Minimalista Mama

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

Expecting: Let’s Talk About Bath Tubs

You’re going to need some kind of bath solution besides stepping into the shower with tiny, slippery Murgatroyd in your arms, so yes, you will need an infant bath tub. … Continue reading

August 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Infant Soaps and Shampoo

Yes, you will need to buy separate soap for your new baby. The Irish Spring in your soap dish has too many chemicals and perfumes for your infant’s brand new, … Continue reading

June 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Best Baby Blanket

This is the best blanket, period. I know it doesn’t look like it’s that different from the thousands of others on offer for babies and little kids, but it is. … Continue reading

June 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bouncers!

A bouncer is a must. You need to have one. Really. Yes, baby can lounge in a cat bed or on a posh pillow, but there’s no substitute for giving … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Skip Hop Treetop Friends Play Mat

I’ve always liked Skip Hop‘s style and Astrid (and I) were really happy with their farmyard activity mat when she was tiny: soft fabric with some texture and crinkles for … Continue reading

April 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Shopping: Bloomingdales

I have one word for you: pajamas. I have two more: ten dollars. At Bloomingdales. I know: I couldn’t believe it either. Like the New Yorker I am, I love … Continue reading

March 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Shopping: Macy’s

OK, so let’s be clear up front: I hate going into department stores. I appreciate that they’ve clumped everything together in one place for me, but, man alive do they … Continue reading

March 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Another Swaddling Option

I just had tea with our fantastic post-partum doula, Caroline, yesterday and she mentioned my swaddle round-up and a new swaddle on the market, the True Womb Sleeping Swaddle. I … Continue reading

February 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

What the $)(! is up with all the blankets anyway?

Bottom line necessities:  1 sturdy, warm blanket for warmth and floor time. 2-4 lightweight inexpensive blankets (muslin or flannel) for general use (shade, clean-up, having in your bag for whatever … Continue reading

February 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Swaddling Options

Bottom Line: As a minimalist who does laundry frequently, you won’t need more than four of all of the swaddling options. (I know laundry doesn’t sound fun, but you will only … Continue reading

January 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Burp Cloths

I adore Dwell Studio’s baby patterns as much as the next geometrics-loving mom, but how, outside your baby shower, are you going to justify $35 for a burp cloth set … Continue reading

December 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pacifier Clips

So your baby may or may not want a pacifier. If he does, trust me: you will need a pacifier clip. You can buy the pacifiers that don’t bounce as … Continue reading

December 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Cribs Are Back! (Ikea)

In June, Ikea pulled all their cribs from their stores following a change in the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s regulations. (They said it was precautionary, not because there was a known … Continue reading

November 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bottles

Ah, the whole question of feeding that soon-to-be baby! The shelves of books on breastfeeding. The reams of research on breast being best. The totally foreign concept of your “twins” … Continue reading

November 8, 2011 · Leave a comment

First Toys: Sophie the Giraffe

See also A Word on Toys Sophie the Giraffe has been around for 50 years and is still sweet and effective. She’s a vanilla-scented, rubber teething toy from France with a … Continue reading

August 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

First Toys: “Transitional Object”

See also A Word on Toys A “transitional object” helps your baby transition from needing you all the time to wanting this object when you’re not around to, in the future, … Continue reading

August 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

Car Seats: Buying

See also Car Seats: Overview and Car Seats: Installing When selecting an infant car seat, check Consumer Reports for the most recent safety ratings and definitely go to Babies “R” Us or … Continue reading

August 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Car Seats: Overview

You probably know this, but you need a car seat. It’s how your baby will travel in the car at all times. Ignore your Aunt Martha who said she drove … Continue reading

August 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Diaper Bags: My Choice: Land’s End

You heard me: Land’s End. The preppie emporium of my Boston youth – well, second-string to L.L. Bean, but still – came through for me in my seemingly endless search … Continue reading

August 14, 2011 · Leave a 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

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

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