Diaper Cake Ideas - Baby Shower Gifts

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Baby Diaper Cakes - Baby Shower Gifts

Diaper cakes can be used as the centerpiece for a baby shower or can be a very creative and beautiful gift for the new baby. Diaper cakes are usually made of disposable diapers but fabric diapers can also can be used to make a different style of nappy cake.  For something a bit different you could use blankets, baby bedding or towels instead of diapers to form the cake. A simple two-tier diaper cake can be made using a package of disposable diapers, rubber bands, some tapes and a selection of baby items that you would like to give to the new mum.  Baby toys and ribbons are used to decorate the cake.

To create something unique, find baby items that follow the theme that the new mum has created.  Try to find out before hand the theme of the nursery or the theme of the baby shower, this idea helps when buy all the items necessary for the diaper cake. Some ideas for great themes and the diaper cake decorations that go with them:

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There is so many wonderful diaper cake ideas in almost any baby item you desire.  If creativity is not quite for you, then you can browse online for amazing diaper cakes to order and that will be delivered to your door. Remember to choose a diaper cake that fits in with the theme of the baby shower or make sure that the toys and items match when placed together on the diaper cakes, this just allows the creative diaper cake to look complete and professionally finished.

If you want your diaper cake to last as a nursery decoration for awhile after the baby is born, use disposable diapers that are a size larger than newborn and attach baby toys that are appropriate for babies a few months and older. Newborns do a lot of things – sleep, eat, sleep – but they don’t necessarily need those toys right away.

Have fun creating your diaper cake gift or centrepiece!

Baby Shower Gift Baskets

by Owen Jones

Baby Shower Gift Baskets - Make it Unique

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Are you going to give a baby shower soon? Or have you just been invited to one and you are not sure what to do? If so, you will be expected to give a gift to the baby to help welcome him or her into the world. This is fine, but a lot of people, particularly single men, ask themselves what it is precisely that a baby so desperately needs.

If you fall into that category or if you want to take a scatter-gun approach to giving a present in the hope that something will be of use, then you could think about procuring the baby a baby gift basket. You see, a baby gift basket contains a lot of small objects or big objects or a mixture of the two. Whatever you can come up with or afford really.

There are two ways of getting a baby gift basket. You can either purchase one ready-made or you can buy a basket and pick-and-mix the contents yourself. So, let us suppose that you are going to avoid duplication and fill your own basket.

To begin with the basket. A traditional wicker basket like the ones they show on toffee tins, in which a maid is carrying eggs is pretty, but also pretty expensive. You could obtain a plastic version, but maybe the box that the gifts are in is not as significant as the gifts themselves. You could make your own by lining and wrapping a suitably-sized box and finishing it with a bow.

The contents. What do babies require? Or are you going to put some things in there for the parents too? If you are going to add a few items for the parents too, I will leave that up to you as you know them better than I do, I should imagine.

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What can you buy for the baby then? Something instructive is a necessity; something to occupy the baby's attention, maybe like a mobile or a decorative abacus to string across the pram. How about music? Brahm's Lullaby is excellent, with or without voices, in German or in English, but get it sung by a choir or a solo, but professionally-trained singer - not Lady Gaga.

Whilst choosing music remember that by the time the baby can understand the words, the CD will have been lost, scratched or worn out. Go for peaceful music, classical is best in this instance.

Other objects that always come in handy are bibs, teething rings, baby beakers and a small plate or dish. I do not think it is a good thing to do to get shampoos and soaps, it is better to let mum buy them or you might be blamed for allergic reactions and dandruff. However, talcum powder is a fairly safe bet, but do not buy anything strongly perfumed.

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Personalized bedding is a good notion. If you buy a cot blanket, try to get one the same size as the cot for safety reasons. A lovely touch is to have the baby's monogram or initials embroidered on it. That does not work well for clothing, because kids grow out of them, but it is great for quilts and pillow cases.

Purchase the bedding and ask (or pay) someone to do the embroidery for you. The child will grow out of the cot, but the blanket can then be used as a comforter. Embroidered pillow cases have a similarly long life.

Some individuals give sweets and biscuits, but personally I am not in favour of helping someone to rot their teeth, encouraging a sweet tooth or overweight babies. A good bottle of wine though is another matter, but you will have to take advice on whether it will be at its peak in twenty years time. Good Port is a safe bet. Spirits do not mature in a bottle.

Owen Jones, the writer of that piece, writes on a variety of topics, but is now concerned with the satin baby blankets. If you want to know more, please visit our website at Woollen Blankets.

A Crocheted Baby's Blanket - The Perfect Present For Babies

A Crocheted Baby's Blanket

by Owen Jones
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Whether your friends, the parents-to-be, are going to be parents for the first time, it is difficult to know that what you are buying for the child is not going to be a duplicate. An added complication is that not all parents-to-be would like to know the sex of their new baby, so it is pretty hard to get a gift for the baby shower or Christening (or whatever) and still feel sure that it will be appreciated.
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However, there are some gifts that are unlikely to be duplicated and without having to spend an total fortune, a crocheted baby's blanket is one of them. If you have already acquired the skills to create a crocheted baby's blanket, then all well and good, otherwise you have two alternatives: you can either learn and thus increase your number of skills or you can commission one.

Forty years ago and before, most women could knit and crochet and knew about yarns and threads and knitting needles. 

Unfortunately, the parents of the Seventies either did not learn these skills or did not pass them on in general, but knitting and crocheting are making quite a comeback now in the early Twenty-First Century. People are proud to own hand-manufactured items like crocheted baby's blankets.

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One of the advantages of using contemporary yarns and materials is that the dyes are probable to be less hazardous than before, but you will still have to buy them from reputable suppliers to be completely certain.

Another advantage of a handmade item like a crocheted baby's blanket is that is likely to become a family heirloom. A handmade crocheted baby's blanket is sure to be treasured because it was handmade and not shop-purchased. It is even better if the maker's name and the baby's name are embroidered on it too.

If you are a novice to crocheting a baby's blanket, there are a couple of items that you need to bear in mind with regard to the baby's safety.

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Firstly, select a tightly-knit pattern so that the baby's fingers and toes cannot get snarled up in the blanket. Secondly, the cloth or yarn ought to be soft, colour-fast, non-toxic and machine washable. Babies' blankets get dirty fairly often, so it certainly is a boon to have a baby's blanket that is machine washable.

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Thirdly, take the time to enquire of the parents-to-be if they have a colour scheme or theme in mind for the nursery. Fourthly, the blanket should be the correct size. If your crocheted baby's blanket is to be used in a cot, then it must be the exact same size of the cot for safety reasons. If it is to be a general blanket, then you can make it larger so that it can be used for longer.

Lastly, but not least crucial is to take into account that babies teethe, so do not incorporate anything into your handmade crocheted baby's blanket if there is a chance of the baby choking on it, beads are a distinct no-no.

Owen Jones, the author of that piece, writes on a variety of subjects, but is now involved with the chenille throw blankets. If you want to know more, please visit our website at Woollen Blankets.