I'm a new mum to a beautiful daughter. The only tips I have are...
Buy a good book on how to get babies to sleep, because if you're a first time mum like I am, once you get the baby home, you don't have a clue how to get it to sleep. Wish I'd bought some books & read them prior to the birth. LOL. Learn how to swaddle your baby. Buy some muslin wraps.
I co-sleep with my daughter, so night times aren't too bad, I just roll over & feed her.
If you plan to breast feed, learn as much as you can before you have your child. Many people I know didn't manage to breast feed for simple reasons such as poor attachment. I spoke to as many people as I could, and asked them lots of questions. Make sure you know what a good attachment looks like. Ask the midwives at the hospital to check for proper attachment. I found breast feeding for the first 3 days painful, but manageable, after that it was smooth sailing. Enjoy breast feeding, it is special time that you & your baby have together. If you don't breast feed, don't let other people give you a hard time about using formula.
Childbirth isn't anywhere near as bad as I'd been lead to believe. Cherish every second you can of your labour. It is a wonderful experience. Well, it was for me. Ok, it IS painful, but I found it to be manageable, to me it was like painful period pain. Mind you, I did order an epidural as soon as I got to hospital, I didn't need it, but didn't want to wait until I was in agony & it sometimes takes the anaesthestic guy (can't remember the correct term) a while to get to you. I ordered mine around 4.00pm, he came to me at 6.00pm.
This may be TMI, but it was discussed on a parenting forum. When it comes time to pushing, push like you're doing a poo. That's what I was told to do, I had two midwives & my husband all screaming that at me. LOL. The ladies on another forum said nobody had told them how to push properly.
Cloth nappies make really good baby cleaning rags. I was amazed at how much a baby vomits....my friend put me onto cloth nappies for cleaning up vomit. I never go anywhere without them.
One more tip I forgot about. If you're having problems getting your baby to sleep, try vacuuming the room, not only do you end up with a clean floor, but it sometimes helps settle the baby too
I discovered that by accident when I put her in the rocker & did some vacuuming, I checked on her after a couple of minutes & she was fast asleep. I've used it a couple of times since then. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. According to the author of a baby book I'm reading, it is REALLY noisy in the uterus, so the sound of a vacuum cleaner, hairdrier etc., is actually soothing to a baby.http://www.cat-world.com.au/HollyFloor.jpg