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I love the Itzbeen.
Oh folks tell you when you have a baby that you must have swaddling blankets (you do) and you must have a wipe warmer (what kind of pretentiousness is that?), but I’m telling you: YOU MUST HAVE AN ITZBEEN.
What is an Itzbeen you ask? Well, I could say that it’s a timer but that would be too simplistic. It is a timer on acid. It is a work of art. It has prevented more than one argument here at Breakdown Central. It is a GODSEND.
OK, the official description is this:
The ITZBEEN Baby Care Timer has a host of helpful features all designed with the new parent in mind. As every new parent knows, your memory is one of the first things to go when a newborn arrives. The ITZBEEN Baby Care Timer is a multi-purpose tool that helps you remember the basic details of baby care. ITZBEEN has four timers, changing, feeding, sleep or awake time. Nursing reminder, which side nursed last. Display backlight helps count up with the touch of a button…so you will always know how long it’s been!
So here’s the down-low: It’s got 4 buttons, each with a little icon: a bottle, a diaper, zzzz’s and a button for anything. When you get ready to feed the baby, you push the bottle button. When you change the baby, hit the diaper button and so on. When you hit the button, it starts a timer. There’s also a little switch to denote which side you started breastfeeding from last time. Just slide the little switch and you’re reminded. Later, when your kid is screaming their head off, you can look at the Itzbeen and know that the baby last ate 45 minutes ago so that may not be the issue, but the diaper button says it’s been 2 hours so that’s probably your best bet.
When we first brought Phoebe home, I was writing everything down, but realized that I knew just from looking how much she was eating (was only washing bottles once a day so it was easy) and I soon understood Phoebe’s potty routines but that what I really needed to know was what time it was and when was the last time she ate, was changed, hold old the bottle was, etc. Enter the genius of the Itzbeen.
So now this amazing little item is my new baby shower present. It’s the gadget you never knew you needed but once you get it, you won’t be able to live without knowing how long ITZBEEN.