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New Baby !!

February 27, 2010

I’m happy to announce a new addition to our family, our beautiful boy was born on Feb 23 at 8:21am. Mom and baby are doing great !! I’ve noticed how simple this new baby seems to be so far. I’m not sure it’s because it’s our third or because it’s the first newborn coming into a home that has alot of minimalist concepts in place.

My wife and I decided early on that we were going to go the “minimalist” direction with all the baby “stuff”. We realized from having our previous two that you don’t need 90% of what TV, magazines and baby books try to sell you .. it’s all to get new parents to spend money on well marketed crap that isn’t necessary !!

Now I’m sure there’s an exceptions, but here’s a few things we’ve had that really aren’t needed with a newborn.

1. Diaper Genie and other Diaper disposal systems – you don’t have to have a degree in Diaper Geniology to realize you can use the regular garbage to dispose of diapers !! … genius invention the waste bin !!

2. Changing Table – Really !? .. you’re going to get up, get the baby and carry him/her over to a different room or location.. strap him in and the proceed to do the changing.  I prefer to use the nice warm queen size bed we already own or possibly a blanket on the floor.. I don’t think he’s gonna fall off the floor !!

3. Front pack baby carrier – By the time you get the baby all strapped in to do chores or other household duties it’s already time to feed him again. If you need a way to be “hands free” with baby go with one of the cloth slings .. they’re more natural, more comfortable and you just slip baby in .. DONE !!

These things are overpriced, overcomplicated, well marketed “NEED to have” baby accessories .. but if you look around you probably have a solution already in place thats simpler and more effective for your newborn.

Again this comes from deciding to be minimalist in our approach with our newborn .. If you NEED a $400 changing table .. then  it’s what works for you and you’re family.

Anything I’ve missed ?? Agree… disagree ?? Post below 🙂

Time to do some baby laundry .. 😉

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