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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How to Create the Perfect Cake Smash

It’s our birthday this week — we’re seven! Get a sneak peek of steals from top brands we have this week, enter giveaways, and stay tuned for the party!

We’re celebrating with one of our favorite traditions, the cake smash! I mean adorable chunky baby rolls covered in cake and frosting, what’s not to love? We’ve got a list of all the things you need for a perfect cake smash, whether you’re setting up a photo shoot or simply letting your babe have at it for his party.

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Balloons: to add a pop of color and as an easy, simple decoration for photo shoots or to stage at your party.

Adorable mess mat: adds a cute look and makes for super easy clean up. We love this Smitten Baby Make a Mess Mat.

Mini cake: If you can bake, here’s a great tutorial on making your own mini cake. Don’t worry, it’s not too hard and made from box mix. Otherwise order one up from a bakery. Buttercream or cream cheese frosting tend to look best since that are easy for baby to dig into.

Cloth diaper or cute bodysuit: A simple outfit makes for easier clean-up and something you can use again. We love these cute birthday bodysuits from Truly Delightful (<< Hurry limited quantity Secret Steal) or these cloth diapers.

Birthday hat or accessories: add a simple birthday hat, necklace, or bow tie. Just make sure anything you pick is disposable or easy to clean.

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Happy smashing!

 

BabySteals Gift Card Giveaway!

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 for Birthday Week April 27-May 1, so stay tuned to our email alerts, Facebook, Instagram and daily steals!

We are so anxious to start celebrating, we are kicking off a giveaway early!

Enter to win a $100 Gift Card to BabySteals.com and you could be the lucky lady going on a shopping spree!

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Mommy Water Giveaway

Calling all pregnant mommies — who hates taking their prenatal vitamins? Or even worse, who gets sick when trying to swallow and digest these pills? As one mom said,

“taking my prenatals is worse than taking horse pills!” – Maggie, San Diego

Forget it! Mommy Water is here to the rescue, and to make getting your nutrients even better! Mommy Water was designed by a team of medical doctors, nutritionists and beverage formulators to address the many needs of the modern pregnancy. Traditional prenatal vitamins, either in pill or gummy form, lack many of the essential elements necessary for a healthy pregnancy.

As such, the research team at Mommy Water set out to create the perfect prenatal vitamin. Pour it right into your water for a great tasting, hydrating way of getting your nutrients. Beyond your baby bump, what a great way for nursing moms to continue their vitamins post partum!
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So Why is Mommy Water Better?

In addition to the traditional prenatal vitamin profile, Mommy Water adds:

 Digestive health: The fiber source in Mommy Water is a prebiotic that helps promote digestive health by stimulating the normal, beneficial bacteria in the colon.

 Bone health: Inulin found in Mommy Water may boost calcium absorption, which is important to building and maintaining strong bones.

 Weight management: Diets rich in fiber, such as inulin, may help maintain a feeling of fullness for longer periods after eating.

 Negligible impact on glycemic response: Inulin is suitable for use in a low glycemic diet. Inulin, as a food ingredient, does not significantly impact blood sugar levels making Mommy Water safe for women with gestational diabetes. *

 Fiber enrichment: A diet rich in soluble fiber, such as inulin, helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract and may help promote regularity.

 Brain Boost: Can’t find your keys, lost your wallet? “Pregnancy brain” got you forgetting your neighbors name? Emerging research shows that choline is not only essential for fetal brain development, can help reduce “pregnancy brain.”

 Sun kissed Iron: By combining vitamin c with iron, Mommy Water increases the bioavailability of iron, an essential mineral for healthy pregnancies. And by drinking your iron in Mommy Water, you won’t suffer that nauseous feeling pills or gummies give as they breakdown in your system.

 Electrolytes: Dehydration is a common problem with expecting mothers Mommy Water combines water and electrolytes to help combat dehydration and improve absorption of all the great vitamins and mineral in a great tasting daily drink.

 Pyridoxine: Pyridoxine helps alleviate nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness, which is often times exacerbated by the breakdown of large prenatal pills. The amount of Pyridoxine in Mommy Water was recommended by our team of Doctors for combating pregnancy related nausea.

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Enter to WIN! We are giving away a 3-month supply of Mommy Water! Enter below.

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Saranoni Giveaway | Gift Week 2014

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Lusciously deliciously soft only begins to describe the cozy, luxurious softness of a Saranoni. There’s a reason these blankets are labeled a “must-have” by BabySteals customers! Minky swirls, lush raised fabric and a ribbed border make three delicious textures to please the senses. The only thing you’ll wish is that it was big enough to wrap yourself in too!

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Lucky for you, we are giving away TWO Saranoni Baby Blankets to two winners!

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