Nothing prepares you for the journey that is mother hood, and if you are a first time expecting mommy then nothing can really prepare you for all the things you have to buy for a baby (ie. . Really the mind boggles at thinking of the layette and all the new baby items that have been popping up in the last years. When I had my kids, things were simpler and not quite as fancy, but in todays world there is a whole brand new set of must have items you have to buy, because if you don't buy them you will get a whole guilt trip about not providing your child with everything that it needs.
Still, if you are a two time mommy like myself then you probably will stick to buying just the necessities for baby. It was only for my first that I went completely nuts and brought everything under the sun. For my second baby, I even used some of her sisters things that were in good shape and made sure she just had the bare essentials like; burp cloths,