Shopping for your newborn baby and creating a baby registry can be so overwhelming. There are SO many products and brands out there, how do you know which ones to choose and what you ACTUALLY need?

During my first pregnancy, my husband and I lived in such a tiny house, and we were on a super tight budget, so figuring out what was actually necessary for our baby was crucial.

In this post, I will cover what we actually used during the first three months for both of our babies, and give you a minimalist guide to shopping for your newborn baby.

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A Minimalist Guide to Shopping for Your Newborn Baby

It’s certainly nice to have all the latest and hottest baby gadgets, but they most definitely aren’t necessary. Especially during those initial months. Your newborn baby won’t require a whole lot, but she will need…

A Safe Place to Sleep

Whether you decide to use a crib, bassinet, co-sleeper, or bed-share, just be sure that baby’s sleeping environment is safe. Your baby will need a new firm mattress, and you should look for a crib that is VOC free. The University of Notre Dame has some good information on safe co-sleeping guidelines if you choose to go that route.

Diapers and Wipes 

Stock up on as much diapers and wipes as you can during your pregnancy. You will need a few extra things if you decide to use cloth diapers (which I highly recommend if you’re looking to save as much money and reduce as much waste as you can).

Feeding Supplies

Whether that’s your boob or a bottle; breastmilk or formula, you’ll need to be sure to have all the essentials for feeding your baby. If you are planning on breastfeeding, be sure to check out the 7 Essentials for Breastfeeding Success. 

Car Seat

Install your car seat and have it inspected by a certified car seat technician before baby comes. Here is a great source for reviewing and comparing car seats, and here is a source for helping you find a car seat technician.

Baby Clothes

What you’ll need for clothes, will depend on the season and where you live, but having around 8-10 pairs of onesies and sleepers is a good place to start. You’ll also need a hat or two, socks, pants, and a few sweaters and mittens if you’re having a winter baby.

I would be sure to have some newborn size clothes as well as some 0-3 month clothes right from the git-go, because your baby will grow exponentially during those first weeks. Some babies are too large for the newborn size right when they’re born.

Burp Cloths

Prefolds actually work great as burp rags and are much cheaper than the regular ones. They are super absorbent and excellent at catching all that spit up. You could also just cut up some old towels or T-shirts if you’re really strung on cash.

Baby Care Kit

Choose a baby care kit that includes nail clippers and a filer, (those little nails grow fast!), a hair brush, and a thermometer. You probably won’t use everything that comes in a kit, but it’s still much cheaper than buying everything separately. I personally like this kit:

Nose Frida + Extra Filter Cartridges

Let’s be real, those bulb syringes don’t do anything for a congested baby. The Nose Frida sucks the snot right out. It may sound gross, but I promise you, it works!

A Place to Bathe Baby

You’ll be giving baby sponge baths until the umbilical stump falls off, but after that you’ll want a place that will support your baby’s head and prevent her from sliding into the water. We used this bath seat, and it worked great for us.

Baby Shampoo

You probably won’t need to wash your baby with soap a whole lot during those first few months, but it is nice to have for those crazy poo-explosions. And just remember, the shorter the amount of ingredients the better. We use the fragrance-free Baby Shea Moisture over at our house.

A Place to Put Baby Down

Because you may want to eat and take a shower occasionally. I personally loved our Bouncer chair, and so did baby. 🙂 It was the perfect fit for our tiny bathroom when I needed to take a shower.

Baby Carrier

A carrier isn’t necessarily essential, but it certainly was necessary for us, and it will be for you if your baby likes to be held and you want to get well….anything done. We love our Tula. The hubby even wears it.:)  Sometimes it was the only way we could get little one down for a nap or bed, and it definitely stopped random strangers from touching our baby at the store. Why do people think it’s okay to just touch some random person’s baby? Seriously. I digress…

A Minimalist Baby Registry

With all the fancy baby gadgets there are now, it can be nerve-wrecking trying to decide what you actually need to buy for your newborn baby. But truth be told, babies don’t need much during those first three months.

Your baby will need a safe place to sleep, some breastmilk or formula, clothing, a car seat, and some personal hygiene gear. Save your wallet some money and your house some space with this minimalist guide to shopping for your baby.

Did You Find This Post Helpful?

Did this post help you decide what to put on your baby registry? Share what you found necessary during those first few months in the comments below and be sure to share this post with all your expecting friends.


  1. Barb Shelton on June 1, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    What a specific and so-helpful list! I would have looooved something like this back when I had my babies, but: A) blogs, the Internet, and computers weren’t invented yet, B) YOU weren’t invented yet, and C) most of the stuff you suggest wasn’t invented yet! Well, we *did* have cloth diapers (our only choice!), clothes (not nearly as cute as what they have today!), and boobs. ?

    Yes, I’m ancient, (64), but I’m going to post this on Facebook anyway because I know lots of people who DO have babies, and even a few who are pregnant with their first!!! They will LOVE this!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Messy Mom Nicolle on June 2, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Thank you so much for the kind words and shares Barb! You are too kind!

  2. Caz Wilson on May 31, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Nice simple list – great post!

  3. Nidhi bhakuni on May 31, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Wow….Only a Mother can assimilate all needs of baby… Very adorned list

  4. Amber on May 26, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Very good, simple list. I love its usefulness and brevity. Definitely great advice.

  5. Lexie on May 26, 2017 at 9:10 am

    This is a really great, condensed list. I have a longer, registry review on my site, but I love that these are just the bare necessities.
    There are sooo many baby products on the market now, but a baby doesn’t actually NEED all that much.
    The baby care kit had somethings in it that we don’t use at all, but it was easier and cheaper than buying the things that we use all the time – nail clippers, comb, thermometer…

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Messy Mom Nicolle on May 26, 2017 at 9:34 am

      We also didn’t use everything in the baby care kit, but it certainly is cheaper than buying everything separately! Thanks for the kind words Lexie!

  6. Melissa on May 26, 2017 at 7:46 am

    This is a great list. I used all of these things with my little guy!

    • Messy Mom Nicolle on May 26, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Melissa! They definitely made life a little easier!

  7. Jasmine on May 26, 2017 at 1:50 am

    very good, basic list. I think Moms need to think hard about the different situations that will arise, to help them figure out exactly what they need

    • Messy Mom Nicolle on May 26, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Yes, that is a very good point! Thanks for the kind words Jasmine!

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