When my son was first home from the hospital, we kept track of his feeding, sleep and diaper changes dutifully in a composition notebook….for about 3 weeks. It was annoying having to lug the notebook around (and I couldn’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 Timer by Coast Innovations. My husband and I still ask each other, "What time was 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 gave meds. There is even a backlight that will let you read the times in the dark and a soft-glow night-light, so you don’t trip over things in the dark.
Once you set the clock up, you can start using the ITZBEEN. You click the icon you are working on – ie: after your baby is changed, you press the diaper icon to start the clock. This way, you’ll know how long ago you changed junior. Instead of asking yourself, "What time did I change the baby? You’ll actually know how long it’s been! Which is how the product got its name by the way! Father turned inventor, Greg Sheldon, used his engineering background to create a cell phone sized device with four timers to help him and wife Kris to remember when they changed their son, when he was fed, how long he slept or was awake, or even when he was given medicine.
Since my husband doesn’t believe in wearing a watch at home, the ITZBEEN Timer, with the built in clock and buttons will be great for keeping 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 is even a lock switch, so you don’t accidentally erase info. This would even work well for twins (though you would need two and you’d have to label them). This is also a great thing to have around when grandparents or a babysitter watches your baby – no more leaving a written schedule around (just set the alarms ahead for when you want the baby changed, fed, napped, etc!!)
Challenge for Greg: For such Type-A moms like myself, maybe a future version of ITZBEEN can have info sent wirelessly to a PC? It would be wonderful if have the diaper changes, feeding and sleep times into a spreadsheet (and I could input info with the touch of ITZBEEN’s buttons!)
To buy the ITZBEEN Baby Care Timer, click here.