With items like wipe warmers, baby slings, bassinets and so many other baby products out there it is hard to tell what to buy and what to avoid getting. I have been reading through some of the What to Expect books which tell you the basic items you need. With so big of a selection of different items and different brands I have no clue what to get. I have been lucky that my older sister had a baby before me even though she never wanted children. I got plenty of hands on experience by helping her since the father was never really around. Due to her situation she wasn't able to buy to much of the high tech baby gadgets or some of the other items that would have been very helpful even though it wasn't a needed to have item. That was 9 years ago and there are even more products out today. My husband and me finally decided to start trying for a baby in a few months. We both mentally aren't ready for a new baby and never will be ready but we know we want at least one. We've been together for almost 8 years and aren't getting any younger. I will be 28 this spring and he will be 34 this fall. My parents are older than his and getting more health problems each year. I'd like for them to be around to see their second grandchild even thought I do live 15 hours away from my side of the family. My husband's parents don't have any grandchildren and his dad is always nagging for us to get started. He wants to be able to still get around when the child is born. I wanted to know what everyone's opinions are on different items they have tried whether it was for a newborn or a toddler. What items do you recommend for mothers to have and why you consider the item worth having? Are there brands of items that are better than others especially with diapers? What items should be avoided due to possible safety risks or are just a complete waste of money? Which items should you absolutely have in your nursery before the baby arrives? I know I could search around online for lists of items to get but I thought it would be more helpful to get opinions on the items from mothers who have tried the items. I know there have to be other expecting or new mothers here on BYC that are wondering what to buy also or to ask for on store registries for baby shower items they would like to have. P.S. Sorry if I posted this in the wrong section.