Greg Sheldon, an engineer, invented the Itzbeen pocket nanny just after he and his wife had their new baby. After experiencing the exhaustion and forgetfulness that comes with being the parent of a newborn, he invented the timer out of the desire to have something to help him and his wife keep track of the last time any baby task was completed. He dubbed his invention the “Itzbeen” (pronounced “its-ben”) because it cleverly lets you know that “it’s been” this long since last accomplishing each task.
1. Optional Timer Alarm
2. Back Clip
3. Soft-Glow Nightlight
4. One-touch Timers
4c. Sleep or Awake
5. Display Backlight
6. Nursing Reminder
We were sent one Itzbeen Pocket Nanny to review.
I don’t know about you, but since being pregnant and, now, while caring for 2 boys under 2, my brain is FRIED. I can’t remember the difference between left and right most of the time (okay, that’s an exaggeration, but you know what I mean). And since I am a firm believer in schedules (I’ve found that my kids, at least, are happiest and remain on their best behavior when a flexible yet somewhat rigid schedule is kept from the time they’re about 3 months old), my lack of recalling everyday information is, well, extremely annoying!
Enter the Itzbeen baby timer!
The Itzbeen has been my HERO! I can keep track of the last time a diaper was changed (especially important when cloth diapering because, unlike with a disposable, you can’t squeeze the front to see if it’s wet; and, since I don’t like to feel to discover if the diaper’s wet, I just change the diaper every 2 to 3 hours or whenever its stinky), when I put my wee one down to sleep (so I know he’s getting long enough naps), when my wee one wakes up (so I’m not putting him to bed too soon; also helps me determine if he’s being fussy for a reason other than sleepiness), when I begin feeding my wee one (or when I last fed them), and pretty much anything else (like when I last gave him baby Tylenol or how long he’s spent doing tummy time).
My favorite timer on the Itzbeen is the feeding timer–especially in the middle of the night. I’m barely coherent during the day, let alone at night! I rarely remember to glance at the clock to see when I started nursing the Little Guy; therefore, I don’t usually know how long I’ve been nursing. But this is alleviated with the Itzbeen timer. I click a button and it keeps track of exactly how long I’ve been nursing him. This is important because I know that, for him, a solid nursing session lasts about 15 to 20 minutes. So if he falls asleep 5 minutes in and I put him down in his crib, he’ll be awake again in half an hour or so to eat again. Since I’m able to keep track of how long he’s been nursing with the Itzbeen timer, I can see when he hasn’t eaten for long enough; therefore, I can nudge him on the chin or tickle him to wake him up enough to finish eating. Having eaten enough, he gets a more solid stretch of sleep, and so do my husband and I! This makes for a happier baby and a happier mommy and daddy!
I also really like the nursing reminder feature. This is probably the simplest aspect of the timer–it’s a non-mechanical switch that slides back and forth to indicate which breast was nursed from last. I can never remember which breast was used last, so this simple little switch has definitely saved me from engorgement!
Although the feeding timer and nursing reminder are my favorite features, I honestly love everything about the timer! It was obviously created by a brain-fried, sleep-deprived parent for other brain-fried, sleep-deprived parents!
The Itzbeen Pocket Nanny would make an absolutely perfect gift for any expecting mom (think baby showers or hospital gifts).
You can purchase the Itzbeen baby timer through various online and local retailers. Use the Itzbeen Store Finder to find a preferred retailer.