Fathers are sometimes overlooked as the arrival of a new baby nears, while mothers are showered in gifts and well-wishes by friends, family and coworkers. Fathers, however, are taking an increasingly active role in day-to-day child care, and the transition into fatherhood is also something to be celebrated. It is no longer uncommon to find fathers-to-be at baby showers; a new daddy diaper tool belt is a cute and memorable gift to bestow upon the daddy-in-waiting.
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Things you need
- Half apron or gardening tool belt
- Fabric paint pens
- Iron-on decals
- Diapering supplies
- Rubber gloves
Lay a folded, smoothed-out pillowcase on a table and place the half-apron or fabric gardening tool belt on top of the pillowcase. If there are any wrinkles in the belt, iron them out according to the instructions on the tag. Generally, you can run over the belt quickly with the iron set to a dry setting.
Use a fabric paint pen to write on the centre front pocket of the belt. You can write a phrase, such as "New Daddy on Duty," or come up with your own personalised phrase. Allow the fabric paint time to dry, according to the instructions on the pen.
Select iron-on decals to apply to the centre pocket. For larger decals, apply one or two, while you may need to iron on five or six smaller decals if you would like to fill up the space. Draw pictures on the pocket with fabric paint pens, if you are artistic, for a personalised gift. If you are decorating with the paint pens, allow the paint enough time to dry before moving on to the other pockets to avoid any smudging.
Apply iron-on decals to the two or three remaining pockets, depending on the size of the belt. You can stick with baby-related pictures, such as diapers, teddy bears and baby bottles, or you can use iron-on letters to create a personal message.
Fill the pockets on the tool belt with such items as diapers, a travel package of diaper wipes, diaper rash cream, disposable diaper bags, baby lotion, a pacifier, hand sanitiser and perhaps a pair of rubber gloves and a face mask for some humour.
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