I learned so many things after Leighton got here, and I am still learning so much each and every day, but some of the biggest things I learned are 1.) you will need SO much stuff and 2.) your baby may not even like half of the stuff you do get. Every baby is different, and what one likes, another may not. So I learned to try to be prepared as best I could, but to just relax, take it day by day, and try something different if one thing didn’t work. Some of the best items I recommend to every single mom though is a bassinet and SleepSack, a great stroller, a baby carrier and a Boppy pillow. These are the things that got me through the first few months and beyond! The SleepSack helped Leighton to get the much needed sleep that she (and I!) needed at night, the carrier helped me to be hands free, and the stroller helped me to get out of the house which is so important those first couple months while on maternity leave. One of the items that I didn’t get that I wish I would have most is a bassinet. I think it would have been so nice to heave her right there by my bed at night those first few months, and I encourage every mom to get one. It will be the first thing on my list for baby number 2!