How To Make Diaper Babies

Look at these cute mini diaper babies! They are really quick and easy to make, are simply adorable and make a super cute baby shower gift! Learn how to make diaper babies in my DIY tutorial.

5 diaper babies in a box, for boythe cutest! for baby boy in pastel colors

Learn step-by-step how to make these little diaper dolls. They are very versatile and can be used for a lot of cute homemade newborn gift ideas. Starting on their own as "just a little something" to cute baby gift basket fillers. And while a traditional diaper cake takes time to make, you can make a diaper babies gift basket filled with diapers and mini diaper babies on top, way faster.  

Get more creative ideas what to use these little babies for and learn how to put together a unique and practical pampers babies gift basket for a newborn baby.

Side note: As some of you might know, besides managing this website, I do have a small diaper cake business. And these mini diaperbabies are my bestselling product by far! 


10 colorful diaper babies laying side by sideso many - so cute!



How To Make Diaper Babies With Socks And Washcloths

What you need  for 1 pair, that is 2 miniature diaper babys:

- 2 diapers (size 2 or size 3)

- 2 baby washcloths 

- 1 pair of newborn socks

- some slim ribbon, some satin ribbon or also raffia ribbon

- 1 pair of small wobbly eyes and a black felt pen to draw sleeping eyes (I think they look the cutest if one is asleep and one awake)


diaper babies in blue and green with a name ribbon reading 'Benito'pair of personalized boy diaper babies

Diaper Babies Tutorial

Take a diaper and roll it up. The best way is to roll it from the open end to the closed end as shown here. Don't roll it too tight, though. if Needed, fix at one end with a rubber band. 

rolling a diaper

Take your washcloth and wrap it half way round your pampers. If you have diapers with something printed on, make sure the part of the diaper where there is no pattern is on the front (where the face will be later on -  it's nice to have a plain diaper otherwise baby's face will look spotty). Fold the washcloth half way up, turn the nappy around and fix with a slim ribbon.

rolled diaper and fixing a washcloth around it
rolled diaper and how to fix the washcloth around it, folded up
rolled diaper and how to fix the washcloth around it, fixed with ribbon



Remove the rubber band. Take your sock and fold the rim over - if necessary fold it several times. Then put it over the top of your diaper just like a hat. Take another piece of ribbon (the same kind as for the body or also a second one for more variety) and tie it around so the hat looks like a jelly bag hat. 

rolled diaper, fixed washcloth and baby sock as hat
rolled diaper, fixed washcloth and baby sock as hat, sock fixed with a ribbon



Take a glue stick and attach the wobbly eyes. You can also get sticky eyes so you won't need glue.

Alternatively use a felt pen to draw your eyes. If you like, draw a mouth, too. Some people think the sleeping version is so much cuter ;-) You can also make one with wobbly eyes and one sleeping which is my personal favorite version!

girl diaper baby, close up, wobbly eyes
girl diaper baby, close up, sleeping eyes


Et voilà, your diaper doll is finished!

finished girl diaper baby, sleeping eyes, placed on an additional diaper - looking like a baby in a codbaby shower decoration idea

Place it on a nappy and this is a cute baby shower decoration idea

Sock Diaper Babies

You can also make your baby or babies out of a diaper and a pair of socks only (no washcloth!). This makes sense especially if you want to show the design of the socks. 

Material needed for this version: 1 diaper (size 2 or size 3), 1 pair of newborn socks, ribbon (one or two kinds), a felt pen for the sleepy eyes. 

Of course you can also make a pair like the ones on the right. I have used some "I love mom" and "I love dad" socks. It would really be a pity if you couldn't read the messages!

one diaper baby with sleeping eyes in pinksocks diaper baby
a pair of diaper babies for a baby boy with blue socks as beanies and a pair of white socks saying "I love mom" and "I love dad"too cute: with ❤️ to mom and dad!
4 sock diaper babies for boys in blue, turquoise, gray and white, very vivid colorscolorful socks make colorful diaper babies!

Baby Shower Decoration Ideas With Diaper Babies

  • put them on an extra diaper and lay several ones on the tables (photo above)
  • have them dangling from the ceiling (fix ribbon on the sock hat)
  • take 4 pampers babies together and place them upright back to back, fix with a broad ribbon and place them in the middle of your tables)
  • take the lower part of a shoe box and wrap it with wrapping paper matching your baby shower theme. Place your mini diaper babies inside, if you want add a diaper cloth and some more decoration such as a pacifier etc. (photo below) - place a box on each of your tables 


4 diaper babies and decorations, in a cardboard box with blue and green stripesthese will look cute on your baby shower table

Diaper-Babies For Twins And Multiples

Miniature babies made of diapers also make a cute gift for baby twins or multiples. You can make two boy babies or two girl babies or a girl and a boy baby. Either give the other sock as a separate addition or you can also place one sock over the other and use both socks for the hat. Or make the socks only version using no washcloths. 

personalized diaper babies for twins with name ribbons'Merle' and 'Mats', baby sock in pink, diaper baby for girl in pink, diaper baby for boy in blue, baby sock in bluediaper babies for twin girl and boy
3 diaper babies for triplets, 2 in pink, one in bluepersonalized diaper-babies for triplets
triplets gift / money gift: 3 diaper babies in little boxes (like beds) with a washcloths line where bills are drying, all fixed in a decorative boardtriplets money gift with pampers babies

More Ideas - Use Mini Diaper Babies For:

- a whimsical baby shower decoration (as described above)

- making a cute nappy baby basket gift

- a little something so you do not come empty handed, for example when you go to hospital to see the new addition for the first time

- decorating your diaper cake or specialty baby gift basket

- to go with a baby gift card and pimp up your voucher

- use as a gift topper, for example a baby book 


5 girl diaper babies in pink, rose and white in a boxsmall diaperbabies gift basket

These are the bestseller at my online shop!

Gift basket for girl: a decorative box filled with diapers, then a burp cloth to cover and the pampers babies on top. 



Gift Basket With Diaper Babies

Make a cute and practical diaper dolls baby basket gift: Buy a larger storage bin. That can be just a 'normal' storage basket -made of fabric or plastic - or a special nursery storage basket with a baby design. A storage bin always comes in handy, be it to keep baby stuff on the changing table or to store baby's toys. Collapsible storage baskets can be folded and conveniently put away when you do not need them.

6 pink and yellow diaper babies, baby toys and baby utensils in a large brown boxlarge baby gift basket with diaper babies and lots of pampers inside

Fill the bottom of the basket with plenty of diapers, a baby wipes pack, some baby clothes, etc. Place a burp cloth on top. Then lay your pampers babies on the cloth. You can also mingle them with litte cuddly baby toys, a cuddly musical toy, bath sponges, rubber duckies, etc.

Use clear gift foil wrap and lots of ribbons to perfectly decorate your diaper-babies gift basket.   

#ad Cute nursery baskets to use for your diaper dolls gift basket.

"Summer" Diaper Babies

This was a gift for a soon to be 2nd-time-mom from her baby swimming class of the 1st child. They took some diaperbabies in swim suits/bath clothing and then arranged them in a big, flat storage basket so it looked like a swimming pool. Creative and cute, eh?

9 diaper babies standing in a row, looking like at the swimming pool with bathing suits and bathing capsall lined up!
9 diaper babies, orange fishes and yellow squirting ducks in a large black tub, looking like babies in a swimming pool, water simulated with plastic foilswimming in the pool!

Diaper Baby And A Cuddly Animal in A Burp Cloth

A sock diaper baby and a doggy (security blanket) lie side by side in a "sleeping bag" or in baby's bed. You can use a baby rattle, a cuddly animal or a security blanket for this kind of small diaper gift. The size of the cuddly toy just needs to be similar to that of the diaper baby.   

a diaper baby and a cuddly dog wrapped in a burp cloth, neutral colorsCuddling together :-)

Small Welcome Gifts Or Addition To A Money Gift

For a small basket gift, use 4 pampers babies made out of 2 pairs of socks, 4 diapers and 4 baby wash cloths. Take a lunch box container, a small basket or a canvas box and place your diaper dolls in there so it just looks like a bed with 4 babies sleeping side by side.  Something like this is always a cute addition to a baby gift certificate. 

4 happy diaper babies for girl in a little red basketgirl pampers babies in a basket

This little diaper baby box is sweet money baby gift or also a great addition to a baby gift certificate. The diaper baby is made of a pampers, a sock and a washcloth while the other sock and a second washcloth are rolled into a little flower bud. I have added some decoration - et voila!    

baby gift box with diaper baby

Two little diaper babies in a gift bag also are a great addition and "gift wrap" if you want to gift money or a gift card for a baby shower. 

it's a girl!

Diaper Babies Diaper Cake

Make a 2 or 3-tier diaper cake and decorate it with lots of sock diaper babies! Just remove one or more of your rolled diapers and replace it by a sock diaper baby. Very cute, isn't it? 

diaper cake with diaper baby

You see, these little diaper dolls are really versatile :-)



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