When your baby arrives, you have a lot of information to take in, it can be very overwhelming. You are still recovering but you find yourself feeding and changing diapers continuously with very little time for yourself. There is also so much change to adjust to, I mean, your baby will be growing and changing by the hour. When you are still in hospital the nurses will encourage you to track your baby from day one and they will probably hand you a sheet to fill in.
Today I am sharing an awesome find that I came across last week that will help you to track your baby’s early months of life in a simple, yet very effective way. Before I dive into it, you might be new to this and not actually understand what baby tracking is.
What is baby tracking?
Baby tracking is recording essential information about your baby’s growth and development. It is key information that you can use to create a routine and it will give you a clear indication on how to plan your time around your baby’s needs. Baby tracking is extremely useful when you have a nanny or other caregivers who are looking after baby to ensure that you are all following the baby’s routine, that you are on the same page and that you are picking up on any irregularities.
Ultimately, it is amazing to be able to track how quickly your baby is growing and developing in the first few months. And you can give yourself a pat on the back for the amazing job you are doing at raising your little human.
So, what are you tracking?
- You are encouraged to track how many diaper changes you make in a day and whether it is a pee or poop. This helps you to know whether baby is drinking enough milk, whether baby might be sick or possibly constipated.
- You also need to track how often baby feeds. Once again, this can help you identify whether baby is getting enough milk. You will be able to keep a record of how many MLs of milk baby is drinking per day if bottle-fed or the duration of each feed if baby is breastfed. If baby is breastfed, it will also be necessary to make note of which breast you fed off last so that you can give baby the other breast with the next feed.
- Baby’s sleep is important to monitor when establishing a routine. It also allows you to plan your time around the moments when baby is down for a snooze.
- Activities and milestones are also good to track.
Your doctor will ask about this during checkups.
How to track
Some people simply do not track at all. I don’t know how they cope, as an A-type mom I need some sort of order and predictability in my day. Tracking allows me to understand my baby’s needs a lot quicker than when I am just winging it.
There are many mobile apps on the market that have baby trackers, from super simple to complex. I use Baby Tracker which is a very basic but effective app. I just hate that the Android version has ads that I often click on by mistake. It is free, so I guess I shouldn’t complain.
Other people use notebooks. With my first child, I used an app and when I went back to work the nanny used a plain note book and she would make note of everything. This allowed me to catch up on what my baby was up to and kept us aligned. Having the app wasn’t enough for me when it came to my baby being looked after by the nanny. The random notebook wasn’t ideal because the information being recorded was disorganized and it was quite difficult to analyse my baby’s routine.
This leads me to my awesome find – the baby tracking journal by With Love Baby.
With Love Baby
This baby tracker is in the form of a beautiful journal that turns your tracking into life-long memories. The quality will last much longer than the flimsy notebook we used for baby number 1.
It can be used as a keepsake because it includes a section for milestones and baby’s activities – memories you will forever want to look back to. What I love about this tracker is that you can store emergency contacts for the nanny to keep within reach. It also has a section for Items Needed, so you and the caregiver can jot down what needs to be bought for baby. At the bottom of each page it says, “Today, my overall mood was” – something I never thought to track but now I actually want to.
I am looking forward to using this journal when I get back to work and my nanny is so excited to be using something so beautiful this time around. We have already started using it because it is more inclusive than my app which only I have access to.
When you open the With Love Baby journal and page through it, you really can’t help but think that it was made with love. I hope this information is useful to you and that enjoy every moment with your baby, they grow too quickly, you will notice that as you look back through the early days of your tracker.
For more information on the With Love Baby tracker click here.