A Minimalists New Baby ListOn January 28, 2020 by Kari
Having a new baby comes with a list of must haves that can be a mile long! I know because with our first and last second kids we had all the things! Our house was exploding with all the baby items we thought we had to have!
When we moved from Colorado to Oklahoma we got rid of everything baby. My husband was done having kids and so there was no point in moving it all with us. If you know my family at all you know we didn’t stop at just two kids.
When we got pregnant with our daughter we were just starting to build our tiny house. We had the plans in the works for months and the week before we started framing I got a positive pregnancy test. But this didn’t change our plans to live tiny. However, it did change our layout because I was not going to be climbing a ladder to a loft while pregnant or holding a baby!
The way we had lived before we knew wasn’t going to be an option this time so I really had to think through our list of needs. What had I really used with our first two? Was there anything we could combine? What other changes could help us keep our possessions in the tiny house minimal with a new baby?
One thing we have always done is buy used. I’m not sure my kids have had much of anything brand new. To some this might seem mean but really the second hand items you can buy and a fraction of the price and look like they’ve never been used. So of course we decided to do this again with some changes. We only bought what we needed at each stage and sold it as soon as it wasn’t needed any longer. We also bought travel size items that are smaller and most fold up to store when not in use.
We also realized that just because it was marketed for a baby doesn’t mean you had to have it. And honestly babies don’t always love all the baby must haves. If your a first time mom talk to those mamas that have a bunch of kids! By the time you have 3 or more you start to realize what you really must have!
So here’s by list of baby must haves when living tiny (or maybe in general).
- A safe place to sleep! This depends on what you think is best for your family and baby. We personally have a family bassinet that was made for my uncle almost 80 years ago that every baby in the family has slept in since. This is our babies first bed. When they out grow it they move to a crib. You might choose to co-sleep so no need for extra furniture in your space. Your baby just needs some place safe to sleep when they are sleepy.
- Carseat (and stroller). We always get a hand-me-down infant carrier from someone we know for the early months. Most of the time it comes with a stroller as well. Our babies are big so they don’t last in the infant carriers much after 6 months so to invest in a new one isn’t worth it for us. We’ve always had a stroller. Most of the time it’s used to carry all our stuff through the many place we go but not actually the baby. Either way we use it SO much and is a must for us. This one we have for our newest baby is by far the best!
- Diapers and wipes. This is kind of obvious but needs mentioned. We used cloth diapers with our first two because it was more cost effective. When we had our daughter we had just moved into the tiny house and I wasn’t up for adding cloth diapers to this new adventure so we used disposables. Now I would love to be using disposals again but the cost for one child was over $3000! It’s so much cheaper to use cloth even buying them new again. We love this affordable brand off Amazon with these inserts. We chose to use covers with inserts this time around because we could own fewer diapers and save money. Pocket diapers are great for some but for our life inserts and covers work well. Don’t forget you need cloth wipes and a wet bag to go with cloth diapers.
- Receiving Blankets. Babies make messes. They spit up, drool, pee and poo and you will need something handy to clean up all these messes. For me I love having receiving blankets. I have about 10 of these and wash laundry normally once a week.
- Bottles, Pacifiers or Breastfeeding items. You’ve got to feed your baby. I’m not here to tell you how to do that because we each have our own lives. I’ve breastfed all 4 of our babies. My first two I pumped and used bottles along side of breastfeeding. It worked well for that time of life and I didn’t know that I could choose differently. For my other two I’ve never pumped or used a bottle. Even when we’ve had emergencies we’ve managed to get our babies fed without pumping. But I do need items that make feeding my baby easier.
- Toys. Little babies don’t need a lot. We’ve have probably too many for our little guy right now but they all fit into a little bucket so I’m not worried about it. He has rattles, a crinkle book, teethers, links, and a few hanging toys. We also have a few toys for when he starts trying to crawl to encourage him to get moving. (I’m not ready for that at all!
- Carrier. Babies want to be held a lot and if you have more than one child you will need to free as many hands as possible. This is why after my second we invested in carriers. I have two, a Lillebaby and a generic ring sling. I use the ring sling for my littles when young but as soon as they can be carried on my back I use the Lillebaby. Do your research and pick what will best fit your family. I had to choose carriers that are light weight because living in the south it’s hot.
- Swing or Seat. All of our babies loved having a swing, until this one. I had a big swing with my first but then I boughttravel size swings used with each of the next. Of course our baby boy decided to be different so we sold the one I bought (for the same price) and got this little chair for him to sit in. Now he’s happily playing and watching his family run all around him. And the best part is it folds up as well so we can store it when we need to.
- Highchair. With our first 2 we had this highchair seat that strapped to the chair of our table. When living tiny we weren’t able to do that any more so we ordered this highchair for our daughter.
- Clothing. You’ve got to dress your baby. It’s part of the necessities. However, you don’t need to buy loads of clothes! For our youngest baby I bought 10 sleepers for the first size. This was more than enough for what we needed. Now he is between sizes so he has double that for his everyday clothes. He also owns three, yes three, suits. Great Granny and the Great Aunts bought him church clothes for Christmas. I’m not sure how long before he out grows them but each Sunday he is the nicest dressed in our little country church.
Being a new mom or a veteran mom can be overwhelming in so many different areas. Having too many gadgets to manage shouldn’t be one of them. Get the bare minimum you think you need. If you find yourself missing something, there are so many options between brick and mortar stores and online shopping you can easily get what you need.
Congratulations on the little one in your life that you are shopping for! Enjoy them! They grow up so fast!
– Trucker’s Wife – Homeschooling Mom of 3 – Essential Oil Fanatic – Learning to Live Healthy – Beginning Homesteader – Trim Healthy Mama –