Although most new moms are inclined to hover over their babies every moment, it's not always possible. A baby monitor offers some peace of mind in those moments when you have to be out of earshot of your baby's cries or coos. The best monitors offer a handset that you can take with you around the house or out into the yard.
Keeping a nightlight in the baby's room is also a good idea. There will be many nighttime visits, and stumbling around the room when you're half-awake isn't safe for you or the baby. A low-level light won't startle either of you and is perfect for feeding or changing.