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When did you stop keeping track of feeds?

DD is 11 weeks old and starts daycare in 2 weeks. I track all her feedings on an iPhone app right now. I'm guessing that'll be more of a pain when I'm missing her feedings because I'm at work.

When did you stop tracking feedings?
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  • I just stopped tracking about 2w ago.
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  • jllmb79jllmb79
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    With DD#1 tracked for 30 days, DD#2 after I left the hospital.
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  • Sing2phinsSing2phins
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    I still do.  Daycare provides a sheet of what LO eats, her diapers, naps, and anything wlse we need to know (like tummy time).  I just enter it all into the app when I get home.
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  • casey78casey78
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    I think I stopped around the 8w appt. all indicators were good, so I just relaxed. I actually have a much better sense of things now that LO is in ft dc. They send home a daily sheet with all her times and amounts - and the ones I provide are much less frequent.
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  • I stopped as soon as he regained his birth weight.
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  • I've gone through random periods where I have tracked, but I think I stopped initially once we got DD's reflux under control with meds and she was gaining well. I started back up again when she started refusing one side, then when we got that figured out I stopped. Then when she started refusing to eat in the mornings I started again. Then when we started solids I did again for a while... Now that DD is down to 5 a day at 15 months I just know what's going on :)
  • ILMommaILMomma
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    My LO is 7 mo and I still keep track. I don't write it down or anything I just pay attention to the time. Makes things easier.
  • I tracked all feedings, diapers, and sleep on my app until LO was 8.5 months old. Then I started working and only tracked diapers and sleep. I stopped tracking everything at 9.5 months, three days ago. (I am definitely not the norm and feel quite liberated now that I don't track her every movement).
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  • Laurakat81Laurakat81
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    I tracked for a week but only because I thought her pediatrician would want to see the information at her one week check up seeing as they forced me to write everything down in the hospital. It was obvious to me that she was eating enough, sleeping enough, and pooping and peeing enough so once I realized it was completely unnecessary and a waste of precious time I quit immediately!

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  • We stopped around 2 months.  For me, it was just too much work since I knew they were both eating plenty by that point.  I am not a very organized person to begin with though.  
  • Chichigo said:
    I stopped as soon as he regained his birth weight.
    This. Though honestly I didn't track for a lot of that time either - just strictly for 24hrs before an LC visit and briefly after that until DD started gaining weight.  I never tracked once back at work - I did, however, pay attention that I was pumping at least as much each day as DD was eating at daycare, and when I wasn't, I took steps to remedy that. (Galactalogues, pumping more frequently, etc).
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  • I stopped around 3 to 4 weeks tracking in my iPhone. I still mentally will count up how many total bottles/nursing sessions LO has had on most days. DC sends home a sheet as well.
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    I tracked for about 5 weeks until I confirmed that he was gaining well; I also had a weighted feed that confirmed he was getting plenty of milk, so I stopped worrying.
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  • 88sharonlee88sharonlee
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    I tracked on my app for about 2 months but then got really sloppy about it.
    I usually only tracked nursing and sleep.

    Now at 4 months I've started writing a log (not using the app) of feeding because in still working out pumping at work and her daycare needs. If that gets into a routine I'll stop.

  • I tracked all feedings, diapers, and sleep on my app until LO was 8.5 months old. Then I started working and only tracked diapers and sleep. I stopped tracking everything at 9.5 months, three days ago. (I am definitely not the norm and feel quite liberated now that I don't track her every movement).

    I still track because my mind is a blob and after 10 minutes I forget when she last ate/slept.
    When she goes to the sitter I obviously don't keep exact track but I log how many ounces she ate and track my pumping so I don't go too long. Guess I'm weird.

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  • My LO is 6.5mo and I just keep a rough mental check on how many naps he's had in a day (and whether they were short or long), and a total number of feedings, or at least how many hours it's been since his last feeding.  His DC sends me a log of his naps and the total number of bottles/oz he ate that day.
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  • For like 6 weeks with DS. 2 weeks with DD.  With the second you truly are more relaxed.
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  • I'm planning on stopping after our 2 month doctor appointment as long as everything is looking good!

  • MomtoHMomtoH
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    As soon as they stopped doing it in the NICU since she was back up to birth weight.
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  • I stopped when we hit 6lbs, which for us was right at the one month visit. After that, we just fed on demand, and didn't have to wake her/prompt her to eat, so there was no point in tracking. We just kept a general eye on how many diapers she went through per day.
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  • I tracked for a week but only because I thought her pediatrician would want to see the information at her one week check up seeing as they forced me to write everything down in the hospital. It was obvious to me that she was eating enough, sleeping enough, and pooping and peeing enough so once I realized it was completely unnecessary and a waste of precious time I quit immediately!

    This. I was like.. This is homework?!!! Then I figured out no one was even going to check it.
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  • I think I stopped around 1 month. I was a nervous wreck about his weight gain and breastfeeding those first few weeks and I was obsessed with the chart and writing everything he did down. But then I had some good weight checks and got in the swing of things and felt more confident and that's when I stopped-- around one month I think.

    But there's no right or wrong here. If it helps you and you like doing it then go for it as long as you want.

    I have a friend that still charts for her 4 year old. She writes down feedings (time/what she eats), BMs, naps, night time sleep and any info about sickness and meds. She color codes it with hi lighters and stuff. She loves doing it!
  • How did you have weighted feeds?
  • I think we stopped physically tracking / writing it down around 1 mo. However, since LO is with me all day I still mentally track. If he seems to be going off schedule (eating more/less, changing nap times) I will physically track for a few days just to figure out the new system.
  • I stopped when DD was 1.5 weeks old because I did it on my cell phone when nursing required 2 hands. With one hand on my cell phone she chewed my nipple raw. It was also driving me crazy keeping track of that data and didn't feel natural.
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  • I stopped tracking about a week old. I noticed when I stopped worrying about the times, numbers, etc.. it all just got easier. I feed on demand and it's so much better than constantly thinking about plugging information into an app.  LO is 6 weeks old and growing like a weed. It works for us! 
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  • How did you have weighted feeds?

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