Minimalista Mama

Only what you need for your baby. Really. (OK – and some fantastic things you don’t that are pretty cool.)

Pimp My Car Seat

The infant car seat is a wonderful thing early on: your baby is small enough to snuggle in it and happy to snooze while you go from point A to … Continue reading

August 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

First Toys: Mobiles

See also A Word on Toys Mobiles are awesome. Period. Get at least one for your baby for above her crib. And maybe another one for above her play area. And … Continue reading

August 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

First Toys: Rattles

See also A Word on Toys The first interactive toys that will probably catch your baby’s attention are ones that make a small cause-and-effect noise, like a rattle or a crinkle. … Continue reading

August 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

First Toys: Mirrors

See also A Word on Toys Also in the staring category are mirrors. Astrid didn’t notice herself in a mirror until she was 3 1/2 months old despite all expert assertions … Continue reading

August 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

First Toys: Black and White

See also A Word on Toys Staring is big with infants. They can’t see very well at birth and won’t distinguish colors first thing, so fairly large black and white … Continue reading

August 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

Tips: When to stop swaddling

It would be great to feel 100% certain, but, like lots of parenting questions, when you stop swaddling your baby is going to be a judgment call on your part. … Continue reading

August 14, 2011 · 2 Comments

Diaper Bags: Kate Spade

I had a black, heavy nylon Kate Spade diaper bag as my primary bag for ages about ten years ago. It was great: the bottle pockets held my keys and … Continue reading

August 14, 2011 · 1 Comment

Two Baby Medical Resource Books

One of the things I got a little obsessive about while I was pregnant was finding the right infant medical resource book to have at home. Here’s what I wanted: … Continue reading

August 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

Little Giraffe Chenille Blanket

To be clear up front, this is not a must-have and it’s a bit spendy for what it is, but it is a super nice-to-have. So when your rich friend’s … Continue reading

August 8, 2011 · Leave a comment

Nail Clippers

Cutting Astrid’s nails scared the bejesus out of me. Babies’ nails are so small and their fingertips are right there and you’re supposed to do it in the dark while … Continue reading

August 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Fisher Price Music Box Record Player

I didn’t have a lot of mainstream toys when I was a kid. My parents were more “use your imagination/we walked uphill barefoot both ways” types, so Lincoln Logs and … Continue reading

August 6, 2011 · 1 Comment

Best First Book: I Am a Bunny

Everyone tells you to start a bedtime routine right away with your infant so that by the time s/he is old enough to notice that there is one, you’ll have … Continue reading

August 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

Lamaze: Garden Bug Foot Finder

August 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

First Blocks

Just as Astrid hit the six and a half month mark, she seemed to lose interest in her previously popular rattles and toys. And a day later I got my … Continue reading

July 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Mmm…shoes…

I’m finally willing to concede that Astrid needs some shoes. She got a bunch as gifts when she was born, but a.) most of them won’t fit her until next … Continue reading

July 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Diaper Bags: The Criteria

I’ve ordered and tried a bunch of different bags to replace my Skip Hop Duo Deluxe, but before I go there, I thought I’d offer a quick overview of what … Continue reading

November 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

Baby Bath Decor

To brighten things up for Astrid, I got her a set of these bright Tub Tattoos which you can affix to the near side of the tub so all your … Continue reading

October 26, 2010 · Leave a comment

Baby’s First Bath Toys

When we moved Astrid into the big tub, I felt like she was relaxed but bored, so I went hunting for some starter bath toys that wouldn’t make our only … Continue reading

October 26, 2010 · Leave a comment

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