for bottles, i would buy a couple different types. every baby prefers something different. once you figure out the ones your baby will take, stock up on those. don't worry about a pacifier until they're about a month old. neither one of my kids took one until around 2 months. for strollers, i would go with one of those travel systems. you don't need anything super fancy, or expensive. something cushy and cozy that can be reclined, and has plenty of storage below for your purse and diaper bag. for a baby carrier, i have tried many different types, but hands down i recommend the baby k'tan wrap. it can be used for babies from 8-35 lbs, and worn in 6 different positions. it has been a life saver for me. everyone raves about boppy pillows. i didn't use one with my first daughter, but picked up a brand new one at a yard sale for $8 for my 4 month old. honestly, i hate it. i'm glad i only paid $8 for it, and not $40 at a store. my 4 month old despises tummy time, and when i use it for propping her up while she's laying on her back, she always ends up sliding down. huggies are the best diapers. i refuse to use anything else. pampers are paper thin, luvs leak like crazy (no leak guarantee, my ass! i got my money back!) i use parent's choice wipes because they are super soft, and cheap. my 3 year old is severly allergic to all wipes, so i use a damp washcloth to clean her up. as for the cloth diapers, once you buy all the necessary sprayers, special cleaners, must have extra's, and add in the expense of washing and drying you are spending about the same as you would with disposables. not to mention, it's a pain in the ass and your just adding to the chores list. nobody wants that.