Haul-o-Ween: Share Your Haul for a chance at $100 Gift Card!

Yep, you read that correctly! Show us your recent Steals.com purchases in a #haul video or photo using #STEALandTELL on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube* for a chance to win $100 Gift Card to Steals.com!

Not sure what a haul video is? Check one out here! If you don’t have time for a video, submit a photo of your recent purchases from Steals.com.

Enter to win between October 1 – 31, 2015. Winner will be announced Monday, November 2nd.

*Please note: all profiles must be set to public throughout the entry period. If you are posting a #haul video to YouTube, please include #stealandtell in the video name. This will ensure we’ll be able to see your #stealandtell entry.

September SmartMom Giveaway – Win a BabySteals Gift Card!


Oh snap! We have teamed up with SmartMom for a giveaway! If you’ve been a SmartMom reader for a while you know that every month they give away awesome prizes in their app. This September is no exception – 2 lucky moms will win a BabySteals Gift Card!

If you’ve never heard of SmartMom – check them out! It’s an entire app devoted to giving and receiving advice from other parents. To share about the September SmartMom contest on Twitter, click here!

How to Enter the Contest:

SmartMom contests are designed to reward the most helpful advice-giving moms in the app. Here’s how it works: everyone who has registered for the SmartMom app is already entered in the contest. That means everyone has a chance to win! You can earn extra entries in the contest by collecting ‘stars’, which can be earned as ‘thank you’s’ for great answers and advice.

Basically, earning stars is like buying extra raffle tickets. Every star you earn in the app helps your chances of being a winner so be sure to log in every day! More questions? Check out SmarMom’s official contest rules.

Get more great advice and meet other moms. Download the SmartMom app today.

10 Essentials for [your] Labor Day

labor-day It can be difficult to figure out what to pack for your baby’s birth – especially if you’re a new mom. Between all of the mom’s in our office, we have welcomed over 50 children into this world. To say we have a wealth of knowledge is an understatement. We’ve had some successes, trials and tribulations and complete failures, but we’ve all learned so much along the way. On this Labor Day holiday, we thought we would come together to share our top 10 essentials for your Labor Day.

Here’s what the experienced moms at BabySteals recommend for your hospital bag:

  1. picture ID (driver’s license or other ID), your insurance card, and any hospital paperwork you need. We’re a little embarrassed at how many of us actually forgot one or all of the aforementioned items.
  2. Eyeglasses, if you wear them. Even if you usually wear contact lenses, you may not want to deal with them in the middle of delivery. Seriously, one of our moms plucked her contacts out in the middle of delivery!
  3. bathrobe, a gownslippers, and socks. Hospitals provide gowns and socks for you to use during labor and afterward, but let’s be honest, those aren’t the most comfortable or cutest gowns we’ve ever seen. Some women like to bring their own and we love these Pretty Pushers Labor and Delivery Gowns. They are perfect for delivery with openings in the right places allowing easy access for monitors, IVs and epidurals.
  4. Headbands and hair ties to keep your hair out of your face. We love these simple, but cute stay-put headbands.
  5. Comfortable nursing bras or regular bras. Your breasts are likely to be tender and swollen when your milk comes in, which can happen anytime during the first several days after delivery. A good bra can provide added comfort, and nursing pads can help absorb leaks, whether you decide to breastfeed or not. We recommend these nursing bras – super comfortable and offer easy access.
  6. Toiletries and personal items — hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, whatever makes you feel more comfortable. Throw it all in this Lay-n-Go bag and call it a day!
  7. Camera or recording device because, you know, you might want to capture this beautiful time in your life.
  8. Clothes for the recovery days after delivery, a change of clothes for your significant other and clothes to take your little one home in!
  9. Change for the vending machine and/or non-perishable snacks – you’ll more than likely be hungry after labor and you may not like what the cafeteria has to offer. Just make sure to bring a change purse because the cafeteria could be closed.
  10. car seat! We would highly recommend having it setup in the car. Turns out, you can’t leave the hospital without one! (Totally kidding, but one of us completely rushed out and forgot it!)

Shop our other labor day essentials here + save an EXTRA 15% off when you use code ‘LABORDAY’ at checkout!

Diaper Bag Essentials: 10 Must-Haves!

STEP 1: purchase a great diaper bag. STEP 2: fill it up.

Packing the perfect diaper bag is somewhat of an art-form and we just can’t stress the importance of a well-stocked diaper bag. It can literally save the day. The basics are pretty simple – diapers, binkies, milk, etc., but the essentials are something that come with time, experience and difficult situations. Our staff is coming together to share their go-to essentials so hopefully you don’t have to learn the hard way like we did. Here are 10 surprising must-haves the moms at BabySteals never leave home without [+ enter to win a Ju-Ju-Be Toki Dream Be Prepared Bag]!



Our Top 10 Diaper Bag Must-Haves:

1. Tide To-Go Pen – because you never know when you’re going to need one for yourself or your little one.

2. Clutch & Change Mats – perfect for quick trips when you don’t need your entire diaper bag.

3. Thermometer and Baby Medicine – you just never know. Be prepared!

4. Monkey Balm – perfect for baby’s lips, cheeks, boo-boos and more.

5. Reusable Placemats – make sure baby has a clean place to eat on the go, plus easy clean up!

6. Innobaby Packin’ Smart Stackables – perfect for formula, snacks and small items you need on the go.

7. Extra Clothes for Baby and Mom – you. just. never. know.

8. Baby Trip Clip – you can use these for so many much! Create a nursing cover, shade your stroller, keep up with binkie, teddy and more.

9. MD Mom Wipes – A.K.A. “The everything Wipe”. Helpful for wiping baby, mom, shopping carts, you name it. Keep ’em clean.

10. Generation Baby Wet Bags – these wet totes are perfect for the planned and unplanned adventures.

Check out more of our top diaper bag essentials here!



Ju-Ju-Be is fun and funky, and for this collaboration teamed up with Tokidoki, another equally fun and funky group to design the ultimate diaper bag. We just so happened to get our hands on one of these and are so excited to be giving away a one-of-a-kind Ju-Ju-Be x Toki Dreams Be Prepared Diaper Bag to one of our fans. Enter to win this amazing bag below and pack it full of all your must-have diaper bag essentials.

Enter to win below:

*BONUS* You can also earn an extra entry by tagging two of your friends in the giveaway Facebook post! (Make sure to like our page while you’re there!)

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*Contest will close on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST. Winner will be announced on Friday, August 28, 2015.

6 Things You Should Know About Breastfeeding


Breastfeeding is one of the hardest, easiest, and most fulfilling things I have done. Before having my baby I had planned on breastfeeding, done my research, and felt prepared, but I still had a few things to learn along the way. Here are six things I think every new breastfeeding mom should know.


The beginning is challenging.

Here I was thinking breastfeeding would be the most natural thing in the world. Five months in, it totally is for me now, but the beginning is hard. Breastfeeding is instinctive, but not instinctual. That is to say you and baby both have the instincts to do it, but have to learn how, so don’t give up! Some babies latch on right away, but when mine didn’t, figuring it out was a challenge. I felt like I needed at least two more hands to hold his head and body, position correctly, express milk, and adjust my body. And then once you’re doing it right, it hurts. Like a lot. I’m not saying that to scare you, your nipples just have to adjust and toughen up, sort of like when you first start wearing sandals in the summer. Use nipple cream every single feeding at the beginning and that helps a ton! All that may sound a bit scary, but I promise once you have the hang of it, the benefits are worth it.


Your milk changes almost as much as your baby.

You may know all about how your milk changes from colostrum in the first couple days, to transitional milk, to normal milk. But did you know that your milk actually changes based on what your infant needs from day to day? In the morning it helps wake him up and puts him to sleep at night. Some days it may have more antibodies to protect against things either of you may have been exposed to. Other days it may have a higher fat content to help him put on weight. Plus it changes over time as your baby gets older. I found this article on the timeline of a breastfed baby super intriguing to answer some of those questions!


You can get free breastfeeding supplies and support.

As of August 2012, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became a law in the United States covering preventative care. Among many other things, this includes both covering a breast pump and lactation consultant. We’re generally not talking about a little single hand-held pump — every insurance is different, but whether you have private or commercial insurance, this law applies to you and you should be eligible for even a fancy double electric pump (some will cover the rental of a hospital grade one). If you’re headed back to work a free pump is a no-brainer, but even if you are a stay-at-home or work-at-home mom, having a pump can give you a little freedom or allow you to breastfeed longer. Just call the 800 number on the back of your insurance card so you can take advantage of this.


You need a good support system.

Having others you can rely on is key to being successful at breastfeeding. It will take hours out of your day, every day, so you need your family on board. If you have family or friends who have breastfed before, that can be really helpful too both for advice and moral support. Be sure to talk to your partner, children, boss, and others around you so you can be clear about how this will affect your life and how they can support you. And if you need extra advice or want to find other moms and specialists, you can always find a local group, like La Leche League, in your area.


Don’t be shy to get help!

Whether it’s day two or day 362, don’t hesitate to ask for help from a specialist. Lactation consultants are trained to help mothers, like you. Before I started breastfeeding I took a class, which really helped set me up before I ever started. Then after I delivered, I asked my nurses about a million questions still. And when I still felt like I wasn’t getting it, I got a specialist in to help me, which made a world of difference. Don’t be shy to ask questions and get help. Every mom and baby are different, so even if this isn’t your first baby, you may benefit from advice of a specialist.


You have the right to breastfeed!

Know your breastfeeding rights so you can defend yourself, if necessary. Every state is different in terms of some laws, but federal law dictates you have the right to nurse in any Federal building or on Federal property that you and baby have the right to be. You also have the right to pump at work and should be given a discreet place to do so. Take the time to inform yourself on your state’s laws. BreastfeedingLaw.com has great information on what your rights are.

The Truth About Breastfeeding: 4 Mom’s Share Their Experiences

breastweek_mobile_600x88_Aug15 Breastfeeding is one of the greatest ways to connect and bond with baby. It’s a natural process, but it doesn’t always happen so naturally. It does for some; others have to work at it and some face other challenges. It can take a toll on a mama – making us feel inadequate, guilty or worse. Thankfully I am in an office with mostly women; it’s awe-inspiring to hear all of their ups and downs with breastfeeding. Today we are sharing 4 different breastfeeding experiences from some of the amazing baby mamas here at BabySteals.com.

kerianne2 I was an anxious new mother. My son arrived overdue, very small and struggling to breathe. After being taken care of and fixed up, he was brought to me and I tried to nurse him. He wanted nothing to do with it. After being intubated, his throat was sore and he made it clear nursing was not something he would be doing without a fight. After a day of trying, with no success, I was provided with two solutions – a bottle, or an IV in his head. Being the anxious mama I was, after many tears, a few more breakdowns and even more tears, the bottle was brought to us, and he ate like a champ! Even though it wasn’t the solution I wanted, I am so glad my little guy was able to eat and grow; no matter the source! He is now a healthy, happy almost-kindergartner, and I wouldn’t change a hair on his head!


Kristen&Jude200b Nursing did not come easily for me. In fact, it was downright miserable in the beginning. My nipples bled, I got clogged ducts and my very colicky baby did nothing but cry at me, and my boob. After feeding, burping and changing his diaper, I would countdown to the next hour when I knew he would need to eat again. My toes would literally curl it hurt so bad for the first 2-3 weeks.  But what was more disconcerting to me was he didn’t seem comforted by nursing; he was screaming. All the time. I lamented all those unrealized dreams of bonding with my nursing baby.  He’d take a gulp of milk, pull away and cry. It was a miracle to me he was even thriving at all. And bottle feeding wasn’t an option because he did the same thing with it.

All I could think was, “What is wrong with me and my milk?!” I was making too much milk. My letdown was too strong. I need to pump first before feeding. Don’t pump first because you’ll overproduce, making the problem worse. I ate tomatoes, wait, no chocolate… or could it be dairy? I’m not nursing him long enough on each side. He’s not getting enough hind milk. Maybe I’m not making enough milk? I went in circles trying to figure this thing out. My google searches were relentless. And then, it slowly and progressively got easier. Little by little it just started to work. I woke up one day at 8 weeks and thought, hey, I can do this! But I fought for it. It wasn’t easy, picture-perfect or what I expected, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Sort of like parenting!


IMG_2580 I am one of the lucky moms that had an easy time with breastfeeding from the start. With my first baby, the lactation counselor came in to check on how things were going, and I was on the phone, walking around the hospital room, nursing my son. She smiled and said, “it looks like you have everything figured out.” When Andrew, my first baby, was 6 months old, my husband and I went on a week-long trip to the Caribbean. When we planned the trip, I didn’t realize that I would not quite be ready to leave my baby for a week! We went anyway, and I did my best to pump while we were gone, but the ship we were on didn’t convert the voltage on the pump so I had to “wing it” with self-expressing in the shower, etc. Luckily, I was able to resume nursing when we returned home. I nursed my oldest son until he was about a year, when he weaned himself.

With my second son, I had a similar experience, with no problems or issues figuring it all out. I went back to work with both of my boys after a couple of months, and pumped a few times a day while I worked. My boys are in their 20s now, so the pump was a big, bulky machine, but it worked very well! I pumped in a closet in my office, because the office didn’t have a dedicated place to pump. I took a phone in there, hooked everything up, put a do not disturb sign on the door and managed to work while I pumped a couple of times a day. I nursed my younger son until he was about 14 months old, when he weaned himself.

Breastfeeding for me was such a wonderful part of being a mother. I loved this sweet, bonding time spent with my babies and I feel thankful that it came easily and naturally to me.


jess I’ll be honest… I was nervous about breastfeeding. My mom has 3 kids and the longest she was able to nurse was 3 weeks. Knowing this made me scared and being scared makes me research like crazy. I read everything there was to know about breastfeeding – how to most likely succeed, how to increase your milk supply, what to do when a baby won’t latch, how often to nurse, how to deal with growth spurts and everything in between. I attended breastfeeding classes, met with a lactation consultant and was sure I knew everything possible to help us succeed.

Cut to the day our little girl was born. She had trouble latching from the beginning. Immediately after she was born we worked and worked. We just didn’t have any luck. We met with a lactation consultant for a miserable 45 minutes that ended in a full breakdown for both me and our darling baby. We tried everything. Once we got her to latch, we faced even more trouble. Instead of making enough milk, our little girl was starving. I was pumping to try to increase my milk supply, taking supplements, drinking my weight in water and trying all the tricks I could find. Nothing worked. I was absolutely devastated. This was supposed to be natural, and work. I was supposed to be able to feed my baby… this is what is best for her and I wasn’t able to provide it. I felt like a huge failure.

We started supplementing with formula and doing everything we could to help our little girl grow and be healthy. I was still pumping after each feeding. Every time she ate resulted in being nursed, getting a bottle and then me pumping. It was stressful and hard on her and me. I wasn’t getting any sleep and we were crying a lot. We lasted about 3 months. At that point, we just couldn’t do it any more. I was devastated all over again and felt so sad. We moved to formula full time… and our baby was healthy and strong. She was happy, we slept instead of our hour long eating routine and our lives improved.

Nursing was one of my favorite things… and simultaneously one of the hardest things I have ever done. I loved being able to provide some of what would make my baby the healthiest possible, and I was devastated that I wasn’t able to do it as much as she needed. I loved breastfeeding. LOVED IT. I tried all over again with our second, with the same result. It turns out I truly just don’t make enough milk. I have learned to be softer with myself and do the best I can, and have learned that it will be okay. For that I am truly grateful.

If you are looking to breastfeed or are currently, click here for some great items to make it easier on you. If you need more information on breastfeeding, check out this infographic. Happy #WorldBreastfeedingWeek and #NationalBreastfeedingMonth!

11 Facts about Breastfeeding


Did you know a newborn’s tummy is the size of a cherry or that your baby tastes what you eat through your breast milk? Did you know that while 77% of U.S. women start nursing their babies at birth but only 25% of them make it to the recommended one year mark? Check out these interesting facts about breastfeeding.


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BabySteals is Celebrating Breastfeeding Week!


Time to make the milkmakers happy… join us for BabySteals Breastfeeding Week this Monday through Friday!

Who: Nursing mamas, proud grandmas, supportive daddies, lactation specialists — anyone who loves breastfeeding!

What: In honor of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month, we are having an entire week of steals and celebration! We have the “best of the breast” products every mom needs as an essential part of your nursing survival kit.

When:  August 1-7, 2015

Where: Right here at BabySteals.com! Don’t miss out on the breastfeeding fun. Make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for more fun and excitement!

Our Top 5 No Bake Desserts for July 4th!

Who’s excited for the long weekend of 4th of July celebrations? The 4th of July is such a great time to spend with family and friends while BBQing and enjoying each other’s company! Whether you’re going to a gathering or throwing your own backyard BBQ, as a busy parent it’s hard to find free time to prepare anything, much less want to turn the oven on in this heat. No worries – the staff here at Steals.com have you covered! We’ve compiled our top 5 no bake desserts that are perfect for your 4th of July parties so you can stay out of the heat and enjoy the long weekend.


no bake blueberry tart
1. No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Tart – These bad boys are great for entertaining at home or to bring along! Want to know the best part?… You’ll have these delish little bites of heaven completed in 10 minutes. For some added 4th of July flair, add some strawberries, cranberries or raspberries.



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2. American Flag Tray – If you’re looking for easy peasy, here you go! This one takes less than 15 minutes to clean and cut the berries and setup the display. Feel free to substitute with other red berries or white cheese for the pretzels. This is also a great way to get the kids involved in the planning process!


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3. USA Strawberries – Simple, cute and done within 10 minutes. These little beauties are so easy, yet so yummy. Pick up some strawberries, wash them off, melt some chocolate and get dipping! This is another fun one to get the kids helping with.



4. Fourth of July Wands – These fun little wands will be the star of the show… and not just at the kids table either! Though they may have more fun casting spells and granting wishes with their wands, the adults are sure to love this sweet and cool treat on a hot summer day, too. Super easy and super quick to make, these are a perfect treat to have the kiddos help with!



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5. Cookie Flag of America – Grab your favorite cookie, get some colored chocolate melting and get dipping for this quick and easy no bake dessert. Dip the cookie in all 3 colors to create a red, white & blue cookie, or create an American flag similar to the one on the left.



Need more inspiration? Check out our 4th of July Pinterest board for ideas on food, DIY projects and more. And don’t forget to use your 15% coupon code “JULY4TH” on any order this Friday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 5th. Get Shopping >>

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)




Blog2 Instructions: 

  • 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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