Minimalista Mama

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

Stroller/Car Seat Entertainment

New parents are worried, so they will focus endlessly on which car seat to buy and which crib to get, and how to make sure that both of those baby … Continue reading

April 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Somewhere (Else) To Lay Their Heads

Your baby will be very popular. Trust me. Grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins and friends will want to come and meet your new bundle. This can be wonderful. … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Whistleless

Sweet story for little kids – you can do it!! Whistleless from Trunk Animation on Vimeo. (Thanks, MUG!)

April 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Angel Dear Jacket

Soft is the name of the baby game. They’re soft. Their toys are soft. And their clothes should definitely be soft. Enter the Angel Dear chenille hoodie jacket. I love … Continue reading

April 20, 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

First Doll

I wasn’t keen on raising our little girl to just like dolls and kitchens, so I got her a red car about the same time as I got her her … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bubbles!

With a two year old, bubbles are on the menu every day. They have been for a while. And babies love them too. So stocking up on bubbles, especially novel … Continue reading

April 13, 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

Haba Toys

Full disclosure: I’m not a fan of tons of colors and noises for infants. The way I see it, if you’re new to everything, everything is interesting. Also, babies are … Continue reading

April 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Baby Journal

Here’s the thing: I wish my parents had done a baby journal for me. Here’s the other thing: as the mother of one toddler, finding the time to create one … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Travel Placemat

I’m kind of a tidy freak. Not like, “Clorox for everyone!” but still pretty into the orderly. Astrid is too. She asks for a napkin to clean up spills. It’s … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Transitional Object: Gund Comfy Cozies

I wrote a while ago about “transitional objects” and how important they can be for babies. Chances are, you’ll pick out one you like before Baby arrives, or someone will … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ladybug Snuggle Sack

Today is Astrid’s birthday party and the theme is ladybugs because she loses it every time she sees a ladybug. Even more so when she sees a flag, but I … Continue reading

March 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Annabel Karmel Food Prep Set

If you’ll be visiting a 6-8-month-old baby sometime soon and want to take along a small present, think about bringing something related to first foods. Most babies start eating solid … Continue reading

March 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Food Masher and Bowl (Annabel Karmel)

I’ve mentioned before how much – as a new parent and non-cook – I liked Annabel Karmel’s recipe book, 100 Best Baby Purees. I’m not sure I realized it at … Continue reading

March 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hello Bugs!

As I’ve noted before, babies aren’t into books. Because they can’t see. They’re weird like that. But they can discern black and white shapes and patterns before colors, which is … Continue reading

March 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chronicle Books: Taro Gomi collection

I came across Taro Gomi’s beautiful board book My Friends at the Academy of Sciences playroom one day last year and immediately went home and ordered a copy for Astrid. The … Continue reading

March 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Dwell Studio for Target

If you’re on a budget but are high-design minded and need something for a friend’s baby, gather your patience (or your willingness to pay shipping costs) and head to Target … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Eat Your Veggies

Let’s face it: if you’re cooking dinner, your child is too. They like you, these kids of yours. So if you’re in the kitchen dicing vegetables, chances are, they’ll want … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Pacifier Wipes

Yes, I know: these don’t sound very minimalist. They sound like yet another thing germaphobe mamas pack in their diaper bags. You know the ones: hand sanitizer dispensers installed by … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Baby Milestone Cards from Double Bravo Designs

Some new parents will keep a baby book recording all their new child’s milestones and footprints and height and the like. Others will not – and that baby book they … Continue reading

March 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

What Your Baby Will Wear: Nighttime

If you’re already clear on this, go ahead and skip this post. I thought I was but then, after I looked at the stack of onesies, pajamas, swaddling blankets, Velcro … Continue reading

March 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Dream Feed

I found out about this when Astrid was about three months old and, man, did I wish I’d known sooner. So if you didn’t know about this already, here’s my … Continue reading

March 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

Baby Gifts: A Note on Bedding

Here’s the deal: baby bedding – bumpers, comforters, quilts – is not a good shower gift. I’m sorry to break this to you. I know: that bumper and tiny matching … Continue reading

March 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Monogrammed Pottery Barn Kids Blanket

Every baby needs a blanket. Not for bedding (that’s a suffocation risk for infants and babies) but for taking along in the stroller, in the car and pretty much everywhere … Continue reading

March 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Birthday Party: Kara’s Mini Cupcakes (San Francisco)

Last year, Astrid’s birthday party was a little bit of a circus. An awesome fun circus, yes. Also, enough people (40) and kids (12) that we couldn’t manage making the … Continue reading

March 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cookies For the Pregnant Mama! (San Francisco)

Actually this tip is for pretty much everyone who lives in San Francisco. But especially pregnant mamas. You need some cookies, some happy sweet cookies. You need Anthony’s cookies, to … Continue reading

March 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Petunia Pickle Bottom Layette

In case you haven’t run across the name before, Petunia Pickle Bottom is a company that got famous making pricey diaper bag/backpacks in all kinds of nice prints. Very popular … Continue reading

March 8, 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

Lift the Flap Books

Why am I a big pop-up book fan? Because they’re awesome, that’s why. Awesome for me, that is. Not so awesome for curious small children. Correction: awesome for them too, … Continue reading

March 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Carter’s Patterned Onesies

Carter’s cute patterned bodysuits are the perfect quickie gift for a.) a baby shower gift basket, b.) a newborn as a little extra, “Welcome to the world!”, or c.)  a … Continue reading

March 5, 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

Self-Checkout

Note to self: the self-checkout lane at the grocery store is not for you. Not with a nearly-two-year-old, it’s not. The beeping, the stacking, the inevitable delays because you foolishly … 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

San Francisco: Library Story Times

It’s not pretty, but the San Francisco Public Library has put together a decent page of all the story times for all kids’ ages at all of their branches all … Continue reading

February 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

First Toys: The Teddy Bear (Another One)

OK, so I know I said you don’t need to have your future child’s teddy bear all sorted out and kicking it in the nursery when the baby arrives, and … Continue reading

February 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Skwish Mobile

I was in Giggle the other day and came across the Skwish Mobile. I love me some mobiles, so I had a look. Even though I don’t think I would’ve … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

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