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 seems to be a good number for one baby.
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.
You’ll save a lot on purchasing a camera that’s not marketed for the nursery. The Foscam FI8910W Camera should be hard-wired with Ethernet so you won’t have to worry about the EMFs. (Read more about EMFs here.)
Once hard-wired, you can use your laptop, phone or Roku as the monitor. Instructions for setting this up can be found here.
Need something simpler? You really don’t need to SEE your baby sleeping, but if you have a larger house and can’t hear him, we recommend a good old-fashioned analog monitor you can buy here.
For the feeding and diaper changing nights, you’ll want an adjustable portable light. It can even be used as a bedtime stories lamp, and later on during toddlerhood trips to the bathroom. It’s the OxyLED P01 Portable Globe Light.
Super easy to turn on in the dark, after a little practice of the button location.
No batteries required. It comes with a USB port (and the charge lasts a LONG time).
After multiple babies, we discovered a cool trick with this light: get a warm-colored piece of tissue paper and wrap it around the light. It’s LED so it’s not a heat or fire hazard. Warmer-colored lights such as red, yellow and orange have proven to be better for the nighttime hours (source).
Sound machines with a white noise option are extremely helpful during the newborn and infant stage. 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 here’s how it saves you more money: 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 crib into her own bedroom.
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.
We suggest a total of twelve 4 oz. bottles.
Baby bottle lids
You’ll want extra Medela solid bottle lids for freezing your Evenflo glass bottles (they’re compatible).
We’re not concerned about the plastic since it won’t touch the milk.
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. If you need an electric one as well, you can typically get one for free through your insurance.
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 while around 8 months pregnant so you can easily order online.
If you’d like to buy new without breaking the bank, use the 20% off code for Kindred Bravely on our Deals page 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: Olea europaea (organic olive) oil, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) extract, Theobroma cacao (organic cocoa) butter, Butyrospermum parkii (organic shea) butter, (Euphorbia antisyphilitica (candelilla wax), Mangifera indica (mango) butter.
Cooler bag for bottles and pump
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: 1 for you to store pump and bottles at work, and 1 to bring to your baby’s 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: 2 for your baby’s cooler and 2 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
Avoid dish soap that’s potentially harmful and choose a non-toxic, effective solution. The Better Life Unscented Dish Soap is clear of dyes and brighteners and scores an “A” on Environmental Working Group. (source)
Ingredients: Purified water, Potassium cocoate, Lauryl glucoside , Caprylyl/capryl glucoside, Decyl glucoside, Glycerin (vegetable), Disodium cocoglucoside citrate, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, and Tocopherol (vitamin E).
Bottle drying rack
The SandiBlue countertop drying rack is a BPA-, phthalate- and PVC-free drying rack. It’s fantastic for bottle drying and many other things, so it will remain practical long after your bottle-using years. 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.
You may be thinking you’re far off from your baby eating a meal, but life happens fast and you’ll be glad you have this eco-friendly 7-piece dinnerware set on your registry. It’s made with 100% biodegradable, organically grown rice husk fiber and the bowl includes a removable suction cup.
TIP: skip the over-priced baby spoons and grab a set of these stainless steel espresso spoons.
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 bumGenius Freetimes. These all-in-one diapers are so very easy to use, quick drying, and the one-size feature (7-35+ lbs) will last you through almost the entire diaper stage. We recommend having 18 diapers and doing a load of laundry every other day.
Get an extra 5% off at The Green Nursery using this code HERE.
Tip: choose snaps over velcro. They will last longer and your toddler will be less intrigued to take them off.
Cloth diaper detergent
We’ve tested many detergents and our favorite, most effective made-in-U.S.A. solution without harsh ingredients is the Rockin’ Green unscented laundry detergent. It’s free of enzymes, phosphates, optical brighteners, SLS, and parabens yet remains a powerful solution for your cloth-diaper washing.
These bamboo diaper inserts will provide extra absorbency for overnight use and the outer layers are made of organic bamboo terry.
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 chemical free and made of only water and a drop or grapefruit seed extract. Tip: Because these wipes are preservative-free, use within 30 days of opening and do not store at high temperatures.
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. It’s 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 by far the best value 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 organic changing pad covers.
TIP: 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, in our opinion. Especially for new parents, 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.).
Go with the Bamboo Nature newborn diapers for the perfect balance of eco-friendly and affordability (and they win with absorbency as well).
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? Read the non-toxic soap guide here.
Convertible car seat
You can save on money and waste by skipping the infant seat and going straight to a convertible. Better yet, the Diono Rainier 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). The price fluctuates often but if you’re willing to sacrifice color preference, you should be able to get this seat for under $300. Unfortunately, all car seats sold in the U.S. are required to contain flame retardants.
Choose Diono because they use a non-brominated flame retardant treatment and they do not treat the seat, plastic, steel and harness straps. Their independent testing has consistently rated very well in terms of low toxicity and out-gassing. Their seats do not 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.
Car seat angle adjuster
Once your baby can sit up, you’ll want to install the Diono seat angle adjuster. It adjusts the rear-facing seat to angle up a little, allowing you a bit more room leg room in the driver or front passenger seat.
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.
Save a ton by buying the 2016 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, is made for 7-45 lbs., and includes an infant insert, sleeping hood and foot straps.
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 food-grade silicone teething rings are freezer safe and free of phthalates, lead, BPA and latex.
A fever is a natural healthy response to infection or illness, so if it is not too high, it’s best to wait it out and comfort your baby without medication. In rare extreme 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.
Gas happens too, so try a natural solution. Pediatrician-recommended Mommy’s Bliss gripe water is a safe, gentle liquid formula containing organic ginger and fennel extracts to relieve stomach discomfort and bloating. It’s free of gluten, dairy, soy, artificial flavors, dyes, alcohol and parabens.
What’s the best baby registry to use?
Hint: we choose Amazon. See why here.