I don't know about you but I forget everything. It was bad enough when I had just one child but now I have two, there really is no hope. If I don't write something down, it is in and out of my head within moments.
We are at a crucial stage in Oscar's life right now – weaning. Each day I am trying him with new and different foods. It is going slowly, he really hasn't been all that interested in food, but I keep persevering and he is getting to like food more and more! Remembering what I've given him and when however, can be tricky. Initially I was writing it all down on my phone but I know that is not secure as it died just a couple of months ago and I lost everything from it! I needed to physically track it in written form.
When the owner of Tiddlers and Nippers got in touch to see if I wanted to review their Tiddler weaning tracker, I knew it was just what I needed. Another bit of stationery (I adore stationery), and something really very handy for my forgetful mind.
I would go into detail about how Tiddler and Nippers trackers came about but I don't think I could do that information justice without copying and pasting from their site so I suggest that you head over and read their story! And instead, I'll just get on with the review.
There are three types of tracker available. The Tiddler Tracker which is for 0-6 months, the Tiddler Weaning Tracker from 6 months + (or when you start to wean! and the Toddler Tracker for 12m+. They then also sell a Nipper Notebook!
I was sent the Tiddler Weaning Tracker since we were about ready to start introducing foods to Oscar. There is a whole array of designs to choose from, ranging from plain colours to robots and fishes. I was sent the robots one and it is incredibly cute!
What I love about this tracker, is the level of information you can record. It isn't just about what food he has eaten and when, it is also about when he has had milk, whether it was the right or left breast, or if it was expressed or formula. I can record how long he fed for and if your baby is bottle fed, you can record how many ounces they have taken. There is also a section for recording how much sleep they have had and at what times and when they have had their nappy changed and whether it was wet or soiled. Finally, there is a note section where you can record any milestones or things you want to remember. In here mine mostly says, didn't like the banana he tried…and then on the next day, preferred banana today…and the next day, loved the broccoli! It's really great to be able to note down not only what he has eaten but what he thought of those foods as well.
Now, I will admit that at times, I am a bit sketchy filling this out. I do try my best to record everything that happens throughout the day but with so many distractions it's easy to think oh I'll do it later and then forget how long he was on the boob for. What it is really handy for though, for me, is tracking his sleep to see whether any patterns are occuring or to spot when something is changing. Nap times and nap lengths are something that is all over the place at the moment so to be able to refer back to see if improvements are happening, really is key.
The other thing I love about it is the fact that it is a keepsake. It is something I can keep and give to Oscar one day when he is older, show him what his first foods were and moan at him for having an inbuilt alarm that wakes him up after half an hour napping! A tracker would be a fab gift for a new or expectant parent.
I am really enjoying using the tracker and I know it'll start getting more and more full of information as he eats more food. As I said above, it hasn't started out great so far as he is still very keen on boob milk and usually pulls a disgruntled face over anything other than broccoli and toast!
The Tiddler Trackers are priced at £16 for a plain cover and £18 for the funkier designs.
And I have two to give away!
Yep, you can get your hands on your choice of tracker in either red, royal blue or black. All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below! Good luck!
T's & C's
Competition ends at 12am on 19th April
Mummascribbles is responsible for running the giveaway and picking two winners via Rafflecopter
Tiddlers and Nippers are responsible for the arrangement of delivery to the chosen winners.
Prize is for a Tiddlers and Nippers tracker of the winners choice in red, royal blue or black.
Competition is open to UK and Ireland residents
Competition winners must be over 18 years of age