What Is A Diaper Raffle?

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So, what is a diaper raffle anyway and how does it even work? I’ll start by saying you won’t be disappointed about how easy it is to do and the greatest thing about doing a diaper raffle at your baby shower is that it’s a win for everyone. Everyone gets a prize!

I’m going to answer all of your burning questions about the diaper raffle baby shower game.

Here we go.

What Is A Diaper Raffle? 

There are so many baby shower games to play at your shower but a baby shower diaper raffle is fun and beneficial for the parents-to-be.

To answer the questions of what is a diaper raffle and how it works, it is when your guest brings a pack of diapers in exchange for a raffle ticket to win a prize. Each pack of diapers brought to the shower is kept by the parents to use for months to come.

Diaper Raffle Instructions

How does a diaper raffle work? When planning out the activities that will take place at your shower determine whether you want to do a raffle. If you do, you will add this to the invitation so all your guests are aware and they can decide if they want to take part.

On the day of the shower, have an area set up for your raffle or a diaper raffle table. Something like a small table where your guest can place the diapers or you can use the same area as where your gifts will go.  

Once they give the diapers, you give them a raffle ticket, and remember the more diapers they give the more tickets they get. For example, if they present you with two packs of diapers they receive two tickets.

If you are mailing out invitations, you could add the diaper raffle ticket but you won’t know how many they will actually need unless they tell you ahead of time how many packs of diapers they are bringing.

Towards the end, as your baby shower is wrapping up right before opening gifts it’s time to draw for prizes.

Everyone should have written their name on the card or ticket. The name you call is the winner. If you are using generic raffle tickets, the number you call is the winner. With generic raffle tickets, there are always two tickets with the same number. Your guest keeps one, and the other goes into the diaper raffle box.

If you are planning a rather large baby shower, let’s say 25-50 people having two winners is a good idea. For a smaller size shower, 10-15 people, one winner will do.

There is no rule on the number of winners there needs to be so do what works for your event.

Now, the hardest thing for you might be deciding on the diaper raffle tickets. Let me just add this, it is your shower; you create the look and feel of how you want it to be.

That said, decide whether you want to give your guest a card or a raffle ticket.

The tickets can be as simple as a generic ticket you would find at a carnival. Or you can purchase diaper raffle cards.  

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With printable diaper raffle tickets/cards, you can get a little fancy because most have some type of cute design on them. The size of the card is something else to consider.

In my shop, you will find diaper raffle printable cards in sizes 3 x 5 inches.

Printable diaper raffle cards.  FIve shown in the size 3 x5 inches.

Ok, so I hope I’ve answered your question, what is a diaper raffle?

The Diaper Raffle Box

The diaper raffle box is all about personal choice. You can dress it up or dress it down. You can DIY or purchase one. The choice is yours.

Lovingly Mine Raffle BoxIf you are looking for something fancy this it. There are so many color combinations to choose from.

  • Acrylic paint or all glitter.
  • Satin ribbon
  • 6 inches x 6 inches x 6 inches or 7 inches x 7 inches x 7 inches
  • Slot openings for tickets and cards are 3.5 inches or 4.6 inches.

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The diaper raffle wording for the baby shower invitation can go something like this:  

“We are holding a raffle, and participation is optional. If you would like to join in on the fun, bring a pack of diapers for a chance to win a prize. The more diapers, the more tickets you’ll receive to increase your chance of winning.”

I would recommend letting your guest know your diaper preference and asking for no newborn sizes. Babies grow out of newborn diapers rather quickly if they can fit into them at all.

With that said, keep in mind finding the right diaper for your baby will come with a little trial and error so it may not be a bad idea to let your guest bring the diapers of their choice. That way you can test out a variety and find your favorite.

Baby Shower Diaper Raffle Prize Ideas

Let me start by saying your guest are giving you diapers. Diapers. Yes, this is in addition to a gift but they are still diapers. Keep that in mind. You don’t have to go out and purchase a Tory Burch bag for a prize. LOL

Have fun with it.

Ok so here are some ideas:

  • Tell your guest taking part in the raffle winner takes all. Their prize will be a gigantic size (82 ounces or so) of ALL laundry detergent.  This one was a big hit for us. Our guest thought it was hilarious and a useful prize.
  • Another fun baby shower diaper raffle prize idea is dinner for two. Present the winner with two tv dinners and some apple cider. They’ll get a kick out of this.
  • A gift card to a popular restaurant in your area.
  • You could put together a gift basket full of goodies.
  • A bottle of wine.
  • Movie tickets.
  • Tickets to a baseball game or any sports event.
  • A personalized tumbler.

You can let everyone know what the prize will be ahead of time to increase participation but that may take away the element of surprise.

If you are wondering do you wrap diapers for a diaper raffle? No, they don’t need to wrap the diapers for the raffle. Just have them bring the diapers as is.

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Ok, there you have it. I hope I’ve answered what a diaper raffle is and how it works. Create the baby shower you want and let it be everything you want it to be and receive diapers to last you for months on end.

Enjoy! You’ve got this mama.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need for a diaper raffle?

What you need for a diaper raffle are raffle tickets (fancy or generic), letting your guests know about the raffle, and a box to put their tickets or cards in.

How much should a diaper raffle prize be?

To keep things simple, you could choose a prize that is around the cost of diapers or set the price tag aside and purchase prizes you would love for your guest to have.

How many winners for a diaper raffle?

There is no set rule on the number of winners per diaper raffle. If you are hosting a smaller event one winner is fine. If you are hosting a large event, maybe pick two winners.

Are diaper raffles tacky?

Wondering if diaper raffles are tacky? The answer is no, not at all. Raffles are a fun baby shower activity. With a diaper raffle, you are getting something that you need and in return at least one of your guest will receive a gift.

Yes, they are providing you with a gift and diapers and you are providing them with food, drinks, fun, and a prize.

Also, it’s optional. They don’t have to take part.

How to announce a diaper raffle?

The best way to announce a diaper raffle is by adding it to your invitation.

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