Can you be minimalist with a baby? Yes! I am here to share a minimalist baby registry that is sure to keep things simple.
Whether you buy these items new or used you will be surprised by how little you really need.
Minimalist Baby Registry
This just so happens to be my third pregnancy and baby so I have a pretty good idea that there is a lot of gadgets out there that you just don’t need.
By keeping it simple it will make life with a baby a lot easier and more organized!
With my first baby, I thought I needed everything I saw on the market, but it turned out half of the items I bought were rarely used. Also, keep in mind how quickly a baby grows out of that newborn baby stage.
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Must-Have Baby Essentials:
Minimalist Baby Clothes List
This time around I am only buying a few newborn items and then 0-3 month clothes. I am focusing on only up to 3 months to start.
If you get a ton of clothes for 6 months to a year the baby room will be overstuffed. It is also very hard to keep track of everything if you are focusing too far into the future.
By getting only what you need for the first 3 months then you will see just how big your baby is after that and shop accordingly.
I was able to find all my baby clothes and baby blankets from a secondhand baby store for around $60.
Must have baby clothing
Even minimalists don’t want to be doing laundry every day! I like to have about 7 to 10 of each item that they will wear daily. Some babies are very messy and need to be changed several times a day.
To get started:
- Onesies – long sleeve and short sleeve (depending on the time of year)
- Pants – feet included if possible (then you don’t have to deal with socks as often)
- Zipper all in one onesie (it’s nice if the zipper can zip up from the bottom for changing)
- Sleep sack (just one or 2 will usually do)
- Sweater (again depends on the weather)
- Socks, Hats, Diapers, Wipes, Blankets
Obviously, you are going to need a car seat. Whether you feel comfortable with a used car seat is up to you. I was able to find a used one that was actually brand new for only $60.
I trust that it is new and there are no problems, but you must do your homework on this one.
Also, keep in mind when buying a car seat that your baby is only in one of those carrier car seats for a short time.
To save money it might pay to start out with a regular car seat especially if you don’t do a lot of driving and getting in and out of the car.
Wraps and baby carriers are a must for me. Some people love them and some people don’t.
I find this is the easiest way to carry the baby around the house and still get things done. There are a ton of secondhand baby carriers out there and they are very affordable.
A portable crib has always been on my must list. This is where my babies start out sleeping. I put this right next to my bed for the first few months of sleep.
After that, a portable crib can continue to be used for 3 or so years!
Every time we traveled we used our own portable crib and it saves a lot of hassle. I ended up buying a new Pack n Play this time around because the used ones were just not worth the price people wanted.
Always price check because sometimes something new is cheaper than something used.
Crib and Mattress
Eventually, you will need a crib and mattress. There are a ton of secondhand options out there that are very affordable.
This is another thing to shop around for. I was looking on Facebook marketplace for a used crib and the pricing was so high! Also, I didn’t see the style I wanted.
Eventually, I found a crib from Target for less than the used ones!
A changing table may not be on everyone’s must list, but if you can find one your back will thank you!
If you have a set of drawers at the right height sometimes this can be a multipurpose option to put a changing pad on top and use that as a changing table.
Then there is always the option of using the floor or a bed to do the changing. Personally, I could not imagine not having a changing table because it is hard on your back to get down on the floor at all times of the night and day to do the changing.
I found a used changing table with the changing pad included for $50. Painting it white to fit in with my home and I am very happy with how it turned out.
Here are a few more things that I loved and used.
- Baby washcloths
- Towel with hood
- Baby lotion
- Bath wash
- Teething toy
- Sound Machine
- Baby bouncer or lay down seat (not needed but comes in handy)
- Extra blankets
- Nursing Cover
- Bins to organize everything
- Baby books
- Changing pad cover (2 of them)
- Baby Bath
- Diaper Bag
How to Find Baby Stuff for Cheap or Free
Where can you find all of these used and cheap things?
The first thing I like to do is tell all of your family and friends that you are pregnant and would love to find some secondhand things. It is surprising how much people are giving away.
Just mentioning this to family and asking them to spread the word really opens you up to a lot of free things. By saying this to my own friends, I was given 2 baby bouncers, a baby bath, & blankets. Everything was used but in perfect condition!
Some online places to buy used baby stuff:
- Facebook Market Place
- Offer Up
- Thread Up
Don’t forget to take advantage of local thrift stores and secondhand children’s consignment stores.
Here is a breakdown of a lot of the stuff I bought with begin with.
SHOP THE MINIMALIST BABY ESSENTIALS:
Watch Minimalist Secondhand Baby Stuff Video Here:
Minimalist Baby Registry Conclusion
Yes, you can buy a lot of stuff, but you can also get by on very little. Keep in mind how quickly the baby stage goes by and this will save you a lot of money, clutter, and time dealing with stuff.
By keeping it minimal it will make life with a baby so enjoyable and fun! I hope some of these tips were helpful.
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