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The Essential Guide to Minimalist Baby Shopping

If you're expecting a baby but have limited space or storage capacity, adopting a minimalist approach to shopping for your little one can be a practical choice. Rather than succumbing to the "we need everything" scenario, focus on purchasing only the essentials that will cover you for the first three months. Here's a breakdown of what you'll need:

  1. Clothing: Invest in sleeping gowns with a tie knot at the bottom. These gowns are long-lasting, and you can roll up the sleeves as needed. Consider buying a size up from preemie size (00000) because premmie size generally lasts one week, the newborn size (0000) lasts one month. After that, 0-3 months size should suffice. Get an idea of your baby's percentile in the third trimester to make an accurate estimation at the ultrasound.

  2. Nappies: Stock up on nappies, particularly sizes 2, 4, and 5, as these are the ones you'll use most frequently. For sizes 1 and 3, buy them weekly since babies tend to grow the fastest during those stages. Alternatively, you may consider reusable nappies if you're interested in sustainability. Keep in mind that reusable nappies require a commitment to using them throughout the entire diapering journey, from newborn to potty training to be most beneficial. They often come in a one-size-fits-all design, which can be beneficial if you have frequent access to a washing machine. However, be sure to test them out beforehand as they may require some getting used to.

  3. Stroller: Choosing a stroller can be similar to finding a car, with various options available. For a newborn, opt for a stroller that offers a lay-flat option or one that allows you to attach a bassinet. Consider your lifestyle and activities. If you're a runner, a stroller with large wheels that can handle bumps easily would be suitable. On the other hand, if you live in the city or have a small car, a travel stroller with a lay-flat option might suffice. Its narrower design enables easy maneuvering through aisles.

  4. Bassinet (optional): For the first six months, a bassinet is typically recommended. However, if you have a spacious bedroom, you can skip the bassinet and go straight to a cot. Most people prefer having the bassinet or cot next to their bed for convenient feeding. When choosing a bassinet, consider factors such as whether it has wheels for easy mobility or if it sways. Aesthetics may also play a role in your decision.

  5. Baby Carrier: There are countless options for baby carriers, and it can feel overwhelming. The best approach is to try them out yourself. Wear them and see if you can easily put them on and take them off by yourself, try it with a baby doll for practice. Look for one that provides adequate support, especially if you have a sore back. A baby carrier is a lifesaver as it allows your baby to stay upright, aiding digestion, while you have your hands free. It's also an effective way to soothe a crying baby and provides valuable bonding time.

  6. Capsule vs. Car Seat: A capsule is suitable for babies up to six months old or until they weigh about 13 kilos. It offers enhanced safety and convenience, allowing you to remove it from the car easily. It's great when baby is sleeping and you want to go somewhere, you don't need to wake up baby to go. On the other hand, a car seat is larger and cannot be easily carried around. You would need to use a pram or carrier after taking your baby out of the car however it a car seat can be used for up to the maximum age a car seat is required so you would be buying less.

  7. Baby Bag: An absolutely essential item, a baby bag helps you stay organized with its multiple compartments and spacious design. It will prove useful during travel as well. Consider whether you prefer a backpack or a shoulder bag and decide on the style that suits your preferences, whether sophisticated or sporty.

By taking a minimalist approach and focusing on these essential items, you can ensure you have everything you need for your first baby without overwhelming your living space or storage capacity.

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