Living in Israel many of the product tips I could give wouldn't be relevent for most of you. I originally thought of recommending Ecover washing up liquid (which is great - gets your dishes nice and clean without undue damage to the environment), but then I had a better idea -- the Tiny Love line of toys for babies and toddlers.
This Israeli company produces an excellent line of high-quality, innovative soft toys for children ages 0-36 months that are available throughout the United States (and no, they're not paying me to say that). Their Gymini was an early favorite with both of my children, and there was a time when I didn't dare leave the house without their squeeky ladybug. I only wish that their car mobile had been around when my children were babies - it could have saved me hours of off-key singing!
My children have outgrown their Tiny Love toys now, but I still bring them out whenever babies come for a visit, and their crib mobiles are one of my favorite new baby gifts.
Tiny Love - great toys, and an Israeli company to boot - it works for me. Go here to see what works for other moms.