1. Pack n Play
The pattern that we have (Catalina) isn't available anymore. This is really nice for us because of camp. While she didn't sleep in it (Tillie slept in her carseat for 3 months. I know, She's weird, but it worked), I loved having the changing table. Now, we've used it at my mom's house, at our friends' when we go to a party, and now I have it set up in the basement for her to play in when I'm working down there. The new style, which I linked to, has a "newborn napper". I think that would have been useful to me because she would have slept in that like she did in the carseat. Really, this is probably a must have for me because of camp in the summers. Moving a crib for a month would be ridiculous. But for short trips, I'm sure I would have been able to borrow one.
2. Bouncy Seat
I have a no-frills bouncy seat. Maybe if I had a "sweet" one, she would have liked it more. It was very nice to have a place to set her down once and a while, but she never loved it. I'm glad I had it, but I probably could have lived without it. We used it from 2 weeks to 5 months.
This was just to take a picture of her dress. I did buckle her in usually.
This isn't the one we have, because ours was a hand-me-down from Tim's sister. I see these for a good price on Craigslist. They're so expensive new. Tillie used hers A LOT from 4-8 months. They take up a lot of space in a room, but she would play there happily for 30 minutes sometimes.
We got this one hand-me-down from someone my dad works with. They have some that act more like a mix of the jumperoo and the excersaucer. Tillie really liked both of them, so I'm glad I had them. But, I wouldn't have paid $100 for this. She used this one from 4.5 months - 8.5 months. She would probably still use it now, but I was sick of having it in my living room. Some kids like to jump more than others. One like this would take up half the room, but could do the same job as both things. I would probably recommend just one, but you should definitely look on Craiglist or ask friends and family.
Do you have any of these items? Could you have lived without them?