When I saw this Hatch Baby Changing Pad at the ABC Expo in the fall I thought it was really neat. It’s a smart changing pad (or a baby scale that you can change your baby on) that lets you accurately track your baby’s growth, feedings, diapers, and sleep on your smartphone.
I would have LOVED something like this when my son was born. When the hospital said that I should track wet and dirty diapers to make sure my son was getting enough fluids, I took to it like a WWII code cracker and I painstakingly recorded every feeding and diaper change. However, I couldn’t always tell how much he was eating. I was breastfeeding so I was never certain how much was going in. To make matters worse, he’d spit up afterward so I would really be unsure of what was in the tank, so something like this would have been a dream for me.
(note: I made a slip in the video saying I would opt for this over a crib. I meant a *fancy* crib.)
If you don’t want to watch the video, here is my cheat sheet:
THINGS I LOVED:
- Tracks the good stuff – Between the pad and the app you can track weight, feeding, diaper changes, length, and sleep.
- Sharable – you can share the stats with your medical practitioner and caregivers can send you alerts so you stay in the loop.
- It’s nice looking – the simple, clean design will fit pretty much anywhere
- Really easy to use – you know how I hate reading instructions. I opened the box, downloaded the app and I was off and running.
- It’s nice and light – only 9lbs – I thought it would weigh a ton
- Fits standard changing pad tables
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
- I prefer to view it as a scale rather than a changing pad because $250 seems steep for something I clean poo off of. That said, I would have taken one of these over a glider or a fancy crib.
- I would add a waterproof pad or receiving blanket on top so you’re not constantly washing the pad.
- Know yourself! Some people may freak out at the level of information they have. Are you the type to flip out and run to Emergency because your baby ate a half-ounce less than last time? Are you the type to crash through the door like the KoolAid Man because your babysitter didn’t log a diaper change? I would have found this reassuring, and loved the level of insight, but you know you, Boo.
There will be people that roll their eyes at this and launch into a “we didn’t need these kinds of bells and whistles when I had kids.” so keep a facecloth handy to toss over the screen while they’re in the room so you don’t have to hear how “this generation doesn’t know struggle and has had everything handed to them on the Google.”
Is it an essential baby item? Probably not. Would I have found it helpful when I had a newborn with my data-loving type A personality? For sure.
You can find out more about it on their site here.