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Get ideas of what to track with this pre-filled, sample worksheet.
Here's help for bleary-eyed new parents: When you're too tired to remember the details, our printable worksheet makes it easy to track feedings, your baby's diapering and sleep patterns, and even your own mood.
This process can help you start to recognize what's normal and what isn't. It'll also help answer questions the doctor may ask to make sure your newborn is healthy and getting enough to eat.
Print your worksheet
Take a look at our pre-filled baby care worksheet to get an idea of how it might be used.
Print copies of this blank worksheet for notes about your own baby.
Next, print our blank baby care worksheet so you can fill it out yourself. You may want to print at least 14 copies to last you for the first two weeks your newborn is home.
What to track
Feel free to track just those things that make the most sense for you. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
If you're breastfeeding (BF): Which breast your baby started nursing on (BFR or BFL), so you can start on the other breast at the next feeding
If you're bottle feeding (BTL): How many ounces your baby drinks at each feeding
If you're pumping: How much milk you produce at each session
If your baby spits up: How often your baby spits up, especially if you're concerned that your baby is spitting up a lot and not keeping enough down
Time of each change
Whether it's pee or poop
When your baby's poop switches from meconium to regular stools
If anything looks off
When your baby sleeps, where, and for how long
Crying and fussiness
When your baby has periods of crying or fussiness and how long they last (the record you keep may help your baby's doctor distinguish between normal crying jags and colic)
Sleep: When and how long you sleep
Medication: What you took, when, and maybe how you're feeling at the time
Breastfeeding: What's going well and what isn't
Emotions: How you're feeling emotionally; whether you're getting the support you need.
Diet: What you're eating and when
Relationships: How you and your partner are doing; how you're getting along with family and friends.