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Having a baby, especially for the first time, is a time where most people throw common sense out the window and buy every single baby item that is marketed to them.

I mean, how is the mum meant to know what she will need to make life easier? How are childless friends meant to know?

While this makes it easy for friends that throw baby-showers, how do you know what the minimalist mum will want and need for her baby?

Pro tip: anything that can be used in a variety of ways will be much appreciated by the minimalist mum.

When I had my first baby, I was given and gifted every baby item under the sun.

A lot of the items, although appreciated,  weren’t overly useful to us and were only used once or twice before we realised they just took up more room in the house.

Now that we have baby number 2 due very soon, I thought about what items we decided to use so that we get the most use out of.

What are essential items for the minimalist mum?

Travel and sleep essentials:

  1. Pram with a bassinet attachment – this saves mum having to purchase a separate bassinet and port-a-cot if they are travelling.
  2. Pram liner.
  3. A convertible car seat that is suitable from birth to 4-8 years.
  4. Woven Wrap to carry the baby in – a woven wrap can be used from 3kg until toddlerhood and can be tied in a variety of ways.
  5. Lightweight baby rocker.
  6. Cot or Bassinet Sheets.
  7. Baby quilt – this can also double as a play mat on the floor. Etsy has some adorable handmade quilts.

Feeding essentials

  1. Reusable breast pads – you can even make your own if you’re handy with a sewing machine.
  2. Natural nipple balm.
  3. An electric breast pump – I recommend a Spectra S2.

 Changing essentials

  1. Terry towel flat cloth nappies (they can double as spew rags if needed).
  2. OSFM Cloth nappies – these are suitable for babies from 4kg until they are toilet trained.
  3. Reusable cloth wipes – you can even make your own if you’re handy with a sewing machine.
  4. Nappy pail – a normal bucket with a lid is perfect.
  5. Natural nappy cream.


  1. Singlets – with press studs on the bottom.
  2. Socks.
  3. Grow suits.
  4. Leggings.
  5. Hats.
Now you’ve seen the essentials that are on a minimalists’ baby registry, what are yours? Reach out and add them to the Facebook thread


Essential items on a minimalist's baby registryEssential items on a minimalist's baby registry

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