I think it's safe to say that neither Jamie or I were looking to start a baby blog that threw loads of products at its readers like a couple of saleswomen. However, when Meghan requested a follow-up of the "musts and need nots" of baby stuff on this post, I thought that was a brilliant idea.
So, here's my recommendation for "must" product number one: The Boppy Newborn Lounger. We have a regular Boppy too, but the Newborn Lounger is indispensable. A friend had recommended it to Joe, so we decided to buy it on a whim. We are beyond thrilled that we did. We use it ALL the time and L can't seem to get enough of it. Since we live in a smallish apartment, we felt that a bassinet would be more of a nuisance than helpful. For us, the Lounger has done everything that a bassinet would do without taking up an excessive amount of space. For most of the day, it sits next to me on the sofa and it's great for napping, eating, and of course, lounging. We also use it for co-sleeping.* L is only two weeks old, so we really haven't had a chance to use most of our products just yet, but this one gets an A++ in my book.
*Be forewarned that the label CLEARLY states that this product is NOT intended for use on elevated surfaces or for sleeping. Although we use it under both of these circumstances, we NEVER leave L unattended in her lounger. Be smart with your babies, guys, and only do something if you feel 100% comfortable.