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Minimalist Baby Checklist For Expecting Moms

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With my daughter, I was so overwhelmed with all the baby things I thought I needed. Our small one bedroom apartment was filled to the brink with all the things I thought we needed.

In reality, we used only a few items when my daughter arrived. This time around I knew exactly what I needed for my new bundle of joy and it made the whole process of “getting ready for baby” simple.  Here’s my 18 item minimalist baby checklist.

Minimalist Baby Checklist

Sleeping needs

You really don’t need much for a sleeping baby. They can sleep in anything from your bed, a Basnett to a full-size crib.

1. Mini crib

Mini cribs are great for saving space. You can also remove the font to and push it against your bed as a cosleeper.

2. Crib sheets

You really only need a couple crib sheets for your crib. Everything else is fluff, especially since you shouldn’t have blankets or bumpers in the crib during the early days.

3. Mattress

Usually, the cribs don’t come with a mattress or the mattress seriously sucks.

Feeding needs

There are three ways a mom can feed her baby. Breastfeeding, pumping moms, or formula feeding, fed is best mama. You can use these items for both.

4. Boppy pillow
Boppy pillow’s are great for both a nursing mom and bottle feeding mom. It takes that weight off your arms.

5. Pump

A breast pump is a life saver for a working breastfeeding mom. I use one as a stay at home nursing mom.

6. bottles

for the breastfeeding moms, I recommend Kiinde bottles or mimijumi bottles. They both are highly recommended by the breastfeeding community. For formula fed babies I recommend Dr. Brown’s bottles

7. burp cloths

Your baby will spit up. Having a burp cloth handy is extremely helpful.

Diaper changing needs and hygiene 

I am very minimalist when it comes to by hygiene Baths are taken together, I use the towls we already have, and I use natural soap and shampoo already. I also just change my little ones one the floor with a blanket under them.

8. diapers

This is a no-brainer, but you have a few options. You can use disposable diapers or cloth diapers.

9. wipes

Another thing you probably saying DUH Cynna. Again you have two options disposable wipes or reusable wipes.

11. diaper cream

No matter how often you change your little bundle of joy. They will eventually get a diaper rash. diaper cream will be your saving grace.

12. baby grooming kit

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big Items 

You may want more of the big items like a chaning table or bouncer. I find I use these four items the most.

13. swing

Most babies love the swing and usually like to take naps in them.

14. dresser

dressers work great not only for clothes but as a changing table as well.

15. carseat

You have to have a car seat most hopitals won’t let you leave without one.

16. baby carrier

baby carriers can be life-saving. Not exactly a need unless your a mom who has a baby who refuses to be put down. Ask me how I know.

17 & 18. Clothing and blankets

Most parents get carried away with the baby clothes and blankets. You only need a few of each, otherwise they usually don’t even get worn. Your baby will grow like a weed.  I’m also counting clothes and blankets as two things instead of going by idivudal items.

You can probably go with even less stuff or may find you need certain items I didn’t list. Minimilisim is about making you life easier and simple, so do what is best for you and your new little human!


  1. As a mom of two, this is a really helpful list for a first time mom! XO ~Anna

  2. I need a lesson in minimalism – LOL! I received way too many baby items when my lil guy was born. He’s 8 months and there are still outfits hanging in the closet with the tags still on! Next baby will be different 🙂

  3. Shannon

    Great post. I will definitely be passing this on to my friends with children.

  4. Excellent compilation! Being a Mom is hard enough and there’s no need to complicate life further with more things (sometimes that even means fewer things to wash too!?) Loved this! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is a great list! I love how it doesn’t include too many extras. We used a bottle warmer that you could plug into the car, but we spent A LOT of time traveling/hiking – so it came in handy. I know not everyone needs something like that!

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