2 Reasons Why Minimalism Makes Sense for Babies
Minimalism as a lifestyle goes beyond just appreciation for sleek and clean minimalist design (and our take on it with minimalist baby clothes). It's more of a way of living with the "less is more" mantra.
In the Northern European countries, we love minimalism and many of us practice it in all stages of life, even when growing the family. Just by checking out a few IG personalities, for example Victoria Törnegren, you can get a sense of how easy it is to keep living a minimalist lifestyle, even when you get a baby.
While there are many reasons why practicing minimalism is positive for everyone, practicing it as a parent with a little baby makes extra sense. Here are the two main reasons:
1) It saves you money
Babies are absolutely precious, but they come with MANY expenses, so saving wherever you can is always a good idea. Minimalist lifestyle is all about living with only essential products, meaning the products that you actually need, so it forces you to plan ahead and automatically rules out impulse buying, which quickly adds up during your baby's life.
Imagine how much money you can save if you decide to buy only true baby essentials and none of those super cute but unnecessary (and often unsafe) baby clothes out there? Or how much more money you can have to rather invest in high quality items that are better for your baby? Remember, always think quality over quantity of baby clothes and anything that touches your baby's sensitive skin.
2) It's better for the environment
The apparel industry is the second largest polluter in the world and contributes to 10% of global carbon emissions. Fast fashion and over-buying is to blame for that, but it can change if only we change our purchase behavior. Babies outgrow their clothes on average 8 times during their first two years, meaning they go through a lot of sizes in a short period of time. While you need to have enough clothes for each of your baby's growth spurts (and how much that it also depends on how often you're willing to do the laundry), majority of parents end up buying WAY TOO MANY non-essential items, which then barely and if ever get used. By being a minimalist and buying only essential baby clothes in thoughtful quantities, you will be sending less clothing to the landfills, where they are burned and contribute to polluting our planet.
If you are willing to give minimalist lifestyle a try, we recommend you to start with this 30-day Minimalist Game from minimalists.com