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