. They are very good gift ideas that help infants fall to sleep fast and feel secure when mom and dad are enjoying some R & R.
Mirror-like Toys. Infants get a kick out of seeing their reflection. Whether it's just amusing for them or they think that it’s another baby looking right at them, remember babies are fascinated with every little thing.
Handmade Baby Gifts. There’s nothing like a gift that has been made with tender love and care.
Play mats. This is a great gift for infants that love to crawl a lot on the floor. Play mats can be placed on the floor like a rug and allow children to play and explore.
Colorful Teething Toys. During teething, babies can be fussy, so why not soothe their worries away with a bright toy that they can drool all over? Teething rings work best.
Push and Pull Toys. Baby boys love making messes and playing with toys that roll. Trucks and cars or toddler bikes they can ride make for hours of content play time.
If you're looking to get a toy for the newborn baby in your life, check out these must-have gift ideas:
- Baby Bouncer. A wonderful gift for more than one reason! Babies love the up and down motion so much that it seems to keep them happy for hours on end. It also serves as a trusted option for mom and dad when looking for a few minutes' rest from the constant craze of being a parent.
- Mobile. Because of their bright colors and music, these are great gifts to help babies fall asleep fast, and to help parents catch some zzz's.
- Baby Dolls. One of the best gifts you can ever give a newborn is a baby doll. They are cuddly, plush and comforting.
- Interactive Toys. Music, learning and fun rolled all into one! What more could a baby girl ask for? These baby toys are great gift ideas for both Christmas and birthdays. There are so many toys to choose from that often offer educational development such as understanding shapes and sizes.
- Tub toys. Rubber duckies, plastic boats and squirt toys make great gifts for newborns. Give the gift of bath time.
- Baby Swings. The very swaying movement of a swing can relax and calm any infant. The best gift for both mom and newborn.
- Baby Books. Although the little Einstein isn't reading yet, giving baby books as a gift is great for mom and baby.
- Stuffed Animals. The first months of a baby’s life are very fragile, so toys should always be soft and plush. Stuffed animals are great gifts to put in gift baskets for all occasions celebrating the little one.
- Sensory Toys. These are toys that make noise and move easily with just one touch. Babies love the sound of squeaks and tweets.
Baby showers can be hectic at times, but the greatest gift of having a baby shower is to celebrate with close friends and family. Overall, a baby shower is to show appreciation for the soon to be parents and their baby. But no matter what, it is a very special occasion where loved ones get together and buy gifts to help the family get ready for parenthood.
So, next time you’re invited to a baby shower, be sure to check out our list of top ten gifts that will most likely be on every woman's shower registry:
Bedding. After putting together the baby’s crib, moms would love to decorate with pastel sheets covered with bunny rabbits and other cute animals. Plus, this makes great gifts for all occasions.
Baby Carrier. Babies just love the feeling of being snuggled up against their parents. It’s the warmth that keeps babies calm and relaxed. This gift is also good for parents, because they are still able to do errands at the same time.
Baby Monitor. This is a great gift for nervous first time parents, that aren’t use to waking up all hours of the night. The baby monitor is essential to comfort parent’s worries as they sleep in another room.
Baby Bouncer. Imagine your newborn so happy, and joyful, while they bounce around in your very own living room. Baby bouncers make great gifts because parents have time to relax as their infant has endless fun.
Bath Kit. For a gift that is fun and essential, pick up a tub and a set of bath towels.
First Aid Kit. Safety always comes first, so what better gift to buy a newborn baby than one that is as practical as a first aid kit.
Baby Books. A gift sure to win over any mother’s heart would be a collection of books. Reading books help babies bond with their parents.
Bath Clothing. Babies tend to grow fast, so most clothes become too small. It’s a good idea to always by infant clothes in bigger sizes so that the baby can have a chance to grow into them.
High Chair. During mealtime, most kids love sitting at the table with the whole family.
Here are some great gift ideas that are just great for older sisters and brothers:
A gift registry takes all the guesswork out of giving, and provides handy guidelines to those attending. Standard menu items include cribs, strollers, layettes (any combination of onesies, undershirts, swaddling/receiving blankets, cloth diapers, booties, beanies, or wash cloths/bath towels), and age-appropriate toys. If you're unable to make the event, a shipping address for purchases is usually listed. Particularly in today's economy, shower-throwers should be budget-sensitive and register with 2-3 specialty shops or department stores that offer a range of merchandise as well as prices.
Make it personal.
The baby's gender obviously helps determine color schemes when it comes to apparel...yes, it's still pink for girls, blue for boys, although white works for both. Picture frames add elegance to any family photos. Monograms never fall out of fashion...sterling silver drinking cups, spoons and rattles engraved with the child's initials are keepsakes that last through generations. Infant girls are sometimes gifted with scalable jewelry...an add-a-pearl necklace or charm bracelet that grows with the child into early adulthood. And lucky are those who receive treasures hand-made from a friend or relative, such as a crocheted bedspread...truly a labor of love.
Raising children is not an inexpensive endeavor. A check or cash in a lovely gift card is always a welcomed gesture; setting up and contributing to a college savings account, even more so.
The big reveal.
It's absolutely expected and acceptable for a mom or dad to open presents in front of guests. Adhering to the registry precludes any huge surprises. However, this custom isn't always followed; the guest of honor may wish to unwrap gifts after the affair.
Look for a guest book to record email and social media addresses, so that photos and video may be shared. The host may set up a Facebook, Flickr or Tumblr page, for all to enjoy.
Follow the above guidelines (in addition to your heart and good judgement), and your expression of generosity will surely be remembered with appreciation.