A Minimalist baby registry is a baby registry that emphasizes quality over quantity, opting for high-quality items that can adapt as your child grows. It is a great option for parents who value mindful consumption, live in a small space, or simply want to make their family budget stretch further.
A minimalist baby registry should still include the essentials: a crib, car seat, stroller, changing pad, and a few newborn clothes and bibs. It is also important to add a few things that will save you time and money in the long run, such as a swaddle blanket (or several) and a bottle opener. You can also get a lot of the essentials like a crib mattress cover and a wipe warmer (even if you plan on using cloth) from friends and family, so don’t feel obligated to register for these.
When choosing items for your minimalism baby registry, ask yourself how much your baby will use it. If it is something that they will only use for a month or two, it’s probably not a necessity especially if it is expensive. Rather than a rocker or swing, a multifunctional lounger like the DockATot can be used for sleep and play for the first few months instead.
Also, skip the baby “containers” – bouncers and swings – as most occupational therapists recommend skipping these items that hinder babies natural body movements. A baby blanket is a far more useful item for new babies.