Here is something a little different - this is a product review of something really cool I found out on the web called the Trixie Tracker!
Some time ago, due to some very cool circumstances I tripped over the coolest invention for your kids ever! If you have kids or grand-kids you simply have to check out The Trixie Tracker .
This program is so incredibly robust that it is usable both by parents who follow the "Ferberizing" method of parenting and parents who attachment parent.
The methods you can use to display information are amazing.
When I first read statements on the website that discussed "eye-catching graphs" I have to admit that the snark in me rolled her eyes!! After using this program for almost a month I have to say that I totally agree with the writer on everything. The program is terrific. What you see to the right here is a summary of one of Tyler's days. If I were having problems with him I could print these out and take them to his doctor and we could work on whatever was wrong using these as references of his days.
The diaper tracker portion is pretty cool and it is actually FREE. You can use it no matter what which is AWESOME for brand new parents who are trying to figure out if their breastfed baby is getting enough in each day of his/her nursing! Since you can add this to your iPhone I would say it's one of THE most useful programs out there.
I can tell you based on this information it is extremely UNLIKELY that Lila will be asleep before 9pm and it is just as unlikely for her to wake up before 6:30am. Looking at Tyler's graph here it is highly unlikely for him to be asleep between 1 and 2pm and it is also unlikely that he will be in bed for good tonight before 11pm. The White areas are times when he is always awake, the jet black he is always asleep and the gray scale shows variation. The longer you use the program I have to think the more accurate it is because it reveals your baby's circadian rhythm.
This could help you to schedule your baby based on his circadian rhythm. It's much easier to put your baby down for a nap when he is ready to go then to try and force him to sleep during a time he's not really tired. (Boy don't I know that!!)
Other things I've learned using this program:
*Growth measurements tracking.
*Child gaining too much weight (Tyler WAS drinking 46 oz of formula daily - this helped me discover and adjust that!)
*Child not gaining weight or losing weight (Maybe the baby doesn't take a bottle often enough or nurse enough or eat enough solids) (Sometimes the doctor may need proof of what you are feeding your child - like a detailed list due to slow weight gain - this can help you!)
*Diaper count to help with previous list item