The first week of nursing was made easier by applying lots of Lanolin after every nursing and before showers. Then my good friend Ashley told me about Lily Padz - slightly more expensive nursing pads, but much for functional! I haven't used lanolin since I started using them a few weeks ago, not even before showers!! They are supposed to last about 2 months/pair, so we'll see if I can get them to last that long, but so far they are totally worth it.
Nighttime feedings are made SO MUCH easier with our Itzbeen.
I read about this on Brittney's blog before Ellie was born and used it every day until she was a year old. We had to get a new one for Caroline, and I started using it as soon as we got home from the hospital. It's great to know exactly how long she's been in a diaper, how long since she's eaten, which breast she nursed from the last time, etc. I know when we start tracking naps, I'll use the nap timer to make sure she's upstairs for at least an hour before I go get her. I use the Itzbeen during the day as well, but at night it's really great to have all the info on my nightstand and not have to think too hard about it as I roll out of bed.
I also use a little battery operated candle to give us enough light for nighttime nursing but not wake up Pete, or rouse Caroline too much.
Daytime feedings out of the house are made SO easy when I'm wearing an Undercover Mama -I have only used my nursing cover once since Caroline was born, as long as I have on the right layers, I just pop Caroline on the boob, and my tummy is covered by the tank, and my top is covered by my shirt. WAY better than those plain nursing tanks because you wear a regular nursing bra with it. I had two with Ellie - one black, one gray. I just ordered a third - in navy - they are my favorite.
No too much to write about here - we have all the typical gear and equipment that parents buy for their infants (boppy, swaddler sleep sack, bouncer, etc). The few things I wanted to mention were little time and/or space savers that other friends were using that we got for Ellie (and I hadn't heard of them before seeing them at my friends' baby showers). When I was pregnant with Ellie my friend Rachael mentioned that one of the best moves they made was not buying a huge baby tub that takes up a ton of space. We give Caroline her baths in our kitchen sink with our handy bath sponge and ducky towel.
Aden & Anais Muslin baby blankets - great for swaddling, burp cloths, sun shades, quick nursing covers, etc. We didn't have these for Ellie - love them!!