Let’s talk Minimalist Baby Registry. What do you really need for baby? As the Beatles tune goes, “All you need is love.” and, in baby’s case, all you need is love, to be held and fed. If you talk to seasoned moms, they’ll all pretty much tell you the same thing: you really don’t need much for your new baby.  Plus, the current trend today is to declutter your home and mind in order to live a fuller life (by the way, if you want to read a great blog on this topic check out Allie Casazza) and for motherhood this really starts with your baby registry.

Gugu Guru’s list of Minimalist Baby Registry essentials focuses on high quality and practical finds. For an expectant parent, “practical” can mean products that are versatile and may serve more than one purpose, gender neutral items, gear that is long-lasting (and can be re-used for baby #2 and beyond), items that are lightweight and portable or even products that don’t take up much space in a home. Sometimes high-quality can equate to a higher price tag, so we’ve listed a budget-friendly alternative below when possible. Important Note: there are some essential items we’re leaving out altogether, such as bottles, pacifiers and diapers (there’s a strong likelihood you’ll have to try a few brands to figure out what brand works best for your babe) and clothing (chances are you’ll be gifted a lot of clothes.) We’re also not including breast pumps here because you should consult with Aeroflow to determine what brands are available for free from your insurance.

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: DockATotMinimalist Baby Registry DockATot Multi-purposeTalk about multi-purpose, the DockATot Deluxe ($165) tops our list of minimalist essentials. You will need something portable for baby to chill out in and DockATot takes the cake as you can use it for playing, resting, tummy time and more! Great for travel as well. Not a fit for your budget? Check out the Fisher-Price® Newborn Auto Rock ‘n Play™ Sleeper ($79.99). Hint: if budget permits, you may want to pick up both.

Minimalist Essential: BABYBJORN® Bouncer Bliss

Minimalist Baby Registry BABYBJORN® Bouncer Bliss

For when baby grows out of the DockATot (or Rock ‘n Play), one of our minimalist essentials and must-haves all around is the BABYBJORN Bouncer Bliss ($239.99.) Its lightweight design is portable and folds flat. Your child will enjoy gentle, natural bouncing – no batteries or cords are needed, and Bouncer Bliss makes no noise. Use Bouncer Bliss from newborn and up to the age of two years. Once your child has learned to sit unaided, you can turn the fabric around and use it as a comfortable children’s chair.

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 Stroller

Minimalist Baby Registry UPPAbaby® VISTA 2017 StrollerThe VISTA Stroller ($839-$899) from UPPAbaby adapts as your family grows to accommodate your little one from birth through the toddler years. Versatile design can also be configured to conveniently transport up to 3 children to roll with life’s changing momentum.  You’ll also need the MESA car seat ($299.99) as well, which snaps right into the VISTA. Not a fit for your budget? Check out the The City Select Stroller from Baby Jogger ($549.99), which like the VISTA, starts out as a full-featured single stroller but can be configured to accommodate up to 3 kids. Just make sure you have a compatible car seat and adaptor.

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: Solly Baby Wrap

Minimalist Baby Registry Solly Baby Wrap

Solly wraps ($65) are designed for the first year or up to 25 lbs, and the majority of babes get the most use during the first 9 months. Lightweight, easy to put on, Solly Baby wraps give you and your little one unparalleled closeness and comfort (read: “wrap naps” for hours), less crying (it’s proven!), and reduced rates of postpartum depression. Made in the USA and constructed from certified Lenzing modal, which is a lightweight, buttery soft and sustainable fabric sourced from the pulp of Austrian beechwood trees. Not a fit for your budget? Check out the Moby Wrap ($49.99.)

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: Ergobaby ADAPT Baby Carrier

Minimalist Baby Registry Ergobaby ADAPT Baby Carrier

Keep your little one cuddled close while out and about with the Ergobaby ADAPT Baby Carrier ($144.99). With added padding and 3 comfortable carrying positions to choose from, this stylish carrier offers unmatched support from infancy to the toddler years. Not a fit for your budget? Check out the Infantino® Flip Advanced™ 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier ($29.99).

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: Puj® Splash Newborn Bath Tub Set

Minimalist Baby Registry Puj® Splash Newborn Bath Tub Set

The Splash Bath Set ($74.99) comes packed with all of the gear needed to bathe and dry your precious newborn. Set includes a compact infant bath that fits in your sink, a hooded infant towel, 3 super plush washcloths, and more!  As baby grows out of the Puj, minimalist parents will love the new BabyDam bathtub divider that saves water, energy, time, space and money! Of course, you’ll also need shampoo and body wash to actually get baby to be squeaky clean and for this, we recommend the Babyganics Baby-Safe World Essentials Gift Set, which includes pretty much everything you need ($29.99).

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: FridaBaby Bitty Bundle of Joy 4-Piece Kit

Minimalist Baby Registry FridaBaby® Bitty Bundle of Joy 4-Piece Kit

Gugu Guru LOVES FridaBaby products. The Bitty Bundle of Joy Kit ($49.99) is the perfect gift for new moms and moms to be in preparation for their little one. This kit features everyday essentials for you and your newborn like the absolute must-have NoseFrida Booger Buster and more. Another Fridababy item we love is the cutting-edge FeverFrida The Thermonitor ($69.99), a wireless, wearable device that records your little one’s body temperature every 4 seconds from under his or her armpit and alerts you of any change.

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: aden+anais SwaddlesMinimalist Baby Registry aden+anais swaddles

The Gugu Concierge experts Your Milk Shoppe say, “aden+anais swaddle blankets ($49.99) will be EVERYTHING to you from birth and beyond. The perfect swaddling blanket, you can also use as a breastfeeding cover or a light layer during walks. You will use these well into toddlerhood and beyond. Highly recommend this as a must-have on every registry!”

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: Keekaroo Peanut ChangerMinimalist Baby Registry Keekaroo Peanut ChangerWe will be honest – we struggled with whether or not a diaper changer is really an “essential” when the reality is that you can just get a waterproof reusable changing pad to lay on your floor like this one from Zefer ($13.99) that is extra large, portable and rolls up small. However, if you don’t want to kneel on your floor for every changing, the next best albeit pricey bet is the Keekaroo ($129.95).  This modern changer wipes clean and does not require any extra covers.

Minimalist Baby Registry Essentials: Marpac Dohm-NSF and Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist HumidifierMinimalist Baby Registry Humidifier and Sound Machine

For creating a healthy, peaceful sleeping environment almost every mom we polled recommends a white noise machine and a humidifier. We love the Marpac Dohm-NSF ($49.99), a “sound conditioner” that creates a calm atmosphere that will soothe your child to sleep. For humidifiers, Gugu Guru’s pick is always the Crane Ultrasonic Humidifier.  Speaking of nursery ambiance, some parents also say that Black Out Curtains are a must-have but the team at Gugu Guru thinks that whether this is an essential for YOU depends on certain factors (like whether baby has his or her own nursery.) P.S. Crane also makes a travel humidifier that we love and if you’re a frequent traveler, you may also want to pick up a portable noise machine.

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby MonitorMinimalist Baby Registry Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor

Unless your baby will be sharing a room with you for the foreseeable future, you’ll need a monitor. The parents we speak to absolutely love the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor ($229.99).  Minimalists will love its extra-long battery life and interchangeable lens system. Not a fit for your budget? Check out the VTech Safe & Sound DM111 Digital Audio Baby Monitor ($19.99.)

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: ergopouch Ergococoon Swaddle

Minimalist Baby Registry ergoPouch ergoCocoon

The ergoPouch swaddle ($24.99) is a minimalist’s dream with its 2-in-1 functionality; there are poppers in the armholes to transform from a swaddle to a sleeping bag.  Constructed with eco-friendly, breathable fabric, the simple zip up design will keep baby snug and securely swaddled without the need for complicated wrapping or extra blankets.

Minimalist Baby Registry Essentials: Plain Onesies and Pajamas 

Minimalist Baby Registry Hanna Andersson Night Night Baby Sleepers In Pure Organic Cotton

Yes, we know we said no clothing on this list but onesies and pajamas are each an exception to the rule. Skin-friendly undergarments are a necessity for your little for layering and we suggest keeping it practical with this set from Gerber ($9.99.) As far as pajamas, you’ll want to {strongly} consider zippers since snaps are very annoying during wee-hours diaper changes.  Gugu Guru founder, Monica, swears by Hanna Andersson’s Night Night Baby Sleepers ($19-$40), which she used for both of her kiddos.

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: Gerber Birdseye Organic Cotton Prefolded Diapers

Gerber® Birdseye 5-Pack Organic Cotton Prefolded Diapers

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – our favorite burp cloth is actually labeled as a cloth diaper. The Gerber Birdseye 5-Pack Organic Cotton Prefolded Diapers (14.49) absorb spit-up and fast, plus are quick drying. Our advice? Keep them all around the home. You will thank us later.QuickZip® Complete Crib Sheet Bundle

It’s no secret that QuickZip sheets (get the bundle for $84.99) have always been one of our top registry picks and they’re also ideal for minimalists. Place your crib mattress in the zipper base, and then simply zip on a fresh zipper sheet when necessary, and over the first few months “when necessary” can mean every few hours!

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: Nappie SackNappie Sack

A true minimalist solution, Nappiesack ($49.99) allows you to use your current handbag and transform it into a diaper bag. It stylishly streamlines both your and your baby’s essentials and can slip snuggly into most medium to large bags. It even comes with a wipeable changing pad. The Nappiesack organization system can be used long after the baby’s arrival.  Another great minimalist solution is the ToteSavvy organization system ($75) from Life in Play. The major difference, aside from the price tag, is that the Nappiesack can function as a bag on its own.

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: SnugginSnuggin

While many parents rave about pacifier + lovey combo product the Wubbanub, the team at Gugu Guru is partial to the new kid on the block: The Snuggin ($19.95). On top of being a lovey that holds a pacifier and/or teething toys, the Snuggin also has a storage compartment for extra binkies, snacks, and even baby wipes.

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: Inglesina Fast Table Chair

Inglesina Fast Table Chair

Comfortable as it is convenient, the Inglesina Fast Table Chair ($69.99) is a definite must-have for minimalists. Lightweight design features simple, twist-tight couplings compatible with most types of tables (up to 3.5″ thick).

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: Books!Baby Einstein My First Library

From Sandra Boynton to Dr. Seuss to the Baby Einstein set pictured above, there are too many amazing books out there to list in one blog post but the profound benefits of reading to your baby make books one of the most important minimalist essentials that you should add to your registry.

Other Items That *Might* Be Minimalist Baby Registry Essentials For You…

The following items may or may not be essentials for you depending on how much space you have in your home, frequency of travel and more.  If you are unsure about if these or any items are an essential for you, reach out to the experts at Gugu Guru and we will let you know.

  • Depending on whether baby will have his/her own nursery and how big that space is, you will need a crib and for minimalist purposes we recommend one that will grow with your child like the space-saving DaVinci Autumn 4-in-1 Convertible Crib ($229.99), which also comes with an attached changer. For our minimalist mattress pick, we love the Newton Baby Wovenaire Crib Mattress.
  • A rocker/recliner chair like this Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider and Ottoman ($299.99) from DaVinci. This could be a must-have if you plan to nurse (you’ll need a comfortable place to do so) and if you have a separate nursery for baby.
  • A 3-in-1 travel crib like this Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Reversible Napper and Changer ($99.99.)  This playard is made with multitasking parents in mind. The soft and cozy napping station doubles as a changing table, which you can remove to transition into a spacious playard for your growing baby. This could be a must-have if you plan to have baby sleep in your room before moving him/her to a nursery and/or if you’re a frequent traveler.

Must Haves for Nursing and/or Pumping Moms…

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: Covered Goods 4-in-1 Multi-Use Cover in Black/Ivory Stripes

Covered Goods™ 4-in-1 Multi-Use Cover in Black/Ivory Stripes

Offering style and versatility, the Covered Goods 4-in-1 Multi-Use Cover ($34.99) functions as a nursing cover, car seat cover, scarf, and shopping cart cover. Attractively constructed of a comfortable, stretch fabric, the cover provides true all-over coverage.

Minimalist Baby Registry Essential: Shuga Bebe Couture Nursing Pillow

SHUGA BEBÉ NURSING PILLOWS

Our favorite feeding pillow is hands-down the Shuge Bebe Couture nursing pillow ($89.99). Not only does this pillow come in a variety of gorgeous prints that will fit seamlessly into your home decor, there’s no wrapping, no wearing, no straps, no buckles, no hassle. Plus the gradual incline enables a natural nursing/bottle feeding position.

Other nursing essentials include:

Other Items That *Might* Be Essentials For Pumping Moms …

The following items may or may not be essentials for you depending on whether you’re planning to return to work, if you will be working away from home and other factors.  If you are unsure about if these or any items are an essential for you, reach out to the experts at Gugu Guru and we will let you know.

  • Multi-tasking moms will love the Lansinoh Simple Wishes Hands-Free Pumping Bra ($39.99), which allows to be hands free while you pump.
  • Providing everything you need to carry and organize your breast pump and accessories if you’re returning to work away from home, the J.L. Childress jay elle Type A 6-Piece Breast Pump Bag ($99.99) includes a Carry Bag, Cooler Bag, Wet Bag, Accessories Bag, Dry Cloth and jay elle C.O.D.E. Handbook.
  • For pumping moms, we LOVE the Kiinde Twist Gift Set ($99.99). With the Twist system, pumping, storing, organizing and feeding is all done using the same pouch, completely eliminating the need for constant transferring of precious breastmilk.

Minimalism Tip #1: Keep receipts! If you find you received a gift that you’re just not using, you can return it. Don’t cut tags off until the very last moment when you’re absolutely sure you’re going to use that item!

Minimalism Tip #2: Possibly skip the swing altogether. Some babies like swings and some babies hate them. Instead of spending money to find out what category your baby falls into and risking having a “big footprint”, unused piece of gear in your home, either check BST groups on Facebook or see if a friend can loan you one that her baby has grown out of. You can also just register for a swing and if your baby doesn’t enjoy it, go back to tip #1 – save receipts.

Minimalism Tip #3: Also, don’t stock up on newborn size diapers or clothing. If your baby is bigger than expected s/he might not even fit into them. Also, people tend to gift babies lots of clothing in general.

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