For online shoppers, the flash sale is the ultimate guilty pleasure, and as many of us know, the promise of a limited-time bargain can be extremely alluring and even downright addicting. Instead of allowing your in-box to tempt you with unnecessary emails, we suggest you choose your memberships wisely. From your already-favorite brands to more upscale styles, these kid-friendly sites offer the best deals on the web. Limit your load so you can shop smarter. Your credit card will thank you!
What to Expect: Luxe clothing, gear, decor, and toys for kids from brands like Tea Collection, Miniclasix, and Vilebrequin. Gilt Kids also regularly features maternity lines, including Rosie Pope, Japanese Weekend, and Nom.
How It Works: While it's considered "members only," anyone can join by visiting Gilt.com . Expect a new sale every day at noon EDT, plus more throughout the week (and on weekends).
Return Policy: Gilt accepts returns, with some exceptions, which will always be noted on the sale page. Customers have the option of returning for store credit — free of charge — or returning for a full refund, minus the fairly hefty shipping/restocking fee of $14.95 for items over $100 ($9.95 if they're less than $100).
What to Expect: Everything and anything! From Gap Kids to Neiman Marcus, shoes to strollers, you can find everything you need at ShopStyle — and for a lower price.
How It Works: If you don't have time to spend all day on a site, then this is the perfect solution. Simply sign up at ShopStyle.com , and set alerts for your favorite brands or a specific item. ShopStyle will send you a daily email with your brand discounts and special alerts when your dream item gets marked down.
Return Policy: Return policies vary by brand. Check the company's site to see its return policy.
One Kings Lane
What to Expect: High-end home decor, plus specially curated designer shops. While there are occasional kid-specific brands featured, the primary focus is furniture and housewares. "Downstairs at One Kings Lane" is a deeply discounted clearance section.
How It Works: Become a member by visiting OneKingsLane.com . New sales start daily on weekdays at 11 a.m. EDT (plus a Tastemaker Tag Sale every Saturday).
Return Policy: Varies by sale. Returns must be sent back within 14 days.
What to Expect: High-end brands in kids' clothing, decor, and toys. Brands are often comparable to Gilt Kids, but the selection is more limited.
How It Works: Become a member by visiting RueLaLa.com . New sales start daily and go live at 11 a.m. EDT.
Return Policy: Free returns in exchange for store credit, or pay a $9.95 shipping fee and receive a full refund. Some items are final sale.
What to Expect: Tons of kids' gear, and some for moms too — lots of super bargains. One day's sales included Desigual Kids, the Eric Carle Collection, and Majamas maternity and nursing wear.
How It Works: Visit Zulily.com to join . New sales go live daily, but they only last 72 hours.
Return Policy: Store credit only, no exchanges, and some items are final sale.
What to Expect: A cute but limited selection of clothes for babies through tweens. The site often features specially selected "Buyer's Picks" that make great gifts.
How It Works: Become a member by visiting Ideeli.com . New sales start daily at noon EDT.
Return Policy: As is becoming the trend, you can choose between a free store credit and a refund — minus the cost of shipping ($7.95). Ideeli offers a 21-day return window.
What to Expect: Several small brands, such as Rugged Bear and Kapital K. You can also purchase popular books from Penguin and Random House.
How It Works: Visit HauteLook.com  to sign up for a free membership. Sale events begin each day at 8 a.m. PDT, with deals as high as 75 percent off items! If you spend more than $100, HauteLook will ship your item for free.
Return Policy: HauteLook accepts returns within 30 days from the order's shipment. Shoppers can return the items to the nearest Nordstrom Rack or via mail (for a $5.95 shipping fee) to receive a full credit card refund.
What to Expect: Apparel from brands like Carter's, Laura Ashley, and U.S. Polo. The site features items from US and international boutiques.
How It Works: Sign up for a free membership at Modnique.com , and receive daily sale alerts at 5 a.m. PDT. The deals — up to 85 percent off — last anywhere from 36 to 72 hours, so if you like something, you should snatch it up!
Return Policy: Shoppers have 30 days from the shipping date to return items to Modnique. Refunds can be given as either store credit or returned to the original payment method.
What to Expect: Basics from brands like Carter's and American Apparel pop up a lot on the site, as well as a lot of lesser-known brands. MyHabit also sells your tot's favorite toys from Melissa & Doug, Educational Insights, Plan Toys, and more.
How It Works: Register at MyHabit.com  (it's free!). The three-day sales begin at 9 a.m. PDT, and shoppers can receive up to 60 percent off the original price.
Return Policy: Users only have 14 days to return unwanted items to MyHabit. You will receive a full refund, minus a $4 shipping fee, on your credit card or as store credit.