I always like to read about the baby items that people love or find the most useful. So, here is our list. Hopefully it will be of help to someone.
If I had to only choose one item it would be the angel care monitor. This is the only reason I can sleep. When little man was first born, I would jump up after five minutes and check to make sure he was still breathing. I literally could not sleep, until we remembered after a couple nights home that we needed to hook this up. If no breathing or movement is sensed after 20 seconds, an alarm goes off. Worriers like me will also like the fact that it has a flashing light on the monitor that blinks with every movement. You can also use it as a sound monitor only.
Another must have is the Itz been timer. I tell all my pregnant friends that they have to have this. I would be lost without it. It goes everywhere with me. You can find them on amazon, target, or babies r us.
Little man has also loved his Fisher Price Rock N Play Sleeper. And I must say, the husband and I have as well. We have been lucky and haven't had to put him in it overnight to sleep, but it is approved for night sleeping. We use our as his spot for when we are eating, or just when he wants to chill out. Some days I wouldn't have been able to eat without this thing! Also, he has been on a nap strike recently, (unless in my arms) but this saved us from that as well!
I am so glad I got the cooshee changing pad. It is a little on the expensive side, but I am so glad my friend Mey raved about hers to me. So easy to just wipe down so I never have to worry about changing and washing a cover. We used it for little man's first baths, and now we carry it into the bathroom and strip him down for bathtime on it, and then we use it to kneel on too. The only downside is they don't have many color options. We got lucky that the green went perfect with our nursery.