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Are you overwhelmed with the baby registry must-haves you are bombarded with since you announced you are expecting?
Clearly, expectant mothers must be the richest people in the world with nothing else to do but shop, from all the marketing directed to them.
I get it.
When you are about to bring a tiny human into your life, it may feel like these marketers aren’t too off after all.
And even if you aren’t made of money, somehow you find yourself adding up the numbers and seeing that preparing for your baby has been financially much more demanding than you have expected.
I’m here with good news: You DO NOT need all the things on your baby registry!
The Minimalist List Of Baby Registry Must Haves
I had three babies and I am a minimalist at heart. I truly believe that it`s possible to have only a few items on your baby registry, and still have everything you need.
Did you know that you can set up a fast, online Amazon baby registry? In all honesty, you will likely not receive every essential you need as a gift, so why not make it easy on yourself? Most of the items below can be found on Amazon. Win-win.
What made the baby registry list?
Quality over quantity is my motto.
All items are carefully selected necessities that proved to be useful baby after baby.
I call them classic baby registry must-haves because it’s hard to imagine newborn life without these. They are truly the bare necessities.
You absolutely do not need to buy the particular items I listed. The specifics are examples and the Amazon links are for your convenience.
If you have somebody that sews or gives you hand me down baby stuff, don’t go out and buy new ones! Using what you have is the simplest way to be minimal.
Let`s dive in.
Not only are they big enough to serve as a nursing cover with this handy clip, they are also lightweight and breathable. They are comfy in the heat, and warm enough in cold.
You can use them when you have a toddler, because of the generous size. They are durable and truly the only swaddling/receiving blanket/nursing cloth you will ever need!
I do realize not everybody wants to cosleep, but if you do, the Dock-a-Tot is the way to go. It cradles your baby a little tighter than any other bassinet or co-sleeper I have heard of or tried.
It is about as thick as a regular pillow, so you can snuggle next to your baby and feel like you are right next to her while keeping her safe.
You can also transfer your baby to a crib or bassinet in it. Washing it is a breeze, but I will say, putting it back together is kind of a pain.
3. Bed/Pack and Play
If you plan to room in with your baby for a few months, but don’t want to co-sleep, you can either go with a crib or a pack and play. (Bassinets are a total waste of money unless you borrow one for free which is what I did )
The advantage of this Evenflo pack and play is that it will be useful even when baby is older or for traveling, unlike the bassinet that you will just have to store when your little one outgrows it.
When putting a crib on your baby registry, definitely go with a convertible kind. It will serve you well in the long run as you will be able to convert it into a toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed.
The Delta Children 4-in-1 crib lives up to the expectations and comes in several different colors.
Read more on BestReviews website.
I skip the fancy bedding because babies will never actually use them.
4. Changing Table/Dresser
There’s no sense in buying a separate changing table that you have to store. Delta Children’s Universal Drawer Dresser will serve you well even after your little one is older.
5. Stroller And Car Seat
This one is a biggie. There are so many out there, it’s not even funny. You are going to use these two all the time and you want them both to fit all of your criteria.
Here are the top 3 strollers I recommend to be on your baby registry:
TheBOB Revolution is pretty pricey but worth every penny.
It is easy to fold, easy to push on any terrain and has a nice bounce to it, so your baby won`t feel every bump in the road.
You can find all sorts of accessories, like car seat adapter, weather shield, and kids cupholders, sold separately.
BOBs are so durable, you may be able to find it used, in very good shape. This also means that BOBs have a high resale value.
If you have twins or kids close in age, a double BOB is a godsend.
I loved taking my kids with me when I jogged. (Love may be too strong of a word. I kind of either took them or I couldn`t go…)
Baby Trend Expedition
The Baby Trend Expedition is another excellent option.
I own one and it`s definitely the one I prefer out of the 3 strollers I have had. (Warning, it doesn’t fold as nice and flat as many other strollers, which is a bummer, but I still love it)
The bicycle tires and the three-wheel structure make all the difference. It also has two cupholders, plus you can pull the shade all the way down to completely protect your baby from the sun.
The only thing I regret is that I did not buy the whole travel system from the very beginning!
Joovy Zoom 360
The Joovy Zoom 360 is a great option if you want a jogging stroller with more storage.
It also has cup holders, a lightweight aluminum frame, and easy fold function. Choose a car seat adapter to make the Joovy a travel system.
If you don’t want to take my word for it, check out NerdWallet’s review post on these three here.
In certain states the new law is to have babies backward facing till age 2, therefore I recommend buying a bucket seat that fits a baby up to 35 lbs.
Even if you are able to turn your baby front facing sooner, these car seats are more comfortable as your child grows.
If you are concerned with how a tiny newborn would fit in a larger car seat, most seats come with a newborn insert and you can also buy a pillow like this to support their neck.
As far as convertible seats go, they are great because you can use them with an infant and then turn it forward and use with a toddler.
However, the disadvantage is that you won`t be able to conveniently lift it out of the car and snap it on your stroller or shopping cart.
With all that said, here are 3 top rated car seats, according to Babylist.
Items with a heftier price tag will likely be purchased by you, but sometimes a group of people may chip in to buy a more expensive item off your baby registry. Don’t underestimate people’s generosity, especially if this is your first baby.
I was so thankful and very pleasantly surprised when my stroller and careseat showed up on the doorstep! It was sent from my aunt, straight off my registry.
Chicco Keyfit 30
The Chicco Keyfit 30 has all the safety and comfort features you need, like a five-point harness, newborn insert, a bubble level indicator to ensure proper positioning when you insert the car seat into the base and an adjustable canopy, to mention a few.
The stroller that completes this car seat to a travel system is the Chicco Cortina.
My favorite feature is, by far, the fully reclining seat that allows a baby to sleep safely inside it. It also boasts a large basket, one-hand fold, and an adjustable handle.
If looking for a simpler option, the Chicco Caddy Stroller will fit the bill.
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35
The GracoSnugRide is a great budget-friendly car seat that has all the important safety features, a lightweight frame, and the click connect system that is useful in connecting to all Graco Click Connect strollers.
I used this car seat with all 3 of my babies and was very pleased. To make transporting baby in different vehicles a breeze, consider buying an extra base.
Britax B Safe 35
The Britax B Safe 35 is a deeper car seat with taller sides and is a little narrower for a better fit in smaller vehicles. I own this one too and it is a very sturdy, safe seat.
If you`d rather not go with the BOB, you can buy the Britax B Agile stroller separately, or together as a travel system for a better price. Besides the extra safety features this pair provides, the stroller is easily foldable with one hand, is lightweight and comes with a front swivel wheel which makes it easy to navigate through crowds or tight places.
Besides the extra safety features this pair provides, the stroller is easily foldable with one hand, is lightweight and comes with a front swivel wheel which makes it easy to navigate through crowds or tight places.
Keep in mind when buying a travel system, that gender neutral colors are much easier to pass down to your next baby, saving you researching time and money.
6. Baby Wearing Carrier
The LilleBaby Complete Airflow is another product that I only found when I had my third, but it proved absolutely indispensable. Had I purchased it at the very beginning, I would have never needed anything else.
This is the only soft structure carrier that is safe from the newborn stage, and if you are at all familiar with baby carriers, you know what a big deal that is.
It doesn’t have a hot and irritating infant insert like the Ergo and it has a neck protector for a baby who can’t hold his head firmly yet.
The LilleBaby can also be used on your back or forward facing.
There`s a huge controversy surrounding wearing a baby forward facing out, but with this carrier, you can put your worries to rest.
When I had more kids than hands, a forward facing carrier saved my life each and every day.
Baby went up, two other kids held my hand or I had free hands to help them. Problem solved. (Well, almost. Being outnumbered still had its drawbacks…)
If you’d rather carry your baby in a cloth carrier, I recommend buying a wrap like this.
I tried the popular Boba Wrap , but I found that it only held my babies high and safe enough when very little. The stretchy fabric prevented a good tight hold, so I liked my woven wrap much better.
It takes a little time to learn how to tie on your baby, and I have never mastered a back carry, but the woven wrap was perfect for the first few months to carry baby in front. Check out this YouTube video on how to use it.
Check out this YouTube video on how to use it.
7. Electric Pump
This is where you don’t want to go cheap because you will regret it. On your baby registry, definitely include a Medela Double Electric pump.
You can opt for the even more convenient hands-free version.
The Medela pumps work a ton faster and more efficiently than any other pump on the market. There’s a reason why hospitals use it exclusively.
I love that this pump comes in a handy bag or backpack, so you can carry it to work and nobody will look at you funny.
Order replacement parts or different size shields in this handy kit!
Don’t forget this awesome bustier, which will make you feel much less exposed when pumping, not to mention more comfortable.
No matter how much I love the Medela pumps, I was never too wild about the Medela bottles.
Opt instead for Dr Brown`s and I promise you won’t regret it. The reviews speak for themselves and they had me at “vent system reduces colic, burping, and gas”.
You may want to separate baby’s things from the rest of the dishes and for this purpose, a countertop drying rack is a good choice.
Most pediatricians nowadays recommend just washing bottles, pacifiers, etc. in the dishwasher on hot, but if you prefer to sanitize them, go with a simple microwaveable sterilizer.
8. Nursing Shirts
I highly recommend Undercover Mama shirts.
They are especially great for those of us who can’t wear the popular nursing camis due to their limited sizing and lower support. With these shirts, you use the nursing bra you wish because they attach to it!
I was lucky enough to find them when I had my first baby and I have absolutely loved them. They came out with a tummy control version ever since.
These shirts supposed to fit pretty tight, so don`t be alarmed if they do.
Because they can be folded down from the top part, just like a nursing bra, the shirts will keep your abdomen covered while nursing, no matter what shirt you wear over it. Try them in different colors straight from their website.
If you aren’t particularly busty, you can probably go with Leading Lady`s Nursing Tanks.
The shirt has a built-in shelf bra that’s comfy enough to sleep in, but supportive enough to wear under your shirts.
Some women don`t want to use separate nursing bras, and these camis are a great option for making nursing easier.
And while we’re here, make sure you buy these nursing pads, they are soft and reusable: awesome!
No baby registry is complete without a tub!
I found the Summer Infant tub to be safe and easy to use. I owned different tubs with my first two, but I received this as a shower gift before my third and liked it the best.
The liner is inflatable, making it really soft even for the tiniest babies. It also has a positioner to incline the baby if you please.
The whole tub is super lightweight and as the name indicates, foldable.
Don`t forget to buy some hooded bath towels as well. Speaking from experience, it isn’t worth messing around with any other towels.
I KNOW there are a thousand, higher tech monitors available nowadays, but I stand by this Vtech baby monitor. I have been very pleased with it.
Not only is it super quiet, it also has a feature where you can push a button and talk to your baby through the parent unit.
Another great feature is the different levels of voice sensitivity, enabling you to hear even the slightest noise. The baby unit also has a night light feature.
It also has a fairly wide reception area and the display shows you if the monitor is linked or not, letting you know whether you went too far from the baby unit.
Overall, it is a great, budget-friendly monitor for a minimalist’s baby registry.
The monitor I started out with was the Angel Care monitor and while some think it is overkill, for my anxious postpartum self, it seemed indispensable.
There are many monitors on the market now that have video features. The HelloBaby Video Monitor has decent ratings and is also a budget-friendly option if you must have a video monitor.
I have heard many good things about them, though I have not personally owned one because for me, it wasn’t a necessity.
11. Baby Seat
Ingenuity’s 2-in-1 seat is the ultimate multifunctional item to have on your baby registry.
Not only will it help your wobbly sitter stay upright by having a higher back, but it will also double as a high chair and booster for when your child is older.
Can`t get simpler than that!
I know that there is an overflow of cute and stylish diaper bags everywhere. I`ve seen them too…
Don’t be fooled. Neither you nor the baby will care how cute it looks if it’s impractical. (ask me how I know)
This Skip Hop diaper bag is practical in more than one ways.
There are plenty of pockets inside and outside to store small things, and the bag is big enough to fit all the essentials.
It also comes with bottle holder pockets on both sides.
You can wear it cross-body style or on the shoulder, but it doesn`t have too much of a purse look that daddy would not want to carry it.
The biggest pro for this bag is that it very easily attaches to strollers and shopping carts.
But if I could start all over again, I would go with the HapTim backpack hands down!
It has all the same features as the SkipHop, but it won’t keep bothering you when you try to juggle a toddler on your hips. (hey, just trying to keep a long-term perspective).
13. Bibs/Burp Cloths
They have a polyester backing which prevents the clothes underneath from soaking. They are a breeze to put on with a small snap and are also adjustable.
For burp cloths, the simplest choice is to buy Gerber’s cloth diapers. (don’t worry, you won’t be using them for that). These are way more absorbent than anything else you’ll find.
Often times though, your Aden and Anais blankets, baby’s clothes, your clothes or the furniture and carpet will be used.
Bonus item: Gerber Soothe
I hope this minimalist baby registry guide proves to you that you can be prepared without having to have it all!
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