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The Complete List of Minimalist Baby Essentials for The First 6 Months and Beyond

06.19.20

Although babies do need a lot of things, I think you can still be smart about what you buy and absolutely need. I’m not a minimalist myself, but I hate having too many things. I want everything in my home to serve a function and spark joy and the same goes for baby essentials. So, today I’m sharing my minimalist baby essentials. Most of these items I either got as hand me downs or I received as gifts from my baby registry. These items will set you up for the first 6 months and beyond. I highly recommend getting things you are unsure about as the baby grows older since you never know what they need until the time comes.

I am going to divide my minimalist baby essentials in different categories to make it super easy for you all. Hope you all enjoy!

Minimalist Baby Essentials

Clothing:

For clothing, I highly recommend getting less than what you think you need because you will easily end up with way more than you need. Start with just 3 swaddles, a pack of wash cloths (that can easily serve many functions), 2 blankets and a weeks worth of clothing for every size. For example, for 0-3 month, get 7 onesies and 7 diaper shirts plus a couple extra. Do the same for 3-6 months, 6-9 months, etc., but for those sizes, just get diaper shirts and pants. For baby hats, I highly recommend the ones by Copper Pearl. They were the only ones that fit PS’s head perfectly from when he was a newborn to now (he’s 6 months) and they’re super adorable. I also recommend getting gender neutral clothes so they can be passed down to subsequent babies.

Feeding

If you are planning on breastfeeding, then you don’t need much. A nursing pillow with one extra cover, some nursing bras and pads and D drops are all you absolutely need. Don’t buy bottles or a breast pump until you absolutely need to. Amazon can bring you these things the next day so don’t bother buying because you never know what you will and wont need.

Sleep:

The same goes for sleeping. I set up a beautiful nursery for PS thinking he will need his room right away. But you really don’t know how things will go with your baby. We started off with a bassinet in our room and then moved PS to his crib after a month, but at the two month mark, we started co-sleeping. So, I suggest just buying a bassinet to start and then see how life goes. Maybe you’ll need a crib, maybe you won’t.

For the baby monitor, we got the WyzM camera that is super affordable on Amazon and has great night vision. I didn’t want to spend a lot on the camera and this one is great and can be used as a camera later as well. Even for the sound machine I recommend getting an Amazon Alexa since it can play all types of white noise and do other things as well and can be used once your baby is older too.

Hygiene:

Start with just 1 box of newborn swaddlers and 1 box of size 1 diapers. Again, you never know how big your baby is going to be. With PS we didn’t even need many newborn diapers. Also, I highly recommend getting a diaper pail that uses regular garbage bags since that will save you money over the long run. And just buy one changing pad with one cover but get a few of the wipeable diaper liners instead.

With regards to skin care, get one type of body wash/shampoo/moisturizer first and then see if your baby likes it. If they do, that’s great, stick with it. If not, then try a new product. I love K’pure Naturals products for my own skin care, and have been loving them for PS’s too.

Transportation:

minimalist baby essentials

This can be the most expensive category and the items you purchase here will last a long while. So, get good quality items. You will be able to use these items for subsequent babies and you’ll also be able to sell most of these items at a good price when you are done as well. So, try out a few brands of car seats, strollers and carriers and get something that is made of quality materials.

And, that’s all. Another essential for babies are toys, but you won’t be needing many in the first couple of months when all the baby does is sleep. But if you are looking for toy ideas for your little one, check out my Panda Crate review post. I have been loving all the toys the crate comes with and it’s basically all I’m purchasing for PS for now (other than all the gifts he received).

I hope you all found this minimalist baby essentials post helpful. Let me know in the comments below if you think I’m missing anything. For me, personally, these essentials are key 🙂

Collaborations

How to Bring Nature and Vibrance Into Your Home the Right Way

05.18.20

Does your home feel like it’s lacking something? Nono, we are not talking about driveway interlock today. It could be the case that it needs a little nature and the vibrancy and life that nature can bring to your home. There are lots of things you can do to bring some natural touches into your home, and that’s what we’re going to talk about in more depth below. Not only will we talk about how to achieve but also how to go about doing it in the right way, so read on to find out more.

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Always Have a Vase of Flowers on Prominent Display

The first and most obvious thing you can do is make sure you always have a vase of flowers on display in your home. Those flowers will bring some colour and beauty to your home and that’s something that can sometimes be lacking in modern homes that feel a little sterile. You could pick your own flowers or find a local florist that you can rely on for your flower needs.

Invest in Some Houseplants

If you’re less interested in flowers than plants, turn your home into a houseplant wonderland. They’re increasingly common and they offer a little more than a vase of flowers in terms of longevity and growth. You actually have to look after them over the long-term, pruning them and doing all the things required to keep them alive and healthy for a long time to come.

Keep the Risk of Pests in Check

It’s important that when linking the indoors and the outdoors, you don’t end up letting pests into your home. That’s why you should take steps to take extra care to ensure potential infestation threats are combatted. And if you notice a problem, be sure to call out the experts such as a wasp control control team as soon as possible. These problems are best dealt with as rapidly as possible.

Grow Herbs in the Kitchen Window

Another way in which you can bring some nature into your home is by growing herbs in your kitchen. Having some chives, coriander and basil growing in the window is great and gives you quick and easy access to the herbs that you need while you’re cooking. Herbs are generally pretty low maintenance, so there’s no reason not to give this a try for yourself.

Make the Most of Natural Light

Aside from bringing living things into your home, one way in which you can make the space feel more natural and vibrant is by making the most of the natural light. Ensure you have as much of it flooding each and every room in your home as possible. Arrange your rooms in ways that allow you to make the most of the light too.

If you want to make your home feel a little more natural and alive, the ideas we’ve discussed here should deliver exactly what you’re looking for. It’ll make your home a more relaxed and relaxing place, and that’s something that just about everyone can benefit from.

Kamfy Living

How To Dry Flowers Without Silica Gel

05.13.20

I received the most beautiful bouquet of flowers on my birthday from my sisters and it was one of the best gifts I’ve gotten. My sisters live in BC, so when there was a knock on the door with a man delivering me the flowers, it was quite a special surprise. I couldn’t stop admiring the flowers and every time I saw them over the next couple of days, I couldn’t help but smile. I was already dreading that they were soon going to die and I would have to throw them out. So, I went to Google and started researching how to dry flowers. I saw lots of tutorials of drying flowers using Silica gel, but I just didn’t want to go out and grab that.

So, I contacted Coriander Girl (the florist who made the arrangement) and she gave me some tips. So, I thought I’d share with you how to dry flowers without silica gel today based off what she told me and what I learned during the process. It really is quite easy and you can easily preserve the beautiful arrangement of flowers you receive forever! With Mother’s Day having just passed, I’m sure many of you received some beautiful bouquets and with the Pandemic going on, this really is the perfect time for this DIY project.

How To Dry Flowers Without Silica Gel

After a few days, the flowers will start to die. This is when you need to carefully take out each of the stems from the arrangement. I recommend doing this outside as it can get quite messy. If you find rotten stems, throw them out.

Next, grab the ends of the stems and tie some twine, string, or ribbon you have at home carefully around them. You may need to do several bunches of stems if your bouquet is quite large. Make sure to leave some of the string, twine or ribbon hanging out.

Then find a dark and cool area in your home. We found our garage to be the perfect location. Tie the flowers onto something that will allow them to hang upside down. We tied ours to the garage opener.

Now allow the flowers to dry over the course of a couple of weeks. I checked back on the flowers after 2 weeks and they were perfectly dry. Since I didn’t know which flowers would dry well and which wouldn’t, I just dried them all to find out. Roses and eucalyptus dried beautifully. The flowers that didn’t dry well I got rid of.

With the remainder of the flowers, I used the tin vase they came from to arrange the flowers. I’m obviously not a florist so I did the best I could, and if I do say so myself, I’d say they look quite remarkable.

Here are some vases that I think would look beautiful with your dried flower arrangement:

I’m so happy with how these dried flowers turned out and now I keep this arrangement of flowers in our bedroom. I wake up to these flowers every morning and they instantly bring a smile to my face. I hope you all enjoyed this little DIY and I’m so glad it really is so easy to dry flowers without silica gel. And if you’re looking for more DIYs, check out the Kamfy Living section of the blog!

How To Dry Flowers Without Silica Gel
How To Dry Flowers Without Silica Gel
How To Dry Flowers Without Silica Gel
How To Dry Flowers Without Silica Gel