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What are diaper babies?
Why would you want to make one?
Do you want to learn how to make diaper baby designs?
A diaper baby is a variant on the traditional diaper cake and is a popular option for gift-giving at a baby shower. These unique gifts make it easy to give diapers as well as other baby must-haves, all arranged in a cute and creative style that the mom-to-be is sure to love.
Learning how to make a diaper baby can be a rewarding experience. You can use this simple project to create baby shower gifts for everyone you know, or arrange a diaper baby as part of a baby’s first birthday party instead. There are plenty of ways to dress up or dress down this idea!
In this article, we’ll walk you through the basic steps you need to take in order to complete a diaper baby project. We’ll show you all the materials you’ll need and help you learn how to finish each step of the process. When you finish reading, you’ll know how to create a basic diaper baby as well as how to make it your own.
With the help of this information, you’ll be ready to supply any mom-to-be with a cute and unique diaper baby she will love having at her baby shower. And since this project doesn’t involve any complicated steps or use of sharp objects, you can even get your kids to pitch in and help!
Read on to find out more about how to make a diaper baby for your next baby shower.
Materials & Equipment Needed
- Baby blanket
- Baby onesie with long sleeves and long legs, or a baby gown
- Baby hat
- 21 newborn size diapers
- Rubber bands
- Any other baby gift items you choose to give
1. Start by rolling four diapers. To do this, lay the diapers so that the design is on the inside when they are rolled, and roll them away from you in a cylinder shape.
2. Secure the four diapers individually with rubber bands and set them aside.
3. Roll one diaper in the same way as the first four, but do not secure it. Instead, place it inside a second diaper and roll the second diaper around the first.
4. Continue this process until you have rolled six diapers around each other. Then secure this large, chunky roll of six diapers with a rubber band and set aside.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4, but this time, roll eight diapers together instead of six. Secure with a rubber band and set aside.
6. Open three diapers and fold each one longways in half before rolling the first one tightly into a cylinder.
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7. Roll the first small cylinder into the second diaper, and then roll the combination of these two into the third diaper. Secure with a rubber band and set aside.
8. Open the baby blanket and lay it out, folded in half. Arrange the baby blanket so that it looks presentable without visible wrinkles and so that its decorative edges or printed pattern are upright and easy to see.
9. Lay the onesie or gown face-down on top of the blanket.
10. Slide the roll of six diapers into the onesie, followed by the roll of eight diapers. These will form the chest and bottom of the diaper baby.
11. Make adjustments as needed until the diapers look like a baby’s body shape. You may need to tuck the onesie or gown around the diapers to make the outfit look more filled out at this stage.
12. Stuff two of the individual rolled diapers into the legs of the onesie or gown to form the diaper baby’s legs and adjust to make them look natural.
13. Stuff the other two individual rolled diapers into the arms of the onesie or gown. Once again, adjust them until they look natural. Position them to look like a sleeping baby.
14. Stick the pacifier into the roll of three diapers.
15. Place the baby hat on the roll of three diapers and cover most of the diapers, leaving the pacifier mostly visible.
16. Position the roll of three diapers on the front of the diaper baby to serve as the head.
17. Now you only need to make minor adjustments to ensure the diaper baby looks natural and presentable as a baby shower present.
As you can see, it doesn’t take much time, money, or effort to put together a memorable and adorable diaper baby. This gift will quickly become the talk of the baby shower and can easily be used as a centerpiece decoration if you’re looking for a good option.
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It is possible to dress the diaper baby in a baby boy or baby girl outfit, or choose a gender-neutral outfit if the baby’s sex isn’t known yet. You can also add more gifts surrounding the baby on the display blanket or keep things simple depending on your preferences. There are limitless possibilities when you make a diaper baby like this one, so get as creative as you want!
If you don’t have much time or you’re working on a smaller budget, you might prefer to make a mini diaper baby instead. These mini diaper babies are a great way to get your kids involved with the baby shower gift, and they can also be used as party favors or place settings for the baby shower.
You may choose to arrange them all in a basket and give them as a gift to the mom-to-be, or you might set them around the baby shower as decorations that the expectant mother can then take home with her after the fact.
Here is a quick guide to help you learn how to make this version of the project if you choose:
- 2 cloth diapers
- 2 baby washcloths
- 1 pair of baby socks
- 6 small, clear rubber bands
- Sharpie marker
1. Roll the first diaper so that any design is covered within the roll.
2. Secure the diaper with one rubber band.
3. Fold the washcloth in half and lay the diaper on top of it, lining up the bottom of the diaper with the bottom of the washcloth.
4. Pull one side of the washcloth across the diaper, and then the other, folding them over each other in the front at a slight angle. The idea is to make the diaper look like a baby wrapped in a blanket.
5. Secure the washcloth with a second rubber band.
6. Put one baby sock on top of the diaper and roll the cuff up to look like the brim of a hat.
7. Tie the top of the sock with a third rubber band so that it looks like a pompom on top of a baby’s hat.
8. Use your Sharpie marker to draw two lines on the diaper that look like a baby’s closed eyes. Don’t worry—this is safe as long as you keep the Sharpie marks on the outside of the diaper, away from the baby’s skin!
9. Repeat this process for the second diaper using the remainder of the materials needed.