These are a lovely gift for a new mum, and yes, they get their name from the mythical baby bundles left by the stork. They are easy to make, taking only a few minutes and look really cute when you hand them over. Best of all they are inexpensive and anyone, no matter how creative, can whip one up in just a few minutes.
You will need:
10 new born disposable nappies
10 rubber bands
a length of ribbon
one bunny rug
Step 1. Roll each nappy like a Swiss roll and secure with a rubber band.
Step 2. To assemble the bundle, fold the bunny rug in half lengthwise and then in half again, creating a long strip. Lay the folded blanket in front of you and stack four rolled nappies in the centre.
Step 3. Stack three nappies on top of the first four, then two nappies, and then one on the top.
Step 4. Fold the ends of the blanket up to help hold the nappies in place. Make sure the top of the bunny rug is even on both sides.
Step 5. Tie the ends of the blanket together with a ribbon, attaching a teething ring or dummy to the ribbon.
The instructions are for a stork bundle made with disposable nappies, which, despite their environmental issues, will make life easier for the new mother in those first few days before she gets into a routine - please don't point the cost, dollar, environmental or otherwise out to me before you finish reading.
Stork bundles can be made up with anything that will roll. I've made them with cloth nappies and face washers, and even a bundle of flannelette bunny rugs with great success. A bundle of MCNs would make a lovely and very useful gift too. You could use bibs, jumpsuits, singlets - anything at all that will roll up. Use your imagination!
All these things are very handy with newborns, and you can never have too many nappies, face washers or bunny rugs as they all have so many uses.