I was just thinking about some baby showers that are coming up for some friends of mine and what I was going to get them. There are always a few things that come into my mind first thing when I think about what helped most for me that I'd want someone to pass on to me if I were the first-time mom.
1- Praise Baby-This was a lifesaver. My kids LOVED the DVD's and still fall asleep at naptime to the CD's! Zeke has memorized just about all of the songs from those CD's=) It is so soothing and calming to them. For some reason these videos can calm them down when nothing else can.
2- Baby Wise - I would have never known how much a baby should/could drink at different stages and how to keep my milk supply up or how long (on average) babies can sleep at different stages of their little lives. I know everybody doesn't agree with the whole "schedule" approach but I can't imagine our lives on the road without a schedule.
3- Diapers/Wipes - For a newborn Pampers Swaddlers worked the absolute best for our kids. When Areyna was born we had had several baby showers that stocked us up with plenty of diapers and wipes to get our journey started. I don't think I bought a single diaper for her until she was 3 months old. ***TIP-stores are legally obligated to take back un-openned packages of diapers for you to exchange for a different size if your child grows out of them and you have a huge stockpile. (If they carry that size and brand).
These are just the first 3 things that pop in my head.
Can you add to the list?