Hello! So Little Lady is now nearly FIVE MONTHS (whaaaa??). We are finally out of the first-weeks- survival-camp-mode, and I can think a little more objectively about that oh-so recent new baby phase. I recently wrote about having a baby in a small space and mentioned a couple material items we use. Everyone has their own ideas about which things they need to welcome a new infant; some lists are longer than others. I think we’re somewhere in the middle. You see, infants don’t take up much space, but all their accessories can certainly crowd an already tight home. We’ve hit a good groove with the things that we generally use for that first year of babyhood. Click through for our kind-of minimalist baby necessities list.
Duh. There’s really no way around this one if you live in a country that has strict car seat laws like the U.S.
What sort of tote or bag you use for this necessity is really wide open, but no one wants to be out-and-about without wipes and a change of clothes during baby’s first blowout.
CRIB AND MATTRESS
We like to all have separate places to crash. That’s just our personal preference. (I threw the mattress part in there for the same people who cause hair dryer warning tags to read things like, “Do not use in bathtub.” Not that any of those idiots read Smallish, but you know. I figured I’d better be safe than sorry). 😉
PACK ‘N PLAY PORTABLE CRIB
Our kiddos sleep in a Pack ‘n Play until they are sleeping through the night and old enough to graduate to the kid room. We do actually put it up each night and tear it down every single morning, but it’s a system that works for us.
Duh again. Unless you’re going with the potty-train-from-infancy method, you’ll need diapers. Sposies, prefolds, all-in-ones, oh, my!
Another duh. That is, of course, unless you live in a nudist colony. Whatever.
Walking for exercise and entertainment is very important to us, so we are never without a stroller. Even now, I still push the two boys around and wear Little Lady because I can go at my own pace instead of the “Mom! I found a bug!” pace. Moms of toddlers, you know what I mean.
Baby wearing is a wonderful thing. It’s comfortable for you, comforting for baby, and convenient for pretty much everyone. We use a Moby Wrap and a Baby Bjorn, but there are a lot of other great carriers out there.
The Shoebox doesn’t have a built-in bath tub. We’ve never bathed our babies in the sink because frankly it is almost always full of dishes. So we use a simple Primo plastic bath tub. It works great even for Red who is now almost four.
Our play mat is one of my favorite baby items. Each one of our children has loved it. The kiddos truly own it as their safe spot, and I like that it collapses to hide away when not in use. Win-win!
There are times when you just don’t want to put the baby on the floor for their own safety. Usually those times are around 10 a.m. when the boys have converted the house into a Grand Prix for their various trucks. For this reason we also love to borrow a bouncer seat for the first 12 weeks or so. I especially like that they are small enough to move them from room to room with you, so you can always keep an eye on baby.
We have so many. So many. We still use them for everything—quiet time targets, forts, cuddling up in, burp cloths, reading time nests, etc. They are so versatile and comforting!
BOTTLES/ BREAST PUMP
Whether you’re breastfeeding or formula feeding baby, it is really nice to be able to get a couple hours break sometimes. Bottles and breast pumps allow that break, and for that they are awesome.
That’s it. There’s our most basic list of what we like to have for a new baby. Did I forget something? Is there anything you’d add to the list based off of your experiences? Comment below and start or join the discussion! 🙂 Know anyone who has a baby on the way? Feel free to share… 🙂