Baby logs help you keep track in those early days of feedings, diaper changes, and the little things mom need to do to stay sane.
When I had my firstborn, I was feeling all over the place.
We lived in a new house in a new country and I was in control of so little going on around me. What was one thing I could feel good about?
My days with my precious newborn.
In those early days, my midwife wanted me to keep track of diaper changes and how well my lovely fed.
Something to check off when the whole world feels out of control?
So in case you’re in the same spot, wanting to keep track of baby’s feeds, diaper changes, AND – oh and this is so important – your own basic self-care… then read on.
Why baby logs are helpful
Keeping a baby log can be extremely helpful. Not only does it alleviate the stress of “did I do that?”…it also makes you feel more in control.
I remember being at the pediatrician with my second and not remembering how many diaper changes my son had….I felt so silly.
Things that are helpful to log are…
- Baby feedings with time stamp (including how many ounces and/or what side)
- A log of sleeping times
- Diapers- including what type of diaper and a time stamp
- A daily mood tracker
- Mom self care log (remember that it’s important to take care of you too… see my log printable for details here!)
- A grateful list
- A log of daily routines
- Observational notes for the day
- A notation of tweets, or changes that can be made
Logs are helpful when you’re trying to get baby onto a routine
One of the best things you can do for baby is to start establishing routines. Start using your log to see what happens in your day and evaluate your trouble spots.
With notes and a clear picture, you can create better routines that benefits everyone.
- Newborn Sample Routine
- Ultimate Newborn Sleep Schedule
- 3 Month Old Baby Schedule
- Sample 6 to 9 Month Schedule
- 18 Month Sample Schedule
- 2 Year Old Sample Schedule
- 3 Year Old Sample Schedule
Logs are helpful when you start sleep training
As new mothers, our life can easily revolve around baby’s sleep schedule.
The truth is this….babies ability to sleep well is a direct result of their routine.
I learned early on that if baby was over tired (awake too long), he was so grumpy that he almost couldn’t be consoled.
I don’t know about you, but for me, my day can sometimes get away from me.
Before I know it… hours have passed and I’m on a different schedule than I was on yesterday.
This is not good for a baby who is working on establishing a healthy sleep routine. Babies need a consistent routine to get those healthy habits started.
A baby log can help! Whether you do schedules naturally or not, keeping a log can keep you on track.
If baby is sleeping on a healthy routine, everyone in the house is happier. This is especially true to mom!
Mom self care logs are helpful so you don’t forget yourself!
Let’s be honest for a moment…
How many times have you forgotten yourself or passed on general self help for you because of baby?
Moms tent to ignore their own needs when babies come along. Of course it’s our job to focus on baby, but we can’t stop taking care of ourselves. After all, taking care of ourself will better equip us to take care of baby!
Mom self care log items included in the printable…
- Showered/washed face
- Brushed teeth
- Drank water
- Ate a nutritious meal
- Laid down to rest/nap
- Took a break from a device
- Talked with a friend
- Prayed or medicated
- Read something encouraging
- and more…
Get your own baby logs here
Without a doubt, the Daily Logs for Mom and Baby are a useful tool for any mom! You’ll feel more in charge and will be able to stop stressing over the little things. Keep good logs and feel confident!
You got this, momma!