Minimalist Baby Essentials
Whether you don’t have a lot of space or you just don’t want a lot of stuff, we’ve handpicked the items you’re going to actually need (and want!) on your baby registry. From cribs that transform into beds to organic clothing that can go from day to night, these products are perfect for you and your minimalist mini me.
We know first hand just how much stuff you can accumulate when you have kids. We also know how frustrating it can be if you don’t have enough space or feel like you’re only using something for six or 12 months at a time. Luckily, the brands we love have gotten very good at creating products that are multi-purpose and can also be packed away in small living spaces.
If you’re wanting to only get the essentials when putting together your Tot Registry, keep in mind your personal style and how much room you have. If you’re someone who doesn’t have a spare room, but loves to have guests, consider items that can be easily stored away when needed, like a convertible crib.
The less is more is a great approach when preparing for your new baby as you can always buy items you find out you need.
How to Create a Minimalist Baby Registry
We put together a list of the baby registry necessities to add if you’re just looking to get the minimal items needed for your baby’s arrival. Here are the items we’d recommend:
- Diaper bag
- Feeding pillow
- Diaper pail
- Changing table
- Sleep sack
- Hands-free carrier
- Hooded towel
- Play gym
- Baby basics (footed bodysuits, onesies, leggings and tops)
- Breast pump
- Play mat
- Car seat
- Baby monitor
To help you get started, we’ve chosen 22 of these products that are perfect for your registry and all have a minimalist style.
Essential Baby Gear & Clothes
Perfect for someone who can’t commit to one bag (or doesn’t want to shell out for a specific diaper bag,) the Life in Play Tote Savvy is a simple organizer insert that turns any handbag into a diaper bag. Available in black and grey and Mini size.
Made of solid birch wood and 100% organic cotton seat padding, Bloom’s Stylewood Bouncer has a Scandinavian feel and is perfect for spaces that are too small for a rocker or swing.
When choosing furniture for a baby, choose with longevity in mind. The clever Stokke Steps Highchair is tool free and adjusts with your child as he grows. Featuring a comfortable baby set and tray for easy feeding, the Steps Highchair will bring your baby to the table to enjoy mealtime with the rest of the family.
To say we are obsessed with the Oeuf Classic Crib and Conversion Kit is an understatement. 1. It’s obviously beautiful, sustainably produced and completed with non-toxic finishes, AND 2. it also transforms into a bed that will comfortably sleep a child until the age of six. Yes, please!
Baby monitors are the best way to have peace of mind when you’re unable to be next to your baby or child. Whether your little one is sleeping in their own room or happily playing inside while you’re in another room, being able to hear or see them allows you that little bit of freedom we all desperately want and need. Designed with the safest hardware and bank-level encryption software, the Totokan Baby Monitor allows parents to be unplugged and move anywhere in their home (indoors and out) while being able to record pictures, videos and audio of their children.
When you’re breastfeeding a newborn, your poor arms can feel like they’re going to fall off, which is why so many women love using a nursing pillow. Nook Sleep Systems’ Niche Organic Feeding Pillow is 100% organic, luxuriously soft, and breathable to keep you and your baby cool and cozy.
The best part? It can also be used as a sitting prop when your infant is learning to sit up, an armrest for knitting, reading or working on your lap top as well as a body pillow for kids aged 2 and up. Comes in a variety of colors including misty, glass and blush.
When you live in an apartment building, getting smelly diapers to the outdoor trash isn’t always easy. (Think about yourself at 2am….) We love the Ubbi Diaper Pail because it’s made of powder-coated steel to achieve maximum odor control and is equipped with rubber seals strategically designed to lock in odors. The best part: you can use any standard trash bag or reusable cloth liner. Available in white, light pink and grey.
Having a safe change pad or changing table truly does make diaper changes a breeze. Featuring a contoured design to reduce the chance of your little one rolling, the Nook Sleep Systems Pebble Change Pad also has a certified non-toxic foam core. The cover is made from an all-natural eucalyptus and is stain resistant, waterproof, removable, and washable.
Mastering the art of sleep is perhaps one of the hardest parts of being a parent, which is why we swear by the DockATot Deluxe+. Perfect for babies ages 0-8 months old, you can use it for co-sleeping, tummy time, trips to the grandparents’ house and more. Bonus: it’s 100% free from harmful chemicals and substances. The Deluxe+ has a variety of covers (sold separately) to choose from, including Lush & Fern, Silver Lining, Strawberry Cream and Cyclo Blue.
If there’s one baby gift set you need that covers all of your baby clothes needs, it’s the HART + LAND Organic Essential Baby Gift Set. It’s the absolute perfect gift for baby showers and newborns! It features everything you need for the first few months and more. The Unisex set includes:
- 2 x long sleeve footed bodysuits
- 2 x long sleeve lap shoulder bodysuits
- 1 x short sleeve lap shoulder bodysuit
- 2 x short sleeve crew tee-shirts
- 1 x long sleeve crew tee-shirt
- 3 x leggings
- 1 x swaddle
- 2 x hats
- Loulou Lollipop Trinity Teether
- The Story of You Baby Book
Babies love to squirm, kick and stretch, which is why it’s no wonder they can’t keep a blanket on at night. Luckily, the Kyte BABY Solid Sleep Bag is made from sustainable bamboo rayon fabric that will keep your little one covered. Since bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic and breathable, this sack can actually help regulate your baby’s body temperature. Available in a variety of colors including cloud, storm, sky and blossom.
A good bib can save your baby’s outfit (and neck) from drool, food stains and other wet messes that inevitably occur. Made from 100% cotton muslin, Green Sprouts’ Muslin bibs are reversible, gender-neutral and get softer with every wash.
Ergobaby’s all-in-one, newborn ready Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh has all the carry positions plus ultimate ventilation to keep you both cooler. The Omni conveniently grows with baby from week 1 to 48 months and offers a perfect fit for all parents.
Loulou Lollipop knows how to make ridiculously cute and comfy things, which is why we think every little baby should have their hooded towel and washcloth set. Designed to keep little heads warm after bath, the set is available in Dinosaur and Unicorn.
Swaddle blankets are the Swiss army knife of baby gear. Perfect for swaddling, nursing, napping, shading, or decorating, the Atelier Choux Muslin Swaddle Set has two gender-neutral blankets that get softer with each wash.
When it comes to breastfeeding and breastmilk, we know it can be difficult if you have to go back to work or if your baby has trouble latching, which is why we highly recommend an amazing breast pump. Medela’s Freestyle Breast Pump Deluxe Set gives you everything you could need to make the whole breast feeding process as painless and efficient as possible.
The classic inspired Million Dollar Baby Classic Tanner 6-Drawer Dresser is a contemporary take on a traditional piece. With unique details such as leather handles and elegant bronze metal feet caps, the Tanner is the perfect accent piece for all your storage needs. The six spacious drawers are fully extendable with self-closing, ball-bearing drawer glides.
Jem + Bea Denim Backpack is made with water resistant poly-cotton and is the ultimate hands-free, unisex baby bag option for parents on the go. Loaded with practical details both inside and out, the backpack still maintains Jem + Bea’s signature sleek and minimalist look.
The backpack includes a matching vanity pouch that attaches to bag or stroller, a hidden thermo-insulated pocket, 4 interior pockets, including a secure zip compartment for valuables, and an oval-shaped luxury padded changing mat. Sold.
Minimalist Baby Toys
Made from FSC certified untreated birch plywood and eco-certified non-toxic dyes, the Loullou Play Gym is a simple, timeless and functional must-have toy. We love it because it’s stylish and doesn’t have any flashing lights or sounds, but still helps your baby accomplish milestones like reaching, swatting and learning about cause and effect.
Another way to help your baby master those gross motor skills is by handing them a rattle that is safe for them to hold and (inevitably) chew on. Made from 100% organic and sustainably harvested bamboo, Cheengoo’s Rattles are naturally hypoallergenic, machine washable and easy to throw in your handbag or stroller. They come in a variety of cute styles including market vegies, panda and cactus.
The Nook Sleep Systems Lilypad Playmat can make Tummy Time extra safe and cozy at home. It can also save the day when your baby wants a bit of independence at an airport, the park or on a playdate. Made from eucalyptus and organic cotton, it’s non-toxic, sustainably produced and recyclable!
Hand painted with non-toxic paint, the BabyNoise Double Maraca has been specially designed for little hands to grasp and shake.
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