At the hospital, we got a sheet of paper with a little chart for keeping track of how often the baby was fed and how many wet/dirty diapers the baby had. Naturally, not too long after we got home, I had to create my own version of the form! (Well, and their form only had room for tracking six days.)
Especially when breastfeeding, it’s important to keep track of wet and dirty diapers because sometimes that’s the only way you know if your baby is getting enough to eat, since breasts don’t come with handy measuring marks on the side. The form that I’ve designed has space to keep track of when you feed the baby, what side the baby feeds on and how long, how many wet/dirty diapers are generated, and some extra space for notes.
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I have two downloads — one specifically for the first six days of a newborn’s life, with the number of expected feedings, wet diapers, and dirty diapers, and a generic one that can be filled out for days 6-28.
- Baby Tracker Week 1 – baby-tracker-newborn-1.pdf
- Baby Tracker Days 6-28 – baby-tracker-newborn-2.pdf
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How to use
- Fill out the date.
- For the generic form, you can write in the number of days old that your baby is.
- In the timeline, write the time that you start feeding.
- In the “feeding” bar, write how many minutes the baby ate. If breastfeeding, you can specify which side the baby ate with a “L” or “R” for left/right.
- Keep track of how many wet and dirty diapers are generated. I use “W” and “D”, you can use whatever shorthand you want!
- The “notes” area can be used for whatever you want. I’ve been using it to note how long the baby sleeps as well as times when he is especially fussy.