Tag: minimalism

Don’t get any toys

Having read this article on the connection between business and the mommy wars, I’ve been thinking about how so many posts on parent blogs are geared towards getting people to BUY stuff. I’m therefore starting a little series called “Don’t get…” offering a light-hearted look at some of the things new parents perhaps don’t need quite so badly. One of my most persistent Christmas memories is going through the Obletter Christmas catalogue. For those who didn’t…

The minimalist dilemma: where do you draw the line?

May was not a minimalist month in our home. After searching for a bigger and better apartment for six months of we finally made the decision to stay put. The next step was getting our very tight space ready for life with the baby. As we had done virtually nothing to our home during the apartment hunt, there was a lot to do: in addition to accommodating the baby’s things,…

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…

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…