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While some parents may roll their eyes and see the ITZBEEN Baby Care Timer as a tad obsessive, others will find it a sanity-saver for keeping baby's basic needs on track once sleep deprivation sets in and your minds are, well, a bit muddled.
Invented by new parents, ITZBEEN offers a simple, clear method for tracking baby functions. When was the diaper changed last? "ITZBEEN two hours." Get it?
Four timers – changing, feeding, sleep/awake and one that you can assign to anything you choose (medication, for example) – count up when pressed so you'll always know how long it's been since the last activity.
A handy switch helps mothers remember which side to nurse from next. The screen can be backlit for easy night viewing and even includes a nightlight for safe nocturnal navigation. For parents who want to take it to the next level, timers can be set to beep when it's time to perform the next baby task.
In this age of tag-team care giving, the ITZBEEN can be an especially valuable tool for quick and clear handoffs to spouses, grandparents and babysitters. It sells for around $30 which, for many of us, is well-worth the price of sanity.