Having been through 4 kids I have to agree with much of what you have posted and think that you have given some great advice. I 100% agree about the travel system. I had my first two without one....what was I thinking? Never again. You guys have so many better ones down in US. We only really have one girl patterned one available to us up here in Canada. I am thinking a shopping trip in Kalispel is in order for me very soon!
Another thing I have noticed is that you guys seem to go all out on baby showers. I have never had one thrown for me with 4 kids. I just threw on for my girlfriend this past weekend and people thought I went all out. All I did was plan 3 games, do a cheers, finger foods and Crave cupcakes(Calgary's best ever cupcakes), a diaper cake, prizes (Tim Horton's gift cards) and makes the game supplies myself. Girl friends of mine had never seen a baby shower like it. It was for my best friend so I made every effort, but it still seems like you guys go to a lot more trouble down there. I wish others would do that for expecting moms up here.
Anyways, enough of my babbling. Great advice!