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If you live in a small condo or house, or just can’t imagine having a cluttered nursery, this baby checklist is the one to bookmark. As a fellow no-fuss minimalist mom, I’ve selected all the items that you actually need to make life with a newborn easier—without the extras that may end up gathering dust. From sleep must-haves to essentials for getting out of the house, I have suggestions that will get you through that roller coaster first year and will grow with your ever-changing kiddo. Just don’t let the number (34!) scare you—I’ve doubled up on a few items so you can pick the one that works best for your lifestyle and parenting choices.

Concord Baby Devon 4-in-1 Convertible Crib + Mattress

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Concord Baby Devon 4-in-1 Convertible Crib + Mattress

0 Reviews

Go for a convertible crib because it will grow with your little one. The Concord convertible crib and mattress transitions into a toddler bed, day bed or full bed—meaning extra value from just one purchase. Want to see more top crib picks? Check out our list of 6 Best Cribs for Your Baby.

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George Baby Organic Cotton Crib Sheet

2 Reviews

We all know that soft, comfortable sheets help with quality sleep—and that applies to your baby’s bed, too. These organic cotton crib sheets will set the tone for cozy (and hopefully long) naps and nighttime sleeps.

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Gerber Organic 4-Pack Flannel Blankets

1 Review

These soft, flannel receiving blankets are great at keeping baby warm in a car seat or stroller, and when laying down for tummy time. They’re also nice to introduce as a snuggly lovey in the crib when your baby is old enough.

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HoMedics Soundspa Rejuvenate

136 Reviews

Every kid is different when it comes to that magical bedtime formula, but a white noise machine often works wonders. This one is our favourite because it’s portable for on-the-go naps, plus it has six sound options and three timer settings.

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Owlet Cam Smart HD Video Baby Monitor

650 Reviews

To keep the baby tech stuff to a minimum, opt for an all-in-one smart baby monitor like this Owlet model that comes with a temperature sensor and detects both sound and motion. The monitor sends real-time alerts to your phone so you can check in on your wee one during their naptime. Want to see other options? Here’s our list of 7 Best Baby Monitors of 2021.

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NUK Orthodontic Pacifier Value Pack

37 Reviews

If pacifiers are a part of your self-soothing or sleep-training plans, add these NUK binkies to your baby checklist. They’re pediatric dentist–approved and allow your baby to soothe while helping to prevent pressure or tooth misalignment. Plus, one glows in the dark, which will be a saviour when you’re feeling around for it in the middle of the night.

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Eclipse Samara Blackout Thermal Curtain Panel

11 Reviews

Two nursery room elements that can affect your baby’s sleep are chilly temperatures and too much light, and these blackout curtains help with both. The thermal panels assist with temperature regulation while blocking out light, helping to give your baby (and you) lots of rest.

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Crane Ultrasonic Clear Drop Cool Mist Humidifier

37 Reviews

If your house runs dry in the cooler months, this Crane humidifier will keep the air moist and can help your little one breathe easier while they sleep. Plus, it can help relieve symptoms like nasal congestion and sinus irritation if your baby catches a cold.

Feeding

Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump

195 Reviews

Buying a breast pump is a personal decision but if you’re thinking of breastfeeding occasionally or exclusively, add this cost-effective manual pump to your baby registry checklist. It keeps the bells and whistles down to a minimum while giving you exceptional comfort.

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Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

590 Reviews

On the other hand, if you’re committed to the pumping route, this breast pump is top-rated by moms. The electric double-pump design allows you to pump comfortably and efficiently and has a quiet motor and different sized flanges for everyday use. Our 6 Best Breast Pumps roundup also has some great options.

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Tommee Tippee Steri-Steam Electric Steam Sterilizer

49 Reviews

Having a sterilizer for bottles, pacifiers and pump parts is a quick and easy way to keep your equipment clean and long-lasting. But if you don’t have the kitchen counter space, sterilizing in the dishwasher, microwave or even boiled water works, too.

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Dr. Brown’s MilkSPA Breast Milk and Bottle Warmer

92 Reviews

If you’re using stored milk from pumping or formula-feeding, having a bottle warmer will make feeds (especially at 3:00 a.m.) much easier. This one has 12 different settings and an auto-shutoff function, plus it can warm frozen milk for extra convenience.

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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Baby Bottle, 5oz

127 Reviews

If you plan on bottle-feeding, Tommee Tippee’s baby bottles are among the best. They have a nipple that mimics a mother’s breast, and you can swap it out as your baby grows for faster flow and quicker night feeds.

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Summer Infant Sit ‘N Style Booster

68 Reviews

If you’re short on space, forego the traditional high chair and opt for this convertible and easy-to-clean booster seat instead. It collapses for easy storage and take-anywhere convenience, plus it will grow with your baby well into toddlerhood. Have more space? Check out our 6 Best High Chairs and Booster Seats.

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Aden + Anais Essentials Burpy Bibs

3 Reviews

Burp cloths seem like something you could easily swap for a tea towel, but finding one that’s sturdy, absorbent, soft and large enough (like these bibs) to withstand a day of feedings will make life easier.

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Pampers Pure Diapers

2367 Reviews

Being a minimalist can also mean reducing unnecessary ingredients. These diapers have no dyes or fragrances that can contribute to diaper rash. Plus, they’re soft, come in different sizes to grow through each phase and hug your baby close (meaning fewer leaks).

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Huggies Natural Care Unscented Baby Wipes

4904 Reviews

When it comes to wipes, these unscented Huggies go to the top of our baby checklist. They strike the right combination of damp without being overly wet or slippery and are soft enough to clean up every mess your kiddo throws at you—and there will be plenty!

Munchkin Secure Grip Changing Pad

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Munchkin Secure Grip Changing Pad

30 Reviews

To save space, skip the formal change table and go for a no-slip pad instead. This changing pad has rubber grips to keep it in place while you wrestle with your squirming kiddo. It’s also made of waterproof fabric that’s easy to clean with a simple wipe down—no extra changing cover necessary.

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Hometrends Large Woven Paper Basket

0 Reviews

Having an easy place to store diapers, wipes and other changing items is essential. This Hometrends storage basket is convenient for bringing supplies from room to room and can easily store toys when your kid has graduated from the diaper stage.

On the Go

Jolly Jumper Change EZE Travel Change Kit

4 Reviews

If you’re looking to lighten your load, opt for this travel change kit instead of a big diaper bag. It’s compact and comes with two zippered compartments to store diapers, wipes and whatever else you need for easy changes. Stash it in the car for use when you’re on the go.

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Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

3147 Reviews

Finding a car seat that excels in safety but also takes you through all your baby’s stages is a must-have. This convertible Graco car seat goes from a rear-facing infant seat all the way to a backless booster that works during the toddler years. Want to see more top picks? Here’s our list of the 7 Best Car Seats of 2021.

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Evenflo Pivot Travel System

360 Reviews

If you have more than one family vehicle, a second car seat will keep transitions smooth. This all-in-one Evenflo travel system comes with a toddler seat and bassinet that easily snaps into a convertible stroller. Plus, the highly maneuverable cruiser-style tires will ensure you have no excuse for staying inside (except maybe another blowout). These 7 Best Baby Strollers also do the trick.

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Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier

415 Reviews

If you’re looking for some hands-free kid-holding, this is the baby carrier you want to use. Not only does it include positions for facing in and out but, as your wee one grows, the support straps make sure that you don’t break your back keeping your kiddo close.

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Graco Pack ‘n Play Care Suite Playard

42 Reviews

A portable Pack ‘n Play is a convenient item to add to your baby registry checklist because it lets you bring your baby with you around the house while they snooze. This Graco set comes with a bassinet and change table, plus removable soft toys and extra storage space on the side. Here are a few more options: 10 Best Playpens of 2021.

Baby Care Renaissance Playmat – Large

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Baby Care Renaissance Playmat, Large

0 Reviews

From spit up to food spills, this soft, waterproof playmat will stick with you through every messy phase of your baby’s life. It’s easy to wipe clean and is padded for those early tummy-time moments all the way to their first unsteady steps.

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Fisher-Price See & Soothe Deluxe Bouncer

5 Reviews

Baby bouncers are great for keeping your little one contained and entertained while you reheat your coffee for the fifth time. We love the compact design of this model, which is ideal for smaller spaces. Plus, it has vibrations, music, sounds and two animal pals to soothe your baby so you can actually enjoy your caffeine.

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Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Sit-to-Stand Activity Centre

48 Reviews

We love toys that grow with your little one. This sit-to-stand activity centre has interactive and musical activities that will keep your kiddo engaged as they develop. The seat will keep your baby contained while allowing them to swivel, and when they’re a bit older, they can stand and interact with everything in a new way.

Clothing and Accessories

Halo Clouds Cotton Swaddle

2 Reviews

Swaddles are a must-have baby checklist item in the early months, especially since loose blankets are a no-no for safe sleep. These swaddles are convertible and make night changes a breeze, while also preparing your little one for the sleep-sack stage.

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George Full Zip Sleeper

0 Reviews

Do yourself a favour and stock up on these sleepers in different sizes.  The zippered openings make diaper and outfit changes easier, while onesies with snaps can be hard to put on your squirmy baby, especially after a middle-of-the-night diaper change.

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Angelcare Grey Bath Support

68 Reviews

The early months of bathing your slippery newborn will be less stressful with this bath support. The no-slip design helps keep your baby in place until they can sit up on their own and splash you deliberately.

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Parent’s Choice 5-Piece Cotton Gift Set

0 Reviews

This bath set comes with four baby washcloths and one hooded towel, which, in our minimalist mindset, is really all you need to get through a week of baths. Regular laundry loads are part of life with a new baby, so you might as well keep the rotation of cloths down to a minimum.

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Hello Bello Premium Shampoo & Body Wash

0 Reviews

This baby shampoo and wash has a plant-based and sensitive skin–approved formula that will wash away whatever mess the day brought with it. Plus, the subtle vanilla-apricot scent will give you that sweet baby smell, easily making it a baby bath essential.

Health and Safety

Wellworks Infrared Forehead & Ear Thermometer

8 Reviews

This infrared thermometer checks your baby’s temperature and, with both forehead and ear probes, you’ll get an accurate read to help keep your wee one safe.

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Fridababy the SnipperClipper Set

4 Reviews

Take the stress out of trimming your baby’s fingernails with these clippers. They have a little spyhole so you can see what you’re cutting, reducing the risk of snagging you’re little one’s digits. They’ll be especially handy when your kid reaches that toddler stage and won’t sit still. Now that you have your baby essentials, what about names? Check out the common obstacles most parents face when naming their children.