What is the best possible gift for a newborn baby? I would say it’s a diaper cake. The diapers will definitely come in handy and the baby’s mother will be pleased that she has a surplus of diapers for awhile!
There is a diaper cake for every budget. If you don’t feel too ambitious, a one tier cake will suffice. You can simply top it off with a pair of shoes, or a soft toy, or add more useful things like a rattle, diaper cream, bib or just about anything baby related you can think off!
2 of my good friends gave birth recently, giving me an opportunity to dive into the world of diaper cakes. Here are the “ingredients” that you need.
Diapers. I bought a pack of 60, newborn size.
Swaddle cloth, these are optional. If you choose not to use them, you can tie a ribbon around the cake instead.
Rubber bands, plenty of those small red ones, and 1 wide, large size one.
Start by rolling all the diapers. Roll tightly from the open end, as it will look neater when completed. Place a rubber band around 3 diapers first, then put the wide rubber band over them, filling the gaps with more diapers. Constantly shape it into a circle as you go along.
Move on to the next tier if you are doing more than one .I used 33 diapers for the first tier, 18 for the second and 9 for the third.
Next, place the swaddle cloth around the cake, and use a clothespin to hold it in place. Other alternatives include safety pins and pin needles, but I feel clothespins are less treacherous.
I got the shoes from Mothercare, which came with a nifty hanger. All I had to do was to tack it in place, along with the rattle. Easy peasy! There was a little label at the back of the soft toy, perfect for tacking it down as well. Place the completed cake on the cake base, and you’re done! If you are going to transport the cake over rough terrain, you can insert satay sticks or wooden chopsticks to hold the tiers in place. Also, you can use tulle to wrap the cake if you want a more finished look. Clear plastic will do as well, but I think they should be reserved just for wrapping school books.
Diaper cakes are really easier to make than you think. The only difficult part was rolling 60 diapers. It seemed like an immense, intimidating job at first, but graduated to second nature by the 28th diaper. Diaper cakes are definitely my go-to present now for a new mother!