Planning the party:
1. Notify guests that the parents-to-be are cloth diapering their baby
While cloth diapering is growing in popularity, many people are still going to think that having a baby equals a need for disposable diapers. Therefore tell your guests that the mom-to-be is planning to cloth diaper. Make a note on the invitations: "Mary is using cloth diapers," to avoid receiving packages of disposables. If the new mom still receives disposable diapers, she can always exchange them for store credit... but that's not as much fun.
2. Create a registry for cloth diapers
Guests love buying baby items for shower gifts. The best guests pay attention to what the new mom wants and needs vs. impulse buying a bunch of cute (yet useless) baby clothes and accessories. The new mom can help by creating a registry, and the host can notify guests of where mom has registered.
Registry creation tips:
24 one-size cloth diapers (aff link) (various brands if you prefer)
2 large wet bags
1 medium wet bag
1 small/travel size wet bag
12 cloth wipes
cloth wipe solution
3. Don't forget about the Dad-to-be
Dads usually aren't the focus of traditional baby showers, but that doesn't mean Dad can't have his own party where cloth diapers are featured. Invite the boys over for a night of pizza, beer, and sports with one condition: guests must bring a cloth diaper as a gift. Since boys are often last-minute shoppers, the host or hostess can notify guys that they can contribute cash if they prefer (recommend $10-$20).
Decorating for your party:
Cloth diapers make adorable shower decorations. Cloth diapers incorporated into decorations can be a gift from the hostess/host to the parents-to-be, or they can be for display purposes only (borrowed cloth diapers for the event only).
1. Clothes line display
String up some yarn and grab a few clothes pins. Adorable baby socks, cloth diapers, and bibs can be used to create a simple and colorful display.
2. Cloth diaper cake
A twist on a traditional cake, use prefold cloth diapers to create a unique centerpiece for your event. I especially love this cloth diaper cake using pinwheels to add color and interest to a simply designed cake constructed from prefolds.
3. Cloth diaper wreath
This could be created from prefolds or modern cloth diapers. Get creative: wrap cloth diapers around a circular piece of cardboard and secure them with rubber bands. Use a ribbon to hide the rubber bands, and decorate your wreath with baby toys, socks, or felt flowers.
4. Cloth diaper inspired name tags
Your guests may not know each other, but you can help them get introduced by making cloth diaper-inspired name tags. Use card stock and cut cloth-diaper-shaped tags. Use a marker to add in a few recognizable diaper features (help your diaper be recognized as a diaper), and glue a safety pin to the back. Guests can write their name on the tag when they arrive.
5. Cloth diaper-inspired thank you cards
Many hosts and hostesses provide thank you cards so the parents-to-be can write quick notes of thanks to guests in attendance. Place envelops by the door so when guests arrive they can self-address a return envelope.
6. Incorporate games involving cloth diapers
Who is the fastest at changing a cloth diaper (modern or traditional)? What about a relay involving finding a hidden object at the bottom of a laundry basket full of cloth diapers? Try a get-to-know-you game: pass a cloth diaper in a circle and each guest must share how they first met the new Mom and also share a fun fact about herself. Get creative, because the usual baby shower games have gotten dull anyways.
When incorporating cloth diapers into your baby shower decorations and fun, the possibilities are basically endless.
Have you given or gotten cloth diapers at a baby shower?