What’s a Diaper Cake?

Are you looking for a creative and unique gift for a baby shower? There is a perfect solution out there for you…a diaper cake! “What’s a diaper cake?”, you ask. Well, I’ll tell you!

Diaper cakes are relatively new in popularity and a genius way to shower your mommy-to-be (or daddy-to-be) with an adorable present that’s both out of the ordinary and practical. Diaper cakes are not edible, but instead made out of…you guessed it, DIAPERS! Generally ranging from around $50 or $60 (and up depending on the size and how extravagant the cake and decorations), a diaper cake will definitely be appreciated by new or expectant parents as a baby shower gift or centerpiece decoration at the shower. In addition, diaper cakes make great surprises for new parents at the hospital, a mom-to-be at your office, for Christenings and Baptisms, or even to take along to a baby’s first birthday party.

Diaper cakes can contain any sized diapers from newborns all the way up to toddler sizes and can have multiple tiers to resemble a wedding cake or just one tier instead for a more cost effective option. Each tier is usually decorated with a variety of baby products such as pacifiers, baby soaps and shampoos, washcloths, receiving blankets, toys and teething rings, baby body suits and booties, or just about anything else baby-related that you can imagine.

In addition, diaper cakes can be adorned all around with decorative and festive ribbons, bows, stuffed animals, and many other adorable baby accessories to match any baby shower or nursery theme. Themes can range from Mickey or Minnie Mouse, Winnie-the-Pooh, or Barney to baby jungle and circus animals, rubber duckies, or stars, polka dots, and stripes. If you know the gender of the baby, the outside of the diaper cake can also be designed in pink or blue (or both for twins!) and if not, it can be created using more neutral and unisex colors like greens and yellows. If you’re not sure of which theme or color scheme to use, you can always very subtly check with the new parents to see what they like or will be using to decorate.

Speaking of the new parents, along with all the baby accessories attached to the outside of the cake, most diaper cakes will have gifts for the new or expectant parents inside as well. If baby bottles are used as the inner base of the cake, there can be sweet treats and candies included inside the bottles to help soothe the expectant mother’s cravings. Gift cards, rolled up new mommy nightgowns to wear at the hospital (in place of those ugly and revealing gowns provided), and sometimes even a bottle of champagne can also be enclosed inside the cake. (Please note: Champagne is a great idea for those new parents who might want to make a toast to celebrate their new arrival with family, but of course, only after it’s safe for the mommy if nursing the new baby. You may want to check with the parents before including champagne in the diaper cake as not to upset any new parents.)

So if you didn’t already know what a diaper cake was all about, now you do! And if you’re looking for a unique baby shower decoration or gift, present for new parents at the hospital or for any other baby event, try a practical and creative diaper cake! It’s sure to be a huge hit with any new parent or parent-to-be.