Like many parents, Lindsay Harris was caught off guard by the amount of detailed recording required of her in the first few weeks following birth. “Something I was never told,” she says “was that I would be asked to record my baby’s feedings, diapers, weight, naps and doses of vitamins and medications in great detail!” If you’ve ever met a parent of a newborn, you’ll know that asking them to spell their own name is a challenge when confronted with sleep deprivation and the trials of breastfeeding. So the task of keeping track of all that goes into and out of baby can easily overwhelm even the most organized of individuals.
As a doula, I’ve seen parents try out many ways of making this charting easier. It seems that parents have tried everything from excel tables to personal journals, from make-shift charts to saving diapers, and if you’re in a fix, the random posted note has also make it’s way in there!
After a few weeks of struggling to find a system that worked for her, Lindsay decided enough was enough. If there wasn’t a product or system out there that could help her, she would make it herself!
So was the birth of “Baby’s First Journal” by Glow Baby, Lindsay’s baby company that was inspiried by her own postpartum experience. In this Baby Journal, Lindsay has created a chart to make keeping track
of baby’s feedings, weight, diapers, naps, etc. easy for even the most exhausted of parents.
She’s done all the work for you and she’s thought of everything! The details of her chart include time of day, breastfeeding with specification of left or right breast, bottle feeding (with breastmilk and formula), diapers (#1 or #2?) and duration of sleeps. All that is required of you is a few scratch marks in the box that fits the event being recorded! There’s also a growth chart in the front of the book and a contact list in the back!
Baby’s First Journal is now being stocked in many stores in Toronto including but not limited to:
Of course you can contact her yourself to order a copy by visiting her website GlowBaby.com or make use of the bulk price if you’re a practitioner who’d like to stock this resource for your own clients or use them as client gifts.