Rhett's 4 Months + Mama's Gone Minimalist | Kalamazoo MI Photographer

It's hard to believe we welcomed Rhett into our lives 4 months ago. (One of these days I'm going to write his birth story & share it with you...)  I just can't imagine life without him. He's this perfect little addition whose big gummy smile lights up the room. Seriously though -- picture the most easy going, happiest little babe... that's our Rhett. So if you're considering a third baby (like we were for quite some time...), let me tell you, they're right - the third is usually the easiest!

four month baby holding toes

Another big plus to having a third baby? I feel confident in my decisions as a mother, and I've become more and more minimalistic with each child because of this. When our first arrived, I had everything under the sun that you might need for a baby. With our second, I cut back a bit, but still had far too many things. I barely used the 'suggested gear' though, so with Rhett, I left everything in storage and kept things simple. Then when we found out recently that we were moving, we packed everything away and only kept out the absolute necessities. 

And guess what? I've LOVED it. 

When it comes to babies, minimalist living makes life so much easier. So today I thought I'd share a few of my favorite minimalist baby items...

Virginia Kate Muslin Swaddle Blankets

These are so soft, wash up well, and are sturdy. Ours have been spit up on, pooped on, and go everywhere with us. I'm not the best at laundry, but regardless, they still look great after many washes. A few days ago I had forgotten my ringsling while out hiking, and I was able to tie one of these on to help hold the baby (I still held on to him firmly, but it saved my back muscles the agony of holding ALL of his weight for the entire hike.)

 

ErgoBaby Carrier

I actually own the older model of the Ergo, but this newer model would be my recommendation. With the new 360 version, baby can also face outward in the front carry. With Rhett being right at the point where he wants to start looking around, I can really see why outward facing would be a nice feature to have. With that said though, I still love my 'old' Ergo, and use it daily. It's so comfortable and evenly distributes the baby's weight on my hips, rather than pulling on my mid-back or shoulders. 

 

Nursery Night Light

This may have been one of my absolute favorite buys this time around. In the past we had these cutesy lamps that were either too bright or too hard to turn on. Super annoying. But these? They're amazing. I love that soft, warm glow, and the fact that I can make it as dim or as bright as I need to. It's perfect for those middle of the night feedings when you need a little light for diaper changing, but you don't want to wake baby up completely.

So there you have it, my faves. I hope this helps if you're preparing for a new babe and are trying to figure out the must-haves. 

Happy shopping!