I have had so many questions about what all my ‘must-have’ baby items are, especially what my favorite minimalist and natural baby items are. So I’ve started compiling a list of everything just for you! I’ve decided to break it up into age groups to make it a bit easier. To be honest, a newborn really doesn’t need that much gear and items. There’s a lot of baby items that we go without, but here are our absolutely must-haves!
-muslin baby blankets: these are my all-time favorite baby blankets and the only ones we use! They’re very breathable, you can easily find them in organic material, they’re hypoallergenic, and perfect for any season. We love these Aden + Anais and Spearmint Baby Blankets.
-sleep sacks: these have been an absolute dream for my boys. They sleep in them so well, up until about 1 year old. I love our halo sleep sack and our frugal organics sleep sack.
natursutten pacifiers: these are our favorite pacifiers because they are 100% made from toxin-free rubber are made for breastfed babies. Ecopiggy pacifiers are also great.
–Rock n Play: this is an awesome sleeper that we love to have for sleep and during the day use. The material is breathable and my babies have been so cozy in it. It’s also great for travel.
–Fisher Price Swing: this is one of the only big baby gear items we really use and it is a LIFE SAVER. It’s an amazing swing because baby can lay in it comfortably and snug. We love how it has 3 positions and different music options too. Both my babies have just loved this!
–Essential Oil Diffuser: I highly recommend having a diffuser for your baby! We love our Young Living diffuser an oils from our premium starter kit! I recommend having lavender, lemon, gentle baby, purification, and bergamot on hand! Read more about why I love the starter kit here or buy your own here.
-Essential Oils: essential oils can be so helpful for babies when used safely and properly. We follow safety guidelines with our babies and we only use Young Living Essential Oils because of their high standards and their Seed to Seal promise. Lavender, Lemon, Gentle Baby, purification, and Bergamot essential oils
newborn cloth diapers: these were so necessary because my tiny babies take a while to fit into standard size cloth. We love the newborn AIO diapers from grovia, thirsties, and blueberry.
parasol diapers: these are our favorite non-toxic, natural diapers! They start at size 1 and are so soft and absorbent. You can purchase your first bundle and get $20 off here.
parasol + water wipes: We also love parasol wipes (which come in the bundle) and we like water wipes too!
grovia cloth wipes (wash cloths): we use these for wipes and wash cloths. They’re super soft and absorbent.
Seedlings Wash + Lotion: this is our number one baby wash and lotion for our babies. It’s 100% plant-based and non-toxic, its calming, smells amazing, promotes restful sleep, and is the only natural baby wash I know of that is also tear-free. Buy it here.
Shea Moisture Baby Wash + Lotion: Because our favorite seedlings line goes out of stock from time to time, we have to have a back-up! This is our second favorite baby wash. It’s made with essential oils and all natural ingredients and is so gentle on babies’ skin. This is our favorite baby wash and this is our favorite lotion.
Seedlings Baby Oil: this is what I put on my baby every night after his bath. It is great for moisturizing their skin, it helps them sleep, and it smells absolutely heavenly. Buy it here with member # 2785754.
Breast Pump: if you’re planning to breast feed and want to pump too, you want to have a good quality pump on hand. Some people like to have a hand pump and an electric pump, but it’s really just your personal preference. I’ve found that my favorite pumps are the Spectra S2 and the Medela Pump in Style. I also really like this hand pump.
Avent natural baby bottles: these are our favorite bottles. They are the only bottles we gave August in the NICU. They are slow flow and the nipples mimic a real breast so they’re great for avoiding nipple confusion.
Haakaa silicone breast pump: OH MY WORD. If you’re a nursing mama, you need this. It’s such an incredible invention. It’s a silicone bottle that suctions onto your breast, so that leaking milk is caught during a let down. When you’re feeding your baby, you just put it on the other side not being nursed on. It’s seriously so awesome!
Baby wearing is an absolute must for me. I couldn’t survive without it. I like to have a variety of carriers for different occasions:
-Baby Wraps are really nice for around the house, shopping, or a short walk. It only takes a couple minutes to get baby in the wrap after you get the hang of it and it will keep baby comfy and close to you. My babies have loved being in their wraps and almost always fall asleep while I’m wearing them. My favorite wraps are The Happy Baby Wrap and The Solly Baby Wrap.
-SSC Carriers are wonderful and if you find one that is suitable for small babies in their first 3 months, they can be really
useful. My favorite SSC carrier is the Tula Free to Grow. I have tried many SSC carriers and these have been the most
comfortable for me. I particularly like this because it is adjustable by width and length, so you can wear babies from the time
they’re 6 pounds WITHOUT an added infant insert. Most SSC carriers require that you use an infant insert for newborns which
is an additional purchase and I honestly think they’re a hassle. The nice thing about this SSC is it grows with baby and when baby is older you can also wear them on your back. I was able to wear Chet in this carrier until he was 18 months old. I wore August in a Tula FTG for 3 days at a convention when he was 3 months old and it was perfect. He slept most of the time and I could even nurse him in it which was so nice!
-Ring Slings can also be really great, especially when babies are smaller. I personally love the My Wild Bird Sling and have been using this a lot lately. It’s just a big piece of fabric with a ring, which makes it easy to adjust for different ages. It’s also made with non-stretch linen fabric as opposed to the stretch fabric that wraps have.
Infant Carseat: a good carseat is extremely important for your infant’s safety. We like to use an infant bucket seat and switch to a rear-facing convertible seat around 8-10 months old. We personally love Graco infant carseats. In my opinion, it’s better to get one with a higher weight limit so you can keep them in it longer if needed. But it is also super important to be aware of the carseat height limits and not exceed them if you choose to keep your baby in a bucket seat longer. This is the infant bucket seat we use and this is the convertible seat we use. Although, I really like this convertible seat and plan to switch to it at some point.
Baby play gym: we never had a need for one of these with Chet, but after getting one for August recently, I don’t know why we never had one before! They are great for babies when they start to do tummy time, learn to roll over, and for playtime before they learn to crawl. We use this play gym. I actually chose this one because it collapses down for storage, you can detach the mat and wash it in the washing machine, and it has music.
Around 3 months when babies start to reach for things, I like to have some non-toxic toys that they can have to practice holding objects. I prefer using wooden or silicone toys instead of plastic because the materials are safer and free of toxins. These are my favorite 3 month old toys:
Sleepers: are what my babies live in during their first couple months, especially if it’s the fall or winter. We like to keep 6-8 on hand in nb and 0-3 months since babies mess up their clothes often 🙂 We love Carter’s and Cloud Island onesies like these and these.
Rompers: these are a life saver, especially for boys! I love one piece clothing for babies. It just makes life so much easier. Carters and Target sells our favorite rompers. I also am in love with all of Finn and Emma’s clothes and rompers! They’re organic and SO well made. You can get 15% off your first order here.
Socks: cover those baby feet! We love these socks.
Baby Hats: we love these sweet little beanies.
Thieves Cleaner: when I became pregnant, I knew I wanted to start using safer cleaners for our little ones. There are so many health risks that come along with conventional cleaners and they have no place around our children, in my opinion. We use Thieves Cleaner for every single surface in our home. If you ask me, every mom and dad need this cleaner! It’s also cheaper than any other cleaner I’ve ever seen so that’s a bonus too! You can read more about it here.
Thieves laundry soap: We are obsessed with all thing Thieves in this house. We use their entire line, including the laundry soap! Ironically, most detergents made for babies still contain toxic ingredients. Why!? I have no idea. I love Thieves laundry soap because it is free of SLS, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, and more. It’s 100% plant based and won’t irritate baby’s skin at all! Read about the dangers of synthetic laundry soap here.
Coconut Oil: it isn’t uncommon for babies to get thrush. Many people will put their baby on antibiotics but I try to avoid them when possible because they kill all the good and bad bacteria and can disrupt the gut. I treated August’s thrush with pure, unrefined, organic coconut oil twice and it worked both times! It’s antibacterial so it’s great for that or just for moisturizing baby’s skin!
Baby Grooming Kit: We love this one
Things we didn’t feel were necessary:
-pack n play
Let me explain. So August is almost 9 months old and we still don’t have a crib haha. The AAP recommends baby sleep in your room until at least 6 months and since he’s so tiny, we’ve always had him in our bassinet. We also co-sleep a lot and love the benefits that come with that! You can read more about that here. I feel like a wipes warmer is just a waste of money, to be honest. So we never bought one. We have never had a need for a pack n play. And we do have a bassinet, but we totally could have gone without. We also don’t use baby mittens at all. Babies can regulate their temperature better without them. However, if baby tends to scratch (hello, August) we just use the attached fold over mittens that are on most pajamas these days!
So there you have it. All our must haves! This is probably a short list compared to other lists but it has worked well for both our babies!
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