23 July 2014

0-6 Month Favourites! :: Guest Post Ileana from Illy Who

Hello everyone. I'm Ileana and share about our life, delicious recipes and the occasional DIY project at Illy Who. Congratulations Hannah and family on the arrival of your sweet baby girl. I cannot wait to "meet" her via your blog and social media. Enjoy every second with her we both know the newborn phase is brief and the endless cuddles will soon be missed. I love Hannah's heart for community through blogging. She always shares from her heart and makes you feel like you are sitting down talking to her with a cup of coffee. I am so happy that we met :) Enjoy your family time mama!!

Something I like to do is share our some of our favorites, items that we use (or used) and highly recommend. The newborn phase flies by and your baby grows so fast! I took some {amazing} advice from my cousin and invested in longer lasting items and {tried} not to go overboard on infant things, I am so glad I listened!! Trust me it is pretty tempting to want to buy Babies R' Us and you think you need every accessory, baby gear and toy there is. Truth is you end up using very little in the beginning because when you find something that your baby loves it's like winning the lotto and you are set for a while.

My son is 16 months and I still stand by these items. In fact we are still using the Ergo consistently, cloth diapering away, our monitor is working like we just bought it and I just recently stopped using the diaper bag because I missed carrying a purse. 

Ergobaby Carrier: Baby wearing not only keeps your hands free but is a great way to bond with your baby. For the first few weeks I used the Moby Wrap but my little guy stopped like it. We switched over to the Ergo and haven't looked back since. He loves being in there. I am still "holding" him and able to get to so much done at the same time. This was my nap lifesaver for a while there he needed to be held for naps. We still use this consistently, mostly on the back hold now. 

Flip Diapers: Love, love, love! We have been using these for a year. They are so easy and it's only two extra loads of laundry a week. Mason has never had a diaper rash and we have only battled the skinkies once. Changed up our washing routine and back to fresh smelling diapers. Bonus...they are so much cuter than a disposable. You can read about cloth diapering here and here. I'm not a cloth expert but if you have any questions let me know.

Infant-to-Toddler Rocker: My son hated the swing after 2 weeks. He screamed every time he went in so I decided to open and assemble this gem. Initially he was pretty unsure of it but grew to love it. It has the option to vibrate and also has a stand so he won't rock. I would put him in this while I ate breakfast in the morning and give him a toy and he is happy as can be. 

Skip Hop Diaper Bag:  Going into motherhood I thought for sure I was going to want a fancy shmancy diaper bag, then I realized what a diaper bag goes through. This bag has literally been peed and pooped on, feel in the middle of the parking lot, got many things spilled on it and goes on the floor often. It is fashionable, durable, a pretty good size and straps onto my stroller quick and easy. 

Snap and Go Stroller: I got this as a hand-me-down and I was a little skeptical at first, I was convinced I needed the whole travel system. Nope! This stroller is lightweight and compact. The only downfall is that the carseat doesn't literally snap in, you have to strap it in. We are almost done using this stroller and I have a Chicco Liteway to use next. I also have a BOB Revolution but it's way too big and bulky to use on a daily basis. I must say though if you like to go on walk/jogs the BOB is amazing!  

Infant Optics Video Monitor: After reading and researching many video monitors I decided on this one. A video monitor is not necessary but it certainly gives me peace of mind being able to see my son while he is sleeping. It was very affordable and had great reviews. We are very pleased with this monitor! The picture is clear, it has an auto night vision feature, multiple cameras can be used with one monitor and its on a private channel. The own downfall is that the camera is stationary and it interferes with out wifi. However I think a lot of video monitors do that. 

Boppy Noggin Nest: At our sons two month dr app we were told that he had a flat spot. I freaked out and wanted to take care of it. I know that flat spots are caused from babies being on their back so much and he favored looking to one side. I ordered this noggin nest and use this in his car seat. I felt good about leaving him in the carseat if he took a nap while we were driving becuase it doesn't put pressure on any one place. 4 months later his flat spot is barely noticeable. The flat spot was completely gone by 5 months. 

Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets: These were only used to swaddle for maybe the first month. Now they are our go to blanket. They are light and breathable and little man loves them. In the car when he gets fussy we toss him one of these and he snuggles up with it and 80% of the time will fall asleep minutes after. 

Infantino Activity Mat: The first thing that made me buy this was the colors and the safari animals on it. This mat has kept my son entertained for months, once he could roll he loved munching on all the hanging toys and kicking the mobile.

Sophie the Giraffe: Yes she is one expensive squeaky toy. WORTH EVERY PENNY! She was his favorite teether. We joked that she was his girlfriend because there was a time where you would pretty much always see him with her in hand.


If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them. Thank you again Hannah for letting me share today. If you are interested in our nursery favorites you can see them here and if you are looking for breastfeeding essentials you can see them here.


  1. Great list Illeana! I second what you recommend...I pretty much have it all...except the cloth diaper thing, not brave enough for that =)

  2. Cloth is actually super easy, honestly if you asked me at the start of my pregnancy if I would do cloth NOPE would have been my answer haha. Then I did some research and thought I would give it a try. I still wasn't fully convinced it was the greatest until I used them for a few weeks. It's been over a year now and we love cloth. I am getting ready to do an update post pretty soon.

  3. I'm using the Infant Optics DRX-8, the newest version, and after trying a few, no doubt it's the best.
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