Here's a quick guide to the Duo Diary method
On the Baby side:
Our journal allows you to track feedings more specifically. Bottle feeding (breastmilk or formula)? We recommend writing down the ounces given with an "F" for formula and "B" for breastfeeding. For example, "3B" or "4F." Breastfeeding? Write how many minutes per side you feed. Pumping? Keep tabs on how many ounces you've pumped. You can write the minutes/hours of baby's sleep (naps, nighttime...lack of...), plus keep track of how many wet and dirty diapers your baby has in the 'wet/dirty' column. Something else you want to track, like tummy time? There's a blank column for that, too. The notes space is a great place to jot down behaviors, patterns, questions, memories, or anything else that helps!
On the Caregiver side:
Here you control your own health - something that too easily falls to the wayside with a newborn! Write down your food intake in the food journal. The early months are a crucial time for you to be vigilant about how well and often you are eating, particularly if you are breastfeeding, but especially so because of the lack of sleep (sorry, parents-to-be...the sleep struggle is real!). Research also shows that writing down our food intake can help us make healthier choices. You can also monitor your own sleep, plus water intake and exercise. There is also ample note space for writing down how you are feeling. This is a particularly useful spot to keep tabs on emotions and moods which may help you recognize if you need help from a healthcare provider. (Find more info on postpartum depression and anxiety (both of which are very common!) on our Resources page).
In the back of the journal are more pages where you can take more comprehensive notes and memories, plus write down reminders, questions to ask the doctor, notes about doctor's appointments, and more.
It's all in here in one organized, sleek notebook- take care of your baby AND you!