1. A crock pot. Eventually those delicious prepared meals from friends and family members will stop coming. Unfortunately, your free time will be in short supply, so do yourself a favor and load up your Pinterest board with slow cooker recipes. Particularly ones that require less than 5 ingredients. I'm a big fan of this one and this one, and plan to try this one and this one in the near future.
2. A hair cut. Sure, long hair is nice in theory. Until you have to wash it, brush it, dry it, fix it, or do anything with it that requires more than 5 minutes of your time. Also, the baby will very soon develop an interest in grabbing things and "things" = your hair. So do yourself a favor and go for the mom cut. You'll be glad you did.
I wish my ears were showing in the picture on the right... I feel like it looks like I'm wearing a (very boring) wig.
3. Under-the-eye concealer. I don't care if you've never had bags under your eyes a day in your life- you will need this unless you want the general public to think you are (a) suffering from a terminal illness or (b) a vampire.
4. An iPhone. This is especially important if you plan on nursing. There are lots of moms out there who like to pass the time while nursing by staring intently at their babies and memorizing their every feature. Then there are moms that like to stalk their ex-boyfriend's brother's wife on facebook and/or read blogs about high order multiples to pass the time. I'll let you guess into which camp I fall.
The iPhone will sometimes feel like your only connection to the outside world. And perhaps most importantly, it will be a million times more convenient than that fancy (ginormous) camera you bought for taking pictures of your precious little pumpkin(s). And, of course, taking pictures on the iPhone makes
over-sharing posting your pictures to social media outlets for all the world to see a lot easier as well.
5. Other friends with babies. This one is key. And they need to have babies pretty close in age to yours, because I have discovered that moms forget pretty much everything fairly shortly after it happens. For example, if you ask your friend with a 10-month-old when her baby first rolled over/slept through the night/dropped down to two naps/etc., she will probably scratch her head and vaguely refer to a 2-3 month time span during which the activity in question might have occurred.
And do not even bother with friends whose babies are no longer babies (I'm looking at you, sis), because they will remember almost nothing and be of very little use to you. However, these friends do still serve a purpose because (a) they are living proof that you will survive the newborn days and (b) they are living proof that you will one day forget the really hard parts of the newborn days and not be traumatized by them forever.
So do yourself a favor and find some friends that are due around the same time you are so you can text each other incessantly with "important" questions like how many times a day their babies poop and lament together over the fact that your babies can't continue sleeping in Rock N' Plays until the age of 16.
So there you have it, folks! Any other less common new mom must-haves you care to share?