Minimalist Newborn Must-Haves

I don’t typically believe there are “must-haves” for any aspect of life. However, when I was pregnant I didn’t know much about babies. I knew I wanted to take a minimalist approach to motherhood, but I didn’t know where to start. Before having my baby, I searched the internet for a true list of minimalist newborn must-haves. I wanted to find a list that included the bare minimum items a new mom might need in the first 6 or so weeks of life. Unfortunately, every website, blog, video and person I knew in real life felt it necessary to include many items that weren’t a necessary part of minimalist newborn must-haves. Currently, my baby is currently around 7 weeks old, so I’ve put together my own list of minimalist newborn must-haves. These are the items I found actually necessary and useful in the first 6 weeks of life.

While most of the items on this list are obvious, I wanted to share just in case you are curious what a newborn truly needs in the first few weeks of life. Without further ado, here is my list of minimalist newborn must-haves.

Minimalist Newborn Must-Haves List

  • Diapers – cloth or disposable. (Unless you’re doing EC or diaper-free, in which case you’ll just need a small bowl to catch potty in and a wipe-able mat or towel to lay the baby on).
  • Diaper Bins –  I use dog food bins. Something to store dirty diapers in, cloth or disposable.
  • Wipes – washcloths or wet wipes for diaper changes.
  • Changing Mat – I recommend a portable changing mat designed for travel, so it works well for home changes and going out. Basically, you just need something to change your baby’s diapers on because sometimes they pee while changing and using the floor, a bed, etc. without a mat is just asking for a mess and tons of extra laundry.
  • Diaper Bag – Something to carry baby items, such as extra diapers, clothes, and wipes when going out. Babies sometimes have messy accidents and being prepared is important. A purse could work too, just needs to be something that will hold the baby items when out of the house.
  • Clothes –  In my experience, newborns don’t need many clothes. 1-2 long-sleeved/footed outfits for going out, 2-3 onsies. If you live somewhere cold, maybe throw in a hat or some fleece pajamas. The first 6 weeks, I only really dressed my baby to go out and visit people. At home, she was usually just in a diaper or blanket.
  • Blankets – 2 light swaddling blankets. 1 warmer/heavier blanket.
  • Car Seat – This one is pretty self-explanatory.
  • Car Seat Mirror – something like this. I would’ve thought it unnecessary before, but it gives me so much peace of mind being able to see my baby while driving that it’s definitely a must-have for me.
  • Carrier – I have both a wrap and a structured carrier. For the first 6 weeks, I recommend a wrap to wear your baby around the house or while out. This is the one I have and I love it.
  • Nursing Pads – The first 6 weeks postpartum involve a lot of breastfeeding and a lot of leaky boobs. Nursing pads are a must. Trust me.

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