The Best Baby Gear for Minimalist Parents
The Best Baby Gear for Minimalist Parents
August 28, 2020

The Best Baby Gear for Minimalist Parents

The Best Baby Gear for Minimalist Parents.
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The Best Baby Gear for Minimalist Parents

If you’re the type of parent who thinks less is more, it’s easy to get intimidated by the sheer amount of stuff babies require. But it is possible to do minimalism and do parenthood at the same time—you’ll just need to choose your baby gear a bit more carefully.

If things like efficiency, multitasking and sustainability are music to your ears, then you’re in the right place. Lots of the product picks on this list can be used well beyond the baby days. Some combine multiple products into one, while others will help you tame the clutter and stay organized as you try to juggle all things minimalism and parenthood.

One Stroller for All Ages

A relative newcomer to the stroller scene, Colugo is quickly becoming one of our favorite baby brands for its innovative, thoughtfully designed products. The Complete stroller is exactly what its name implies—the only stroller you’ll need from birth well through toddlerhood. The infant kit creates a cozy way for you to use the stroller with your newborn right from birth. Once they’re a bit bigger, they can move up to the stroller seat that features magnetic harness buckles, a UPF 50+ canopy and a lie-flat seat for napping on the go. Other features to love include all-wheel suspension and a roomy basket underneath.

Essential Style

If big, bulky diaper bags aren’t your thing, a little downsizing is all it takes to fit everything you need for a day out with your little one into a smaller package. This vegan zip pouch from Freshly Picked is just big enough to fit all of the essentials like diapers, wipes and an extra outfit but compact enough to carry around your wrist. Bonus: it makes a super cute clutch when you’re sans baby.

Wipes Clean

The Peanut is one of our favorite minimalist must-haves of all time. This nontoxic, crack- and puncture-resistant changing pad works as-is; no additional covers, sheets or pads needed. If (when) there’s a mess, simply wipe the pad clean and that’s that. The non-stick base makes it ideal for turning any flat, stable surface into a changing station, and the clean, modern design works in any space.

A Newborn Wardrobe Staple

It’s easy to go overboard with baby clothing. If you’re trying to stick to the basics, invest in a few gowns. They work for day and night while keeping baby cozy and warm—and giving you easy access to diaper changes. This soft and sustainable gown from Solly has a simple, clean design, a knotted tail and an easy-on, easy-off neck opening.

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Less Fuss and Less to Wash

If you’re hoping to keep things as minimal as possible with feeding, look for bottles with fewer parts to clean. These innovative bottles feature silicone pouches that collapse as your little one drinks. That not only equals less stuff to wash (yay!) but also means your baby is taking in less air to reduce colic and fussiness (also yay!).

One Chair Three Ways

This one chair transforms into three different configurations: an infant seat, a high chair and an adult chair that holds up to 330 pounds. The Scandinavian look is cool and minimalist (it was created by the same person who designed the iconic Stokke Tripp Trapp chair) and the ergonomic style offers safe and stable support for your little one at the table. It’s also really easy to clean, something we appreciate about any high chair.

Minimalist Nursery Style

These luxuriously soft crib sheets from Goumi Kids scream cool, minimalist style. The neutral design goes with any nursery decor, and the organic-blend fabric is soft, breathable and naturally antimicrobial.

Bassinet + Crib All in One

A bassinet is a safe, snug sleep option for your baby’s first few months, but it takes up a lot of space and has a pretty limited lifespan. The Air Crib combines the best of both worlds: a bassinet + a full-size crib. The bedside sleeper option allows you to keep your baby close without sharing the same bed. Then, when you’re ready for a larger sleep option, use the included cot conversion kit to transform it into a crib you’ll be able to use until your little one is about two years old.

Ultimate Multitasker

The Hatch Rest+ is the ultimate multitasker. It grows with your little one from the newborn days through toddlerhood and takes the place of four separate products—a nightlight, a sound machine, a time-to-rise clock and an audio monitor. We love all of the custom settings you can create and that you can control everything remotely right from your phone.

Designed for Self-Feeding Success

Skip the piles of mismatched plates and bowls and get everything you need for your little foodie all in one place in this earth-friendly set. Designed to help with self-feeding success, Miniware’s plates, cups, bowls and utensils are all sized for little hands and thoughtfully crafted to help your new eater along every step of the way.

Stylish Storage

Half the battle when you’re striving for a more minimalist lifestyle is finding a good storage solution to keep the stuff you do have tidy and organized. These sturdy baskets are roomy enough to hold everything from blankets to toys. They’re perfect for a nursery, playroom or anywhere you need to tame the mess.

A Soft Swaddle and So Much More

A good swaddle blanket is a minimalist parent’s dream come true. Swaddles make great blankets, of course, but also work as clean changing or play spots, nursing covers, stroller or car seat covers and so much more. Aden + Anais classic muslin swaddles are some of the best thanks to their soft, light material and XL size.

A Diaper Bag Essential

Another great multipurpose product for minimalist-loving parents, a wet bag is something that should be in every parent’s diaper bag or backpack. It’s perfect for storing wet gear and just as great for storing dirty diapers, soiled clothes and bibs, pacifiers and pretty much anything else you can think of that you’d like to keep separate from the rest of your stuff.

Babycare Essentials

There’s no shortage of tools and gadgets for taking care of your baby, but most of them don’t deliver as promised. We prefer to focus on the few that really get the job done—and this collection from FridaBaby includes the best of the best. From the parent favorite Nose Frida for sucking boogies to the Snipper Clipper that helps you safely cut your baby’s nails without fear and more, this collection solves for the most common problems for newborns and parents.

Storage Wherever You Need It

Traditional library cart meets contemporary cool in this acrylic bookcase + cart combo from Babyletto. We love it for its looks, of course, but also for its versatility. It’s perfect for storing toys, books, art supplies or anything else you want to keep organized. And it’s all on wheels so you can easily roll it wherever you need to go.

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