Ok, so after having one tiny human and seeing what we used and didn’t use here are my thoughts on a minimalist baby registry list. Everyone’s lifestyle is different and some things might make sense for you and your family that didn’t work for us. My goal was to add items to this list that we loved, used a lot, and that held up. I tend to prefer natural and sustainable products. I also try to avoid plastic as much as possible, and although I know some have successfully kept plastic out of their homes, there are some things that just worked for us!
As a huge proponent of sustainability, we scoured craiglist, yard sales and even bought some items off our friends. We registered at our local kids cloth diaper/ consignment shop. This shop is so great, people were able to order specific “used: registry items. We also used an Amazon Registry and commented next to almost everything saying that we would be so happy if people were able to find the item gently used!
- Crib (We love our stokke sleepi and were able to get a great deal on craigslist) But really any safe, non toxic sleeping surface will work. The ikea sniglar is a great affordable non-toxic option. It costs $79.99. Paired with a naturpedic non-toxic mattress at $249.99 you have a great option for under $400.
- 2-3 crib sheets and a waterproof pad for the crib mattress
- changing pad and 2 covers (we put our changing pad on our dresser, but a changing table would work fine too)
- Mobile- our tiny bird LOVED this, and it was one of the only decorations we added to the nursery. My talented sister made ours (per my request)
- Swaddling blankets -I love the muslin swaddles that are greater than 40 inches by 40 inches. I also liked having those traditional flannel blankets to use for a variety of miscellaneous things.
- Sound Machine. We have a dohm.
Feeding/Breastfeeding (if you plan to solely breastfeed- go mama!!) but if not here are a few suggestions
- Bottles/nipples (we loved our evenflo glass bottles with silicone nipples)
- You can get these silicone sleeves for the glass bottles if you are worried about them breaking
- Quality breast pump (I recommend the medela pump in style) My insurance company paid for my pump, so check with yours before you buy.
- High Chair. I HIGHLY recommend the Stokke Tripp Trapp and the additional baby seat. This was another great craigslist score! We skipped the tray and just push the chair right up to our table. We also really like the OXO tot sprout which we use when visiting my in-laws.
- Baby utensils
- unbreakable dishes! We chose to get Corelle. Our regular dishes are stoneware and aren’t quite baby/toddler proof.
- some choice of sippy cup/cups
- We have the BabyJogger City Mini GT Stroller and LOVE it. But depending on how close together you think you might have kids, it might be worth splurging for the BabyJogger City select so you can easily convert it to a double stroller.
- Baby carrier. There are SO many options out there these days. I chose the Becco Gemini for 2 reasons. The first it is “hip safe” and that baby can be forward facing
- Pack n’ Play. I know this might seem totally non-minimalist. But we really used this a lot! We used it as a bassinet during the newborn phase. Then we used it as a playpen around 6 months to 1 year. And up until 20 months, we used it as a travel crib.
- Carseat. This is such an agonizing decision. We went with the ChiccoKeyFit 30. A consistently highly rated car seat. I recommend it to all my friends for its ease of use. We chose the Britax Marathon Clicktight for our toddler seat, but in hindsight wish we would have stuck with Chicco and gotten their NextFit.
- A diaper bag. We chose the skip hop duo diaper bag. I know many people who use a regular backpack.
- we loved the baby playmat/baby gym. This is definitely something you could borrow or buy used. But is definitely worth having.
- Bouncy seat or swing. We ultimately fell in love with the BabyBjorn bouncer balance. It is lightweight, bounces on its own and folds completely flat. We could fold this flat and slide it under our couch when we weren’t using it.
Diapers (i only have cloth diaper advice to offer!)
- newborn or small diapers (a used set if you can find them!) We used newborn g-diaper covers/g-tinies with green mountain diaper preemie prefolds for 4-6 weeks until the little bird was 7 lbs. If you think you will have a large baby-skip these!
- 24 diapers (all in ones,covers and prefolds or inserts) I highly recommend checking out GreenMountainDiapers.com. They have excellent descriptions of their diapers and fit, as well as only carrying the highest quality diapers. Their prefolds are the best prefolds around.
- Trashcan with pail liner for dirty diapers
- wetbag for travel
- any diaper insert that is NOT microfiber will hold up for years and many many uses! We have had great luck buying prefolds and hemp inserts from ebay and craigslist.
- baby bath soap and lotion. I am a huge fan of Mustela (a little pricey but you use so little that it really does last a long time) and Cetaphil Baby.
- baby wardrobe! Depending on season, as well as your personal style and laundry preferences. We were lucky to get TONS of hand me downs.
- These are the BEST burping cloths ever.
Some of our personal (non-necessity) favorites
- AngelDear Lovey. We received one of these as a gift, and it soon became littlebird’s favorite. We quickly went a bought 2 more so we would never be without. But they sell them in 3 packs (a pair and spare!)
- Aden and Anais Dream Blanket
- Boppy pillow with organic cover
- Fisher Price sit me up floor seat
- amber teething necklace (I have friends who swore by these, we used it as well and felt like we had success too!)
- This is a great website that I love referring to before making any large baby purchase. http://thenightlight.com/
What were/are your must-have baby registry items!