Featured Review: ITZBEEN Baby Care Timer: Keep Track of Your Baby's Details

07/19/2007 at 11:00 AM ET

by CBB Reviewer Nancy

Itzbeen_front_only_300_dpiWhenmy son was first home from the hospital, we kept track of his feeding,sleep and diaper changes dutifully in a composition notebook….forabout 3 weeks. It was annoying having to lug the notebook around (and Icouldn’t find the pen half the time). Add in a case of "Mommy Brain" -and the notations just stopped.

I wish I had something like ITZBEEN Baby Care Timerby Coast Innovations. My husband and I still ask each other, "What timewas the baby changed last?" Even though the baby is 20 months old now!The size of a large beeper, it’s going to help you remember feedings,changings, sleep or awake time (and even which side you nursed on).There is even a multi-purpose button that can remember when you gavemeds. There is even a backlight that will let you read the times in thedark and a soft-glow night-light, so you don’t trip over things in thedark.

Once you set the clock up, you can start using the ITZBEEN. Youclick the icon you are working on – ie: after your baby is changed, youpress the diaper icon to start the clock. This way, you’ll know howlong ago you changed junior. Instead of asking yourself, "What time didI change the baby? You’ll actually know how long it’s been!Which is how the product got its name by the way! Father turnedinventor, Greg Sheldon, used his engineering background to create acell phone sized device with four timers to help him and wife Kris toremember when they changed their son, when he was fed, how long heslept or was awake, or even when he was given medicine. 

Since my husband doesn’t believe in wearing a watch at home, theITZBEEN Timer, with the built in clock and buttons will be great forkeeping track of our next baby’s info. I found it easy to use with Ben(though we only used the diaper changing and sleep buttons. There iseven a lock switch, so you don’t accidentally erase info. This wouldeven work well for twins (though you would need two and you’d have tolabel them). This is also a great thing to have around whengrandparents or a babysitter watches your baby – no more leaving awritten schedule around (just set the alarms ahead for when you wantthe baby changed, fed, napped, etc!!)

Challenge for Greg: For such type-a moms like myself, maybe a futureversion of ITZBEEN can have info sent wirelessly to a PC? It would bewonderful if have the diaper changes, feeding and sleep times into aspreadsheet (and I could input info with the touch of ITZBEEN’sbuttons!)

To buy the ITZBEEN Baby Care Timer, click here.

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Vanessa on

Jeez, no thanks, lol. I’d rather spend my money on practical things. ;0)

Loralee on

I wish I had this when my children were little. Maybe I will get this for my nephew and his wife when their little one is born at the end of the year.

Brandy on

I would have loved this 4 months ago! The L and R to keep track of breastfeeding would have been wonderful. I was endlessly trying to remember which side my little guy had last nursed from. If I’m ever lucky enough to have another baby I will definitely be getting this. Thanks for the info!

Amy on

This is really cool! I wish I had one 14 months ago when my DD was born. We too used to write everything down, but it was hard to do since we always had to have a pen and paper with us. Plus, remembering what side you last nursed on would be wonderful. Now that my DD is older I remember things a lot better, but when you have a newborn and your “mom brain” is in full gear this would be wonderful. Thanks for the review!

Melissa on

This product is amazing. I got it for my sister when she had her son a few weeks ago. I’ll definately be getting one with my next baby!

eabdeb8176 on

I love this! During those sleep deprived first weeks this was a life saver. I got mine from the one step ahead catalog. They have a great website and gift registry. They have another one of my favorites called a playzone (not crazy about the colors) it provides a safe place for my kids to play in, One was hooked on it so much that she refused to get out of it. Also parents can climb in because there is no bottom. it starts out at $100 but you can add on for $20 per extenstion although what I did was buy two playzones so the kids can use it in the backyard but also in the house. While it doesn’t take away the need for a play pen it really is used around our house when the kids get bigger from about 6 months and up.

JR on

I consider baby schedule helpers like this to be some of the most useless, unnecessary, and ridiculous pieces of baby equipment available.

If you’re having a hard time remembering which breast you last nursed the baby on, a small piece of ribbon tied to one bra strap can keep track of that for you (or a small barrette, or a small piece of tape, etc.).

I certainly never needed to schedule nursing, diaper changes, or naps – the baby just tells you when he/she needs these things. Rooting? Offer breast. Crying? Check diaper, feed. Check diaper again. Tired? Babe is probably asleep in my arms.

Denise on

I just got my ITZBEEN and it is handy, It’s great for 3am feedings when you are half asleep and can’t remember the last time baby was fed, and it helps with communication with a sitter, I also love the optional timer for medications or whatever is needed. Thanks for the review CBB.