Hi I'm Carla, mother of Iris who is 11 months. There were so many things on my list before baby, things we received as gifts, and lots that we bought. Some stuff you never use, don't need, and some things are essential. Here is my list of things I think would be great for new parents.
A grow-with-baby stroller with a detachable bassinet and is adaptable to place the baby car seat on the stroller as well. A) We loved making this into a makeshift Moses basket. We would go for walks and then we could let her sleep in the basket. Great for a travel crib, baby lounger, or even an on the go changing table. Could also work as a crib if you want to put off buying one or you're undecided if you will co-sleep. B) CAR SEATS are heavy with a baby in them. Insanely so. Like I carry her in one hand and the car seat in the other down the stairs. BUT with the stroller attachment you can take them around without the bulkiness of the bassinet. The car seat is also great to take in restaurants when you want to place the baby somewhere to free your hands to eat. Before they can sit up unassisted.