useful to go to Mothercare shops to get baby pamphlets. They are free of charge and range from baby safety, baby essentials, baby bathing etc.
Also what you learnt at prenatal classes on how to take care of babies can be slightly different from what the confinement nanny do & both are equally effective. I sometimes find the 'angmoh' way we learnt in books/classes are quite over the top n the local way can be simpler (less hassle) n equally effective.
I also bought stuff that i end up not using at all coz baby dont like them e.g swaddling blankets, cloth diapers w inserts (got the heart to be environmentally friendly but not the energy to keep up), breast pump (spend $400 & then realise i do not enjoy the sensation & discomfort), changing pad..
The big budget items would be the cot, the baby car seat, the cabinet/cupboard (if you dont already have one for baby), pram.
The smaller items are blankets, towels, clothes(you will get friends & colleagues giving you alot so dont't have to overindulge in this n also baby hardly goes out in first 2 mths), diapers, diaper bag, booties, mittens, milk bottles, bathing gels/shampoo, baby body lotion, diaper changing pad, sterilizer (unless exclusively breastfeeding), baby bathtub n scoop, cotton hankies, lotsa cheap cloth thin nappies, some visual dangling toys, baby laundry powder.
The good to stand by items, digital thermometer, nasal aspirator, pacifier, cooling gel pad (fever), soothing chest rub.
Things you can wait are breast pump, baby carrier, baby monitor, pillows/bolster, breastfeeding pillow.
Overrated items are changing table/pad, moses baskets, expensive branded clothes that they wear only once or twice.
For yourself, tops that can easily breastfeed, postpartum bleeding sanitary pads, stretch mark lotion/oil, dry shampoo (if you are very strict on confinement practise). also bought perinum spray but gynae will issue after delivery anyway.