Hey, I am totally with you, and trying to keep the accumulation of baby stuff to a minimum. We are also breast feeding and doing cloth diapers. (I think you’re also due in December, too – I’m Dec 22! Come say hi on the Dec 2011 thread! We’re not very active. 🙂 )
I looked over my registry to see if there is anything else that has been suggested to me that you might need. I have been asking for tips on the bare minimum from all the new moms I know.
-cloth diapers – I actually went to an info session at the local cloth diaper store and they suggested getting a couple days worth, 15-20, of the smallest size of cloth diapers because the regular size really is large on the tiny newborn, and even may keep them from fitting into newborn size clothes. They made the point that you could probably use these until about 4-5 mos, and that would also save some wear and tear on the larger ones.
-based on my observations, most moms use the closest fabric handy for a burp cloth – maybe you could use cloth diapers as burp cloth?
-I don’t think you need quite so many diaper covers, maybe 6-8.
-I thought special washcloths for baby were wasteful but my SIL told me she never had enough washcloths so I went ahead and registered for a few. I don’t want a special towel for baby, since we have plenty of towels already, but our washcloths are all either our nice ones or really ratty from years of use. Also, my friends say their babies poop and pee as soon as they take them out of the bath, so even if you don’t have a baby towel, you may want to pick a coupe to dedicate to baby.
-maybe a mirror for the carseat? We have found that super handy in taking care of our niece, since she is facing away it is really nice to be able to see her face.
-nursing stuff – nursing bras (my sister suggested 4 but since I rotate between 2 regular bras I’m sure that 2 will be fine), bra pads (sis recommends 6 reusable ones), maybe 1 nice tank top that is a nursing tank top so you can wear it under a sweater or something but don’t have to take it all off to nurse in public.
-nursing cover – I thought I would just use a blanket but my friend made me one and hers seems really handy, it goes around your neck so you don’t have to worry about it sliding down. One brand is Hooter Hider. 🙂
-do you travel much? We often stay at friends’ or at our parents’ and I hate pack n plays because they are so bulky but we registered for a kidco pea pod, seems like it will be very handy for overnights or even for camping, or naps while visiting.
-baby carrier – this is a must for us because we don’t plan on dragging the huge car seat or even the stroller everywhere we go. We registered for an ergo which people just seem to love.
-thermometer – the tympanic membrane (ear) ones and also the skin/laser can be inaccurate, we got a plain digital thermometer which we plan to use rectally at first and then axillary or orally later. The American Academy of Pediatrics publishes ages when they suggest using different types.
-the other thing my SIL said she never had enough of was socks. Babies kick these off all the time and they get lost so easily. Depending on what you dress your baby in, 8 pairs may be enough but that might be something that is worth having more of. Then again you can always get more.
Sorry I ended up writing a book! This is something I have given a lot of thought to. At first I thought I would be uber-minimalist but I’ve come to accept that there are some things that will make my life easier even if they aren’t 100% necessary. I am looking forward to hearing other moms’ feedback on your list.
Also – you reminded me to add a sun shade for the car to our registry 🙂