A Minimalist’s Guide to a Small Baby Registry

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Let’s be honest, all a baby needs those first few months are:

  • Clothes
  • Diapers/wipes
  • Food
  • A safe place to sleep
  • Car seat

That’s it! You can provide the food and everything else can come from a baby shower, or cost a mere $400 if you buy it yourself.

The clothes that I didn’t get from loving family and friends I was able to buy in like-new condition at Goodwill. I’ve spent about $100 for wardrobes in every size from newborn-2T.

Money can be saved in the long run with cloth diapers. I tried them and decided that I didn’t want to put in the effort of cleaning and maintaining them, so I went the Amazon subscribe and save route for disposables instead. One box of diapers lasts little L about 2 months so it averages to being about $15 a month for diapers…delivered right to your front door!

Food is pretty much free for baby the first 6-12 months of its life if you breastfeed. Just keep yourself fed and the baby will be fed too!

I bought this pack’n play and these sheets for it then used it as a co-sleeper next to my bed the first few months of little L’s life. He preferred the pack n play over his crib, so once he was moved to his room we sold the crib and he still sleeps in the pack n play.

Please never buy a used car seat! They do expire and if they’ve been in an accident then they are no longer safe to use. You can contact your local fire department to have them help you install your car seat in your car correctly. Infant car seats can be as cheap as $50 on Amazon so buying new won’t break the bank.

Babies are super simple in their needs and wants. I went a little crazy and bought tons of toys…only for little L to toss them aside and decide that his favorite toy is a computer mouse! They can play with anything around the house and you can read them books from the library. If you want books and toys though, then buy them! The minimalism journey is different for everyone.

I like to keep things pretty minimal, but the prepper in me also made sure to have a medicine kit on hand that has been useful a few times.

One thought on “A Minimalist’s Guide to a Small Baby Registry

  1. Megan

    June 21, 2017 at 3:22pm

    My first baby, we had the big baby registry and then you learn what you need and don’t need. I also love love love the Amazon diaper subscription! With 3 kids needing diapers and products it makes it so easy and cheap!

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  2. Oyinkan

    June 20, 2017 at 8:29pm

    I’ve never even heard of a small baby registry! All my friends’ registries are super duper long. Definitely not minimal lol

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  3. Denice

    June 20, 2017 at 9:55am

    Like you, I tried cloth diapers too. At first I liked how we saved on diapers but later on decided to save washing time. Now we buy two large packs – one pack is good for three weeks. 🙂

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  4. Michelle Paige

    June 19, 2017 at 3:48pm

    These are awesome tips! I’ve always wondered why people splurge on those first few months, or even the first year because babies outgrow things so fast!

    Michelle | She’s Not So Basic

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  5. Kaitlynn

    June 19, 2017 at 12:40pm

    I’ve always wanted to try Amazon subscribe but never got around to it. It’s so true that babies just need minimal supplies. I know when we have kids, my family is going to go crazy with shopping, but that’s just how they are. The more you have, the more you have to take care of. It’s not always worth it to have everything.

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  6. JD Obedoza

    June 19, 2017 at 4:19am

    We used cloth diapers for our kid when we’re at home. We used disposable diapers on night time and during travels.

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  7. Cynthia Nicoletti

    June 19, 2017 at 2:39am

    I love all the great products they have out for babies now. It is good to purchase the important products and the ones that you will use.

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  8. Amanda Love

    June 18, 2017 at 1:45pm

    After my first child, I learned that I didn’t need so much stuff for my baby especially the clothes because they outgrow the clothes easily. It’s nice to have a little set of clothes and just the essentials, like the crib and the car seat.

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  9. Caitlin

    June 18, 2017 at 2:38am

    This is such a great outlook. Companies push SO much stuff on parents and market it via guilt… we all turned out OK having our bums wiped with room-temperature wipes – no need for a wipe warmer haha!

    Caitlin • Blonde Seeking Ambition

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  10. Nina

    June 17, 2017 at 10:41pm

    You are so right about how a baby doesn’t need much. They are very simple!

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  11. Anosa

    June 17, 2017 at 6:25pm

    I think when you first have a baby you just want everything and don’t actually realise that they just don’t need or use it. Like you said the first few months they pretty much sleep and don’t need any of the fancy gadgets or high end things. As long as it is safe and does its job then thats all you need.

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  12. Nicole Caudle

    June 17, 2017 at 4:11pm

    We didn’t do fancy gadgets with either of our children. They didn’t need much because they would be sleeping all the time and since they stayed home with me it cut down on the amount of clothing needed since they were not going to daycare on a daily basis.

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  13. sondra

    June 17, 2017 at 4:28am

    I love that your thinking about the necessities.I say load up on the diapers and all will be well.

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  14. Amber

    June 16, 2017 at 11:56pm

    I bought a lot of clothes second hand as well. But as you mentioned, all the car seats were always new.

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  15. fashion-mommy

    June 16, 2017 at 9:46pm

    I think the idea of having a subscription service for nappies is such a good idea.

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  16. Leo T. Ly

    June 16, 2017 at 8:50pm

    Another good item to add to the list is gift cards. Get it today and spend it another day. I wish I follow a minimalist lifestyle, my house is littered with kids toys right now.

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  17. steve

    June 16, 2017 at 7:54pm

    I LOVE this list. I got so overwhelmed with our first baby. We bought so much unnecessary stuff. The good news is, now that we’ve already had one, we understand the costs for the baby that’s on the way now.

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  18. Jessica Hughes

    June 16, 2017 at 4:25pm

    If your friends and family are anything like mine, you end up getting loads of stuff from your baby shower, so you really can get away with only having to buy the minimal amount of things for baby’s first few months of life. I think it really depends on your individual style as to how many “things” you want for baby.

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  19. Emmanuelle

    June 16, 2017 at 2:19pm

    Never buy or accept a used car seat and also always check the expiration date! We often buy too much stuff and clothes for the baby that we won’t use at the end. No need to pay for expensive items when they are this little. Nice post!

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  20. Akamatra

    June 16, 2017 at 12:49pm

    I agree with everything apart from the baby seat. You should definitely buy a good one even if you have to have a baby shower to only get this one item. Just my opinion though 🙂

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  21. Milton Goh

    June 16, 2017 at 6:36am

    These are definitely essentials! Cost saving too! Nice post 🙂

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  22. Tanya

    June 16, 2017 at 5:46am

    Baby items can take up a huge amount of space and you may only use them for a few months. That’s why it’s good to focus on the essentials and not things you will end up getting rid of anyway.

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