How to Have a Minimalist and Design Savvy Baby

I live in New York City. New York City apartments are small, real small. And I have an open loft style apartment where you can see everything. And I really dislike visual clutter.  And I have a 7-month-old baby.

These things do not play well together. Normally.

I got lucky though. Ten months before I gave birth, Erica Eden, another member of 4B, had a son. Erica’s apartment is a beacon of hope for me and many of our designer friends. It’s beautiful, light-filled, tasteful, and absolutely magazine-worthy. It is also a 600-square-foot studio apartment where two adults and two babies live.  Erica had been researching and perfecting ‘How to Have a Minimalist and Design Savvy Baby’ for the past 1.5 years. I was the beneficiary of that knowledge.  I’ve been working on that same mission for the last 7 months. The items on this list reflect our combined knowledge and information gathered from my design-savvy friends and colleagues. Everything on this list is necessary, functional, baby pleasing, and visually appealing.   

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The links to purchase everything on the list are below:


maxi cosi mico car seat | lillebaby airflow carrier | bugaboo bee | skip hop duo deluxe diaper bag | arms reach co-sleeper | ikea malm dresser | ikea dresser dividers (get 3) | summer infant changing pad | changing pad covers (get 4, 2 are for bassinet sheets) | disposable underpads | size n diapers | wipes | oxo wipes dispenser | oxo on-the-go wipes dispenser | diaper pail | desitin diaper rash cream | the happiest baby on the block summer infant swaddle me | orthodontic pacifier | nosefrieda the snotsucker | boon naked tub or whale of a tub | natural sponge | johnson's baby wash | baby hooded towel (get 2) | lanisoh lanolin | nursing pads | medela freestyle pump | medela bottle set | nursing bras | oxo tot drying rack | oxo tot bottle brush | green sprouts bibs | burp cloths | boppy newborn lounger | aden + anais swaddles | custom etsy blanket | healthcare + grooming kit | fever/pain reliever | zipper footed onesies with mitten cuffs (better to buy in person to see cuffs) | socks (get 8 pairs) | scratch mittens (get 4) | warm hat (for winter baby) | bunting (for winter baby) | cotton bodysuits


4moms mamaroo | mamaroo infant insert | wubbanub (get 2)


lamaze moose | stuffed animal | cold teether (get 2) | ikea activity gym


monte design bassinet | rock-a-stack | board books (get lots of them) | oxo high chair | oxo feeding spoons

- yvonne lin

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