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The Best Minimalist Baby Registry

 

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Aside from decorating Locke’s nursery, building our baby registry was one of the most fun things I did while I was pregnant & waiting for his arrival.

Every family’s needs are different, but this registry is specifically aimed towards the mama who is trying to be mindfully minimalistic.

My goal for our baby registry was to truly LOVE each item. I wanted the items to be reasonably priced, but not lack in quality. I wanted the items to be beautiful or at least aesthetically pleasing. Most importantly, I wanted to take on a minimalistic approach to baby items because our little cottage in the woods is small & we just don’t have room for a ton of stuff.

 

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Baby Registry List:

Sleep

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard Portable Napper & Changer

This alleviates the need for a bassinet when you have a newborn and is a must for your baby registry. It can be used for many years as a portable crib & a safe play area. We use it every single day.

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard Fitted Sheet, Grey

I recommend getting two sheets to have a backup when one gets dirty.

Little One’s Pad Pack N Play Crib Mattress Cover

Again, I recommend buying two sets. This keeps the Pack n’ Play mat from getting ruined.

Dream On Me Synergy 5-in-1 Convertible Crib

We bought our crib from Ikea and love it. This is a very similar one from Amazon & it has great ratings and reviews.

Dream On Me Spring Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress

Again, our mattress was from Ikea, but this is one of the top rated on Amazon.

100% Cotton Jersey Knit Fitted Crib Sheet

I would recommend buying 2-3 fitted sheets.

Waterproof Fitted Mattress Pad Cover

I would recommend buying two mattress pad covers.

Mom Hack: Make your baby’s crib like normal with a waterproof fitted pad and a fitted sheet, but add an additional waterproof pad and sheet on top of the first set. This makes for really fast bedding changes in the middle of the night when everyone is tired.

White Noise Machine

This. Every Nap. All night long. When the dogs bark at something or my car alarm randomly goes off, our son doesn’t wake up thanks to this $20 life saver 😉 This is a very valuable baby registry item.

Baby Monitor

I use this for every nap and all night long. It’s prices much lower than a lot of video monitors and it’s a really great quality. It shows the room temperature as well, which is a feature we love. I can’t recommend this one highly enough.

Swaddles

I am a swaddle snob. I will be the first to admit it.

My absolute favorite swaddle blankets are Max & Moose. They’re more like t-shirt material and they are bigger than standard swaddles, so they’re easier to use (I am in no way affiliated with Max + Moose).

Another similar brand is Mebie Baby. I have friends who love this brand, plus you can get them through amazon.

I never used Aden and Anais, but people rave about these.

Philips AVENT Freeflow Pacifier BPA Free

We bought two of these packs & used these pacifier clips, which really came in handy. I still use them (not affiliated).

Bathtime

Puj Tub

Perfect for sink baths. It’s simple, white, and it’s a space saver compared to the huge plastic baby tubs. As soon as Locke started sitting on his own in the bath, I hung this on a hanger in the back of his closet and we’ll use it again with our next baby.

Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Most babies have really sensitive skin. Locke has unusually sensitive skin & bad eczema. I primarily use coconut oil instead of lotion or diaper cream. I like it because it doesn’t have any chemicals in it.

When I can’t control his eczema with just the coconut oil, I use this Cetaphil Cream, which is what his dermatologist recommended. It works amazing.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm

I have this on hand for when/if he ever gets a really bad diaper rash that needs more than coconut oil. This stuff is great and has natural ingredients.

Note: You don’t really need baby wash cloths or baby towels. You may want them because they’re cute. But you don’t need them. We didn’t use them. You also don’t really need soap for a newborn. Bathing them with just water is perfectly fine.

Feeding:

Burp Cloths

These are cheap, simple, and super useful as burpcloths. I bought one pack and that was plenty.

Natural Nipple Butter

I used this a ton during the first few weeks of breastfeeding…because breastfeeding pretty much makes your nipples fall off. This stuff helps. Also, I promise it get’s better & doesn’t always hurt so dang bad!!

Medela Pump in Style Breast Pump

I’ve been super happy with this pump & use it every day. Your insurance may pay for this item, so call and chat with them before you purchase out of pocket.

Mom Hack: You are going to want a hands-free pumping bra. You can buy one like this, OR you can make your own for way cheaper. Buy a few cheap sports bras like these & cut two small holes in them. I wear these with nursing pads during my 12 hour shifts at the hospital and they work great!

Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags

These make for super quick cleaning of pump parts and alleviate having to boil your pump parts to sanitize them every day. Who the heck has time to boil their stuff?!

Baby Bottle Brush

I ordered this 2 pack of bottle brushes. They look cute in my kitchen & it wasn’t some huge pack of different size brushes that I need to store or hide away.

Breastmilk Storage Bags (BPA and BPS Free)

You need these to store and freeze your pumped milk. I’ve tried several brands and I haven’t noticed any difference. These are the best price I could find, so it’s what I buy.

Sarah Wells Wet Dry Bag

I store my pump parts in this both at home and at work (I got the black & white one).

Mom Hack: Schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant for a few days after you give birth. You’ll need all the help you can get. This helped me SO much in the very beginning & gave me a lot more confidence.

Washable Organic Nursing Pads

For the first several weeks you will probably leak breastmilk even when you aren’t nursing. I tried multiple brands of disposable nursing pads at first but I thought they were itchy so I switched to reusable ones. Again, personal preference.

3 Natural 8 oz Glass Bottles

I ordered this three pack of 8oz bottles. I skipped over the smaller 4oz bottles because I didn’t want to store multiple sizes that he would grow out of anyways. Don’t buy a ton yet because sometimes breastfed babies have a hard time supplementing with a bottle and you’ll need to try a few different kinds to find what works for your baby. (Always start with the slowest flow nipples).

Organic Baby Bandana Scarf Bibs

If your kid spits up a lot, these will save you a ton of laundry and outfit changes. They’re also super cute and Locke get’s so many compliments on them. These are another cheaper option that have held up very well.

High Chair

We love this chair because it hooks right onto our table, it’s easy to clean, and it doesn’t take up a ton of space. If your table has a lip and you need a traditional highchair, this one from Ikea is highly recommended by my mom friends.

Spoons (BPA Free Silicone)

For some reason Locke loves these little spoons and chooses them over any toy 😉

Note: I ended up rarely using our boppy pillow + cover. (Some people swear by the boppy though, so it’s definitely personal preference). I just used a normal pillow until I got the hang of nursing and now I just hold him. If you are someone who leaks a lot while you nurse, Milkies Milk Saver is an awesome product that saves your milk from being wasted.

I did have a nursing cover, but you can absolutely just use a blanket. There are learning curves with both.

Travel:

Chicco Keyfit Infant Car Seat and Base

This carseat is easy to get Locke in and out of. It’s lightweight and comes with a base that stays in your car. It comes with a newborn insert that is really easy to remove and wash.

I was torn between buying an infant carseat or a convertible carseat, but decided on the infant seat. I’m really glad I did because it’s so nice to be able to take him in and out of the car without unstrapping him or waking him up every single time. When he grows out of it, i’ll store it in his closet and use it for the next baby.

The convertible carseat I plan to buy is this one.

Mom hack: I cut one of these in half and put it at the bottom of the carseat under his butt. This was a lifesaver after blowouts & made for easy clean-up).

BOB Revolution SE Single Jogging Stroller

I LOVE this stroller. This is an item that i found second-hand for a fraction of the cost. If you can find one second-hand – do it! When you have a second baby you may want to upgrade to a double stroller anyways.

I wanted a high quality running stroller, because running is hard enough as it is 😉 It’s easy to maneuver and it fits in the back of my small trunk. It’s super light-weight so it’s easy to get in and out and set up quickly.

This is the only stroller we own and I use it at the mall, grocery store, etc and haven’t had any problems with it fitting anywhere.

BOB 2017 Single Infant Car Seat Adapter

This adapter is specific to the Chicco infant carseat and allows me to snap his carseat into the BOB stroller.

Ergobaby 360 All Carry Positions

I have this Ergo and it’s great. It came with a newborn insert and it’s easy to get him in and out of. I like the simple colors and it’s easy to store. Because we are a pretty active family this was a must-have for hiking. This is an item I didn’t want to skimp on price wise because I knew I needed something that would be comfortable for my back. The longest hike we’ve done so far was seven miles and it was comfortable the entire time.

Note: Tons of mamas swear by wraps and slings. I would recommend borrowing one from a friend to see how you like it before you buy one. Some people love them, but some people never use them. Wild Bird slings are very highly recommended (not affiliated).

Mom Hack: I lucked out and found a brand-new Ergo on Craigslist for half the price, so definitely keep an eye out for this. I see them ALL THE TIME. If not though, it’s worth the price tag. I actually found a number of brand new items on Craigslist from this registry list, so I highly recommend browsing Craigslist or Offer-Up frequently.

Diaper Bag

Our Fawn Design diaper bag was a big splurge, but I love it so much. I have been so happy with my choice. (Again, I’m not affiliated in any way with Fawn Design, I’ve just really enjoyed my bag). They do have sales once or twice a year, so join their mailing list and/or instagram.

Portable Changing Pad

I carry this in our diaper bag for changing Locke on the go. Gathre Micro+ mats are more expensive ($30), but much cuter. I don’t have one yet though 😉

Health:

I recommend having these items on hand right away. You never know when your baby is going to get sick and you don’t want to be empty-handed when it happens.

Humidifier

I run this in Locke’s room every night during the winter months. It’s also one of the first things we recommend to parents when they bring congested kids to the hospital.

Digital Flexible Thermometer

Take it from a nurse, you want a rectal thermometer. Babies don’t mind them one bit and it is the most accurate way to take their temperature. It’s the only way we do it with infants in the hospital.

oogiebear Ear & Nose Cleaner

I call this the booger picker & it’s my favorite. It’s less traumatic than the bulb syringe 😉

NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Super gross. Super helpful. And I promise snot will not get in your mouth.

Saline Spray/Drops

This helps to loosen stuffy noses before you aspirate with a bulb syringe or nosefrida.

Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water

When babies are born, their GI system isn’t completely developed so they tend to have tummy issues for a few weeks. These drops can really help.

(I would also recommend having dye-free infant acetaminophen on hand. Obv. not a doctor, so consult with them on when to use this 😉

Baby Nail Clippers

Those suckers get so long and sharp. I use these all the time. These are mini, so they are easier to use than an adult size would be.

Clothing:

I am SUPER minimal when it comes to Locke’s clothes. I barely registered for any clothes because they’re so seasonal that stores tend to stop selling them by the time your baby shower rolls around anyways. Plus, people will get you clothes no matter what because they’re super fun to shop for.

All of Locke’s clothes are from Primary.com or H&M. I actually do a capsule wardrobe for him and it’s been really fun. I’ll have to do another post on that sometime 🙂

With that being said, I would recommend getting mittens like these for when your baby is super fresh so they don’t scratch themselves.

Booties

Socks don’t stay on, but I do really love these for during the winter months.

Laundry:

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner

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This is the laundry detergent that I’ve settled on. I tried at least five different ones because of how sensitive Locke’s skin is, and this has been my favorite. It has all natural ingredients & it’s organic. It lasts for a long time & I just think it’s worth it to avoid the harsh chemicals. We use it for all of our laundry.

Mom Hack: I tried a few baby stain removers and none of them worked very well. Now I just use our dish-soap! I put a little dish-soap on the stain right away & scrub it. I rinse it and throw it in the wash. (I haven’t found a ‘clean’ version of dish-soap that I love yet, but when I do, I’ll update this post. For now though, I use Mrs. Meyers and it works really well).

Additional Baby Gear:

4Moms MamaRoo

I didn’t register for or buy one of these and I’ve been kicking myself ever since. We have a second-hand baby swing that is really big and heavy and we should have just bought this one to begin with.

Black Foam Mat

We only have wood floors so I use these foam tiles under Locke’s blankets on the floor.

Blanket

I bought two of these for him to lay/play on. One for the living room, one for his nursery. I wash & dry them constantly and they have held up really well.

 

Diapering:

Newborn Pampers Swaddlers

Pampers have little indicator lines which are really helpful during the first few weeks.

Mom Hack: when your baby starts sleeping through the night or going longer stretches, use night time diapers like these and size up one size. This prevents leaks and they absorb better, which means baby sleeps better and longer.

Your welcome 😉

Wipes:

We use the Costco Kirkland brand wipes for the first several weeks. After he started sleeping through the night, I started making my own baby wipes. It’s super easy and much cheaper.

Diaper Genie

This is not necessarily a must-have item and it’s very controversial 😉 It’s been worth it to me though because our dumpsters are almost a mile away, so this saves me a ton of time. You may be able to get away with just a regular trashcan with a lid. You’ll also need the liners that go into the Diaper Genie, but they last a really long time.

Note: we didn’t really use a changing pad/table, but this one gets great reviews. I’ve seen people use it with a white cover, and throw a Gathre Micro+ mat on it and it’s really cute (not affiliated).

A Few Fun Extras for older babies:

Joovy Spoon Walker

We own this walker and love it for it’s minimal clean look and collapsible storage feature.

We also own this macrame hammock swing. I actually won it in a giveaway on Instagram, but I would buy it in a heartbeat. It’s beautiful and he loves it.

Conclusion:

On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep

If you made it this far, you’re amazing & thank you! Honestly, if I could recommend one single take-away item from this list, it’s this book + a mentor. Helping Locke sleep through the night was a complete game changer for us & has made my motherhood journey so much sweeter. Locke was sleeping through the night by the time he was 9 weeks old and we haven’t looked back.

I couldn’t have done it without my momma, who mentored me through this book. I HIGHLY recommend finding someone who has successfully implemented these principles to help and support you <3 If you don’t know anyone, reach out to me & let’s talk!

That’s it guys. That’s all the baby gear we own and everything that was on my baby registry!

What are your favorite baby items or must-haves? What were items you thought you needed but never used?

Are you curious how to photograph this new baby of yours? Photography is kind of my thing and I have a free photography course just for moms (even if you don’t have a fancy camera!)

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I would love to connect, come say hi over on Instagram!

 

Last Note: I didn’t use or need the items listed below, but so many of my mama friends SWEAR by them. I’ve linked them here for you to check out, but it’s definitely personal preference.

DockATot

Miracle Blanket Swaddle

 

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