Since we are seasoned parents, I wanted to share with you our minimalist baby must-haves along with a FREE checklist.
I am in the last month of my pregnancy and finally starting to nest for the newest addition to come. Preparing for baby number 6 is soo much different than what it was like with the first. When I had my first baby, I clung to all the different baby registries “must-have list”. I believed that you really needed EVERYTHING that was listed. But low and behold, I figured out… umm, I guess we didn’t need this or that. Since our family has been embracing living more minimally, I have been more conscious of what I need for this baby. Here is my have list.
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- 6-8 onesies
- 4-6 pants
- 4 sleepers
- 2 outerwear jumper suits
- 1 jacket
- 6 pairs of socks
- 2-4 hats
- 2 mittens
- 3 Warm blankets
- 6 swaddle blankets
This is for the newborn size only. My babies usually are only in newborn size for 2-4 weeks depending on birth size and how fast they grow. I sometimes find it hard to find warm jumpsuits in the newborn size for when we go out with the baby so I will use fleece sleepers with a long sleeve onesie underneath when going out and about during the colder months.
- Baby wrap/carrier – moby & ergo
- pack n play
- car seat
- baby monitor
- diaper bag – I really like this one!!!
If space is an issue, which is for us, you can kill two birds with one stone and invest in a 2n1 swing/bouncer combo like this or this. Because we don’t have a nursery and we cosleep, I don’t use a crib. Instead, I use a pack n play that is set up in our boys’ room for times when I do need to put the baby down. For tandem strollers, we have really liked this Graco’s Ready2Go Double stroller. We already have a car seat and stroller but we are considering getting a jogger stroller since my husband and I both hope to spend more time outdoors and active.
- breastfeeding pillow
- nipple cream – MotherEase has been my go-to and it’s great for baby’s bum too
- breast pump
- nursing pads
- burp cloths – cheap Gerber cloth diaper/ burp cloths are the best!!
A breastfeeding/ feeding pillow is definitely a must-have regardless if you breastfeed or bottle-feed. I have always used the original Boppy but recently just bought this neat adjustable nursing pillow from Infantino. I do have a hospital-grade electric Medela breast pump that was generously gifted to me but if I need to pump I like a manual one like Medela manual Harmony breast pump. I don’t usually pump unless I feel like I am on the verge of a clogged duct.
I have only breastfed which is why I only have things pertaining to those who intend to breastfeed. I am unknowledgeable when it comes to bottle-feeding, therefore, do not feel I am able to recommend what the best/ must-haves are for that. If you have any favorite items for bottle feeding please share in the comments.
- Newborn size disposable diapers – Aldi’s actually has great quality diapers and wipes
- cloth diapers
- wipes – disposable & cloth
- diaper pail
- 2 pail liners
- 2-3 wet bags – I like the larger size one like this or this
We mainly cloth diapering. I’ve cloth diapered since day one of becoming a mommy over nine years ago. I do, however, use disposables occasionally, especially when they are newborns. I switch to full cloth once they are around 2 months old. I will usually use disposable wipes when out and cloth wipes at home. When using cloth wipes, I like using the cheap baby washcloths like Gerber or Luvables brand for babies’ bottoms.
Bath Time, Care, & First Aid
- Bathtub/ mat – Blooming Bath mat has been one of my absolute favorite baby items!
- Shampoo/ wash
- nail clippers
- nasal aspirator – I like the medical-grade ones like the kind they use in a hospital. This nasal aspirator is the kind I get and like to use it even for the bigger kids if needed. The NoseFrida is another great option.
We’ve been using the Blooming Bath flower since our second baby and LOVE IT!! I personally feel it’s more comfortable to bath the babies in something like this in a sink until they are able to sit up on their own. Also, it’s a lot easier to store than a bulky baby bathtub. I know that baby towels and baby washcloths are usually on the “must-have for baby” checklist but I don’t think you really need to spend extra money on baby-specific towels. I got rid of all our baby towels and washcloths with our last one and I don’t miss them one bit. I use normal towels and our normal washcloths when bathing the baby.
FREE PRINTABLE MINIMALIST BABY MUST-HAVES CHECKLIST
I have also included my minimalist baby must-haves checklist as a free printable for you!! Just click the link below…