Heart to Heart padded ring sling was my favourite and most-used carrier. I liked the padding in the infant stage and all the positions you could nurse in (craddle hold, foot ball hold). It was quick, easy, and comfy even for long carries.
I paired that with a Tracker Sling Bag when out and about and they worked well together.
Once DS was older and didn't nurse so much, I did love my Ergo (I found it was SO supportive though that it put DS too high to nurse comfortably). LOVE the ease of back carrying with it though.
I went to teacher's college when DS was 9 mos old. I bought a used Ameda Purely Yours breast pump (the model's changed since the one I used 5 years ago). But I bought this dual-electric pump because it has valves which keep the milk from going up into the motor so I felt very comfortable buying it used. I got the $300 pump for all of $75. It was great.
I loved DS's Padraig Cottage Slippers so much I bought DH and myself a pair eventually. Breathable, soft yet indistructable, and super cute.
I loved BabyLegs too....great for when pants ride up in a carrier on a cool day, or going nakey-bum on your average day (super-great for EC'ing). I eventually found a pair of what were supposed to be arm bands/fake sleeves at the dollar store and used them. I found they worked just as well. I eventually lost one of each pair which rendered them useless and un-resellable. So they are a bit expensive, but I enjoyed them.
I was gifted an old-school Snuggli carrier (like from the 80s) and I pitched in the nearest garbage whilst out on a walk because it was BRUTAL!! Dug in, so uncomfortable and just frustrating...I didn't even want to donate it or re-gift because I didn't want to inflict it on anyone else.
I also bought a cheap mei-tai from e-bay. I won't name the seller, but it was about $40. I learned you get what you pay for. It had no padding or weighted fabric in the straps so they totally cut in and didn't support babe and it was awful. Be sure it has some padding in the straps and is made from a heavier-weight twill vs. light-weight cotton. I eventually went with a Mei Tai Baby and loved it (and its interchangeable pannels so you can change the look of the carrier without buying a whole new carrier!).
Crib and change table....I didn't have anything special, but I never used the crib or went up to the bedroom where they were to change diapers, I just kept a basket-full in the living room and changed where I was.
DS never did take to purees or cereals and I probably won't even bother buying them this time. We'll just go right to finger food.
I also tried making homemade wraps and they never turned out well...I'll buy a good one this time around.
Baby Bjorn Potty...with hard-wood floors this potty drove me CRAZY and I returned it because I couldn't even get DS onto it (it would slide around the floors...hard plastic bottom + hardwood floors + wiggly babe = frustration!). I was at Target in the States a few weeks later and found some pink potty with a seal on it which had a rubber rim around the bottom of it. $5 and it's been my favourite potty ever (way more functional and WAY more affordable).
Edited by eirual - 3/18/12 at 9:10am