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I am a bit of a minimalist…
And when my baby was born, I was 100% committed to not over collecting stuff. (We live in a small house, and there is just no way we could have fit the standard barrage of baby paraphernalia in.) In fact, I can honestly say that I did pretty well with keeping it under control. (With the exception of baby beds, but I’ll get to that.)
Even as a minimalist, it’s impossible not to buy SOME new baby necessities. I mean, the baby needs a few things. And really, when you’re not buying stuff left and right, you can afford to make a few nice purchases.
These things are also the absolute best GIFT IDEAS FOR A NEW BABY, in my opinion.
These are my absolute favorites of all the baby necessities, and I would spend this money again in a heart beat:
♥ aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddling Blankets – I love these because they are BIG and breathable, and gorgeous. I’m also finding that they wash well, which is pretty important.
♥ Carter’s Just One You Sleepers – These are the most awesome sleepers I’ve found. They fit the best, they seem to be the best quality… and zippers! (WHAT is with all the snaps?! 3 am and I want to fight with 10 snaps in the dark? No thank you.)
♥ MAM Orthodontic Pacifiers – We were given a set of these as a gift, and they were the only ones the squishy baby would take after that. But my favorite thing about them? They come with a plastic microwave sanitizing case.
♥ Cute silicon teething pacifier clips – for a few reasons. I originally bought one like this, and it was a waste of money because it serves exactly ONE purpose (and it got dirty / worn really fast). You certainly won’t be needing the “teething” function of it while babe is a new born, but I just hate having to buy anything twice that I could buy once. When they are itty bitty you can use it just to keep track of the pacifier, and when they are bigger it’s an autmatially built in teether. Plus they look cute (and stay cute longer).
♥ Munchkin Clear Nose Nasal Aspirator – This is just not one of those things you want to be in need of at 3 am and not have on hand. It works AMAZING, unlike these ones – don’t get that kind. Put it right in the cabinet next to to the baby Tylenol and the thermometer. (And, JUST in case you didn’t know – like I didn’t know – go for a dye free painkiller like this one, to keep chemicals to a minimum.)
♥ Boiron Cocyntal Colic Medicine – You don’t know desperate until you know four hours of screaming in the middle of the night desperate. This stuff worked wonders for our squishy baby… and I couldn’t find anything online that made me hesitate to give it to him (but do your own research too). We also tried this stuff, but didn’t see the same results.
♥ Baby bath tub with sling – We gave our baby his first couple baths in the bathroom sink and he really really hated them. Plus it was hard to support him properly and keep his head from bumping against the sink and truly, NO one was having fun. Then we got a bathtub like this one with a sling, and from that day on he LOVED bathing! (Even at just a week old!)
♥ Live Clean Baby Wash (+ Lotion too) – I didn’t want to smear my baby in a bunch of crazy chemicals and I also didn’t want to spend a fortune on products… This brand was the perfect fit for us ‘cus it’s 98% plant derived and Petroleum, SLS, paraben and phthalate free… and it’s also like 7 bucks. Soooo… winning. (Plus the baby body lotion smells awesome and squishy baby never had any skin issues AT ALL!)
♥ Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper – I kid you not we tried 5 different baby beds to see what would work for us AND him, and this was the long-term winner, hands down. For the first two months we used a bed that keeps the baby safe between you and hubby IN your bed (exactly like this one) and that was fine, but next time I am definitely investing in a one of these for those first few months.
♥ Marpac Dohm-DS All Natural Sound Machine – We actually don’t have THIS one, we have a different one and it’s not as good. My sister has two of these for her girls, and this is the one I would go with. Your baby will probably sleep through anything as a new born, but I think it’s beneficial to start using the sound machine when they are really little so A) they learn to associate it with sleeping and B) you don’t wake them with loud noises by accident.
♥ Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump (double) – I do not know what I would have done without this thing. We had so many breast feeding struggles to start – and pumping is a pain sometimes,, but I REALLY wanted to breastfeed. I don’t know if I could have done it without this thing.
♥ Medela Bottles and Calma Nipples – If you feed your baby with a bottle, there is always a chance that babe will prefer the bottle to mom, because it’s EASIER to get the milk out. These nipples force the babe to really suck to get milk out, so there is less chance that they will make babe “lazy”. (You will want to grab these microwave sterilizer bags so you don’t need to do any real work to sterilize things. Just FYI these are WAY cheaper on Amazon that in the store, at least that I’ve found.)
♥ Taggies Blanket – Your newborn doesn’t need toys. BUT the day I noticed that babe was interested in holding things was also the day I noticed that none of the awesome toys we had for him were age appropriate. This was the only thing he could hold onto and enjoy for any length of time. (This was also great, a few short weeks later.)
Obviously, there are “new baby necessities” that your baby can do without
But I really felt that these things were totally worth while purchases! There are SOME things you can get FOR FREE though, so be sure not to spend money on stuff you don’t have to spend on! Check out this list of things you can grab for your babe for FREE!