The stroller-free baby

One of the things I feel most embarrassed about admitting publicly is that I’m not getting a stroller. I’m certain that even by just thinking about it every single mum in a five kilometre radius will shake her head and laugh at my naivety. Strollers must be one of the top five must-have items for new parents, along with car seats, cribs and diapers: if you’re getting a baby, you’re…

My minimalist newborn wardrobe

I last posted about calculating the minimum number of clothes needed for a newborn baby. Partly inspired by an article on how to calculate your laundry requirements , it was based on the potential number of mishaps per day. I concluded that you would want ten daytime outfits (to last two messy days) and six night-time outfits (to last two messy nights) in 1-month and 3-month sizes to get you…

How many newborn clothes do I need?

This is probably the one question I just cannot find a satisfactory answer to, either online, from books or family and friends. I accept that there is a large degree of flexibility – your baby may puke every hour or never at all – but I would very much appreciate a simple, clear list of minimum items. Sizing is also an issue: obviously, you don’t want to be rushing out…

Diapers: disposable, cloth or …none?

I knew that newborn babies needed diapers but I still got a bit of a shock when I learnt I would have to change my baby up to ten times a day. That would mean using around 70 disposable nappies per week! It seemed like an insurmountable hill of plastic was coming my way, plus multiple trips down to our building’s central waste bin and the supermarket to buy more…