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|08-03-2012, 05:10 PM||#1|
what is your minimalist list of things needed for a newborn. cloth diapered, breastfed, babywearing. im wondering mostly about clothes, blankets, etc. thanks!
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|08-03-2012, 06:59 PM||#2|
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Hershey PA
Re: minimalist newborn?
I'm due in another month and don't know what I'm having yet. I have TONS of girl stuff, but not a lick of blue. I'm going to pick up just enough to get by if it ends up a boy, and this is pretty much what I plan
4-6 footy pajamas
2 sleep sacks
bag of socks (double as mittens)
3 cute outfits
30 fitted diapers
3 wool covers
2 PUL covers
These are things I'm not picking up and why
Burp cloths - I'll use extra prefolds
Nursing shirts - I have 4 nursing tanks, and will wear stretchy v-Necks that I can just pull down
Boppy - A regular pillow is fine
Nursing cover - a regular blanket is fine
I've only ever used the Moby for newborns, so I've donated all my slings and other carriers and just plan on having two Mobys.
I know people go nuts buying clothes for new babies which is why I'm not sweating having more clothes ready for him. I also have two older kids, so I know I'll be doing laundry often anyway, so I really only need enough to get through about 48 hours.
SAHM to Coralie, 1/09, Siri 9/10, Ellie Sue 9/12, Baby #4 due May 2014.
|08-03-2012, 07:27 PM||#3|
Re: minimalist newborn?
10 outfits per size (footed sleepers for newborns)
10 onesies to wear underneath if baby will be <6 months old during winter
4 swaddle-sized blankets
2 large sleep sacks
36 small trifold diapers
24 large trifold diapers
10 OS covers
And then the other baby stuff like:
Place to sleep (crib, bassinet, whatever)
wool mattress pad
2 crib sheets
4 burp cloths to go under baby while sleeping--fewer sheet changes
Boppy and nursing cover have been essential for me
|08-03-2012, 08:55 PM||#4|
Oh, I hadn't really thought about the fact that I will be doing laundry everyday for the rest of us anyways. a boppy is a must have for me, but we already have one. I don't use a nursing cover. I have had three girls, so tons of girl stuff. Just tring to figure out if I have enough gn clothing.
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|08-03-2012, 09:48 PM||#5|
I just did this with ds2 born late April
6 footed sleepers
3 long sleeved onesies
3 short sleeved onesies
2 pairs of pants
1pair of padraig slippers
12 bg xs aio
12 bummis nb prefolds
3 bummis nb covers
2 wetbags (1 lg,1sm)
Wipes warmer (not needed but I love ours)
2 A & A muslin blankets -use these for everything!
6 pairs of cloth nursing pads
1 nursing bra (handwash at night, another one would be nice!)
2 sleeper style nursing bras
2 nursing tanks (1 blk,1wht)
Breast pump for occasional bottle
Milk freezer bags
1 baby wrapper towel
4 wash cloths
1 heavy baby blanket
This has worked out really well for us and we don't feel as over run with baby gear as we did with our first son.
Kris~SAHM, wife to K and lucky mama to 2 boys! DS1 6.2010, DS2 4.2012
Living the simple life and loving it!
|08-04-2012, 04:32 AM||#6|
Re: minimalist newborn?
These are some great lists! I'm willing to bet we'll have another girl and won't need much, though we will need to pick up a few sleepers and what not since the clothes we had were mostly hand me downs that'd been through 2 or three kids before my two and are pretty trashed by the time DD2 outgrows them.
For us the essentials are:
Sleepers (footed are the best, no need for socks)
Diapers (we use BG elementals)
Nursing pillow (mostly for the first couple months)
Safe place to set baby when necessary (we have an old vibey seat that we took all the toys and electronics off of so that it's just a baby papasan chair)
Blankets (I really like flannel, even in summer...)
Car seat (obviously)
We have more than this because we bought it all with DD1 not knowing any better. We've weeded a ton out and will do more before baby #3 comes
We don't use:
swing/excersaucer/play pen, etc
crib and accoutrements
Wife to my best friend; Mama to Beetle 3/12/09, Tiny 7/22/11, and Nugget 4/5/13
CDing, BWing, BFing, ERFing, Non-Vaxing, Co-Sleeping, Crunchy, Thrifty, SAHM!
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|09-06-2012, 10:12 PM||#7|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: North Carolina
Re: minimalist newborn?
I LOVE how scaling back and not creating a nursery and shopping like crazy for this baby has really allowed me to enjoy him. I wish I would have been more minimalist minded with my DD and not wasted those precious hours of her life constantly trying to organize and reorganize tons of hand me down baby items.
|08-04-2012, 04:40 PM||#8|
Join Date: Sep 2011
I can tell you what we DIDN'T need:
A crib. Ended up co-sleeping. (Fortunately we didn't buy one, we borrowed one from my brother).
A swing. It was useful a few times but really at the end of the day my babies were ALL about being the Sleepy Wrap and later the Ergo. So that was wasted money.
A high chair. My children totally preferred sitting up to the counter or table in a junior chair or the Learning Tower. (Fortunately we had borrowed the high chair also, so no money lost there).
A stroller. Like I say my kids were all about the carrier.
Burp cloths. Guess I got lucky, neither one were big spit-uppers.
Bibs- refused to wear them.
Pacifiers- would never take them.
Teething toys- never wanted them.
Jumperoo- never liked it much.
Really I think all I needed that first year was the Sleepy Wrap and Ergo, a Nose Frida, our Baby Bjorn Bouncer, Sleep Sack, some footie sleepers, a couple of blankets, and a fleece bunting.
Last edited by hibiscus869; 08-04-2012 at 04:43 PM.
|08-04-2012, 06:33 PM||#9|
We didn't need a cradle but we loved having the Rock & Play sleeper. My baby that hates co-sleeping slept in that sleeper til 6 months. We only retired it because he kept trying to roll over & out of it.
Jodie ~ wife & mama
|09-06-2012, 03:08 PM||#10|
Join Date: Jun 2008
6 infant gowns
1-2 dozen receiving blankets
2-4 swaddlers - swaddleme, woombie, a+a, whatever
3 dozen newborn diapers
Cosleeper (even though he's usually in bed with me, it's been wonderful to have)
A convertible carseat (we skipped the infant bucket and never missed it)
For us a swing was a necessity, but we had health problems that prevented babywearing, and it was the only thing that would get him to sleep. At 5 months, we still use it on bad days.
Nursing pillows didn't work for us (I'm VERY large busted) and neither would any hats fit him. We like receiving blankets as burp cloths, since the prefolds took forever to dry, but flats would work too. Nursing covers and shirts were a waste of money as well. We have a small pump which was great in the early days before I could nurse out of the house, and it still gets pulled out occasionally.
Once past the newborn phase I would add a dozen teething bibs, a Sophie teether, a bouncer, and some kind of high chair once they can sit up on their own so theycan be at the table with you, even of they aren't in solids yet.
The time has come, my online friends, to talk of many things:
Of flats, and wool, and all in ones - of breastfeeding and slings-
And why our bed is cramped at night,
and the joy my children bring!