Book 'Diaper' Cake - Story Snug

A Book Cake For A New Baby

A friend of mine made me a beautiful diaper cake when I was pregnant. A diaper cake is mostly made up of nappies but various other baby accessories are included – dummies, bibs, washing and babycare accessories etc. We were also given two jigsaws and a Rainbow Fish CD.

Diaper Cake - Story Snug

When my friend announced her pregnancy I wanted to make her something equally special in return. I don’t know if this an original idea, I have never seen a book cake made for a new baby before, but as I like to give books to new babies I decided to try it.

The diaper cake’s base was a jigsaw so I used a jigsaw too although the first book in the pile was a hardback which would have been sturdy enough. Then I stacked up new books that I had bought during my friend’s pregnancy and my daughter added some of the books that were special to her when she was younger that she doesn’t read any more. The books are a mix of German and English, most of them are board books including concept books which introduce first words and farmyard animals. There’s a book of Christmas stories, a book with an audio CD of children’s songs, a jigsaw book and stories including Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins, A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton and a collection of Little Red Tractor stories.

Book 'Diaper' Cake - Story Snug

We wrapped our book cake in clear plastic, tied it with ribbons and added two tiny dummies for decoration.

Dummies for Book Cake - Story Snug

Which books would you include in a book cake for a newborn baby? Which other book related items could you include?

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How about making a book cake for International Book Giving Day? You could include one of the International Book Giving Day bookmarks.


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24 responses to “A Book Cake For A New Baby”


  1. Baby Planet avatar

    Just wanna comment that you have a very nice website , I enjoy the style it really stands out


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you and thank you so much for visiting 🙂


  2. Acorn Books avatar

    This is such an awesome idea! I am going to remember this the next time I’m invited to a baby shower.
    How about including The Baby’s Catalogue by Janet and Allan Ahlberg? Peepo and Each Peach Pear Plum are beautiful books for babies too.


    1. Catherine avatar

      Each Peach Pear Plum is one of our favourite books 🙂 There were so many that we could include!


  3. Sarah Doyle - let them be small avatar

    This is a lovely idea. I think if I was to do something like this I’d include my children’s favourite books as well as my own when I was a child. I’d also include a book for mum, a bar of chocolate, and some bubble bath – to enjoy reading in the bath 🙂
    #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      My daughter did add some of her old books. I love the book for mum idea (although I’m not sure how much time she would have to read it!).


  4. Yet Another Blogging Mummy!!! avatar

    That looks such a clever idea. How about including some cloth books too #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes! And maybe some of those books with the zips and velcro and buttons 🙂


  5. Laura avatar

    Love this idea! 😀 #readwithme



  6. BookBairn avatar

    This is a lovely idea! I will need to remember it for future baby gifts! #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It was lovely to include some of our old baby books too 🙂




  7. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    That’s a lovely idea! I wish I’d seen this before my nephew was born! I would put Julia Donaldsons and Dr Seuss books in there for when the baby is older.


    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes, those would be great choices and so many of them are also in board book format too 🙂


  8. chantelle hazelden avatar

    Oh I adore this idea, I bought all of my children books before they were born but never thought to present them like this! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe


    1. Catherine avatar

      I gt the idea from the diaper cake, I’ve never seen anybody else make a ‘book cake’ before.


  9. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) avatar

    I love this idea – what a brilliant gift for your friend. Looks like a good mix of books too 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you! There are still some books I missed – bath books, black and white books and some ‘That’s Not My…’ books 🙂


  10. angie avatar

    Love the book cake idea, I love to give books at baby showers and this looks really super cool.


    1. Catherine avatar

      Board books are great for book cakes, they’re so fat and chunky 🙂


  11. Anita avatar

    What a lovely idea! Especially for first time moms.


    1. Catherine avatar

      We could have made several cakes! There are so many books that we could have chosen, a bath book or a buggy book…