The Best Minimalist Baby Registry Checklist (2024)

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Baby Registry Essentials

Are you wanting a minimalist baby registry? One with everything you need and nothing you don’t?

I have it here!

And it’s available as a printable PDF below!

When I was pregnant with my firstborn, any place I went to, be it Amazon, Buy Buy Baby, Target, etc…they all had registries that were HUGE.  

It was overwhelming, not to mention the endless CHOICES of baby products…

In wanting to simplify things, I was determined to figure out what was essential and what was extra.

I decided to reach out to several new moms to find out what their must-have baby items were. I also wanted to learn from them the quantity for certain things (like how many baby bottles and diapers you go through in a day) so that I could decide what was really truly needed.

From there, I compared their recommendations to several big-brand registries.

After that, I compiled my own baby registry essentials checklist.

This minimalist baby registry checklist became my go-to guide; it worked out amazingly for my babies, so I wanted to share!

Every mom will want to know about the last item mentioned in the Mama Essentials section. It is a life saver.

This checklist can be used as a starting point to help determine how minimal you’d like to be with your registry.

If you want to go even more minimal than what I’ve provided in my checklist, I have further explanations and recommendations below on how to do that.

I also include links to some of my favorite baby items. They are high quality products that will help you in the early days of the newborn stage and beyond.

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link.

Minimalist Baby Registry Checklist

1. The Nursery

baby in crib for nursery recommendations on baby registry essentials

The Only Things You Need:

  • Crib
  • Firm, flat mattress
  • Bassinet
  • Rocking chair
  • Baby monitor
  • Dresser
  • Rug or play mat
  • Pictures/wall decor
  • Sound machine

How to Make More Minimal

Instead of having all of the items listed above, some people like to purchase only a playard that comes with a bassinet attachment, and then the playard is used as a crib. This is convenient for moms with little space or for moms who want to cut down on costs.

Recommendation

If you’re going to use a sound machine, I highly recommend one that grows with your baby from infancy to toddlerhood and beyond, like the Hatch Rest Baby Sound Machine, Night Light.

After having children who struggled with sleep, it changed our lives! You can read more about this here.

Forbes ranks this particular sound machine as one of the seven best you can have. It is more than just your average white noise machine.

2. Baby Gear

mom buckling baby in car seat for baby gear registry essentials

The Only Things You Need:

How to Make More Minimal

Technically, the only thing you actually need here from my checklist is a car seat. But… 

Recommendation

For the rare (or maybe not-so-rare) occasion your baby will have a diaper blow-out while in the car seat, you will be VERY glad you have a piddle pad car seat protector. This prevents you from ever having to clean poop off of your car seat during infancy through the toddler years.

If you are wondering which kind of car seat to get, I recommend having an infant car seat that is only that (vs one that grows with the baby). The ones that grow with the baby are typically bulkier and too heavy to carry in and out of the car.

After your little one grows out of the infant car seat, then switch to a car seat that grows with your child (one that goes from rear facing, to forward facing, to booster).

When your child is able to hold his/her head up, the Sit-Me-Up-Floor-Seat is amazing because it keeps your baby safe and active. My favorite part is that it allows your baby to be in a position other than on the back or stomach. If you’re worried about space, this chair folds and is easily stored in a tight space. 

3. Health Products

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The Only Things You Need:

How to Make More Minimal

Baby first-aid kits often come with baby nail clippers. Regular nail clippers work better (in my opinion), so you can toss these.

I don’t know if it was the brand we had or what, but we seemed to knick our children’s nails more with the infant nail clippers. Because they are made more dull, we had a harder time cutting the nails. Adult nail clippers were easier and surprisingly safer for us.

Recommendation

Our hospital sent us home with a nasal aspirator/bulb syringe, but it’s good to have another one for back-up. I had no idea how often we would be needing to use this with our children. If it ever went missing, it wasn’t fun.

The one by Nose Frida is a popular choice for the newborn stage.

4. Diapering

baby in a diaper in article for minimalist baby registry diapering recommendations

The Only Things You Need:

  • 2-3 large boxes of newborn-size disposable diapers or 15 cloth diapers
  • Diaper bag or backpack
  • Unscented baby wipes
  • Changing table or pad
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Diaper pail

How to Make More Minimal

Skip the diaper pail…A trash can that is full of poop is going to smell–no matter the kind you have. We eventually tossed our diaper pail and opted for sealing our soiled diapers in bags before putting them in the garbage can in our kitchen. Skipping the diaper pail is also convenient if you are working with a small space.

A changing pad on top of a dresser works great in place of an actual changing table. That’s what we did. This will save you space, too.

But if you don’t even want a changing pad, I know many moms who prefer changing diapers on the floor, bed, or couch with a blanket as protection because they feel that is easier with a new baby.

Recommendation

No need to purchase expensive diaper cream like Aquaphor or Desitin for a newborn baby. All you need is Vaseline!

Side note: Our pediatrician taught us the coolest trick with changing diapers so that you’ll rarely ever need to use petroleum jelly for a diaper rash.

Apparently, wet wipes strip away good bacteria on the bottom, causing diaper rashes. We were told when a dirty diaper only has pee in it (no poop), don’t use baby wipes. Just change to a clean diaper.

When there is poop, fold the dirty diaper to use clean parts of it to wipe up the poop like you do with toilet paper. Then, if you must, use a baby wipe. This will keep a happy bottom!

5. Baby Bedding

The Only Things You Need:

  • 1-2 washable crib mattress pads
  • 2-3 fitted crib sheets
  • 1-2 playard fitted sheets

How to Make More Minimal

Don’t! There will be times where your baby soaks through his/her diaper in the middle of the night and has the sheets wet for various reasons. You will regret not having an extra crib sheet and mattress protector pad in these situations.

Most babies stay in their cribs until around the age of 3, and by that age, you probably will have experienced throw up with your little one. And in that instance, you will be very glad you have extra sheets and pads for the crib. They are essential items.

Recommendation

I recently heard a cool trick where a mom layered her mattress crib with a mattress pad, then a sheet, then another mattress pad, then another sheet.

That way, if and when her little one gave her a reason to change the sheets in the middle of the night, the crib was already made and ready to go after removing the soiled sheet and pad. Talk about convenience!

6. Feeding Essentials

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The Only Things You Need:

  • 10-16 bottles and nipples, both 4 oz and 8 oz
  • 10 plus burp cloths
  • 2-4 pacifiers
  • Bibs 
  • High Chair

How to Make More Minimal

We personally didn’t use bibs…we just fed our babies topless. It was easier, less messy.

Recommendation

A lot of people say you don’t need a high chair, that they take up space and are messy. People who skip high chairs often opt for a booster seat. However, the Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair is one of my most favorite baby items I have.

The chair grows with the child, turns into its own version of a booster seat, AND it scoots in under the table like adult chairs do. So it essentially takes up no extra space.

Plus, it promotes healthy posture (which many booster seats do not), and it is Forbes vetted!

While the high chair is on the pricier side, it is money that is very well spent since it will be with your child from toddlerhood and beyond. It is super easy to clean, too!

Side note: Want to know a really cool thing for when you introduce solids? Skip toddler plates and bowls. There are so many products in the baby market for plasticware or silicone/suction dishes.

You don’t need them!

After our kids transitioned out of the high chair, we fed our babies with our regular, everyday dishes (with toddler forks and spoons). The sooner your child understands things can break, the sooner they will be careful and mindful with dishes.

Your kitchen cupboards will remain clutter free this way!

This is more of a Montessori approach to feeding. If you want to read more about it, check out The #1 Reason You Shouldn’t Buy a Suction Plate and read #4 on The Top 10 Best Books for New Parents.

Recommendation

On my checklist you’ll see I suggest 10-16 bottles, in both 4 oz and 8 oz. That might seem like a lot, but convenience trumps minimalism here.

Most infants feed 8-12 times in 24 hours. When you are sleep deprived, the last thing you want to do is scramble to wash a dirty bottle for a crying baby. Have a lot of bottles.

It is a good idea to include 2-3 different brands of bottles on your registry for people to get you at your baby shower. Why?

Because every bottle and nipple is different, and babies often have a preference. After you learn which brand your baby likes the most, then purchase all 10-16 bottles in each of the sizes (4 oz and 8 oz).

7. Bath Items

rubber duck in bath tub in minimalist baby essentials article

The Only Things You Need:

  • Baby shampoo and wash
  • 2-4 hooded baby towels
  • Baby hairbrush
  • 4-6 baby washcloths
  • Baby bath tub

How to Make More Minimal

The only thing that is a must-have item here is the baby shampoo and wash. Everything else on the checklist is a nicety.

Recommendation

If you’re interested in the baby bath tub we used, it’s this one. We loved it. It provided a secure, safe place to easily bathe our babies.

8. Baby Clothes

stuffed animal on top of baby clothes for minimalist baby clothes recommendations

The Only Things You Need:

  • 4-8 onesies
  • 4-8 one piece pajamas
  • 1-3 sweaters or jackets
  • 1-3 rompers or other dress-up outfits
  • 4-7 socks
  • 1-3 hats
  • 4-8 swaddles

How to Make More Minimal

Something I left off the list that you’ll find on others is infant no scratch mittens. Most of the time these fall off.

Get the onesies and pajamas that have mittens already incorporated in the sleeves. They fold over your baby’s hands to protect themselves from getting scratched by their own fingernails.

You might be wondering how many baby clothes you actually need. The number of items and their quantities listed above are tried and true by seasoned moms. I would stick to what is on the checklist.

People love to give baby clothes, so you will probably end up with way more than you need. I would say the most important clothing item on the list is the swaddle.

Recommendation

Learning how to swaddle a baby so they sleep safely is surprisingly hard.

SwaddleMe is hands down the easiest and most efficient! It’s a zipper pod that is so snug and secure for the baby. Plus, with it being a zipper, middle of the night diaper changes are a breeze when you’re tired and in the dark.

Other swaddles often have velcro on them. Velcro gets tangled in the washer and dryer, complicating the swaddling process.

The SwaddleMe is a minimalist baby clothes item for sure. It promotes safe sleep and was a true game changer for us.

9. Mama Essentials

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The Only Things You Need:

  • Breast pump (insurance covers!)
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing cover-up
  • Nipple cream 
  • Baby 411

How to Make More Minimal

Don’t! Self care and ease of doing things should be number one here.

For more on this topic, read 30 Fun Gift Ideas for the Perfect New Mom Care Package. This list of gift ideas includes items people either gave to me that I loved, or they are items that I wish I had to simplify the early stages of being a mom.

Recommendation

Baby 411 is a book by Dr. Ari Brown and Denise Fields that was recommended to us by our pediatrician. It was by far our most-used baby item.

This book was our go-to for EVERYTHING, as it is one of the best ways to get accurate, easy to understand information for all the baby stuff.

It provides so much security and comfort on literally any health concern or question you might have for your newborn to age one. I highly recommend it!


Would you like a printable PDF of the checklist? Download it here.


I hope I have made the process of figuring out your minimalist baby registry a little bit easier.

Every mama has her own opinion as to what is best, and in the end, you just need to do what feels right for you.

Congratulations to you as you start such an exciting, new journey! And, happy registering!

Which baby registry item or recommendation do you like the best? I’d love to hear from you! Share in the comments section below.

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