October 11, 2019


Nappy cakes are an American invention but they’re a popular baby shower gift in Australia too.

Despite having ‘cake’ in the name nappy cakes are completely non-edible and are made from several tiers of rolled up nappies. These are then tied with ribbons and dotted about with practical items for new parents such as toys, booties, bath products, wash cloths etc.

While nappy cakes are all the rage they can be expensive to buy. It’s really not difficult to make your own nappy cake so we’ve included an easy-to-follow tutorial at the end of this article. First let’s get to grips with why you should make one in the first place.

5 reasons a nappy cake is an awesome baby shower gift!

Rather than giving a new mum a boring plastic bag of nappies, a nappy cake a much more personal, thoughtful and creative way to celebrate her impending birth. Nappy cakes:

1. A nappy cake has the wow effect

Nappy cakes look impressive, you’ll certainly get comments and interest when you walk into a room with it.

2. A nappy cake makes a focal point

A nappy cake makes a great centrepiece on the table and announces that this gathering is a baby shower. It also gives guests a focal point for instagram photos.

3. A nappy cake can easily be personalised

A nice touch is to make a simple named rosette to accompany the nappy cake and pin it to the ribbon (e.g Sophie’s Baby Shower) This can be colour coordinated to match the baby shower theme or the nappy cake. The mum-to-be can wear the rosette and save it as a keepsake.

4. A nappy cake won’t break the bank

A nappy cake looks impressive but really is quite inexpensive to make if you use an affordable brand of newborn nappies like Little One’s. You can find practical items to add to the nappy cakes such as baby toys, baby bibs and baby clothes in Woolworth’s Baby Accessories.

5. A nappy cake shows you care

A DIY nappy cake shows that you’ve put thought and effort into your gift. It doesn’t take too much time to make but it will look like you’ve spent ages on it.

How to make a nappy cake in 3 easy steps.

There are many extravagant nappy cake tutorials out there but if it’s your first time it’s best to keep it simple. That’s why we sourced this quick and easy nappy cake tutorial that looks fab and takes less than an hour to make.

Get the tutorial here.

For this nappy cake you’ll need:

  • Nappies – this nappy cake has three-tiers consisting of 38 nappies (23 on the bottom layer, 9 on the middle, and 6 on the top).
  • Small rubber bands – 1 per nappy
  • Large rubber bands – 4 total
  • A tall skinny object – for the centre of your cake such as a bottle of Johnson’s baby wash
  • Ribbon- to tie around the nappy tiers
  • Small baby items – such as baby booties, wash cloths, bath toys, teether etc. to decorate your cake
  • Cake stand or cardboard circle – to build your cake on.

Get the best value when creating your Nappy Cake by using Little One’s nappies. Not only will you be giving your Mum-to-be the nappies that 88% of MoM Members would recommend, you’re giving the baby the nappies that are going to keep them dry and comfy!

 Have you ever made a nappy cake? How did it turn out? SHARE with us in the comments below.

little ones nappies logo in white on an orange cloud

This post is proudly brought to you by Little One’s Ultra Dry Nappies  – designed to help your child stay comfy and happy. With a soft inner lining for increased comfort, a super-stretchy waistband* for freedom of movement and an extra absorbent core to draw moisture away, Little One’s will keep your baby comfortably dry. Discover at Woolworths. #sponsored

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  • These were all the go a while back but I think people are over them now. Such a great idea though.


  • These are actually really easy to make too :)


  • Very practical gift


  • Pretty keen to give this ago, I have a heap of new born nappies left over from my son haha


  • I did this for my friend years ago. It was easy, cheap and super impressive.


  • Very practical. Would definitely give it a go. Love the idea!!


  • These are such a great idea and totally useful, functional and cute!


  • I think this is a great idea and I’ll keep it in mind because it is such a practical gift.


  • I wanted to do something similar to this but didn’t want to make the standard cake so I made a nappy snail. They’re super cute and look great wrapped up ready to go. I’ve posted the instructions on the mouths of Mum site, So you could look it up if you’re ever keen to give it a go!


  • Love this it’s so cute!


  • Such a good idea would make a really nice present. thanks for sharing


  • Great idea unless they are using MCNs which would be even more expensive


  • Expensive to buy but fantastic gift to give


  • Nappies are expensive – so automatically I think these are a great, practical gift, but they also have the added advantage of looking divine.


  • Such a clever and useful idea. Thanks for sharing.


  • A great idea that is cute,useful and not expensive!


  • Very cute and effective use of products that the parents can then use. Friend have made one before and they always look impressive at a baby shower or as a gift.


  • These are just too adorable I would love to attempt to make one


  • I lovely gift to give and get !


  • These are such a thoughtful gift and can be very impressive to view


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