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Diaper Raffle poem ideas/sayings

I'm getting ready to send out my shower invitations and need ideas on how to word that there will be a diaper raffle. Any ideas or suggestions are welcomed.
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    Mine Said...

    A pack of diapers for lil ole me would really help mommy and daddy to be. So please bring a pack other than newborn size and have a chance to win a nice prize.

    My son is 6 months old and I have not had to buy diapers yet and more than likely wont for another month or two.

    Please do not use this poem.  Not only are you asking people to bring diapers in addition to their gift, now you are telling them not to buy newborn size.  I would totally not be bringing diapers to this shower if I had been invited...because it just doesn't seem like anything would be appreciated.  I don't have any ideas for you...other than don't do it!

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  • i love both of those poems! we did a diaper raffle and got tons. and we gave out 25 dollar gas giftcards. we were planning on giving one but got so many diapers it only seemed fair to give another so i sent my mom out to get more. It was great and i had a lot of ppl who loved the idea.its not greedy, thats why its a raffle. you can choose to partake. i think youll have a great turnout
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  • Thank you ladies! The reason why I am asking is because my MIL is pretty much throwing the shower with very very little help from my mom, so with that being said that is why I'm helping. I've only taken on a one or two items for the shower, the rest is falling on my MIL.  My DH found a saying that is short, sweet and simple and to the point. it goes like this " Please bring a pack of diapers, any brand or size, to be entered into a raffle for a really great prize!" Hope this helps and again Thank you for your ideas.
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  • To add a little extra glee
    And help the parents-to-be,
    Please bring a little extra
    From the heart.
    An unwrapped pack of diapers (any size),
    To give them a good start!

    Diapers get expensive
    With no real ?end? in sight
    It?s a necessary item
    (That usually comes in white)
    We?d like to ask our guests
    To bring a box or two
    So we can raffle them off
    When the shower?s through!

    Babies may need pampers
    But mom?s have their needs too
    That's why we thought some pampering
    Would be such fun for you
    So please include a new box
    Of diapers when you come
    Then we will raffle them off
    When the shower?s done!

    Babies need clean diapers
    When they do their dootie
    That?s why we give them pampers
    To wear on their batootie
    But if you bring your own box
    We can then pamper you
    Because we plan to raffle them
    When the shower?s through!

    Please bring along a pack of diapers, unwrapped will do.
    For each pack you bring there?s a raffle ticket for you.
    Baskets for the winners filled with goodies galore
    A good time for all is what we have in store


    We're having a diaper raffle to help the parents-to-be!
    If you bring a pack of unwrapped diapers it will fill them with glee.
    For each pack you bring, there's a ticket for you,
    to win a great gift or two!


    We're having a diaper raffle to help the parents-to-be!
    If you wish to bring a pack of diapers it will fill them with glee.
    For each pack you bring, there's a ticket for you,
    to win yourself a great gift or two!

    We're having a diaper raffle to help the parents-to-be!
    If you wish to bring a pack it will fill them with glee.
    For each pack you bring, there's a ticket for you,
    to win yourself a great gift or two!

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  • yaba10yaba10 member
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    I have been to a lot of baby showers and almost all of them were having a Diaper Raffle.  Some people entered some didn't.  It was never a big deal. You aren't forcing people to bring diapers.  It's your choice to enter or not.  
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    Tacky?  How is this tacky?  It's called a diaper raffle.  It's your choice to enter or not. You want a prize enter, if your strapped for cash or heck you just dont want to enter then don't.  As I mentioned to the lady right above your comment I have been to a lot...A LOT of baby showers lately and they all had a diaper raffle going.  

    I think you are making a way bigger deal out of it then it is.  Have you ever to been to a charity event?  They want you to donate plus they usually have raffles where you buy a ticket and enter to win a prize. 

    Not a big deal. 

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    Have you ever to been to a charity event?  They want you to donate plus they usually have raffles where you buy a ticket and enter to win a prize.

    A shower is not a charity event.

    I have never seen a diaper raffle in real life, thank god.  It is tacky and rude to expect guests to bring an additional gift.  Also consider than most guests have a budget in mind - so if guest was planning on buying you a $30 present, if they participate in the raffle they'd likely only spend $20 on the present and $10 on the diapers.

    If you want diapers, register for them.

    I agree with this.

    The fact that you are comparing the shower to a charity event tells me you don't get it at all. Totally tacky.

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    image yaba10:
    Have you ever to been to a charity event?  They want you to donate plus they usually have raffles where you buy a ticket and enter to win a prize.

    A shower is not a charity event.

    I have never seen a diaper raffle in real life, thank god.  It is tacky and rude to expect guests to bring an additional gift.  Also consider than most guests have a budget in mind - so if guest was planning on buying you a $30 present, if they participate in the raffle they'd likely only spend $20 on the present and $10 on the diapers.

    If you want diapers, register for them.

    Agreed! I also don't see how diaper raffles are 'fun.' I mean c'mon... Even if the prize is really, really good- only one or two people get it.

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    image danilynn17:

    image yaba10:
    Have you ever to been to a charity event?  They want you to donate plus they usually have raffles where you buy a ticket and enter to win a prize.

    A shower is not a charity event.

    I have never seen a diaper raffle in real life, thank god.  It is tacky and rude to expect guests to bring an additional gift.  Also consider than most guests have a budget in mind - so if guest was planning on buying you a $30 present, if they participate in the raffle they'd likely only spend $20 on the present and $10 on the diapers.

    If you want diapers, register for them.

    I agree with this.

    The fact that you are comparing the shower to a charity event tells me you don't get it at all. Totally tacky.

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  • Totally disagree with the team tacky! I've been to many showers that have had diaper raffles and I never thought it was tacky, nor did I hear anyone else complain or appear uncomfortable.  Most people happily brought MORE than one box, and the hostess had always planned accordingly and had an ample amount of very nice prizes.  I think if the wording is done properly so that guests don't feel olbliged to bring diapers against their will, there is nothing wrong with it. 
     
    It's also a great way to get a variety of brands by seeing what your friends and family like- they'll bring you what they've found to be "tried and true" and you get to sample many kinds. 
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    image yaba10:
    Have you ever to been to a charity event?  They want you to donate plus they usually have raffles where you buy a ticket and enter to win a prize.

    A shower is not a charity event.

    I have never seen a diaper raffle in real life, thank god.  It is tacky and rude to expect guests to bring an additional gift.  Also consider than most guests have a budget in mind - so if guest was planning on buying you a $30 present, if they participate in the raffle they'd likely only spend $20 on the present and $10 on the diapers.

    If you want diapers, register for them.

    Not tacky at all. It's a trend (just like asking people to bring children's books instead of cards). Technically, the baby shower IS a "charity" event, it's to give the parents to be the things they need for the baby. Most people would think giving diapers as a gift is tacky (and registering for diapers is SUPER TACKY), but a diaper raffle is a fun way that gives people incentive to bring them if they so choose. So, if you don't agree to having a diaper raffle, then I hope you enjoy spending $2,000-plus in the first year, just on diapers.
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     So, if you don't agree to having a diaper raffle, then I hope you enjoy spending $2,000-plus in the first year, just on diapers.
     

    $2000/12 = $166.67

    What the H3LL kind of diapers are you buying that you're spending $166.67 a month!?!?!

    The absolute most I've ever spent per month on diapers is $50-$75, and I'm rounding WAY up for arguments sake.

    Also, if you can't afford diapers, you need more than a shower for help.

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  • Again with diaper costs:

    From http://www.babycenter.com/baby-cost-calculator
    disposable diapers: $72 per month

    From http://www.surebaby.com/prenatal/baby-expenses/
    If you plan to use disposable diapers, plan on spending between $1,600 and $2,300 by the time your baby is potty-trained.

    From http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php
    Disposables. For these calculations, let's assume that a family needs about 60 diapers a week. In the San Francisco Bay area, disposable diapers cost roughly 23? per store-brand diaper and 28? for name-brand. This averages to 25.5? per diaper. Thus the average child will cost about $1,600 to diaper for two years in disposable diapers, or about $66 a month9.

    It looks like your $2000+ is for the entire time a child is in diapers.

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    I was wondering where the $2,000 came from, too.

    The most I've spent on diapers is $63 in one month.  

    Seriously. Maybe the first month or two I spent more (no where near what was quoted), but not now. DD is 15 months old.  For the past few months, we've been using maybe 1 big box of diapers a month.  My next order from Amazon Mom/Subscribe and Save is Pampers Baby Dry Size 4 176 count.  Delivered to my door for $27.24.  Less than dinner out at a cheaper family-type restaurant for my husband and I. 

    Wipes are $12.94 for a 720 count box of Pampers Soft Care wipes. One of those will last me at least 2, if not 3 months.

    /thread hijack

  • My family and friends are throwing me a baby shower in Sept and there will be a diaper raffle. I didn't want it to seem greedy or pushy...which  I feel sometimes they can come off as... so I wrote a poem I'm hoping to convince them to use that stresses its not a necessary thing.....

    I'm a sweet little girl who will look good in a dress,                                                          but that doesn't mean I can't make a big mess!                                                                If you want to help out my mommy and daddy-to-be,                                                 bring along an unwrapped pack of diapers size 1, 2 or 3.                                             It's an optional game, please don't feel obliged;                                                              but for every pack you could win a great prize!

    You could substitue "for me" in place of "size 1, 2 or 3" if that doesn't matter to you but we already have a lot of nb diapers given to us and they grow out of them so fast!

    ashleybrynn
  • Wow- there are some catty comments in this thread!  It's too bad that we can't kindly share our experiences and thoughts with one another.

    And incidentally, a shower itself could be considered tacky if you really want to think about it.  An entire party where you the sole purpose is for guests to "shower" you with gifts?  So geez, add a diaper raffle.  What the hell's the big deal?  At least you're offering some prizes in return.  And hey- no one is obligated to participate.  

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  • It's a great idea, meant to be fun...not an obligation.  We did it at my shower and it helped so much.  My MIL threw the shower and got really nice prizes from Bath and Body Works.  We got to try all different brands to see what we liked best and we quite literally had baby's butt diapered throughout the first year.  That's just because our family is large and both sides know a ton of people.  I recommend it to anyone and have seen it now at almost every shower I've attended.

    You don't want to bring them?  That's great too.  No one batted an eye either way.  You got a ticket when you left them at the diaper table and they drew names.

    I don't think it's tacky though.  People understand a shower is an event to shower you with gifts.  That's the premise.  When I get invited to a shower, I'll do whatever I can do within my means to help a sister out.

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    The "nobody has to participate if they don't want to" argument is one of the worst I have ever heard. Followed closely by "no one at my shower thought it was tacky".

    I give up. Sometimes, you just can't teach class and manners. Either you get it or you don't. 

    Poems don't make it classy!

    Unless they are Ballsox poems, but that's a whole different class altogether.  

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    Well, your shower hostess should know better than to do something so tacky so why are you asking? 

    "Cute" Poems =/= pass to be tacky

    But if you insist... here's one I wrote for a hostess asking that question awhile back..

     

     

    I know you're already buying a lot,

    but diapers for poo, those she has not.

    So when you're out shopping and buying her stuff,  

    toss some diapers in, she can't have enough.

    My friend doesn't know, I'm being so crass

    so bring lots of diapers, to cover that as$!

    If you buy what I order, if you spend lots more cash

    You'll win a some cheap soap, here's to no rash! 

    Don't worry though, you don't *have* to partake

    I'll just judge you, while I'm serving you cake. 

    That might be the single best thing I've ever seen written on The Bump...or maybe even the internet.  

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    Aside from the fact that your math is way off, it's YOUR JOB to spend whatever it takes to diaper your kid. And feed them. And entertain them.

    If you are relying on a diaper raffle to get you through, you probably shouldn't be having a baby. 

     

    No one said its the job of friends and family to clothe and feed, baby.  That is quite a leap you are taking. If you are so mean and judgmental to your friends, saying that if they have to rely on a Diaper Raffle to get them through, they shouldnt be having a baby... then maybe you shouldnt be their friend.  Maybe just dont go to the shower of people who you think are tacky.  They probably only want friends who understand that showers are supposed to be a celebration and something helpful for the parents.  Its a happy occasion. 

     And for people having diaper raffles, its just another fun thing to join in.  As someone who doesnt have kids, I like to help out those who are having kids, or those having a wedding, or any occasion that someone is about to embark on a journey that will be costly.   So dont worry about it being tacky just stress that it is optional. Have fun, its your shower, and its our life.  Trust those in your circle, not people from the internet.


      

     

     

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    image Scout2005:
    image meltoid:
    image Scout2005:

    Aside from the fact that your math is way off, it's YOUR JOB to spend whatever it takes to diaper your kid. And feed them. And entertain them.

    If you are relying on a diaper raffle to get you through, you probably shouldn't be having a baby. 

     

    No one said its the job of friends and family to clothe and feed, baby.  That is quite a leap you are taking. If you are so mean and judgmental to your friends, saying that if they have to rely on a Diaper Raffle to get them through, they shouldnt be having a baby... then maybe you shouldnt be their friend.  Maybe just dont go to the shower of people who you think are tacky.  They probably only want friends who understand that showers are supposed to be a celebration and something helpful for the parents.  Its a happy occasion. 

    None of my friends are tacky enough to have a Diaper Raffle in the the first place.

    So non-issue. 

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    Is it wrong that I find Patrick Stewart incredibly sexy?

    He can make it so at my house any time. 

    As long as he's not asking you to bring diapers or a book, that is? 

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    Oh man. The ultimate quandary. 

    Because tacky. But also, British accent and fierce baldness. 

     

    If he wrote a poem to ask people to do that stuff, it'd make it ok. 

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  • I love your poem!  hahah too funny!  I agree....can't get myself to allow my sister to do a diaper raffle for me!  Your guests are already bringing a gift...i don't feel it's right to ask for more.

     

  • I thought this was absolutely hysterical.  :) 
  • Bring a pack of Pampers any shape or size, to be entered into a raffle for a great prize.

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  • image SmileyGirl18:

    Just out of curiosity, when are you due?  Your badge says Spring Baby and it would be REALLY early to send out invites at this point.

     

    :whispers:  The OP date is Feb of 2011.  If you'd look under her spring baby badge, you'd see a ticker with a baby over a year old. 

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  • It's not meant to be fun.  It's to help out the mom-to-be and give everyone a chance to win a prize without playing a cheesy game!
  • You're not "asking" them to..it's optional.
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  • image msnide01:
    It's not meant to be fun.  It's to help out the mom-to-be and give everyone a chance to win a prize without playing a cheesy game!

    The quote feature is your friend.  

    Now, to address your post I quoted:  Why would you do something at your shower knowing your guests won't have fun?  Oh and btw, it may not be a "game" but it sure as hell is cheesy.  It's just a cheesy fundraising technique.  

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    image SmileyGirl18:

    Just out of curiosity, when are you due?  Your badge says Spring Baby and it would be REALLY early to send out invites at this point.

     

    :whispers:  The OP date is Feb of 2011.  If you'd look under her spring baby badge, you'd see a ticker with a baby over a year old. 

     

    Thanks.  I saw the tickers but assumed she was pregnant again.  I didn't look at the date of the OP.  How did a post that was almost a year and half old come back up again?  I am all about reading old posts, but props to the bumpie that found it. 

    My guess is she googled for diaper raffle poems and found it.  

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  • I landed on this website to get some ideas for the diaper raffle. I cannot believe all the bitter, nasty responses from obviously unhappy women. Get a life!!!!

    By the way, I have plenty of money to buy my own diapers, but would rather get them as gifts (as opposed to cute baby clothes my child will hardly have a chance to wear).

     Your negative responses are class-less and rude.

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    I landed on this website to get some ideas for the diaper raffle. I cannot believe all the bitter, nasty responses from obviously unhappy women. Get a life!!!!

    By the way, I have plenty of money to buy my own diapers, but would rather get them as gifts (as opposed to cute baby clothes my child will hardly have a chance to wear).

     Your negative responses are class-less and rude.

    But you know, telling people that they aren't smart enough to spend their money on you the right way is totes polite. 

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    Again with diaper costs:
    From http://www.babycenter.com/babycostcalculatordisposable diapers: 72nbsp;per month
    From http://www.surebaby.com/prenatal/babyexpenses/If you plan to use disposable diapers, plan on spending between 1,600 and 2,300 by the time your baby is pottytrained.
    From http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.phpDisposables. For these calculations, let's assume that a family needs about 60 diapers a week. In the San Francisco Bay area, disposable diapers cost roughly 23 per storebrand diaper and 28 for namebrand. This averages to 25.5 per diaper. Thus the average child will cost about 1,600 to diaper for two years in disposable diapers, or about 66 a month9.
    It looks like your 2000 is for the entire time a child is in diapers.

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  • Rude, unhappy women. You are really fitting into the stereo-type quite well.

    :) Cheerio!

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     Your negative responses are class-less and rude.

    Pot > kettle > black 

    Your comment is laughable at best.  

  • I think the young lady was asking for a poem, not for anyone's opinion.  I would not be offended if a shower invite asked for diapers to be entered into an optional raffle.  If you don't want to participate, then don't.  Enough said.
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    I think the young lady was asking for a poem, not for anyone's opinion.  I would not be offended if a shower invite asked for diapers to be entered into an optional raffle.  If you don't want to participate, then don't.  Enough said.

    Well god bless America.  You don't have to ask anyone for their opinion in order to get it.  I'm glad to know that you'll keep your mouth shut when someone asks an opinion on how to "nice-ify" something that most people consider really rude.  I, however, won't.  Thus is the beauty of living in a free country. 

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  • If anything, the way you're acting towards other peoples opinions is tacky. It's pretty laughable and ironic that you're calling everyone else who may not be as wealthy as you, tacky, class-less and undeserving of a child. Obviously you don't have a clear understanding of the financially unstable world that we live in because you're too busy in your snobbish ways to notice those who aren't as fortunate as you so gloatingly seem to be. Here's some friendly advice: You should step away from belittling and bullying others and focus on teaching yourself some lessons in mannerisms and being humble.

    I support the Diaper Raffle. Despite negativity from all the internet trolls. It's an optional, self-made choice from the guests whether or not to participate. If they don't, they don't and no one is insulted or hurt. No one is forcing them to bring anything. Heck, some of them may not even bring gifts and that's perfectly fine as well. Love and support from friends and family is beautiful and much appreciated! You aren't being greedy by giving the guests an option to bring diapers or not to. Just as registering for diapers isn't greedy.. It's a gift option. If someone truly can't afford to purchase a pack or feels that it's "tacky", they just won't bring diapers and probably will be more than gracious, classy and humble in keeping it to themselves that they didn't agree with the raffle rather than saying something so disgusting as that of them thinking you're too poor and shouldn't have a child.

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  • I hope everyone on this thread remembers the actual question OP asked. She never wanted to know if a diaper raffle was tacky or not. She never wanted the price of diapers or to know your life's story of how poor or rich you are. If you're on here giving her an answer to her original question, I applaud you. To those who think its their right to comment on what a person does at their own showerplease, buzz off. You weren't invited to the shower so you don't get a say as to how the guests will feel because you aren't one of them. I hope you're invited to millions of baby showers and I hope each of them have diaper raffles. You'll probably decline the invites and I hope your friends find out how tacky YOU are for having an opinion on what they should or shouldn't do at their baby shower. I think you're bitter that you didn't think to ask your friends for a diaper raffle as well. If you do go to another baby shower in your life, I hope the only thing they ask you for are diapers.

    To OP: I'm sorry for the rant, but some people make me so darn angry. I was on your post because I too wanted to get thoughts on a diaper raffle poem. My friend is having her first baby and she doesn't need the help on diapers, but I do know that because her shower is coEd she has a lot of male family members and is very close to them, the thought of prizes entices any man to join in on the funno matter the cost. We're having a diaper raffle and honestly, it's all for fun. We're giving her multiple diaper cakes and buying some off of her registry. I hope that by the time the baby comes around, they'll be swimming in clean diapers for him. Again, my friend doesn't need help buying diapers for her coming son. Although, it would be nice for her to not spend a lot of money on diapers so she can use the money for other things necessary for baby like wipes and formula. I wish you a wonderful baby shower, OP, and hope any ones you may have in the future are wonderful as well.
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    Tacky?  How is this tacky?  It's called a diaper raffle.  It's your choice to enter or not. You want a prize enter, if your strapped for cash or heck you just dont want to enter then don't.  As I mentioned to the lady right above your comment I have been to a lot...A LOT of baby showers lately and they all had a diaper raffle going.  

    I think you are making a way bigger deal out of it then it is.  Have you ever to been to a charity event?  They want you to donate plus they usually have raffles where you buy a ticket and enter to win a prize. 

    Not a big deal. 

    I miss the old thebump.com. The one where this would NOT be ok.. 

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    Is there a reason this damn thread won't die?

    I think it pops up when people Google "tacky".   

    Ha!

    I prefer to think they want to enjoy the poetry.   

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    The "nobody has to participate if they don't want to" argument is one of the worst I have ever heard. Followed closely by "no one at my shower thought it was tacky".

    I give up. Sometimes, you just can't teach class and manners. Either you get it or you don't. 

    Poems don't make it classy!

    Unless they are Ballsox poems, but that's a whole different class altogether.  

     

    omg, anything and everything when it comes to events is tacky, when will it ever end? Don't put your registry on any invitation. Don't do a raffle. Don't have paper decorations. Don't even bother registering anywhere. Don't do baby shower games at all. Don't open the gifts in front of everyone. Don't have someone to write down everyone's gifts. Don't serve finger food. Don't ask anyone to make a dish. DON'T have a shower for any babies past baby #1. Don't ask for volunteers to help set up/ clean up. Don't do a shower before the baby is born. Don't do a shower after the baby is born. Hell don't do a shower AT ALL.

    Honestly it's SOO pathetic.. The term "tacky" is just like using the word "beautiful". It's all in the eyes of the beholder. Everyone lives in different groups and societies, what might be right for one person might be wrong for the other. I've been to baby showers where it was socially accepted by the person and her realm of friends/family to do some things that, for me and MY realm of friends/family it wouldn't. But I wasn't a stuck up b!tch that I'd throw a temper tantrum or complained about it. I went with the flow, because if I cared enough for this person to GO to their shower/event, I would do it in the way that they wanted it, because it was just that.. THEIR day.
    So these barriers that everyone keeps putting up for each other is ridiculous. Seems to me that all of you have forgotten what the real meaning of a baby shower is.. to honor the mother, to honor the baby, to honor life.

    Grow up.

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    The "nobody has to participate if they don't want to" argument is one of the worst I have ever heard. Followed closely by "no one at my shower thought it was tacky".

    I give up. Sometimes, you just can't teach class and manners. Either you get it or you don't. 

    Poems don't make it classy!

    Unless they are Ballsox poems, but that's a whole different class altogether.  

     

    omg, anything and everything when it comes to events is tacky, when will it ever end? Don't put your registry on any invitation. Don't do a raffle. Don't have paper decorations. Don't even bother registering anywhere. Don't do baby shower games at all. Don't open the gifts in front of everyone. Don't have someone to write down everyone's gifts. Don't serve finger food. Don't ask anyone to make a dish. DON'T have a shower for any babies past baby #1. Don't ask for volunteers to help set up/ clean up. Don't do a shower before the baby is born. Don't do a shower after the baby is born. Hell don't do a shower AT ALL.

    Honestly it's SOO pathetic.. The term "tacky" is just like using the word "beautiful". It's all in the eyes of the beholder. Everyone lives in different groups and societies, what might be right for one person might be wrong for the other. I've been to baby showers where it was socially accepted by the person and her realm of friends/family to do some things that, for me and MY realm of friends/family it wouldn't. But I wasn't a stuck up b!tch that I'd throw a temper tantrum or complained about it. I went with the flow, because if I cared enough for this person to GO to their shower/event, I would do it in the way that they wanted it, because it was just that.. THEIR day.
    So these barriers that everyone keeps putting up for each other is ridiculous. Seems to me that all of you have forgotten what the real meaning of a baby shower is.. to honor the mother, to honor the baby, to honor life.

    Grow up.

    :eyeroll:  Methinks that you realized that a lot of people don't like the choices you've made.  

    Don't put your registry on any invitation. For showers this is totally acceptable. 


    Don't do a raffle.  Are you a charity? 

    Don't have paper decorations. Where did this one even come from? 

     Don't even bother registering anywhere.  No one said this at all. 

    Don't do baby shower games at all. To each their own.  Most of them are pretty lame though.  

    Don't open the gifts in front of everyone. This is actually the opposite.  To not open gifts in front of everyone is rude. 

    Don't have someone to write down everyone's gifts. Who said this?  You're just making crap up now. 

    Don't serve finger food. If it's a meal time and you serve your guests snacks, you're not being a good hostess, but if it's 3pm (for example) this is totally fine. 

    Don't ask anyone to make a dish.Let's ask people to buy me presents and then to make them make their own dinner. 

    DON'T have a shower for any babies past baby #1. What do you need? You should have all of the big stuff. 

    Don't ask for volunteers to help set up/ clean up. I'm going to throw a party, but make everyone do all of the work.  

    Don't do a shower before the baby is born. Where did you read this? Most people do this.  

    Don't do a shower after the baby is born. Where did you read this?  

    Hell don't do a shower AT ALL. Probably best, it sounds like your shower will be lame if you're following all of your rules. 

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  • I think the diaper raffle is awesome!!! I have won some awesome stuff just for bringing diapers! I don't think this is tacky at all. I think it is just a helpful thing for someone to do! If you don't want to take part it in, Simply don't bring diapers! I have also not been so lucky and have lost at some baby showers! But again usually the diaper raffle entitles you to a nice gift. I have never heard so many women be so catty about something so small...
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  • There is no cute way to do a tacky thing like this. I'm sorry, I can't advise you on how to do the wrong thing in a cute way. Cute never excuses telling a guest what to bring in the hopes they might win something. Your shower is supposed to be entertainment and refreshment for them, not a chance at door prizes. It's a party, not a fundraiser for Pete's sake!

    It's your job to stock diapers. If a guest wants to bring a package as part of their gift package then let them do that. No matter how you phrase it, it's rude to demand (even in a cute way) anything specific of a guest at your event.


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    Oh, and expecting someone to not to call this out as tacky when the poor OP only asked for poem ideas is ridiculous.  It would be like someone posting "I want to smoke while I'm pregnant...do you have any ideas for the *best and safest* cigarette?", and people only responding with cigarette brands.  You think someone wouldn't call them out on the smoking part?  What a stupid flucking argument.

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  • I just had to reply to all the people that are saying a diaper raffle is "TACKY" it is a baby shower game essentially people can choose to be a part of it or not they are not forced. The whole point of a baby shower is to celebrate a baby coming into this world AND to help out the parents with all the things they need (diapers included.) For my daughters baby shower we did a diaper/wipe raffle that way even if people couldn't afford to bring us diapers they could bring a thing of wipes to receive a ticket for the drawing. We had a great prize for the people that brought diapers to win. We made up a basket of goodies that was valued at $100 (lotions,candles, sprays, etc.) so for anyone that brought diapers/wipes it was definitely worth the cost to them if they won. We also drew extra tickets for prizes if they didn't win the grand prize. People really seemed to enjoy the raffle & now we are doing the same for my sisters baby shower. I had diapers/wipes from my baby shower for close to a year. I would say definitely do a diaper raffle it helps out a great deal!
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    I just had to reply to all the people that are saying a diaper raffle is "TACKY" it is a baby shower game essentially people can choose to be a part of it or not they are not forced. The whole point of a baby shower is to celebrate a baby coming into this world AND to help out the parents with all the things they need (diapers included.) For my daughters baby shower we did a diaper/wipe raffle that way even if people couldn't afford to bring us diapers they could bring a thing of wipes to receive a ticket for the drawing. We had a great prize for the people that brought diapers to win. We made up a basket of goodies that was valued at $100 (lotions,candles, sprays, etc.) so for anyone that brought diapers/wipes it was definitely worth the cost to them if they won. We also drew extra tickets for prizes if they didn't win the grand prize. People really seemed to enjoy the raffle & now we are doing the same for my sisters baby shower. I had diapers/wipes from my baby shower for close to a year. I would say definitely do a diaper raffle it helps out a great deal!
    Honestly, if I participated and I received over $100 worth of lotions/sprays/candles/etc, I'd turn around and regift it.  Why? Because it's not my thing.  There are also people that have allergies/aversions to certain smells or can't use some lotions because it causes them to break out.  So yeah, if I spent $20 to enter a raffle and won a $100 basket of stuff I couldn't use, it wouldn't be worth the value at all.   Plus, think of all of the wipes you could have bought for $100.  Unless you went around and just gathered up all the old stuff people have given you and you hadn't been able to use, which at that point, you're making money, but once again, it's still a pretty crappy "prize" for some people.  

    I promise you, there were people that didn't think it was such a swell game, they just didn't tell you.  
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     So, if you don't agree to having a diaper raffle, then I hope you enjoy spending $2,000-plus in the first year, just on diapers.
     

    $2000/12 = $166.67

    What the H3LL kind of diapers are you buying that you're spending $166.67 a month!?!?!

    The absolute most I've ever spent per month on diapers is $50-$75, and I'm rounding WAY up for arguments sake.

    Also, if you can't afford diapers, you need more than a shower for help.

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  • People have twins, like me for example. cost go up for diapers that you spend monthly. A diaper raffle is helpful for the parents. Not a charity tho.
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  • People have twins, like me for example. cost go up for diapers that you spend monthly. A diaper raffle is helpful for the parents. Not a charity tho.

    @bellavida27, raffles are for charity events. Your procreation doesn't qualify. You're already asking people to bring a gift by inviting them to the shower. THEN you want people to buy extra gifts of diapers. Sure it would "help"...I mean, $1000 would sure "help" me but I'm not going to ask my friends and family to give it to me. My kid, my financial responsibility. Squeezing extra gifts out of your guests is beyond rude.

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  • People have twins, like me for example. cost go up for diapers that you spend monthly. A diaper raffle is helpful for the parents. Not a charity tho.
    As PP said, there's lots of things that would be helpful for me, but doesn't mean I'm going to do it.  Kids are a financial burden and knowing that there's ALWAYS the possibility for multiples or complicated pregnancies/deliveries/NICU stays....you make do where you can, save what you can and figure out ways to pay for the rest.  Start setting aside literally every possible penny into a diaper fund and you'll have a pretty hefty chunk of change by the time your kids are around and need diapers. 
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  • I can't believe there are so many people who felt the need to tell someone else how to have her own party. She asked for a poem, not input or how YOU felt.

    If you thought it was such a bad idea, just leave the post. No need to judge ANYONE. What is wrong with people.
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    This is an optional game, but there will be some perks!
    It's called a Diaper Raffle and here's how it works...
    Bring a package of diapers, any brand, any size.
    Your name will go in and you could win the great prize!
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  • That is what I put on my Mother in Law's (surprise pregnancy on account of new seizure meds haha) shower invite. I don't think it is tacky, but that is only because I know that the family and friends will think it's cute and be more than willing to participate! I guess if you had a snobby family or was inviting nobody but aquaintences then it could come off as tacky. I think the diaper raffles are cute! (as long as you don't have a crappy prize for the winner)
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  • I don't think that there is anything specifically tacky about any of these requests.  I registered for both disposable and cloth diapers.  If people don't want to purchase diapers then they won't.  I haven't had anything to do with my shower other than provide a guest list.  The host is having a diaper raffle because they liked the idea.  Many of the guests have asked about bringing books over cards, so it was added to the invites.  None of it is mandatory or even expected.  I will be incredibly happy with anything that anyone gives us.

  • jennish11 said:
    @D_Byrnes: first, don't worry about the naysayers... as long as you word it correctly, it's not rude, tacky, or demanding anything.

    The last one I went to it had a tiny note at the bottom that said "There will be a prize raffle.  Please bring one pack of diaper for a raffle ticket."

    They didn't make a big deal out of it - so it didn't seem demanding - and it gave people the choice... if you want to enter the raffle, cool... if not... fine.

    You can't be serious...
     
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  • RebeccaY1 said:
    I don't think that there is anything specifically tacky about any of these requests.  I registered for both disposable and cloth diapers.  If people don't want to purchase diapers then they won't.  I haven't had anything to do with my shower other than provide a guest list.  The host is having a diaper raffle because they liked the idea.  Many of the guests have asked about bringing books over cards, so it was added to the invites.  None of it is mandatory or even expected.  I will be incredibly happy with anything that anyone gives us.
    It's rude to ask for an extra gift, even if you do it with a cutesy poem.  If someone wants to bring a book instead of a card, or diapers with their gift, great but to request it on an invitation is what makes it rude.  Regardless of whether you make it "optional."  Once it's put on the invitation, it makes it seem less optional, regardless of the wording.  No one wants to be the only asshole who doesn't participate.  
    Unfortunately, I can't be held responsible for what the host puts on the invitation.  Since it would be rude to be involved in the planning of the shower, I can't really say much about it.  It's really based upon what the host or hostess thinks is appropriate not what the mother to be wants.  As the mother to be I look at this website, but I know that the host would never even think about it and I would never be so rude as to tell them that their invitations are rude or tacky.  I also have the benefit of actually knowing the people invited and know they have the self confidence to bring whatever they want and not feel pressured. 

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    The people who are going off about diaper raffles or showers being 'tacky'... You have issues, seriously.
  • A shower is not a charity event.
    I cannot believe this even needs to be spelled out for people. 
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