Newborn Essentials for the Minimalist When you first find out you are expecting it is easy to become overwhelmed by the number of baby products on the market. According to a 2010 USDA report, the average middle-income family will spend roughly $12,000 on child-related expenses in their baby’s first year of life. Yikes! Find out what you truly need here (hint: it's not a lot!)
THE BEST organic wooden teething toys and rings that are handmade in California! We found TeetherToys on Etsy and LOVE that they use all natural materials and organic cotton thread. They soothe gums but also are great developmental toys (even suitable for preemies/premature babies!). So cool.
Lifefactory Baby Bottles, 4 oz, $14.99, 9 oz, $16.99; Lifefactory.com Glass bottles are one of the first switches you might make if you're concerned about chemicals. These are made in the U.S. or Europe, from non-toxic glass that's free of BPA, BPS, and phthalates. Even the straw is medical-grade silicone, not plastic.