Almost three years ago our first son, Fischer, was born at seven pounds, 11 ounces, and seemed to be perfectly healthy. However, at his two week appointment it was discovered that he had not gained the appropriate amount of weight (babies should be back up to their birth weight by 10 – 14 days after birth). As new parents we were confused, worried, and even blamed ourselves to some degree. Looking back, we know that there was nothing we could have done to prevent his weight loss or improve his weight gain, but getting him to where he needed to be was very stressful. For months we were constantly worried about him being on track.
Fischer ended up being diagnosed with severe reflux, as well as a dairy-protein allergy. After my own dietary changes were unsuccessful in helping the situation, we chose to feed him only formula. He still gained weight slowly as compared to other children the same age, but he did gain, and by seven months he was a little chunk! We were thrilled that at eight months he was in the 40th percentile for weight, after spending so many months either not on the spectrum or on the very low end.
A Changing Pad That Changes the Game
Fast-forward to the fall of 2015 and my husband and I were watching one of our favorite shows, Shark Tank. We saw and episode that featured the Hatch Baby Changing Pad. This immediately piqued my interest because we knew we were expecting baby number two. After listening to the pitch and doing some digging online, we found that the changing pad is WAY more than just a changing pad.
It has sophisticated and sensitive technology that captures baby’s weight and other important aspects related to development. While we couldn’t purchase at that time (the system was only in pre-sale) we decided it was something we would circle back to when it was released. Now I know we shouldn’t have jumped to the conclusion that baby number two would have the same issues as baby number one, but when your only frame of reference is your first experience…well, we were worried to say the least.
What Makes Hatch Baby So Amazing?
Part of what we love about the Hatch system is that it has amazing tracking features. First, with it’s super sensitive technology, it accurately tracks baby’s weight. It provides readings down to the tenth of an ounce! The peace of mind this brought us in the first two weeks with Barrett home was absolutely priceless. It showed us that he was gaining weight just fine, and each morning was a little celebration because this time around feeding was successful!
Secondly, there is a feed-tracking system. Like most people , we were not familiar with what this means in the beginning. But basically it tracks a breastfed baby’s milk transfer by taking weight before and immediately after a nursing session. Then the system provides an exact count of how many ounces the baby transferred from the breast. If you know baby is struggling to gain weight, this feature will help you notice after a feed if they haven’t gotten enough. Then you can supplement with pumped milk or put them back to the breast and encourage more nursing. This feature was so helpful during Barrett’s first growth spurt. I could see that he needed more than what he was getting!
Lastly, Hatch Baby tracks diaper count. We’ve all heard that baby should have “X” amount of wet and dirty diapers throughout the day depending on age. As hard as we may try, sometimes we forget to keep count. The diaper icon on the screen provides a reminder to track it each time baby is changed. How easy and convenient is that?!
But Wait, There’s More!
We also love the Hatch Baby Mobile App and the ability to share information. The mobile app is incredibly user-friendly, and syncs with the the changing pad so you’ll always have to-the-moment information. It is also wonderful because, again, you don’t always remember to write down information. I can track things like exactly when baby last ate (tracked by the weighted-feed feature), or what time baby went to sleep/woke up (super easy to track with the touch of a button). You can even track which breast you should offer baby (also tracked by the mobile app).
You can also manually add information if you receive that information from somewhere other than the changing pad. All information is shared between each app user so anything my husband inputs will show up on my app. Or if baby is with a sitter (or grandma!) I can keep track of baby by being alerted each time they use the changing pad.
Another cool feature that the app provides is a development chart. Based on the standard provided by the World Health Organization, you can make sure that growth improves rather than stalls, or begins to decline.
Try Not to Get Addicted!
It can become addicting to track everything about baby! Some days I find myself weighing him multiple times a day. And I know that it’s totally unnecessary, but it’s almost FUN to see how much weight he’s putting on. I think my husband and I are still just shocked at the differences in weight gain between Barrett and Fischer.
All in all, we’ve found Hatch Baby to be an awesome addition to Barrett’s nursery, with both it’s comfy changing pad and modern, sleek frame. The Hatch Baby Changing Pad has provided us with peace of mind, and for that I am so grateful. If you’re like me, a little worry wart, you will definitely love having all of this information at your fingertips. But it’s also important to remember the old saying, “everything in moderation.”