Our second child was born four weeks early due to placenta previa. Fortunately, no major problems (thanks to our awesome medical staff!) except for being on the small side. Only prescription was to feed him to help him grow more outside than was possible in the womb.
While in the NICU, our baby was constantly being monitored, logged for sleep and feedings, and weighed for growth. After a little more than a week, we were thankfully released to come home with our baby! While being in the hospital was uncomfortable and a horrible feeling leaving our baby at night, we knew that our child was getting the best possible care with all the medical and technological advancements. However, leaving the hospital we knew we would not be able to have all those same benefits or piece of mind. We immediately knew we wanted to get a scale to track our preemie’s growth. That’s where the Hatch comes in!!!
The primary reason of buying this Hatch was to be able to keep a log of the growth of our child in the app. If that’s all it did, it would have been fully worth the price in my opinion. After buying it and starting to use it, the app does SO MUCH MORE! Not only does it accurately weigh our baby, log the weight, then graph the progress and tell us the percentile (just like regular doctor visits), but you can log all the feedings, sleeping, length, pumping, diaper changes, and more with incredible detail! You can also create a photo history of your child to see how much they change over time (we don’t use, but cool feature). And add a care giver (nanny/baby sitter) setting to monitor/log data when you’re not home.
This app helped us get back the piece of mind we lost after leaving the NICU. That being said, the app and scale are only useful if WE (the parents) use it correctly and on a regular basis. Is this “scale” expensive, yes if it were only a scale. But as I detailed, it’s so much than just a scale and worth every penny!
BTW, I never write reviews and usually have my wife write them. However, this product/app has impressed me so much, I felt obligated to share with all parents and especially those who might have been in a similar situation as us.