How to make a Baby Shower Diaper Cake | BabyShower Week

Blog3 There is nothing cuter than arriving to a baby shower with a homemade diaper cake. These DIY arrangements are surprisingly easy to make with the right directions. They are creative, resourceful, and adorable. BabySteals staff decided to take on our own project to surprise a fan’s baby shower. See below for our step-by-step instructions for creating this perfect bouquet:

BabySteals Baby Shower Bouquet Supplies: 

  • 1 Pack of Diapers (any size)
  • Set of colorful washcloths (find them HERE)
  • Patterned Ribbon
  • Bag of Rubber Bands or Elastics
  • Wood Dowels
  • Foam Ball
  • Flower Pail, Bucket, or Vase
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Decorative Ribbon or Baby Headband (shop HERE)

 

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  • Place foam ball in pail
  • Wrap each diaper around a wood dowel
  • Secure diaper with rubber band or elastic
  • Tie each diaper with decorative ribbon
  • Insert each wood dowel diaper into foam ball
  • Fill in the bouquet with the artificial flowers and similarly wrapped washcloths
  • Bring Bouquet to your baby shower and enjoy all the compliments!

 

Diaper Bouquets not your thing? Enjoy these other great Diaper Cake ideas from some of our favorite DIY sites:

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Baby Shower Invitation Templates | Baby Shower Week

It’s Baby Shower Week here at BabySteals.com and we’re celebrating everything wonderful about hosting a shower. Are YOU hosting a baby shower and need some inspiration for your Invitations? We’ve created some of our favorite themed invitations for Baby Boy, Baby Girl, and Neutral Baby Showers and we’d like to share our templates with you. Print, fill-out, and send, it’s that’s easy. We’ve also thrown in some extra matching templates for the rest of your baby shower needs. Enjoy!

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Pink Baby Shower

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Gray Baby Shower

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Oh Baby Baby…. The World’s Best Baby Shower Playlist

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It’s Baby Shower Week here at BabySteals and to celebrate we’ve compiled our favorite “baby” songs into one epic playlist! This is the perfect soundtrack to accompany your joyful shower, or burn these songs onto a CD as a party favor. Your guests will leave laughing and jamming to these hits all day long!

Baby Shower Playlist

Playlist includes:

  • Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
  • Push It – Salt-N-Pepa
  • Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
  • Baby Love – The Supremes
  • Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey
  • Give It To Me Baby – Rick James
  • You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  • First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes
  • Sweet Sweet Baby – Aretha Franklin
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine – Sheryl Crow
  • Baby – Just Bieber, Ludacris
  • Baby, Baby – Amy Grant
  • Baby-Baby-Baby – TLC
  • Baby’s Got Sauce – G. Love & Special Sauce
  • Hey Baby – No Doubt

*This is a collaborate list, so add your suggestions straight onto our playlist on Spotify or add them as a comment to the blog below.

Don’t forget to visit BabySteals every day this week for amazing deals on the best Baby Shower gifts. Also, our Coupon Code “BABYGIFT2″ gets you $2 off your order through the end of the week, so don’t delay.

Top 7 MAMAtinis for your Baby Shower – Non-Alcoholic Recipes For Expecting Moms

mamatinis-01 It’s Baby Shower Week here at BabySteals and we’re celebrating everything that has to do with expecting your new little one. Just because you have a bun in the oven doesn’t mean you should deprive yourself. Fancy-it-up and treat yourself to some decadent cocktails… “mocktails” that is. We’ve got your recipe list of BabySteals‘ Top 7 MAMAtinis. Shake it up and enjoy!

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1) MAMArita – 1 oz agave nectar, 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice, 1 oz orange juice, 3 oz organic limeade, 1 lime wheel, rimming salt.

 

 

 

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2) The Virgin Mary – Sea salt, Fresh lime juice, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp hot sauce, 1/2 cup tomato juice, Crushed ice Lemon wedge, and celery/rosemary sprig to garnish.

 

 

 

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3) The Nojito – Juice of 1 lime, 2 tsp caster sugar, 1 cup soda water, Sliced lime, and 4 sprigs of fresh mint to garnish.

 

 

 

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4) Twinkle Twinkle Mocktail – 2 shots pineapple juice, 1 shot grapefruit juice, 1 shot coconut milk, 1 shot fresh cream, Garnish with sliced star fruit.

 

 

 

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5) The Mama Sunrise – Orange juice (or mango if you fancy), 2 dashes grenadine to float on top, Crushed ice, all in a highball glass.

 

 

 

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6) The Big Reveal –  white grape juice (icy cold), clear lemon-lime soda (icy cold), pink & blue food coloring.

 

 

 

 

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7) Preggo Punch – 1 (46 oz.) can unsweetened pineapple juice, 1 (46 oz.) can apricot nectar, 3 (6 oz.) cans frozen lemonade, thawed 5 (8 oz.) cans ginger ale, chilled sparkling water or non-alcoholic champagne.

 

 

 

*Visit BabySteals.com everyday this week for Baby Shower Week, and don’t forget to use your $2 Off coupon code “BABYGIFT2″ on any order this week.

Enjoy some of these great additional sources for more Mocktail recipes, or pick up one of these amazing books as a gift for your expecting bestie.

Baby Shower Registry Checklist

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It’s Baby Shower Week over here at BabySteals and we want share with you all our tips for prepping for the best Baby Shower. Whether you’re a nesting mom getting ready for baby to come or hosting a shower for your bestie, this list is a MUST! We’ve had over 30+ maternity leaves here at BabySteals, so take it from us — the moms here at BabySteals have compiled a tried and true list of things you need! Use this list to help with your baby registry or simply just a shopping list as you’re browsing the great deals on BabySteals.com.

CLICK HERE for a free printable Baby Shower Registry Checklist!

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Affordable & Adorable Baby Showers

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Welcome to Baby Shower Week on BabySteals.com! Throwing a baby shower can feel like a daunting (and expensive) task. The next time you find yourself as hostess, have no fear; BabySteals is here! We have scoured the internet (okay, our Pinterest boards) to put together a few of our favorite shower themes, as well as a few tips and tricks on how to make an affordable shower, adorable.

Boy Shower : Little Mister

Celebrating the newest mister on the block is always exciting! One of our favorite baby boy shower themes is a simple one – throw a Little Mister shower! With simple shapes theming your party (think mustaches, and ties!), putting this one together is a total breeze!
BowtieNapkins 1- Bow-Tie Napkins – The smallest touches often make the biggest impact. Bow-tie napkins to wrap up utensils is a fun way to dress up necessities, and add a bit of flair to the mister’s shower décor! Plus, the napkins and ribbon could easily be found at your nearest dollar store, so it’s inexpensive décor to boot!

 

 

MustacheCake 2- Mustache Cake – No Little Mister shower would be complete without a mustache cake! Here is an easy tutorial to whip one up for mere dollars, and it will surely leave your guests thinking you have a bakery on the side. Simply bake your favorite cake and let it cool. Flip it and cut it and you’re done. (decorating is completely up to you)

 

 

PeanutButtonCuffs 3- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cuffs – What an easy, and adorable favor to send home with your party-goers! At around .50 each, a 2 pack of peanut butter cups makes an easy, and affordable favor. Wrap it in a plaid, striped, or otherwise men’s-shirt-looking scrapbook paper (I bet our sister site ScrapbookSteals.com has something that could work!), hot glue a few small buttons, and voila! You have peanut butter “cuffs”!

 

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4- Shower Gift Idea – BabySteals.com always has something fabulous to gift the mom-to-be to make you the talk of the shower. One of our favorite brands that would tie in perfectly with the Little Mister shower is Andy & Evan! Their stylish Shirtzee Bodysuits make a fun, classy, and adorable gift (and since it’s a Steal, they’re affordable, too!) Find it HERE.

 

 

Girl Shower : Tea Party

Throwing the little lady a tea party shower will have each guest reminiscing about her childhood in the best of ways! Light snacks, delicate décor, teacups and a laid back style will make this shower the talk of many playdates to come!

Sandwiches 1- Tea & Petit Fours – Tea parties are about great conversation, lots of sunshine, tea and of course sandwiches! If you are throwing a summer shower, here’s one of our favorite sandwich recipes which is super simple; white bread, cream cheese, chives and cucumber. Slice off the crust, and cut in triangles, pour a cup of tea, and you’re party is set!

 

DoiliesSign 2- Doilies Welcome Banner – Putting together a welcome banner with doilies is just too perfect for your tea party! Decorate the shower with these easy and affordable pops of color. You can also use them as coasters for guests. ScrapbookSteals has some of the sweetest colors of doilies that would add just the pop of color your classy shower needs! Shop them HERE.

 

 

DoilieFavors 3- Doily Favor Sack – Why not incorporate the doilies from your banner into your party favors? A simple, brown paper sack, spruced up with a delicate doily makes the perfect vessel for any favor. Throw in a nail polish, lotion, a box of tea, or any yummy treat, and every guest will leave pleased as punch!

 

 

PamGrace 4- Shower Gift Idea – Teeny tiny clothes always makes the crowd at a shower swoon. BabySteals.com features Pam Grace creations, who makes only the cutest rompers, shoes, and headbands to doll up your little one. Mom-to-be will love everything about this thoughtful gift! Shop HERE.

 

 

Gender Neutral Shower : Cute as a Button

When baby’s gender is a surprise, a Cute as a Button shower is a sophisticated and fun way to celebrate the newcomer with neutral colors. This isn’t your mama’s rubber ducky gender neutral shower! Mason jars, daisies, and burlap would give this shower theme a vintage touch that your guests will adore!

 

ButtonShower 1- Mason Jars & Buttons – Mason jars are easy to find these days – fill them will buttons, and you’re theme is tied in perfectly on each table. We also love the incorporation of burlap runners (cheap!), and baby’s breath to add a chic touch to the décor. It doesn’t scream girl, or boy – but the perfect balance of both. Gender neutral friendly – check!

 

 

 

ButtonCookies 2- Button Cookies – Spending lots of time, and money on shower treats can make the event a drag for the host. Incorporate your button theme with a cute display of button cookies! Pre-packed sugar cookie dough, and a straw are all you need to take the ordinary to the extraordinary!

 

 

AlphabetBook 3- Baby’s Alphabet – A gender neutral shower is the perfect setting to get guests involved in creating nursery décor! Pick a cute font, and print out a page per letter, with each letter typed in the top corner of the paper. Ask your party-goers to draw, and decorate a page for baby’s nursery alphabet book. It’s a fun way to get people involved in creating a memory to look back on long after the shower is over.

 

 

ButtonBracelets 4- Button Bracelets – What better way to remember a button themed shower than with a button bracelet? These would be easy and inexpensive to make. You can pick the colors, put them in a cute basket near the door where guests can snag their wrist candy as they leave the party. Easy as pie!

 

 

Nuroo 5- Shower Gift Idea – When you don’t know the gender, a baby shower gift can be challenging. Let us take the guesswork out, and suggest a nursery essential, like a Nuroo Swaddler! These swaddle sacks come in a rainbow of colors, and their grow-with-baby feature makes it an investment you know will be used for months to come. Find it HERE.

 

 

What shower themes have been your favorite to attend, or throw? Do you have tips and tricks up your sleeve? Share in the comments below, we would love to add your ideas to our collection of go-to’s! Enjoy BabyShower Week all week long, from June 15th through June 19th, only on BabySteals.com!

Ultimate Baby Shower Bundle GIVEAWAY!! | Baby Shower Week

June 15th – 19th is Baby Shower Week at babySTEALS.com! We have scoured the planet for the best new baby gifts and curated our steals every day this week! You don’t want to miss a minute of this week as we have amazing back-to-back steals, a giveaway, coupon code, baby shower tips, and more. Let’s kick it off with our Ultimate Baby Shower Bundle GiveAway….

The Ultimate Baby Shower Bundle GiveAway

We’ve compiled 1 of every hand-picked Steal this week and wrapped it up into our Ultimate Baby Shower Bundle. Oh yeah… and we’re giving it away!! Win this bundle for an expecting mommy friend or keep it for yourself. Contents include:

  • Baby Milestone Stickers – by The Modern Baby Shop
  • Kickproof Socks – by Robeez
  • Baby Wrap Carrier – by Maman Kangourou
  • Teething Sets – by Satsuma
  • Mommy and Me Tees – by Little Treetops
  • Knit Baby Toys – by Estella
  • Swaddler – by NuRoo
  • Heirloom Baby Quilts – by Sheeposh
  • Baby Sock Sets – by Trumpette
  • Touring Tote – by Petunia Pickle Bottom
  • AND MORE!!!

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Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway | BabySteals 7th Birthday Week

It’s our 7th birthday, and we’re skipping through daisies and smelling the PETUNIAS! Let’s light seven candles for some Petunia Pickle Bottom. Mom style should not mean lugging around some frumpy diaper bag. That’s why we adore Petunia’s gorgeous designs and phenomenal organization. Boxy Backpacks the convert from shoulder bags to backpacks are one of our faves, and lucky you might win one! 

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We’re giving away a Embossed Notting Hill Boxy!

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Benefits of Babywearing

We love wearing our babies around here, not only because we have our hands free to get stuff done, but can snuggle our babes! There are so many incredible benefits of babywearing for babies and those wearing them. See them all below!

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Babywearing adheres to our biological nature

Babies are born with the natural grasping reflex to cling to their mothers. Babywearing fulfills this natural instinct (Stay At Home Mum, 2009).

Lowers incidence of illness

Studies have shown that babywearing is linked to lowering the incidence of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), behavioral disorders and postpartum depression in mothers (Babywearing, 2010).

Advances social development

Infants are physically closer to people and intimately involved in their caregiver’s environment. According to Dr. Sears, “baby becomes aware of, and learns from, all the subtle facial expressions, body language, voice inflections and tones, breathing patterns and emotions of the caregiver.” Babies are exposed to the all the aspects of being human through their caregiver, increasing social development (Sears).

Increases learning

Babies in a content and safe environment are able to be more alert and aware of their surroundings, providing the perfect environment for learning. This also provides the parent with an opportunity for increased interaction and bonding time with their baby. Carried babies are able to learn language more quickly since they are positioned at voice and eye level. They become more involved in conversations and begin to learn how to listen (Sears).

Makes sibling care easier

Carrying baby enables the caregiver to have both hands free. Caregivers have the freedom to care for other children while carrying their baby close (Sears).

Provides fathers with a soothing touch

A father who participates in babywearing can actually soothe a fussy baby. Fathers can hold babies close and talk, hum or sing which is calming to babies (Asaff, 2009).

Reduces crying significantly

Just three hours a day of babywearing significantly reduces crying (Babywearing, 2010).

Decreases the risk of flat head syndrome

This syndrome is caused by the babies spending too much time in car seats or sleeping on their backs. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should spend minimal amount of time in car seats when not used in a motor vehicle. Babywearing does not require babies to lie flat, thus no pressure is placed on the baby’s head. Additionally, babies can be carried while they sleep, further reducing the amount of time they spend flat on their backs (Babywearing, 2010).

Increases hormone levels

Prolactin and oxytocin levels in the mother are increased through contact with baby. Increased levels of mothering hormones leads to easier breastfeeding, more responsible mothering and a more secure maternal bond (Babywearing, 2010). Additionally these hormones inhibit the negative impact of stress on the mother(O’Mara, 2010).

Establishes independence earlier

Normal environmental sounds have the potential to be both a learning and a disturbing experience. When alone and not held, babies can be frightened by sounds. When carried, babies use these sounds as a vehicle for learning. The caregiver provides soothing words to help the baby overcome fears, providing the baby with a positive association between the caregiver’s voice and the disturbing sounds. Now the baby is more comfortable with the environment and ready to explore with confidence (Sears).

Promotes strong attachment

A study at Columbia University compared the levels of attachment of babies carried in a baby carrier vs. babies carried in a car seat. Results indicated that, at 13 months old, babies who were carried in wearable carriers were significantly more likely to demonstrate a strong and secure attachment to their mothers (Anisfeld, Casper, Nozyce, & Cunningham, 1990).

Provides a sense of organization

The rhythms of the parent walking, heartbeat, etc. provide a balancing and soothing effect on babies (Babywearing, 2010). According to Dr. Sears, “regular parental rhythms have a balancing effect on the infant’s irregular rhythms. Babywearing ‘reminds’ the baby of and continues the motion and balance he enjoyed in the womb” (Sears).

HALO Bassinest Giveaway | Birthday Week 2015

Happy birthday to US! We are seven years old and we feel so blessed to be here. It’s all because of you. We are pulling out all the stops this week, so stay tuned to our email alerts, Facebook, Instagram and daily steals!

To launch the week, we are celebrating with a very special giveaway! The revolutionary HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is the only infant bassinet that moves to bring baby to you. Halo Bassinest Giveaway on BabySteals Now your little one can sleep as close to you as you want — even right next to you in bed – and still sleep safely in his own separate space. You can tend to baby without even needing to get up which is especially great for recovering c-section moms! The Bassinest swivels a full 360 degrees to bring baby close — the more it moves, the less you have to, which makes taking care of baby throughout the night a lot easier. The side wall lowers so tending to baby is simply a reach away without having to maneuver around. Halo Bassinest Giveaway on BabySteals The mesh sides not only ensure your little one breathes safely, it also allows you to see each other. We can’t say enough great things about this innovative co-sleeping option. See how easily it moves and swivels in the video below.

We are giving away one HALO Bassinest! This is a $249.99 value for  one lucky mama and baby. 

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