If you’re looking for a minimalist baby registry, we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re on a budget, low on space, or just don’t want all of the “things”, we’re talking about what you REALLY need for baby.
When we got pregnant with my first son, we were on quite the budget.
I was 22, freshly married, and newly graduated, working for a non profit. Literally the day after i found out I was pregnant, we were moving out of our apartment and into my MIL’s house to figure out “what was next.”
We never had a baby shower and while we have a small but supportive family, no one was loaded and able to help out much.
Add on that we were looking at major limits space wise, we needed the bare essentials for a new baby.
What do you REALLY need for baby?
While looking at those giant baby registry lists can daunting, you don’t need all of that stuff. With all 3 of my kids we’ve have a nursery in our bedroom with the bare min.
Truth is, you really only NEED 3 things, aside from diapers, wipes and clothes. These are:
- A safe place for baby to sleep.
- A safe way to transport baby.
- A way to feed the baby.
The Ultimate Minimalist Baby Registry
That’s IT. Seriously. Today I’m sharing our favorite minimalist baby needs and how to manage those expectations.
So if you’re looking for a bare minimum registry, keep reading!
First things first: where will baby sleep?
I can’t recommed using a pack and play more. I go over it more in my post about having nuresry in your bedroom, but basically, they’re great for multiple uses, less expensive, and space saving.
Grab one that has a changing station attached. If you’re looking to use one with a bassinet feature (we always do) look for one that is NOT inclined and has mesh siding for safe sleep. This is the one we used for Ella.
See also: Can You Use a Pack and Play as a Crib?
I’m typically anti-single use, but I urge you to buy an infant carseat. Not only is it so much more convenient to carry in and out, but if you have a small baby a convertible carseat may be too big.
I’ve always has tiny babies and loved the Keyfit series for my kids. The boys we used the Keyfit30 but with Ella we got the lighter version.
Some way to feed baby.
I’ve nursed all 3 of my babies, but each time I made sure to get my insurance provided breast pump. The hospital always gives me bottles when I leave so i never actually buy them.
If you’re planning on formula feeding, grab a variety pack of infant bottles so you can figure out what works best for you and your family.
More minimalist baby needs
Of course, you’ll need a few other things, but those 3 are the non negotiable items. Here’s the next “tier” of minimalist baby needs.
You’ll leave the hospital with diapers so honestly there’s no need to stock up at all ahead of time. If you really want to, just grab one box.
But remember, your baby may be too small for newborn or might be in newborn for 2 months. So don’t go crazy! You can always make a Target run after.
See also: The Cutest Pretty Printed Diapers for Little Behinds.
Again, you’ll leave the hospital with at least a pack of these. With my second two, I did actually stock up but only because we only use Water Wipes due to sensitive skin.
While tempting to go crazy, resist! Chances are people will buy you clothes. It’s irresistible. I suggest simply grabbing 2-3 sleepers and a handful of onesies in size newborn.
You can grab 0-3 sizes later as needed, but there are things you’ll find you prefer. Investing pre-baby means you’ll have a bunch of clothes you’ll never use, making it a no for a minimalist baby registry.
IF you’re looking to keep it simple, grab a set of muslin ones. They’re multipurpose and great as car seat covers and nursing cover.
If you have the budget, grab a 3 pack of the swaddle sacks.
Non Essentials for a Minimalist Baby Registry
Finally, let’s talk “extras”. Even these are all pretty minimalist and nothing crazy, but if you have the budget these are some items that will make life easier.
Read my review on the ErgoBaby Embrace Carrier.
Or a swing, though bouncers have a smaller footprint and cost less, We actually had both as a gift with my first and gave the swing away. The bouncer is all we used with all 3!
Not a total minimalist registry essential, but definitely convenient. I personally prefer the My Brest Friend pillow over a Boppy. But if you don’t have space, budget, or are looking to cut down on single-use object, a normal pillow works just fine.
See also: Boppy Vs My Best Friend Pillow
Again – not a necessity at all. We always have one because we have a lab who loves to gnaw on dirty diapers. He can’t break into the Diaper Genie! This lands it on my minimalist baby registry. But diapers can obviously go into your normal trash easily.
Baby basics – boogie sucker, diaper cream, thermometer.
Wait to buy these!!! The hospital will give you so much and you’ll get samples of so many things. If once baby is home you need them, then order.
Final Thoughts On Minimalist Baby Registry Essentials
Here’s the thing – nothing that you decide you “need” during the nwborn stage can’t be bought. Between 1 day Prime and Target drive up, anything “extra” is just a few clicks away. Keep your baby registry simple and minimal, helping to avoid an overwhelming amount of baby “stuff” and the bill that goes with it.