How to host a Fantastic Diaper Raffle with Minimal Preparation

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A diaper raffle is a traditional baby shower activity where guests bring diapers as a gift for moms-to-be. Here is your ultimate guide if you wonder how to host a diaper raffle.

If you are hosting a baby shower, baby sprinkle, gender reveal party, and wondering how to host a diaper raffle, we have got you covered.

Diaper raffle is easy to set up. With a little bit of preparation at the time of sending a baby shower or gender reveal invitation, you will have no problem setting up a successful diaper raffle at your party.

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Here in this article, you will get a step-by-step guide on how to host a diaper raffle, diaper raffle wording to use while sending your invitation, plus free diaper raffle tickets to include in your invitation.

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What is Diaper Raffle?

A diaper raffle is a staple activity of many traditional baby showers. It is also played during gender reveal parties and baby sprinkles.

It is a way to stock up on diapers before the baby arrives.

So basically, you send a note with your baby shower or gender reveals an invitation stating that you are requesting guests to bring diapers. And in return, guests are entered into a diaper raffle draw to win small prizes.

Why hosts a Diaper Raffle?

There are several reasons why hosting a diaper raffle is helpful for both parents-to-be and guests.

Contributes to baby expense

Diaper costs are one of the biggest expenses during the first year of a baby’s life. Cost varies depending upon the type of diapers (disposable, non-toxic disposable diapers, or cloth diaper) you want to use. Even when you use cloth diapers, using a service to get diapers cleaned and sterilized can get expensive.

The main purpose of hosting a diaper raffle at the baby shower or gender reveal is to stock up on diapers before the baby’s arrival.

Hosting a diaper raffle is a smart approach for parents-to-be to cut the cost of expenses during the first year of a baby’s life.

Did you know that parents-to-be who do not want to host a traditional baby shower hosts a co-ed diaper party or diaper party dedicated to guests bringing only diapers and wipes to the party?

Makes it easy for Guests

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Buying gifts for a gender reveal or baby shower can be a big headache for guests. It is always a challenge for guests to buy a practical gift that parents-to-be can actually use.

And on the other hand, there is always a chance that someone else will pick the same gift as you choose if there is no baby registry set up.

But the diaper raffle makes it easy for the guests so that they don’t have to think about buying any other baby essential but the diapers. They can purchase diapers of any size or brand they want unless the host has specific needs.

Diaper raffle is a win-win for both host and guests as hosts will get a stockpile of diapers before the baby’s arrival, and guests don’t have to put their thoughts and time into buying a practical gift for the host.

Stock up on different sizes and different brand

You can suggest buying any size or brand of diapers in your diaper raffle invite to your guests. So, you will end up having different sizes and different brands of diapers for your baby.

Having different sizes of the diaper is a good thing as you don’t have to rush to the store when your baby no longer fits into the size she is wearing.

The downside to sending an invite requesting any size and any diaper brand is that you will get many brands of diapers that you will have to use for your baby. But, again, it can be a good or bad thing depending on what your baby’s delicate skin prefers.

Some babies do not do well with pampers, while others develop diaper rash with Huggies. But it is impossible to decide unless this is your second baby. Even then, every baby is different.

But if one brand doesn’t work for your baby and you have many unopened packs of diapers, you can contact a big store like Walmart or Target; they have a diaper exchange policy. So you need to find out the diaper exchange policy of a big store near you.   

Alternatively, if you want any specific diaper brand, mention it in your invite.

 A fun activity for Guests

Diaper raffle is one of the many fun baby shower or gender reveal games that guests play at the event. However, out of all the fun games, the diaper raffle is the most practical game where hosts and guests look forward to gaining something other than fun.

Parents-to-be will end up stocking diapers for their baby, and guests will be excited about potentially winning prizes.

Also, picking a diaper raffle winner and gift-giving will fill some time during the event.  

Here is How Diaper Raffle Work

Guests are entered into diaper raffle draw when they bring one pack of diapers or wipes. If guests get two diaper packs, they are entered twice into a draw.

There are three main things you need to host a successful diaper raffle at the baby shower or gender reveal.

  1. Diaper request note sent with event invitation
  2. Diaper raffle tickets
  3. Diaper raffle prices to distribute to the winners

Let’s look into hosting a successful diaper raffle at a baby shower or gender reveal.

Step-by-Step instruction on How to host a fantastic Diaper Raffle

If you are planning to host a baby shower or gender reveal party, you need a diaper raffle activity. It is a fun way to stock up on diapers for your baby, and every guest who brings diapers will be entered into a draw to win prizes.

Here is a step-by-step instruction on hosting a successful diaper Raffle.

Send Diaper raffle Instructions along with your invitation

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The most important part of hosting a diaper raffle at your baby shower is to let your guests know that you are hosting a diaper raffle at the party.

And how are you going to do that?

By sending them a note along with your invitation!!

Whether you send a paper invitation or a digital invitation, you want to include a note stating the diaper raffle.

If you are creative, you want to include a matching diaper raffle card with your themed baby shower invitation.

You want to provide a simple note or come up with a poetic way to announce a diaper raffle to friends and family when you send them an invitation.

Be specific if you have a preference for the Diaper brand

When you send a diaper raffle note along with your invitation, you want to be clear and as specific as you want if you have a preference for the diaper brand.

If you want to use disposable diapers, cloth diapers, or a mix of both, you can specify that in your note.

Some parents only want to use organic diapers for their babies. You can include organic diaper brands in your notes to make it easy for your guests to bring the diapers.

If you have already purchased newborn diapers, you can ask your guests to bring bigger size diapers.  

Purchase Prize before the event

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You need to purchase diaper raffle prizes before the event, so you have it ready when you draw tickets at the live event.

Prizes should not be too expensive and not too cheap at the same time. You want to consider the price of one pack of diaper packs. It costs anywhere between $35-$40 depending on size, brand, and the number of diapers. You want to buy something that looks attractive to the guests when you set up your diaper raffle table.

You need to decide how many prizes you are going to buy depending on how many draws you are going to do at the event. For example, if you draw three prizes, you want to give a bigger gift as a first prize, a medium gift as a second prize, and a small gift as a third prize.

The prizes should be something practical and common that anybody can use. Here are some of the ideas for diaper raffle prizes for guests.

  • Movie tickets
  • Gift basket
  • Gift cards (famous chain restaurant, bookstore, Starbucks)
  • Gift certificates (for spa, car cleaning, house cleaning)
  • Pamper hamper ( bath products, face masks, nail polish, etc.)
  • Alcohol
  • Small kitchen gadget
  • Gift basket (Assorted chocolates, Assorted green tea)
  • Backed goods basket
  • Wine glasses
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Cheeseboard and knives set

Diaper Raffle Tickets

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You need diaper raffle tickets to give to guests when they bring their diaper packs. Remember, one diaper pack = one diaper raffle ticket.

Along with a diaper pack, wipes, diaper cream, and other diapering items also count for a draw.

For diaper raffle tickets, you can create something yourself or purchase tickets to give to your guest at the event. If you are a little creative, you can come up with diaper raffle tickets to go with your baby shower theme.

Set up a diaper raffle table

At the baby shower venue, you need to set up a diaper raffle table. The diaper raffle table should include

  • Diaper raffle sign with a message to let your guests know how to play the diaper raffle. You can mention that one diaper pack = One diaper raffle ticket
  • Diaper raffle tickets
  • A box or bowl to put the diaper raffle tickets
  • Pens or pencils for guests to write their names on the tickets
  • Diaper raffle prizes so guests can look at them and get excited about participating.
  • Space for guests to drop off their baby diapering gifts.

 You want to make sure that table is by the entry door and has a visible diaper raffle sign so guests can drop off their diaper gifts and enter into the draw as soon as they arrive.

Draw time

You can draw the tickets any time you want during the event. But usually, the diaper raffle drawing happens at the end of the party or right after the main meal. This will ensure that all the guests have entered the draw for the chance to win small prizes.

If you are drawing more than one ticket, you can distribute drawing intervals throughout the event.

Before you draw the raffle tickets (without looking), let your guests know, so they get excited about potentially winning a prize.

And whoever’s name gets drawn is the winner and gets the prize!!

Diaper Raffle VS Diaper Fund

A diaper raffle and a diaper fund are a little bit different. In a diaper raffle, guests bring a diaper pack to enter into a diaper raffle draw.

In a diaper fund, guests purchase raffle tickets for a set amount of money at the baby shower, and that raffle ticket gets entered into a prize draw. The funds accumulated via ticket sales is diaper fund for parents-to-be.

You can also do a combination of diaper raffle, and diaper fund at your baby shower or gender reveal party. For guests who want to participate in the diaper raffle at the last moment during the event, you can sell them the tickets with the set amount of money (cost of a pack of diapers) and enter them for the prize draw.   

What to do if parents receive too many of one-size diapers?

It could happen if you have requested any size diapers in your initial diaper raffle note sent along with your invitation.

If you get many boxes of one-size diapers, you can take those unopened boxes to the local big store like Walmart or Target and ask them to exchange the diaper size. Usually, most big stores easily exchange the unopened diaper box, but you want to call them and find out before you bring your diaper boxes for an exchange.  

Is it mandatory to have a Diaper Raffle at the Baby Shower?

No, having a diaper raffle at the baby shower is not mandatory. But hosting a diaper raffle is a fun activity that will benefit parents-to-be and guests.

Parents-to-be will stock up on diaper packs, so they don’t have to spend money on diapers once the baby is here.

Hosting a diaper raffle is beneficial for guests too,  as they don’t have to put so much thought into buying a helpful gift for mom-to-be, and when they bring a pack of the diaper, they will enter into the draw to win a prize at the event.

Can you host a diaper raffle at the gender reveal party?

Yes, you can host a diaper raffle at the gender reveal party.

If you are planning to host a gender reveal instead of the baby shower, then you want to have a diaper raffle at the gender reveal party. But if you are going to have a baby shower followed by a gender reveal, you want to host a diaper raffle at the baby shower.

How do you ask for a diaper on an invitation?

Guests are the ones who are going to make the diaper party successful, so you want to let your guests know that you are hosting a diaper raffle when you are sending your invitation.

So, how do you tell your guests? No worries.

We have included diaper raffle wording that you can use to let your guests know that you are hosting a diaper raffle while sending an invitation.

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Simple diaper raffle wording or instruction

  • Bring a pack (or two) of diapers in any size for a chance to win a fabulous prize.
  • It’s a diaper raffle! Please bring a pack of diapers for a chance to win a prize.
  • We will be having diaper raffle! The prize will be great, and it will be fun. If you want to win, bring a pack of diapers size newborn or one.
  • Let’s help parents-to-be save some money by helping them with diaper stash! So please bring a pack of diapers (or two) for a chance to win something cool!
  • Please bring any size of diapers for me to help my parents-to-be. And if you do, there are great prizes that you could win too!
  • Let’s help mom-to-be with some free diapers. Please bring a pack of the diaper (or two) for a chance to win a special prize.
  • We will appreciate it if you bring a pack of (brand) diapers (or two) to win a
  • chance at a special prize.
  • Newborn-size diapers are already stocked. Please bring a pack of bigger size diapers for a chance to win a fabulous prize.
  • Optional Diaper Raffle – Bring a pack of diapers for a chance to win a special prize.


Diaper raffle is a fun activity for a baby shower, gender reveal, or baby sprinkle. It is a great way for parents to stock up on diapers and for guests to have some fun and win small prizes.

Hosting a diaper raffle is also great for guests as they don’t have to put thoughts into buying a gift for parents-to-be. Instead, they just buy a pack of diapers following a diaper raffle instruction they received during the invitation and look forward to winning the prize at the event.

And hosting a diaper raffle is also very easy and does not require much preparation.

I hope this article has answered all of your questions about hosting a diaper raffle. Let us know if you have any questions about the diaper raffle in the comments below.

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