Planning for your first baby can be a little overwhelming! When the nesting kicks in, moms to be feel the urge to get “everything ever” for the new baby. And, companies take this opportunity to market to them and convince them that they need it all.
The truth is, you don’t. Most baby stuff is completely unnecessary and goes against what many of us natural mama strive for in parenting, which is independence, free play, closeness, attachment, bonding, and non-toxic toys and products. It can be hard to know what to register for when you are expecting a new baby, and what items to include on a baby registry, especially if you are planning on going more of a minimalist, natural route. Here are some of my favorite products to add to your natural baby registry.
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Baby wearing is a must for newborn life. The Boba wrap is an excellent around the house snuggle wrap with plenty of stretch and breath-ability. I love having this wrap for those newborn snuggles, because it keeps them nice and close to mom.
The Tula is another excellent wrap for around the house, on-the-go, travel, outdoor use, and much more. We used the infant insert until about three months. This baby wrap is easy to get on and lightweight to grab on your way out the door.
I can’t say enough about Muslin blankets. They are essential for swaddling precious new babies, but their lightweight fabric prevents overheating and sweating. We always have one with us. Always.
You can never have enough small washcloths lying around to clean up spit up, drool, and of course use for baby baths.
Montessori for infants teaches that even the tiniest of babies should have simple visual stimuli and a free space to move around in order to properly develop and learn about the world around them. This gorgeous wooden baby gym is perfect for that, and is a beautiful, simple addition to any living room.
Chewbeads silicone teethers are a must have for new babies. They are non-toxic, multi functional for hanging, grabbing, and chewing, and come in pretty colors to catch baby’s eye.
The Calmies teether is our other favorite teething toy. Don’t let it’s simple design fool you, this teether has been a favorite for both my kids. It’s the perfect material to grab, chew, and suck on, and it’s easy for new babies who are just learning to use their hands to find. Plus, of course, it’s non-toxic!
Baby castile soap is a versatile and useful addition to your baby care routine. Diluted properly in water in a foam dispenser, this makes the perfect, simple, non-toxic baby wash for the newest little.
Apricot kernel oil is my go to moisturizer for babies. It is very moisturizing, gentle, and not overly greasy. It’s free of common allergens, which is an important factor to consider as well.
Garlic mullein oil is a must have remedy to have on hand for that first ear infection or teething episode. You definitely don’t want to wait until 3 am with a screaming baby to realize you should have had this stocked in your natural medicine cabinet.
Even tiny babies get the sniffles, and since not much else can be done to help them, it’s important to be ready with simple saline and this bizarre yet useful NoseFrida snotsucker!
If baby is having a hard time with gas, irritability, or colic, these tablets can be a great addition to have on hand to help them out.
If you are going the bottle route, we have enjoyed these Comotomo, non-toxic bottles. They are very pliable and soft, and resemble a breast.
These are a must have for teething episodes!
I am obsessed with my Medela hand pump. Why? Because I can get a bottle ready for my baby while cooking dinner, while picking up toys, while doing my makeup, while in the car, while in pubic, while outside….you get it! It’s so easy and convenient to throw in a purse just in case you need it.
I have found these books to be incredibly useful on my parenting journey, and the concepts in them have fostered security, bonding, and independence in my children.
Here are some other useful resources for more information on baby care!
Now, as you plan your registry remember to include these awesome items, and to think simply! You will not need all the items the internet tells you that you need. Babies do great when being held, worn, and given the freedom to play and explore the world around them. Excess is not necessary with them. Aside from big items such as a car seat, stroller, highchair, and crib or bassinet, most other items are pretty optional! Clothing can be kept down to a minimum as well; trust me when I say they grow out of their clothes faster than they can wear them!
I hope you enjoy this amazing time of pregnancy as you wait for your baby’s arrival! Be sure to check out my posts on Natural Childbirth!
What are your must have baby items?