These are recommendations I did NOT get from any other parents but I would describe as lifesavers and all these we really like and would recommend to our friends (hence this post).
These are hands down our favorite, pampers knows how to make the fabric correctly and they add next to nothing to these wipes that will irritate your lil bug. We tried a few things and found many ways to get diaper rash with these it all cleared up and they are relatively cheap. (You can go crazy trying to get pure products and spend a bloody fortune). Won't name drop specific brands, but many of the items on the shelves at the pharmacy will irritate the crap out of your baby, many of the wipes at organic money-pit shops will literally cost $2 per diaper change. These are a happy medium, buy them by the crate, no rash no worries.
You'll realize after about 3 days with a newborn kneeling on a bath mat, towel, tile floor is just unsustainable. A gardening kneeling pad is cheap and literally saves your knees. We like this one, no frills, very durable, easy on the knees.
These are our little one's favorite. The sleeve mittens are critical as he spends a lot of time in the middle of the night trying to chew his hands. Style-wise our baby seems to prefer looking like he's straight out of the gym rather than straight out of daycare and they are super easy to wash and hard to stain in a socially unacceptable way. We have worked our way through every size of these. Our favorite by far.
If you've ever used an Uppababy stroller, you know these are the Landrover of strollers. For a Manhattan apartment, one of these costs a pretty penny per month to park inside, but man they drive like luxury. If I'm out in the park for 3 hours, this stroller is a dream and the child loves it too. Simple enough Grandma can figure it out, sturdy enough for some long miles. NOTE: Very, very good resale value esp. in a big city.
You Can also accessorize this stroller with the Uppababy Snack Tray
Honorable mention, our 1st floor apartment has some humidity problems, this brand is really effective for getting humidity where it should be. Save yourself the consumer reports subscription and you can believe us that after 8 hours of research this one works well. According to other reviewers, their customer support is better than LG, Honeywell and Frigidaire.