Babies really don't need much but it seems that every time I have a new baby I find a few things that help make my life easier. Here are the ones I've loved this time around:
1. Baby K'tan original Baby carrier - I've always loved babywearing, but with 5 kids, it is an absolute necessity to have my hands free! I formerly used the moby wrap or just a simple sling for the first 6 months until the baby was old enough to really use my favorite Ergo carrier. And they were super helpful. But the sling restricted one of my arms, making it hard to carry out many household chores or hold two different hands while crossing a parking lot. And as much as I loved the moby, it was honestly a pain to deal with all that fabric. The K'tan solves both of those problems and is easy to put on and comfortable to wear. I don't know what I would do without it. The only downside is that I have used it so much out of necessity that my baby is slightly addicted to falling asleep in it! I bought mine brand new on ebay but for the half the price of Amazon or the nearby stores that carry it.
2. Arms Reach Co-sleeper -- This thing was a life-saver the first 2 weeks! We usually just use a pack n play beside our bed but I am always highly anemic after giving birth and I get bruises all over my arms as I reach over and down to pick the baby up all night long. I love this co-sleeper because the baby is completely safe so I can sleep in peace but she is so much easier to pick up! We got ours on Craigslist for about 1/4 of the price.
3. Tiny Love Take Along Mobile -- My last toddler destroyed our mobile and when I went online to search for one for our new baby, I was horrified at how expensive they were! But this one is awesome because not only is it half the price of most of them, it is portable and can easily go on the carseat or pack n play for trips. It can clip anywhere! I also like that it is more simple than lot of the over-stimulating mobiles available.