Category: Minimal Mamas

What baby really needs

I’ve had a frustrating week. On Monday the painters came to paint our tiny home. They had agreed to start and finish one room at a time but made the impromptu decision to turn the whole apartment upside down – at one point it seemed that every room was full of stuff that had originally come from the one next door. On Tuesday my laptop died, taking numerous half-finished translation…

The 5 essential baby items you don’t need

Ask anyone to tell you the most essential baby items and they are bound to include the following: 1. Crib 2. Car seat 3. Stroller 4. Changing table 5. Baby bath It often seems that having a baby without any of these items is impossible, without realising that for many generations mothers (and fathers) did in fact survive with just a swaddling cloth and knitted booties. Now, the reason I…

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…