This post is sponsored. This means I was asked to review or try something new, and then remunerated to share those thoughts. Since you are reading this post, it ALSO means that I enjoyed my experience. If I hadn't thought it was worth recommending, I wouldn't have agreed to write about it.
Do you know one of the first lessons Amy and I teach our sleep coaching clients?
Keep a baby journal.
It is one of the biggest littlest things you can do to improve your baby’s sleep, your sanity, and everything in between.
Today we’re partnering up with Duo Diary to give away two Mama & Baby Health Diaries.
These diaries not only will help you track your baby’s health and sleep, it allows you to track your OWN at the same time. (That’s what makes it so special.)
First, get your name in the Golden Giveaway Pot below, then keep reading to find out why you’ll be glad you did!
Why You Want to Win a Duo Diary
Okay, now that’s done, let me share four reasons why you should be crossing your fingers and toes to win. (Or forget the giveaway and grab your own copy here so you get started ASAP.)
#1 – It Will Save Your Sanity
You are tired. Trying to remember when your baby last ate, or what time he woke up is just too much to expect. That’s information you need to know…but won’t remember.
Using a baby journal takes that information right out of your head and puts it on the page, removing the stress that goes with not being sure what really happened.
#2 – It will Save Your Tushie at the Doctor’s Office
Your doctor is going to ask you how many wet and dirty diapers your baby has, how often she’s eating, when he’s waking at night, etc.
Wouldn’t it be nice to not feel a rush of panic and have your mind go blank during your next Well Child Visit? Just take out your Duo Diary and impress the doctor’s pants off. (Is there a discount for Awesomeness?)
#3 – It Helps You Predict the Future
As you get better at tracking your baby’s natural rhythms throughout the day, you’ll be able to start spotting patterns you can use to avoid major whoopsies later on.
For example, looking over your Duo Diary, you notice every evening at around 5:30 pm she hits “Complete Meltdown Mode”. You also notice that she consistently wakes up from a nap at around 2:00.
That means she’s awake for 3.5 hours, which is too long for a 4 month old. So you insert a little mini-nap in there between 4-5 and voila! Meltdown averted. This kind of problem-solving is only possible with a reliable baby tracker!
To find out when your child should be going back down for a nap to avoid getting overstimulated, sign up for our free Super Sleeper tips here.
#4 – It’s a Valuable Memory-Keepsake
I know it’s hard to believe, but at some point your little baby isn’t going to be a baby anymore. Having a paper-version tracker is something you can put in your baby’s memory box for the future.
You could also dust it off when Baby #2 rolls around and you’re trying to remember how in the heck you managed to raise the first baby to toddlerhood. Instant reference guide!
Not an App for That
I realize that many of you friendly readers are thinking why should I get a physical book instead of using an app?
Let me propose five reasons Duo Diary is better than an app:
- Studies have shown that writing things down (instead of tapping a screen) helps commit things to memory and helps categorize concepts and facts. This is really important as you try to troubleshoot why your baby is doing things. Especially since he can’t tell you.
- Your baby’s health isn’t the only thing you want to track. Are you trying to lose baby weight? Keep your food and exercise journal in the same spot as your baby’s.
- An app can be deleted or buried in a new phone upgrade. This will be around forever as a testimony to that first year of your child’s life (and as a reference for future kids!)
- Face it, you’re not going to subject yourself to the blinding glare of your phone screen at 3am to jot down a note or time (unless you don’t mind being awake until 5). Using a booklet lets you capture the information you need without disrupting your brain’s “sleepy mode”.
- There’s something wonderful about a book. It’s reassuring and present in the diaper bag, on the bedside table, or on the kitchen table.
There’s a reason why Amy and I require all our sleep coaching clients to use a sleep journal while we’re are working with them. It’s the easiest way to peek into the home, figure out what is going on, and then fix it.
Whether you’re buying for a baby shower or for yourself, a well-organized baby tracker like Duo Diary will make a big difference in your parenting confidence and ability to know what your baby really needs.
It’s one of our best (non)kept secrets!
Meet Heather Taylor
Heather is the Chief Encouragement Officer here at Incredible Infant and has been writing and encouraging parents online since 2007. She's certified in baby sleep coaching (yes, that's a real thing), has served as an Expert Parenting Panelist for numerous events, and has been a featured writer on blogs like DaveRamsey.com, SimpleKids.net, My Kid's Adventures, Cafe Mom, and others. If it's 2am and you're desperate to read SOMETHING, click here for all her darkest secrets, including why she really shouldn't be allowed to blog.
Duo Diary supplied the journals for the giveaway and paid to sponsor this post. I’m a pencil-and-paper kind of gal, so these diaries were right up my alley. There’s something about writing things down that helps the brain mentally catalog the information. Check out their mama & baby health diaries here.