Friday, September 23, 2011

(Closed) Mama-To-Be Gift Guide: ITZBEEN Pocket Nanny Review & Giveaway Ends 10/6

You have a crying newborn and you're so sleep-deprived that you can't focus enough to figure out what's wrong. Sound familiar? I can't even begin to tell you how hard those beginning days and weeks were when I had Buddy. The ITZBEEN Pocket Nanny would have helped me SO much, and will definitely turn you into a parenting pro in no time!
The award-winning ITZBEEN Pocket Nanny is a little handheld electronic device that is designed to help new parents learn, remember, and communicate the basic details of all things baby-care. I think of it as a training tool for new parents. Those first few days, weeks, and months are a learning experience, a trying time of remembering for many (like me!), and communication with dad and other care-takers can be tricky and stressful. The ITZBEEN allows you to look at the screen, and instantly see how long ago you changed a diaper, fed your baby, when they last slept, and any other task or reminder you choose. Once you've completed any of these, just press the designated button on the ITZBEEN, and the timer counts up. 

The ITZBEEN Pocket Nanny also features:
  • Soft-Glow Nightlight - to guide your way in dark hallways at night (turns off after 7 minutes)
  • Nursing Reminder - to remember what side you last fed from
  • Button Lock - to prevent accidentally resetting timers
  • Backlight - allows you to see the timers in the dark (without waking baby!)
  • Optional Alarms - if you would like a time limit on a task, the appropriate timer will light up as a reminder. You can choose audible beeps too.
  • Back Clip - this handy clip makes it completely portable for your diaper back, your jeans, or your shirt. 

ITZBEEN likes to emphasis that the Pocket Nanny is NOT about putting your baby on a schedule, or to relieve you of your parenting duties and ignore the required diaper change your baby needs although the timer says you just changed him 20 minutes ago! The goal and thought behind this genius invention (yes, it's that cool!), was to help first-time parents become better, confident moms and dads with their new found responsibilities. The ITZBEEN can be your helper to guide and ease you into parenting.

The ITZBEEN Pocket Nanny would have saved my sanity when Buddy was an infant! There were so many times he would cry and I felt so helpless. I'd forget to try the simplest thing to ease his a simple diaper change, or he was really just over-tired and needed to sleep and not sit in his bouncer. I found this device extremely easy to use and think it would have been very helpful. I feel like I beat myself up for not being able to be the "perfect mom" for my son and remembering the "checklist" in my head and I couldn't figure out his different cries (never did!). I wrote EVERYTHING down for months. I just felt like I was stupid and incompetent at times and couldn't remember anything! And I had to pump for his whole first year too! The ITZBEEN would have been a great alternative to pencil and paper, and would have simplified my new job as a mom.

With our next baby I'd use the extra task on the ITZBEEN for pumping if I have to go that route next time. It would be so easy to see how long it's been since I had pumped, since the times vary from day to day, and long nights make 5 days seem like one REALLY long one! Needless to say the ITZBEEN Pocket Nanny would have been a lifesaver for me, and I will certainly use it when we have our next one (at some point!!)!

The pregnant Mama-To-Be's perspective (my sister-in law!): 

The ITZBEEN Pocket Nanny will be a fantastic reminder for those long days and nights when it is difficult to keep track of who did what last. This nifty little device is compact and lightweight, and has several convenient settings you can program for feedings, diapers, medication etc. As a mom to be who is planning on maintaining a hectic schedule, this is a source of relief to have around the house. Not only do I see it making me and my husband more alert to the babies needs, it will also keep arguments at bay. I am looking forward to using it!

Price: $24.99

The Verdict: Two thumbs up! Great device for all parents, not just first-timers. All moms with newborns are sleep-deprived and tired, and could certainly benefit from this really neat tool!

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