I put together a minimalist list of needed items. As a natural momma, my list is made up of organic and non toxic options.
*You can add items from any store to a single registry here or directly to your Target registry.
Diapers - I have mentioned this before, but what we put directly against our newborns exposed genitals 24/7 does matter. We wonder why baby gets rashes all the time and to take this issue even further, why we have higher rates of infertility than ever before. Our generation was one of the first to wear disposable diapers loaded with toxic chemicals. Standard disposable diapers contain chlorine (a known human carcinogen - As in, causes cancer in humans), dyes and fragrances, and other harmful chemicals such as dioxin. According to the World Health Organization, "Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer". Read this evidence based study for further research on standard disposable diapers and their impact on health.
If you're not choosing cloth diapers, check out these non toxic disposable diapers which are available on Amazon and can be delivered to your door in bulk with free shipping.
Wipes - Again, please keep toxic chemicals off of your baby's bottom. We don't need soap and harsh ingredients to get the job done. Rest assured that non toxic options will get your baby's bum just as clean as standard wipes. These wipes are an excellent chemical free, plant based option.
This might sound crazy to some, but that's it. You don't need a belted changing pad, wipe warmer or petroleum based diaper creams.
Depending on your climate and when baby will be born during the year, a couple cozy organic pieces will do. How cute are these options?
Keep in mind, skin to skin regulates baby's body temperature. I didn't dress my girl in anything but a diaper for an entire week after she was born. This practice helped to keep her the perfect temperature, aid in establishing my good milk supply, and I got to breathe in her precious baby scent 24/7.
Chicco Key Fit 30 Infant Seat is a great carseat option. This specific carseat is one of the only seats that provides safety, as well as a healthy environment (low in chemicals) while in the car (1).
Hopefully baby will not be napping or carried around in their carseat. Read this article on why carseat carrying is not healthy for your baby's growing body and should be limited to time in the car when it is necessary for safety.
I loved bathing with my baby girl in plain warm water (We don't need to wash baby with soap). This provided special bonding time while we were skin to skin and sometimes nursing right in the bath. For baby's solo bath time, the Puj Tub is a great tool to have on hand. It is made of non toxic, PVC and BPA free material and helps with hands free bathing. Wet baby's are slippery!
The practice of holding off on baby's first bath is becoming more common. Removing vernix and good bacteria from the skin, and/or putting anything on in its place (this includes natural products, essential oils, etc), is discouraged immediately postpartum by evidence based studies, one which states: "avoid bathing baby for at least 24 hours after birth, and then only use plain water for at least 4 weeks". (2)
Each momma may find different nursing bras provide better comfort and support for their new milk-filled chest. Here are several good options. Having two on hand will suffice.
As your milk comes in and regulates, your breasts may leak a bit (or a lot). Having nursing pads on hand to place inside your bra can help to prevent leaks through your clothes. These organic cotton nursing pads work well and are machine washable, saving you money and trips to the store.
WARMTH AND COMFORT
Holding baby is essential to their development. Babies don't just want constant physical contact, it is biologically normal and needed for their physical and emotional wellbeing. I am a supporter of the fourth trimester extending about nine months or more. Human mammals are one of the only mammals born so immature, which explains the need to continue gestating after birth (3).
Read this article on exterogestation and the need baby has to be held.
Our arms get tired though, I know. Ring slings and wraps are so very helpful for wearing baby throughout the day. Baby wearing not only offers health benefits, but also enables you to nurse and hold baby almost always hands free.
These are two of my favorites:
Moby Ring Sling
Solly Baby Wrap
Little Unicorn make beautiful and oh so soft organic cotton blankets great for spit up catchers, blankets to lay on, or to keep baby warm.
There it is. The list is short:
Of course, I am not saying that you CAN’T get a breast pump or a crib or a swing to hold your baby while she naps. You can. These three specific items, however, make room for opportunities to be away from baby. Life provides enough of that. My heart is to live simply; to have LESS so we can focus on baby MORE. And who doesn't want to save some money?!
Total cost to buy all items new: Less than $500.00 (this includes a month of diapers and wipes). Keep in mind, making a no-sew ring sling, buying clothes and blankets second hand, opting out of the tub option, and making your own wipes will lower this total cost even more!
Neither are expensive routes and both ways you will have what you need. There is something special about using what you have, accepting what is offered from others, and forgetting all the gadgets that fill up your home and take your time away from baby. Deep breaths, expecting momma. Rest in your abilities and resourcefulness.
Warm wishes for a happy day!