These amusing diaper derbies can be dated back to the 1940s. An annual event in the U.S. was sponsored by the National Institute of Diaper Services and babies would chase after stuffed animals that sat at the finish line.
The rules are simple. Babies can be of any age as long as they can crawl. If they stand up at any point during the race, they are immediately disqualified. Parents are allowed to stand on both ends of the lane to encourage their baby to crawl to them as fast as possible.
Commenting on New York’s Diaper Derby held in North Tonawanda in July, emcee MaryAlice Demler said: “The real show is the parents. The kids are adorable, of course, but I’ve seen the parents do some really ridiculous things to coax the little ones to the finish line. I’ve seen it all, cell phones, car keys, you name it.”
The babies who compete win all sorts of prizes, depending on who is sponsoring the event. In the past, a baby crawl in Sherwood Park, Alberta, gave the winning infant gift certificates and RESP money. In the annual Memphis Grizzlies contest, the winner receives tickets to a future Grizzlies game, an Ashley Furniture Home Store gift card, and a golden bottle trophy.
But despite if your baby wins or loses, the cuteness is worth it! Just take a look at these adorable baby races below!
Get the cameras ready. This Saturday, July 11, is our annual Diaper Derby, where crawling babies make their way down a diaper-lined racetrack, all while adoring familiar faces cheer them on. Register your little darling by midnight tonight! http://bit.ly/2015DiaperDerby #dayton #dorothylanemarket #dlmbabies #diaperderby