Our Mostly Natural, Semi-Minimalist Baby Registry

Our Mostly Natural, Semi-Minimalist Baby Registry

And now we wait…

I’ve finally reached 38 weeks of pregnancy.  Baby Girl is healthy and more-or-less fully grown, so we’re just waiting for her to make her arrival!  I’ve been cautioned by my doctors not to get too excited though, since most first-time pregnancies go 5 days past their due date.  We’re certainly excited to meet her, but she can take all the time she needs. I want to her to be good and ready to enter the world when she does finally come!  

In order to keep myself preoccupied, I’ve been arranging and rearranging her nursery (much to my poor husband’s frustration).  It’s given me a good opportunity to reflect on all we’ve purchased or been gifted for her. Since we live in a one bedroom apartment and have to move somewhat frequently, we have chosen to stick with a semi-minimalist approach to baby stuff.  We simply can’t fit that much in our living space without tripping over it all! I’ve also chosen to favor mostly natural, non-toxic alternatives when reasonably possible.

Since I scoured the internet for every blog post possible on the topic, I thought I would post what we chose to put on our semi-minimalist baby registry in hopes that it will help you.  I think we have everything she’ll need in the upcoming months without a lot of excess, but time will tell.  I plan to do a follow-up post on what we used, what we didn’t, and what we bought in a few months so you can benefit from our experiences!

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Our Mostly Natural, Semi-Minimalist Baby Registry



  • 2 organic sleepers (We will likely be purchasing a few more when we know her size.)
  • 5 swaddle sacks
  • Several blankets (Most of these are muslin which can serve multiple purposes, a few are fleece, and 2 are lovely handmade ones from friends.)
  • 2 organic crib sheets
  • 1 crib skirt
  • 1 organic mattress cover (The mattress we chose came with one but I decided to purchase an extra in case of middle-of-the-night messes.)
  • 1 white noise machine



I tried to select onesies and pants that I could mix and match so she has her own baby capsule wardrobe!  Also, on the advice of a friend, I only purchased onesies and no shirts since she was continually irritated with shirts riding up her baby’s back.

  • 15 long-sleeved onesies
  • 8 pairs of pants
  • 10 pairs of socks (We got all white since I loathe matching socks.)
  • 4 pairs of Converse baby booties (I said this was a semi-minimalist registry.  Haha!)
  • Several headbands (I purchased 5 to go with specific outfits and for pictures, but we’ve been gifted a lot of headbands as well.  They’re just so darn cute and easy to buy!)
  • 5 hats
  • 5 bibs
  • 1 baby bunting



I plan to breastfeed but I wanted to plan for all eventualities.  We also intend to get a breast pump and all of its attachments through our insurance at the hospital.

  • Boppy pillow
  • Boppy water-resistant cover
  • Boppy fleece cover
  • 1 nursing/car seat/shopping cart cover combo
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter
  • 8 burp cloths
  • 3 pack of bottles
  • 1 pack of low-flow nipples to go with aforementioned bottles (They came with medium flow ones.)
  • 1 container of organic formula
  • 1 bottle warmer
  • 1 box sterilizer bags
  • 1 bottle brush
  • 1 dishwasher basket for small bottle parts
  • 1 bottle drying rack (I got the Boon Grass drying rack, which makes me inordinately excited.  It makes me smile looking at it sitting on the counter!)
  • 1 silicone teether
  • 1 high chair (I know we won’t use this for awhile, but I had my eye on a particular model so I put it on the registry.)



We have a tiny bathroom without much space to sit or hang things, so we had to keep it especially minimal here.  

  • 1 pack of 8 baby washcloths (I know our washcloths are too fluffy to clean between her teeny tiny toes.  We plan to dry her off using the towels we already have though.)
  • 1 Puj Flyte sink insert
  • 1 Burt’s Bees bathtime set, which includes baby soap/shampoo and baby lotion
  • 1 baby bathrobe (My mom bought it and it’s too cute not to keep!)
  • 1 soft goat hair baby brush



We chose to go the disposable diaper route for a few reasons I’ll not get into here.

  • Several boxes of diapers in a variety of sizes (We had a diaper raffle at our baby shower, which I highly recommend!)
  • 5 packages of wipes (We also received these at our shower.)
  • 1 container Earth Mama Angel Baby Diaper Balm
  • 1 BabyBum Diaper Cream Brush (Not exactly necessary, but I wanted one.)
  • 1 changing table organizer to store the above items
  • 1 changing table pad
  • 1 changing table cover (I may purchase another to switch out when the first is in the laundry.  We’ll see…)



  • 2 lingerie bags (I got these to wash tiny baby items in so they don’t get eaten by the washer/dryer.  I picked up 1 for lights and 1 for darks so I can presort as I go throughout the week.)
  • 1 bottle baby laundry detergent (I received this as a gift but plan to switch to the Seventh Generation detergent we normally use when it runs out.)
  • 2 bottles stain remover


Medicine and First Aid

I went for just the essentials here since we live right around the corner from a large shopping complex with many stores that are open 24 hours.  I know it’ll be inconvenient if we need to run out in the middle of the night for something, but I’d rather buy it when we need it so I can be sure it’s not expired.  

  • 1 bottle Infant Tylenol
  • 1 bottle gripe water
  • 1 bottle gas drops
  • 1 instant read thermometer
  • 1 set of nail clippers
  • 1 Happi Tummi (This was a gift from a friend that she highly recommended.  I had never heard of it before but it looks pretty nifty!)


General Gear

  • 1 pack ‘n play (This came with bassinet and changing table attachments, as well as some side pockets for storage.)
  • 2 pack ‘n play sheet sets (1 came with the pack ‘n play and we purchased the other.)
  • 1 car seat
  • 2 car seat bases (One for each of our vehicles.)
  • 2 headrest mirrors
  • 2 car window sun shades
  • 1 jogging stroller (Ours is compatible with the car seat we selected.)
  • 1 MamaRoo (An incredibly kind and generous friend lent this to us since her girls are too big for it now.)
  • 1 screen car seat cover (She’s entering the world right at the start of flu season so I want some protection against people touching her without my permission.)
  • 1 fleece-lined car seat cover (borrowed from a friend)
  • 3 infant carriers (I was able to borrow 2 from a friend and I was gifted 1 more.  I plan to decide which style I like, keep that one and give back or return the others.)



  • 1 Storybook Bible
  • 3 books (I’m sure we’ll acquire more books because Hubby and I both love to read!  As soon as she’s old enough, we plan to purchase her a Kindle so she can begin building her own digital library like us.)
  • 8 miscellaneous toys (We’ve tried to choose small, washable things for the time being.  We plan to focus on toys that can be played with in many different ways, like blocks and an art easel, as she grows older.)
  • 1 activity mat (I was also able to borrow this from a friend.)


Furniture and Storage

We turned the master closet off our bedroom into an adorable little nursery!  I plan to share more on this soon. Here’s the furniture we bought for it:

  • 1 crib (This isn’t totally necessary as we could have used the pack ‘n play but I really wanted one.)
  • 2 storage totes to fit under the crib
  • 1 4×4 bookcase, which also doubles as a changing table
  • 8 storage bins to fit on the bookcase and the shelf above it
  • 1 Poang chair, which we pressed into service as a rocker (We already had this.)


For Mama

Luckily, nothing but my belly really changed sizes throughout this pregnancy.  I’ve been able to wear non-maternity shirts the whole time, paired with sweaters and jackets over top since the weather has turned cold.  However, maternity bottoms are a must! I also chose to go ahead and purchase nursing bras when my previous size no longer fit, instead of buying a bigger size, then still having to purchase nursing bras later.  All in all, here’s what I bought for me:

  • 4 pairs black leggings (I got mine from Motherhood Maternity.  Make sure to sign up for their emails to get some good coupons before purchasing.)
  • 2 pairs maternity shorts (Mine came from Pink Blush and I love them!  Again, they can be pricey, so make sure to sign up for emails to get coupons.)
  • 4 (non-maternity) shirts (I really like Old Navy’s Luxe brand of tank tops, t-shirts and long-sleeved shirts.  They’re soft, stretchy and have a curved bottom hem perfect for covering up the bump!)
  • 3 nursing bras
  • 1 pack of 5 pairs reusable breastfeeding pads
  • 2 sets of nursing PJs (Not totally necessary, but I wanted something cuter and easier to nurse in than my usual ratty t-shirt and shorts.)
  • Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Unscented Belly Butter (I’ve used this religiously and haven’t gotten any stretch marks so far.  Here’s hoping the trend continues!)
  • 1 diaper bag backpack (Hubby plans to transfer the contents of my bag to a backpack he already owns when needed.)



  • Baby book (I chose to get a personalized book, which was a digital download from Etsy that I got printed and bound myself.)
  • Professional photos, both maternity and newborn (Admittedly, I could have done this myself.  However, I really wasn’t feeling up to it and I wanted to make sure it actually happened. I’m really pleased with how the maternity photos turned out!  I’m sure the newborn family photos will be great as well.)


Whew!  I think that’s it!  At first glance, it seems like a lot, and it is.  However, everyone I know has double or triple the amount of baby things so we seem quite minimalist in comparison.  I also tried to include everything that we brought into our lives related to the baby over the past 9 months.  For instance, most of the furniture items and everything for me wouldn’t make it on a traditional baby registry, but in the spirit of full-disclosure and to help you better prepare, I wanted to include it.  As previously mentioned, I plan to do a follow-up post once she has been here for a few months on what we’re actually using and what else we needed to purchase.

Looking over this list also makes me so thankful for the incredibly generous friends and family that gifted or lent us many of the items we needed.  Hubby and I feel blessed that we have so many amazing people in our lives and we can’t wait for our baby girl to meet them!



P.S.- To all of the parents out there, what are your must-have baby items?  Please let everyone know in the comments below!

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