September SmartMom Giveaway – Win a BabySteals Gift Card!

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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.

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10 Essentials for [your] Labor Day

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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.

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Diaper Bag Essentials: 10 Must-Haves!

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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]!

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6 Things You Should Know About Breastfeeding

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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.

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

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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.

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11 Facts about Breastfeeding

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BabySteals is Celebrating Breastfeeding Week!

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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!

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Topics: Mom Tips, Announcements, Pregnancy & Delivery

Our Top 5 No Bake Desserts for July 4th!

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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.

 


1. No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake TartThese 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.

 

 


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!

 



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!

 

 


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 >>

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How to make a Baby Shower Diaper Cake | BabyShower Week

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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:

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Baby Shower Invitation Templates | Baby Shower Week

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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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