Can We Live Without That? Having a “Minimal” Baby.

by nomeatbarefeet


This is scary. No really, check the suggested numbers after each item. Or this. Or this (just keep scrolling). There is no way our moms had all of this raising us. And for sure our grandmothers had even less. We all turned out fine. We went into this journey knowing that we did not want to give up our minimalism. Never has our minimalist urge been as strong as when facing these scary ass “must-have” lists.

To start with, we were given a number of hand-me-downs (prioritizing and minimizing even these). We also did a lot of research really relying on these three sites’ minimal baby guides: Becoming Peculiar, Today is My Favorite, MiniMotives. While we certainly didn’t follow their recommendations exactly, we did source what we wanted and we paid careful attention to what you absolutely need prior to baby and the first 6 weeks(ish) after.

Here is our version of a Minimal Guide. We hope that we can inject some small ounce of minimalist restraint to the massive, plasticy, overindulgent lists.

Bought For Us (ahead of shower)

  • Crib and mattress (we were thinking of a mini-crib at first, instead of crib & bassinet, for near our bed, but see “hand-me-downs”)
  • Aiden and Anais baby blanket & swaddle
  • Car seat
  • Stroller (travel system w/ the Car seat)
  • Extra car seat base



  • 30+ cloth diapers (Bum Genius & Fuzzi Bunz; this is the most fantastic hand-me-down we could have been given!)
  • 4 small wet bags
  • Bassinet
  • Ergo Baby Carrier
  • ~12 Lifefactory glass baby bottles
  • Boppy nursing pillow
  • Clothes
  • 2 swaddlers
  • A nursing scarf/cover
  • Various wooden infant ‘graspers’ and ‘rattles’
  • Door frame bouncer
  • Electric pump motor (This won’t be needed because my insurance will get me a complete new one, but I have a hand-me-down back up motor incase… it will just need new tubes and such)

(all remaining items were placed on our registry)


Nursery & Diapering

  • 2 receiving blankets (Etsy)
  • A fancier baby blanket (Etsy)
  • New bassinet pad & sheet
  • 2 crib mattress covers
  • 4 crib sheets (2 cotton, 2 flannel)
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby bottom balm
  • 2 medium sized wet bags
  • 1 large wet bag for our laundry room
  • A travel changing pad (I refused to buy a changing pad for dresser top, in all my years of babysitting and nannying… I’ve always changed babies on the floor)
  • 4-pack of cheap earth friendly detergent for cloth diapers
  • 15 bamboo washcloths (to be used as wipes.. we are going to give it a try)
  • Waterwipes for visitors/caregivers uncomfortable with cloth wipes and for travel (these are European, you can get them through Target, the only ingredients are water and fruit extract!!)
  • 6 pack unbleached pre-folds for burp cloth usage

Baby Moving

  • A JJ Cole Bundle Me (basically a snow suit for the car seat, we are having a winter baby in VT, this grows with the child, can be placed on a stroller, whereas a newborn snowsuit would get such little use)
  • A Moby wrap (to have a softer carrier than the Ergo for in house baby wearing)

Health & Bath

  • Ear thermometer
  • Nail trimmers and scissors
  • Foam sink insert (I refused to get a big hard plastic infant bath, rather we will bathe in the sink, with our simple sponge)


  • Infant nipples for Lifefactory bottles
  • Breastmilk storage bags


  • 2 nursing tank-tops
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby nipple butter (this is a vegan, non-lanolin based nipple cream)

Baby Clothes

  • A newborn hoodie (we have some sweaters, but wanted one more warm layer)
  • Socks

Etsy Extras (just because its dangerously awesome)

  • Dribble bibs (I, Katie, am obsessed with scarves.  This is my non-necessary request… I love the look of a cute dribble bib instead of a actual bib, they look like mini scarves, couldn’t help myself)

When creating the registry was all said and done, there was a total of 31 gifts on it.  I think we did pretty good.  As per my request, my sister found a nice way to ask that people really stick to our registry.