I love giving gifts. I think this has become quite obvious through my various tutorials from the orange gift basket to the 30 gifts for 30 years I did for my husband to the Dirty 30 basket I did for a friend. I love making baby shower gifts. I think you can be both very creative and very helpful to the new mom-to-be. I have made an ATV out of diapers and this epic diaper cake. My latest creation is this diaper baby in a bouncy chair for my cousin’s upcoming baby shower (I hope she doesn’t see this before the party!). Here’s a detailed tutorial on how to assemble your very own diaper baby! This is a very image-heavy tutorial. I have reduced the image sizes to help the page load a bit quicker.
What You’ll Need
- Small package of diapers (about 20 NB size diapers)
- Footed sleeper or outfit with footed pants and a long-sleeve shirt
- Matching hat
- An article of clothing such as another footed sleeper
- 2 receiving blankets
- 2 pairs of scratch mittens
- 4 pairs of socks
- 1 pair of baby shoes or booties
- Rubber band
- “Basket” of choice for baby: bouncy chair, bathtub, bassinet, stroller, etc.
- Optional: Soother clip
- Additional items of your choosing to fill your “basket”
Lay 14 diapers in a line then roll them up. Secure with an elastic. Place the hat on top. Insert soother into the centre of the coil.
Each foot will require 2 pairs of socks. Roll each pair, securing with a small elastic if you prefer. Place one rolled sock into the toe area of each foot. Place the other standing up to form the heel & ankle of the foot.
Roll each of the receiving blankets. Stuff one roll into each leg.
Fold up your extra sleeper or outfit. Place down the centre of the onesie or sleeper.
Use 12 diapers to stuff the body – 6 lined up along the bottom over top of the extra sleeper, 6 lined up above them. You may want to attempt to shape the piles of diapers slightly to make the body more round.
Use 2 diapers for each arm, rolling them up and placing inside the arms. The tops of the diapers should be facing downwards towards the wrists.
Roll up 2 of the scratch mitts and use them to stuff the other scratch mitts. Place the mitts over the ends of each sleeve.
If you used a sleeper only, you simply place your baby in your “basket” of choice, adding the head on top of the sleeper. If you used an outfit as I did, place the legs into your basket in a sitting position. Wrap the sweater around the onesie then place the body on top of the legs. Add your head on top. If you included a soother clip, be sure to attach one end to the outfit and one to the soother.
Once your diaper baby is assembled, fill in the chair or other “basket” will a variety of items. I like to include things that I found very useful as a new mom. I included a soother clip, bib and taggie toy all in matching fabric that I made. I also like to include our favourite brand of soothers, travel size items to try, wipes, bottles, and a Buncha Farmer’s stick. You can also tailor it to the parent’s taste. In this case, I included a “Baby is sleeping” door hanger in a Maple Leafs theme. There is also a rattle, a teething toy, some diaper cream and my favourite: Washcloth Diaper Babies!
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Andrea can always be found with a new craft in front of her, a form of technology on her right and a coffee on her left. This is how she survives suburbia with her two crazy toddlers in tow.