Minimalist Baby Registry
Keep it simple, natural and under budget.
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Why go minimal?
If you’re like us, all the “stuff” that supposedly has to come with a baby causes you tons of stress. We’ve taken the guesswork out of what you need and what you don’t. Spend less time choosing and researching so you can have more time to focus on your little bundle of joy. And it’s non-toxic and natural where the budget allows — perfect for you and baby.
Keep in mind you can always buy used. Your baby will never know the difference, we promise. If you have the room, keep the original packaging for easy re-selling or donating for others to enjoy.
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Solid wood crib
Although not the prettiest, the IKEA Sniglar crib is the best combination of affordable and non-toxic. It’s made of solid beech wood, so it doesn’t have the concern of formaldehyde-filled MDF, particle boards or VOC off-gassing.
It’s not advertised as a true convertible crib, but you can take off one side and use it as a toddler daybed without any additional purchases.
All of this makes it about the cheapest, most non-toxic crib on the market. And our babies don’t know the difference between this and a $500 crib.
Organic crib mattress
Sometimes you need to put your money where it matters most. You need to avoid polyurethane foam, fire retardants, formaldehyde and VOCs found in most conventional crib mattresses.
Take the sting out of buying a more expensive organic mattress by choosing the Sniglar crib (above).
Read the full crib mattress review to learn about why you need to buy new, when to use crib mattress pads and preventing SIDS.
Organic crib mattress cover
A crib mattress pad definitely makes middle-of-the-night leaks easier.
Even though your mattress is waterproof, the pad will ensure the mattress stays clean.
Make sure the pad fits very securely and doesn’t move around.
Machine wash with cold water and dry with low heat to avoid shrinkage.
Get this GOTS organic crib mattress cover with an OEKO-TEX certified waterproof layer.
GOTS certified organic cotton crib sheet
These affordable, organic crib sheets are so very soft and stocking up on three is a good number for your first.
Organic cotton swaddle blankets
Some babies love to be swaddled for sleeping; some don’t. Either way, these GOTS certified organic muslin cotton swaddle blankets will be sufficient for swaddling and/or daytime blanket use as they grow.
Swaddling may seem hard and you may be tempted to buy a blanket with velcro or something similar, but they can get pretty pricey.
Just think about how they did it back in the day. And now we’ve got YouTube, woah. Click for some inspiration.
Is the video monitor is a must? Make sure it’s voice-activated, turn it off when not in use, and set the camera up as far away from the crib as possible (best option is to install as high as possible above crib). The CasaCam BM100 Video Baby Monitor is affordable, has voice-activation mode, and has easy set-up for wall mounting.
Money saver: Skip the multiple lamps and nightlights throughout the years. Get a portable one now for midnight happenings in your room and nursery.
The VAVA anti-blue LED nightlight has a dim glow option which gives you just enough during the night.
Then keep for when your little one needs some light for midnight bathroom trips (which happens faster than you want).
Sound machines with a white noise option are extremely helpful during the newborn and infant stage.
And, you don’t need to spend a ton on one that looks like a stuffed animal.
The Big Red Rooster Baby White Noise Machine has 3 lullabies and 3 soothing sounds (including white noise).
It’s already a great price and bonus money saver: includes battery option for on-the-go and plug-in for the nursery.
Bassinet (and travel crib)
This is a little pricier, but hear us out:
Save money by combining your bassinet, play yard, and travel crib. Since your baby will spend many hours in this (especially at the beginning), we choose to put our money into one that is super non-toxic.
Remember this: your baby may use this as a play area up to age THREE. The Guava Lotus bassinet and crib combo is GreenGuard Gold Certified and free of flame retardants, PVC, lead, phthalates, formaldehyde and heavy metals. It also comes with the crib and bassinet mattress.
What’s included: a non-toxic travel crib, backpack, crib mattress, bed-level conversion bassinet (rocking or stationary), organic crib sheet, organic bassinet sheet, all for under $350. That’s a steal.
One more thought: do you NEED a bassinet? If you have a big enough bedroom, you can have baby sleep in her crib in your room for the first months, then move the crib into nursery.
If that works for you, just get the Lotus travel crib for a bit less.
Glass baby bottles
Newborns sipping milk from heated plastic just doesn’t work for us, even if it is BPA-free. Glass is simply the way to go.
The Evenflo classic glass baby bottles are affordable and super easy to clean. The tempered glass baby bottle is recyclable, sustainable and safe for the environment.
Grab two 6-packs of the 4 oz. bottles. Perfect for daycare and storing in fridge/freezer.
Baby bottle lids
You’ll want extra Medela solid bottle lids for freezing your Evenflo glass bottles (they’re compatible).
Because milk expands when freezing, just make sure to leave some room at the top of bottle.
Whether you’ll be returning to work or not, you’ll want to have a manual pump handy. Honestly, we’ve talked with several working moms who didn’t need an electric pump. They felt like they had much more control with the manual and were able to pump 16 oz. per day while away from baby.
It also has less parts so it’s easier to clean, carry and store. And no plug-in required.
Get the Medela Harmony manual breast pump. The Evenflo glass bottles fit perfectly.
Want an electric one? You can typically get one for free through your insurance or Medicaid. Check here for Medela electric pumps (our preferred brand) for eligibility, or call your insurance company directly.
Washable nursing pads
Washable, reusable nursing pads are the way to go. The Kindred Bravely organic bamboo nursing pads provide a nice contoured fit with three layers — a soft, organic bamboo; a middle absorbing microfiber layer; and a waterproof back layer. It’s the perfect combination and still very thin.
The pads come in a 4-pair pack and we suggest having two packs during your pregnancy and nursing days.
New bras are very expensive. Since nursing bras won’t be used for too long, we recommend heading to your local consignment store or checking eBay for gently-used bras that are reviewed as being the best, such as Bravado or U.S. made Majamas Organic bra.
If you can, get professionally fitted around 8 months pregnant so you can easily order online.
If you’d like to buy new without breaking the bank, use code GREENBABYDEAL and get 20% off as a first-time customer.
Or check out Kindred Bravely on Amazon here.
Organic nipple cream
If you’re nursing for the first time, it takes a bit to adjust. We urge you to hang in there.
Help ease any discomfort you may have with Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter.
Ingredients: Organic Olive (Olea Europaea) Fruit Oil, Organic Beeswax (Cera Flava), Organic Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao) Seed Butter, Organic Shea (Butyrospermum Parkii) Butter, Organic Mango (Mangifera Indica) Seed Butter, Organic Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Extract.
Cooler bag for bottles and pump
Skip the fancy overpriced coolers marketed to new moms. This inexpensive cooler bag will discreetly fit your manual pump and 4 small (4 oz.) glass bottles.
If you’re a working mama, you’ll need 2 of these: one for you to store pump and bottles at work, and one for your baby at daycare.
Ice packs for cooler
These ice packs are a good size for your cooler bag, and are easy to store in your freezer.
A 4-pack is good: two for your baby’s cooler + two for your work cooler.
Bottle brush cleaner
A little pricier than other bottle brushes, but having a stand and nipple cleaner is worth the extra money.
The space-saving stand allows the bristles to properly air dry. Fantastic design, and it holds up really well through tons of bottle washes. You won’t need to buy 2.
We love the OXO Tot bottle brush cleaner.
Dish soap unscented
Bottle drying rack
This countertop drying rack is free of BPAs, phthalates and PVC. It’s fantastic for all bottle and pump parts.
You’ll also find yourself using it later on for toddler and kid dishes.
Dishwasher-friendly, and its three-part design makes it super easy to clean.
Although the Evenflo glass bottles are great for freezing milk, you may find you want a few more containers if you want to stock up. We absolutely love the Wean Green containers for storing milk, and they are also perfect for baby food, snacks and travel as your little one grows.
A little pricier than other containers, but the tempered 100% recycled glass is 5x stronger than regular glass, and the easy-lock lids are free of lead, BPAs, PVC and phthalates.
Whether you’re dating your milk or labeling for daycare, you’ll want plenty of these. The Jokari Label Once labels are affordable because they’re not marketed specifically for baby bottles. And they’ll last for years. You can read our full review by clicking here.
Tip: writing on and erasing the labels at room temperature will work best.
Non-toxic high chair
Most wooden high chairs are very nice but come with a hefty price tag of $200+. The IKEA Antilop high chair has everything you need and can’t be beat for the price tag. It’s made of the safe #5 plastic: thick hard polypropylene. Wash with warm soapy water.
Bowls and spoons
You may be thinking you’re far off from your baby eating a meal, but life happens fast and you’ll be glad to have these suction cup silicone bowls and spoons. 100% FDA approved silicone, highest food safety standards (LFGB) and free of BPAs, lead, phthalates and latex.
Tip: Want a few more spoons? Skip the over-priced baby ones and grab a set of these stainless steel espresso spoons.
Blender (baby food maker)
Say goodbye to the silly “baby food maker” that’s only good for a year or two. Buy yourself an awesome blender that’s perfect for the whole family and will last. From baby food to nut butters to frozen desserts: this blender does it all.
Save more with a certified refurbished Vitamix, backed by a 3-year full warranty.
Glass Sippy Cup
The safe non-toxic Green Sprouts Glass Sip and Straw is the only sippy cup you’ll need. The liquid comes in contact with glass and silicone only. It can transition from sippy to straw – all included. The glass is protected from breaking without having to buy a separate cover.
The epitome of saving green and being green is choosing cloth diapers. With the plethora of options out there, we’ve taken the guesswork out and highly recommend stocking up on the Grovia All in One (AIO) Organic Cloth Diaper.
They’re so very easy to use with no extra parts (i.e. no stuffing), and the one-size feature (10-35+ lbs) will last you through almost the entire diaper stage.
Get at least 18 diapers and plan on doing a load of laundry every other day.
Don’t have sticker shock and do the math: buying these now could save you thousands of dollars in disposable diaper costs.
Baby-safe laundry detergent
You need a non-toxic laundry detergent. Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder is made without harsh chemicals and carcinogens, but still tough on dirt AND works for cloth diapers.
Add extra leak protection at night. Hemp is super absorbable without the bulk. Get a 4-pack of these Thirsties Hemp Inserts (size small).
Flushable diaper liners
It’s great to have these GroVia flushable diaper liners on hand for travel (think: easily flushing your baby’s poop down a hotel toilet).
Natural baby wipes
Even if you’re committed to using washable, reusable wipes, disposable wipes are great to have for daycare use or travel.
WaterWipes are free of fragrance and alcohol. They contain 99.9% water and a drop of fruit extract.
Tip: because these wipes aren’t high in preservatives, use within 30 days of opening and don’t store in high heat.
Although diaper rashes are a lot less common with cloth diapers, they do happen occasionally. Clear them up quickly with Boudreaux’s all natural butt paste.
This cream is cloth-diaper friendly but to avoid staining, use an insert between the diaper and cream.
Keep this near your diaper changing area and every so often apply a thin layer to your baby’s diaper area.
Coconut oil is anti-fungal, anti-viral, antibacterial and cloth-diaper friendly. Nutiva organic unrefined coconut oil is a fair-trade option we love.
Tip: apply to very dry skin so it doesn’t trap any moisture in, which can cause rashes.
Life in the cloth diaper lane is a whole lot easier with one of these. It’s not as bad as it seems. Just keep in mind you’re saving some serious money and helping out the planet.
The Bumworks diaper sprayer kit comes with everything you need to hook up to your toilet.
Cloth diaper wet bag
You’ll need a few of these: for the bedroom, the bathroom, travel, and if needed, daycare. Just throw them in the wash with your diapers and you won’t need to deal with scrubbing out diaper pails.
The Thirsties wet diaper bag is an affordable, made-in-U.S.A. option that comes with a snappable hook — ideal for hanging on the doorknob (choose the large size). Three is a good number, and you’ll find plenty of uses for them once the cloth diaper stage has ended.
Non-toxic changing pad
Save money by passing on the changing table and instead using a simple changing pad on your dresser.
The made-in-U.S.A. Colgate changing pad is the choice for a GREENGUARD Gold certified and CertiPUR-US certified safe foam pad.
Organic changing pad cover
Although the changing pad is waterproof, it’s nice to have a cover to easily remove and wash. Go with this affordable 3-pack of GOTS organic changing pad covers.
Tip for newbie moms: always put a new diaper underneath before changing the old diaper to prevent potential pee/poo on pad.
Changing pad liners
These are great to put over/under your changing pad cover or for travel. These changing pad liners are made with a non-toxic TPU, vinyl free breathable waterproof layer and conveniently come in a 3-pack.
Newborn cloth diapers aren’t used for very long and therefore aren’t a great investment. It’s easiest to start out with disposables until your baby is ready for the bundle of cloth diapers previously mentioned (typically around 8 lbs.).
Get the Andy Pandy bamboo diapers. They’re 100% free of chlorine, phthalates, latex, PVC, TBT, alcohol, and preservatives. They have a “no leak guarantee.” And, the company is also a partner and supporter of St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
GOTS organic cloth diaper inserts (for everything)
You’ll want these OsoCozy unbleached prefolds (size large) for everything but the butt:
- Ditch the burp cloths. They’re typically overpriced and non-absorbent.
- Perfect for putting underneath your baby while changing a diaper (read more about diaper changing here).
- Super absorbent. Keep a few in your diaper bag for on-the-go spills or runny noses.
Non-toxic baby bathtub
There isn’t a need for an infant-specific tub when you can have this non-toxic convertible one that will last through toddlerhood.
The Primo Euro-Bath baby tub is an affordable, made-in-U.S.A. option that’s free of BPAs, PVCs, phthalates and lead.
Organic bamboo baby/toddler towel
Save money by passing on the small thin infant towels that don’t absorb and don’t last. This organic bamboo bath towel is super soft, eco-friendly and large enough (35″ x 35″) to be with your baby at least a few years or more.
And it still has the hood for cute photo opps.
Although marketed as wipes, we love to keep the Charlie Banana organic cotton cloths within arm’s reach to clean our baby’s soft skin.
We also love that it comes in a 10-pack and a percentage of the sale is donated to Operation Smile.
Baby soap and shampoo
Babies are pretty clean and don’t need much soap. In fact, too much soap will strip your baby’s natural oils and will dry out the skin.
The all-natural Earth Mama Baby Wash is our favorite and don’t have sticker stock: the 34 oz. foaming wash lasted about a year for us.
It also scores a 1 on EWG (the lower the better).
Ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil, Organic Olive (Olea Europaea) Fruit Oil, Potassium Hydroxide*, Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Organic Shea (Butyrospermum Parkii) Butter, Organic Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Extract, Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (*None present in final product)
Side note: Wondering what soap to use during your pregnancy? See the non-toxic soap guide here.
Convertible car seat
Save money and waste by skipping the infant seat and going straight to a convertible. Better yet, the Diono Rainier 2AXT convertible car seat goes from 5 lb. to 120 lb., has a steel frame and is safe to use for 12 years. It also has a fantastic maximum rear-facing weight of 50 lbs. (rear-facing is 5x safer, so the longer your baby can sit rear-facing, the better).
Pay a little extra to get this in merino wool (choose “Grey Wool” option). Because the fabric is naturally flame retardant, it’s free of chemicals and flame retardants.
Choose Diono because their independent testing has consistently rated very well in terms of low toxicity and out-gassing. And, the seats don’t contain traceable amounts of BPA, phthalates, chlorine or lead. They’re also free of formaldehyde, PVC, heavy metals, triclosan, microban, nonylphenol ethoxolates and they use unbleached, AZO-free dyes.
City Mini GT stroller
Although the Baby Jogger City Mini GT stroller is a little pricier, it will last throughout your baby years and has excellent resale value.
Our favorite features: easily reclines for an infant, has all-terrain wheels, a large sun canopy, light-weight and easy-fold. It’s also super easy to push, even on grass.
You don’t need the latest and greatest. Save a ton and get an older model: it’s still awesome.
It’s free of flame retardants, PVC, BPA, latex, Teflon, phthalates, AZO dyes and Scotchguard.
Organic infant head support
You’ll want the Organic DorDor & GorGor infant head support for the stroller. The organic cotton is GOTS certified, easily washable and has an adjustable height for your growing baby.
Purchase just one carrier to fit all of your needs. The Boba 4G baby carrier has a front- and back-carry option, good for 7-45 lbs., and includes an infant insert and sleeping hood.
This carrier is made with 100% cotton and free from any potential harmful materials or dyes (organic cotton option is also available for a little bit more).
Diaper bag backpack
Since your baby won’t be nestled up to the diaper bag, an organic one isn’t worth the cost.
Choose the Soulsten diaper backpack. Because the weight is distributed better, backpacks are so much better for your body.
It’s made with a waterproof oxford canvas fabric with 15 compartments (yup, you’ll need them all).
Travel wipes case
You’ll want an easy-open wipe container when you’re out and about.
The Skip Hop Grab and Go wipes case is a great solution and comes with a convenient silicone strap. The case holds up to 25 wipes and is free of PVC and phthalates.
The Fisher-Price Newborn-to-Toddler Portable Rocker is an affordable solution that will last from infancy up to 40 lbs.
It’s super easy to move through the house if your little one falls asleep and you want to keep an eye on them, and still get some chores done. The rocker is free of flame retardants, phthalates, latex, lead and BPA.
Travel place mat
A good place mat can be very helpful when your baby is ready to sit up and eat, but not quite ready to keep a plate or bowl on the table.
The Skip Hop fold and go place mat has a built-in loop closure that makes it easy and convenient to fold up and stick into your diaper bag. As your baby grows, the mat can still be used as a fun dining experience for them.
Easy-wipe silicone gets most of the mess off, then can be thoroughly washed when you get home. It’s made of non-slip, food-grade silicone and free of BPA, PVC, lead, latex, and phthalates.
HEALTH & SAFETY
While not the most fun, the rectal thermometer has been clinically proven to be the most accurate for infants up to three months.
Choose Vicks Pediatric Baby Rectal Thermometer which reads in 10 seconds and is designed with a short probe for safe measurements.
Baby nail file
Skip the nail clipper (and the dreaded bloody finger clip) by choosing a nail file.
The Baby Blue Giraffe nail file is made from genuine Czech glass and is able to quickly and gently file your infant’s nails safely and effectively.
Skip the toxic soft plastic and stick these in your freezer instead. These medical-grade silicone teething rings are free of BPA, PVC, phthalates and nitrosamine.
A fever is a natural healthy response to infection or illness, so if it’s not too high, it’s best to wait it out and comfort your baby without medication. In rare cases, dye-free infant Motrin ibuprofen can be used over 6 months of age. Always check with your pediatrician first.
Snots happen when you’re a baby, so choose a gentle, natural solution. The made-in-U.S.A. Boogie Mist saline spray is non-medicated, hypoallergenic and free of preservatives.
You’ll need these plug protectors so your crawling baby can’t stick something into an outlet (like their tiny finger).
What’s the best baby registry to use?
Hint: we choose Amazon. See why here.