The list author says: "I am creating this list for two dear friends who are expecting their first child. Congrats!! I want to share with you the surprisingly few essentials you will need when you come home from hospital, the things that may make your life easier as baby grows and a few of my favorite things. If on this list, I have succesfully used it and/or loved it and problably researched way too much about it. Additionally, check out ONE STEP AHEAD. From that catalogue, add as essential a small clip on lamp for nursing moms called babeebrite that allows you to see baby in dark and their handy closet organizers. This list only allows 40 items, so I didn't include basics like crib sheets, bassinnette, etc. I tried to include things that you will need and that stand out."
"For newborn stage, pampers. They have cut out for belly button area and a line on the front that changes color when diaper is wet. After that, huggies. Huggies has a liner on top part of butt that prevent spill overs."
"Italian friend of Patty's recommended used this to clean her baby when it was too cold to bathe her. Take a cotton ball and give sponge bath, cleans as well as bath. Great for spot cleaning cheeks or very dirty bottoms, or quick refreshing on a hot day."
"Bottle section at babies r us made me break down in tears. I have used Avent, Born Free, and medela. Why I recommend these: The drop-ins are pre-sterilized so safer for baby and less clean up for you. AND, because the drop-ins collapse as baby drinks, there are less air bubbles and hence, less gas for your baby."
"Offers concrete advise and big picture perspective. Other books I highly recommned: Happiest Baby on Block; What to expect First Year; The Girl Friend's Guide to Pregnancy and To Baby First Year, funny but insightful too. Blessing of Skinned Knee."