Updated: Dec 2, 2019
It's easy to get over excited when you are expecting a baby, especially if it’s your first. What is actually ridiculous is the amount of stuff you may think you need. Babies' are quite simple creatures, with simple needs, the above is a list of things you don't need.
Things you don't need:
Baby bottles and apparel: If you are planning on exclusive breastfeeding, you don't need bottles, and brushes or a sterilizer. Baby's don't even need water while exclusively breastfeeding. The only reason to stock on baby bottles is if you plan to build a milk bank and return to work fast.
Pacifiers: Pacifiers are convenient, nobody likes to hear their baby cry non-stop, but babies raised without pacifiers learn to calm themselves. Whereas, pacifiers can carry germs and will change the structure of your baby's mouth when used for long periods of time. More so, it's a pain in the neck trying to wean babies from pacifiers, so I will say it's a convenient item to skip.
Baby special food processor: You can make baby food with a regular blender, there is no need for a special one.
Carrier: A wraparound baby sling, can replace a hard made one, it's less bulky, and you can use it for a more extended period of time.
Breastfeeding gear: Nipple ointment, shields, and shells plus a nursing pillow. I suggest you don't buy things until you need them, there is a good chance you will be able to breastfeed without these non-essentials.
Mittens and socks: Unless your baby is born during winter months, these are really not helpful. Sometimes mittens are used to prevent the baby from scratching its face but avoiding the baby to fully feel with his hands and feet blocks brain stimulation through touch, and this limits the newborn’s experiences.
Shoes: Does it really need an explanation? Baby shoes are cute...but newborns can't walk.
Toys and entertainment: Babies like to explore, and almost everything is interesting to them, it's not necessary to have a play station.
Diaper bag: You can use any bag you already have.
Things that you really need:
Clothing: Think about comfortable onesies, tops, and bottoms, enough to handle your laundry rhythm.
A baby sling: At any age, your baby can be comfortably carried next to your body.
A crib – Moses: Babies should sleep in their own firm bed, Moses are convenient as they can be easily placed next to your bed.
Diapers: Whether you choose cloth or disposable diapers, think buying a few in advance, and stock on cleaning cloths/cotton squares and liniment or baby wipes and wait to see if you need a diaper balm.
Cleaning items: Cleansers for the bath and an all-over body cream can be nice. You can choose something mild, that the whole family can use too. It's more comfortable to have a simple tub for the first days but try not to buy a costly one as after some time you can use your shower or tub. You are also going to need a nail clipper and file.
Think about getting some cleaning cloths; you can buy them or make them yourself, even repurpose some old cotton clothes. Think also about getting a swaddle blanket as they are very helpful.
And that's it! The rest is optional, think as luxury items, in my case, my extra would be a Baby oil as I think baby massages are great and it can also be used for cradle cap and to soften rough patches of the skin. I would try to choose one that is good enough for everybody's use as one bottle usually goes a long way.
Do you want to learn more about minimalist babies? How much do you know about cloth diapers?