Baby Shower Diaper Cakes (2024)

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Diaper Cakes: More Than Just a Baby Shower Gift

A diaper cake is perfect for a baby shower!

It makes a beautiful arrangement or baby shower centerpiece, and it's the perfect, wholly unique gift for the expectant parent-to-be!

What started as a cute way to give disposable baby diapers as a present has turned into so much more. The best part is that no matter how you choose to use the baby shower diaper cake it's sure to be a hit! Given the number of diapers a newborn goes through, what new parent won’t deeply appreciate receiving a large stockpile of diapers for their baby?

What is a Baby Shower Diaper Cake?

You may not know what a baby shower diaper cake is, especially if you haven't been to a baby shower lately. However, it is not some terribly complex mystery - it is simply a cake that is actually made out of baby diapers!

Disposable diapers are rolled together and held in place with rubber bands, ribbons, and bows. These diapers are placed together to form a tier of the “cake.” How many diapers are used depends on the size and type of cake. Most diaper cakes are multiple layers that are similar in style to a traditional wedding cake. Each layer is just a little smaller than the layer beneath. Once the layers are all together, you have the base for the baby shower diaper cake.

Finishing touches, such as a ribbon to hide the rubber bands, baby items, themed items, and even stuffed animals turn the “cake” into a masterpiece.

Here are examples of items you'll find on our adorable diaper cakes:

  • Rattles
  • Wash cloths
  • Pacifiers
  • Baby bottles
  • Bath products
  • Baby booties
  • Plush Toys
  • and so much more!

The fun thing about baby shower diaper cakes are that there are so many different possibilities. Diaper cakes can have different themes, colors, and even sizes. Many of our cakes are available in shades of baby blue to represent a new baby boy, or in hues of cute pink to let everyone know that a new baby girl will soon arrive. You can even have a cake crafted that matches themes common in nurseries, like farm animals or sea creatures, or customize the cake so that it holds significance for the parents, such as a sports or holliday themed cake. So, whether the expectant parent is having a boy, girl, twins, or isn't telling anyone the sex, and no matter what the theme of the shower, a baby diaper cake can be created to fit the need.

Baby Shower Diaper Cakes as a Newborn Gift

And that brings us to the next logical question: how is a baby shower diaper cake used? First and foremost, diaper cakes for baby showers can be used as a gift to the expectant parent.

Let's think for a moment about typical baby shower gifts:

Most parents-to-be have a list a mile long of items they need, and their baby registries are often filled with a mix of practical and fun to have items that they’ll need to give the best care possible for their child. Some items are large like high chairs and strollers. Typically, many friends will get together to purchase one of these larger wish-list items.

If you are going to a shower, and buying a baby shower gift on your own, most people would usually consider some of the following items to get as a gift:

  • Outfits
  • Bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Blankets
  • Baby sling
  • Bouncy seat
  • Bottle warmer
  • Bathtub
  • Wash cloths
  • Hooded towels
  • Diaper bag
  • Mobiles
  • Baby book
  • Small toys

This list looks like the same list that has been going around for baby showers for the last 50 years. Not only that, there are problems with this list.

Let's look at outfits, for instance. Babies are born in a variety of sizes. Some babies are too big to ever wear newborn clothes, and even if they do, they’ll outgrow them in three to six months, so there’s not a lot of longevity in newborn outfits. Yet, look how many newborn clothes a parent gets at a baby shower. Buying larger clothes is also a gamble since it is hard to know when a baby will grow big enough to wear them. It is very sad to have a beautiful summer outfit that finally fits the baby, only for it to be in the depths of winter. By the time the parents have pulled it back out of storage, the baby has outgrown that summer outfit as well.

Then there is the problem with parents receiving duplicate items, when one was all they needed. Parents do not need more than one mobile, bathtub, bouncy seat, or diaper bag. How embarrassing for you if you provide the third tub at the party!

These are just a few reasons why you might want to consider a baby shower diaper cake. Not only is the cake adorable, but it is so practical!

Here are even more excellent reasons why you should consider giving a baby shower diaper cake over other more traditional baby shower gifts:

  • Everything on the cake is usable, from the diapers to the decorations.

  • Not only is your gift unique and beautiful, it will actually be used! You'll never have to wonder if the parents-to-be actually liked the outfits you picked out, if they got too much baby lotion, or if yours was the fourth copy of “Guess How Much I Love You?”

  • You don't have to wrap a baby diaper cake, and you don’t have to stash it like a traditional gift. In fact, it is so cute that everyone will be happy to see it displayed from the moment you walk in the door with it.

  • A baby shower diaper cake is unique and creative, will make a big impression on everyone at the shower, and will provide your loved ones with a happy memory that will last them long after the last diaper has been used up.

However, using a baby shower diaper cake as a gift isn't the only way to use a diaper cake for a baby shower.

Diaper Cakes Support the Theme of the Baby Shower

Another great way to use a diaper cake is to support the theme of the baby shower. If you are planning a baby shower for friends or family, then you will want to decorate in a way that is memorable and unique. This usually includes a theme with supporting decorations, centerpieces, cups, plates, napkins, invitations, and more.

How do you decide what theme to use? You might first consider the parents and what they want. Are the parents-to-be in love with Winnie the Pooh? Then a diaper cake with a Winnie the Pooh theme will be the perfect touch they need to make theirs a truly unforgettable baby shower.

You can also narrow down the theme based on the birth itself. For instance, are you wanting to focus on the fact that this is the first boy in a family of girls? Then a specialty diaper cake made just for a boy would be a perfect fit. Other themes might be twins, adoption, or a first baby. We even have holiday diaper cakes for babies!

Even if the shower is more about a color than a theme, a baby diaper cake is a great idea since cakes in pink, blue, yellow, green, or even patriotic red, white, and blue all look absolutely stunning!

But what if you have no ideas for a baby shower theme? Don't fret. Take a look at our baby diaper cakes to help you come up with an adorable idea that will make the baby shower perfect.

Our Cakes Support such Baby Shower Themes as:

  • All boy
  • All girl
  • Gender neutral
  • Gender reveal
  • Safari
  • Butterflies
  • Cars
  • Fishing
  • Elephants
  • Lady Bugs
  • Elmo
  • Monkeys
  • Pirates
  • And More!

When it comes to using a baby shower diaper cake as a decoration, the two most likely places for the cake will be as a baby shower centerpiece and on the gift table:

Baby Shower Centerpiece

Adding a centerpiece to a table is a wonderful way to add flair, and lend a personal touch, to any baby shower. In today's world, a table centerpiece no longer has to be a bouquet of flowers or a decoration that gets thrown away. In fact, if you use a baby shower diaper cake, it is going to be pulling double duty, being both cute for the party, and going home with the expectant parent for use once the baby arrives. Now, instead of buying decorations that end up in the garbage after the baby shower, you can use a baby shower diaper cake as a centerpiece.

Baby Shower Gift Table

Another idea is to use the baby shower diaper cake as a centerpiece for the gift table. As guests come in, one of the first places they see is the table for gifts. What a wonderful way to have guests “ooh” and “ahh” as they enter for the party.

However, don't feel that these are the only ways to use the baby diaper cake as a decoration. It could also be placed in a corner with other theme-related items, on the food table, on a guest registry table, or even over the fireplace mantle or hearth. No matter where you put your baby shower diaper cake, it will surely be the decoration everyone is talking about.

Diaper Cakes: DIY or Professionally Made?

Last but not least, you may be wondering how to get a baby shower diaper cake. The truth is that you can make one yourself, or you can buy one from a professional. Let's look at the pros and cons of both.

Making a baby shower diaper cake can be a lot of fun, but it can be a bit complicated. If you have a group of friends that would like to gather together for a craft day, making a unique diaper cake can be a nice social gathering. However, “Pinterest fails” are real, and making a baby shower diaper cake is not as easy or as inexpensive as you might think:


Many people assume that making a baby diaper cake is significantly less expensive than having one custom made, but this is not always the case. By the time you purchase the ribbons, the individual decoration pieces, and the diapers, plus the time and energy to make it, buying it professionally can actually save you money, time, and the heartbreak of having your diaper cake coming out looking like a mess.

Think about it this way: Lil' Baby Cakes makes enough cakes, of enough styles to be able to buy in bulk. Rather than purchasing a small spool of ribbon, we can buy it in larger quantities, making it cheaper by the foot. The same holds true for small baby items such as bottles and pacifiers, as well as the additional goodies we put on many of our diaper cakes, including lotions and shampoos.


Then there is the idea of keeping diapers clean and sanitary. A professional knows how to handle the diapers in a way that keeps them usable for a newborn’s bare bottom. Not only that, but in order to protect the health of the newborn, you can’t afford to expose your diapers to any allergens or irritants that may be present in your home. You can rest assured that there will be no animal hair, tobacco smoke, or other foreign substances on the diapers of a professional cake.


Finally, you will know that the diaper cake is made to last. A cake made at home may not be as structurally sound as you'd like. Wouldn't it be terrible to transport the cake from your home to the baby shower, only to have it fall apart?

No matter how you use them, baby shower diapers cakes are one gift that an expectant parent will love, and will actually put to good use once the little one is born.

If you’re thinking about using a diaper cake for the next shower you go to, Lil' Baby Cakes will have you covered!

Baby Shower Diaper Cakes (2024)


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