The modern baby market is pushing you to think that all baby products are must-haves when, in reality, you don’t necessarily need some of them. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need anything. When it comes to preparing for your new little one, think minimalist baby — less is more.

Ideally, you want to keep your baby items at a minimum while still providing for your little one. The experts at Mustela are here to help with this complete checklist of minimalist baby essentials.

Diapering Essentials For The Minimalist Baby

minimalist baby with diaper rash cream


Whether you’ve chosen to use disposable or cloth diapers, diapers are a must-have, so stock up on all sizes. The last thing a new parent needs is to discover they’ve run out of diapers at the very moment their baby has a diaper blow-out!


Baby wipes are another item that you really don’t want to run out of. Consider buying them in bulk, like the Mustela Diaper Wipes Bundle. This bundle is made up of a four-pack of soft, durable wipes that gently and effectively clean your baby’s diaper area in one easy step.


Diaper rashes are inevitable. Always keep gentle diaper rash cream on hand to prevent and help heal this bothersome skin irritation.

Mustela’s Diaper Rash Cream 123 works in-between diaper changes to protect your baby’s delicate skin against possible rashes. This three-in-one product soothes the diaper area and relieves irritation and redness from the very first use.

Sleeping Essentials For The Minimalist Baby

upclose of baby sleeping


We’re going to give you a few sleeping arrangement options for your baby, and based upon your preference, you can make the best decision for your family. The first option is your traditional crib.

Some parents decide to let their baby sleep in a crib within their first few weeks of life, while others opt to wait until their baby is at least a few months old.

If you’re leaning toward waiting longer to put your baby in a crib, hold off on this minimalist baby essential until you’re ready to make the transition.


If you’ve chosen to use a crib early on, don’t forget the mattress and mattress pad! The type of mattress you choose is important for supporting safe sleep.

Expert tip: Look for a mattress pad that can easily be washed as needed to protect your crib mattress.

Portable Playard

The second sleeping option is a portable playard (also called a pack ‘n play or portable crib). Many playards come with a built-in bassinet and changing area. If you like to travel, this is definitely a must-have.

Portable playards easily support your baby at different stages. Set up the playard in your bedroom during the newborn stage, and as your baby grows, move it to the nursery or another room.


Our third sleeping arrangement option is a bassinet, which is a bed specifically designed for babies from birth to about four months. They have fixed legs on wheels, which makes them easy to move from one area to another.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that babies sleep in the same room as their parents for the first few months of life, and bassinets can allow this without taking up as much space as a crib.

Expert tips:

Once your baby is sitting up or rolling over on their own, the bassinet is no longer a safe place for your little one to sleep.
Check your bassinet’s instruction manual for weight limits.

Swaddle Blankets

When you hear the word “minimalist,” think multi-functional. You want to keep your baby items to a minimum while also getting the most use out of each item. Swaddle blankets fit this definition.

While not a sleeping arrangement option, swaddling can be a huge help in getting your newborn to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Even if your baby isn’t a fan of swaddling — or you just can’t seem to get the swaddling technique down — swaddle blankets can be used for other things as well. Take a look at their possible uses:

  • Light blanket
  • Nursing cover
  • Cuddling
  • Protective layer while playing on the floor

Clothing Essentials For The Minimalist Baby

Mom and baby playing with clean clothes


Even though your newborn will go through a few outfit changes per day, you don’t necessarily need the extravagant wardrobe that most baby registries suggest. But what you will need is a good stack of onesies so you are prepared for frequent clothing changes.


Babies tend to get cold easily, so their delicate skin will need covering. You won’t need as many pants as onesies. But don’t let that fool you!

Diaper changes can sometimes get messy, so plan on having a few pairs of pants on hand.

Socks And Hats

The majority of your newborn’s warmth escapes through their head and feet. Protect these areas with socks and a hat to keep your baby warm and comfortable.

If your baby’s feet look blue or blotchy, it’s a good indicator that they are cold. Choose soft, thick cotton socks and hats for ideal protection.


Sleepers are ideal for keeping your little one comfy and cozy at bedtime. Choose sleepers that allow you to easily access your newborn’s diaper when they wake up in the middle of the night for a diaper change.

You’ll thank yourself later.

Expert Tip: If your little one suffers from eczema, try Mustela’s Stelatopia Skin Soothing Pajamas. Made of 100% cotton, these pajamas deliver soothing moisture to irritated skin all night long.

Feeding Essentials For The Minimalist Baby

Mom holding her minimalist baby

Nursing Pillow

Many moms have found a nursing pillow to be essential when feeding their baby. The pillow allows your hands to be free and serves as a support for both you and your baby.

Bonus: Not only is the nursing pillow used for feedings, but it can also be used for tummy time as well.

Breast Pump

A breast pump will become your best friend, especially if you find yourself on the go quite a bit. You’ll need a breast pump to prepare for those times when you’re away from your little one and need to store up milk.

Burp Cloths

Babies are messy and burp cloths are absorbent. Milk sometimes finds its way onto your baby’s chin and chest, and burp cloths allow for easy cleanup. They’re also helpful in preventing spit-up messes on your clothes when burping your baby.
Bottle-Feeding Essentials

  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Nipples

Bathing And Skin Care Essentials For the Minimalist Baby

minimalist baby at bath time


Your little one’s skin loses moisture more quickly than adult skin. Take care of your baby’s delicate skin with a gentle moisturizer, like Mustela’s Soothing Moisturizing Body Lotion.

This lotion is a daily body lotion that protects and relieves your baby's sensitive skin. Its fragrance-free formula penetrates effortlessly to deliver immediate and long-lasting moisture.

Bathing Kit

Soft, hydrated skin starts at bath time. The products you use to bathe your baby matter. Mustela’s Newborn Arrival Gift Set contains five essential, natural skin care products, which are specifically designed for your newborn's delicate skin.

The set is packaged in a deluxe keepsake box and includes these necessities for bath time, hydration, diaper change, and quick clean-ups:

Hooded Towels

For those sweet moments after bath time, grab a hooded towel to snuggle up with your little one and dry off their delicate skin. We recommend hooded towels to keep baby warm and fully covered.


Use a washcloth to thoroughly and gently cleanse your baby’s delicate skin. A handful of washcloths is sufficient for bath time.

Travel Essentials For The Minimalist Baby

Minimalist baby in car seat

Car Seat

Car seats specifically designed for newborns and young babies are called infant car seats. They snap into a base and come with a handle so you can easily carry your baby.

Expert tip: Do your research on infant car seats and make sure your baby’s car seat is safe and meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards.

Baby Wrap Or Baby Carrier

If you plan to carry your baby while you’re at home working, grocery shopping, doing housework, or anything in-between, a baby wrap or baby carrier is your answer!

Your baby will still be close to you, but both of your hands will be free to take care of whatever task is on your to-do list.

Diaper Bag

Of course, you’re going to need somewhere to keep all of your minimalist baby essentials. Conveniently store your items in a diaper bag for easy accessibility while you’re on the go.

Don’t forget to take care of your baby’s skin even when you’re out and about! Mustela’s Bebe On The Go Travel Set is small and convenient — the perfect size for your diaper bag! — and includes everything you need to easily keep your little one’s skin clean and hydrated.

Cicastela Moisture Recovery Cream

Accidents can happen no matter where you are! Soothe your little one’s scrapes and boo-boos with Mustela’s Cicastela Moisture Recovery Cream. This travel must-have delivers cooling hydration to your baby’s skin to relieve discomfort.

Tailoring Your Minimalist Baby Needs To Your Lifestyle

sleeping minimalist baby

Pause for a minute and take an inventory of your home, your lifestyle, and your schedule. While this checklist serves as a guideline, it’s important to choose what suits you and your family.

Obviously, there are other baby items that are helpful but don’t necessarily qualify as essential for your baby. There’s no reason to invest in these items until you have a better idea of your baby’s needs and preferences as they grow.

Stick with the minimalist baby essentials — including Mustela’s gentle, natural skin care items — and you’ll be ready to meet your little one in no time!