I am a stay at home Mom. I am addicted to my Fitbit. Combine these two together and I have some pretty great Fitbit hacks for Moms.
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I’m a little bit Fitbit addicted. Yes, I am one of them. I have had my Fitbit Charge HR for almost a year. I’m a faithful wearer, challenger, and step checker. I got my sis-in-law on board to be a Fitbit addict. Then convinced my husband to get one (my sis-in-law has her hubs on board now too). I was given the Fitbit Aria scale for Christmas…It’s awesome-sauce, by the way. Sooo yeah, you could say I’m a fan and have picked up a few tips & tricks along the way.
Fitbit Hacks for Moms
I have a toddler going through potty training right now. My Fitbit Charge HR has been HUGE in this. As some parents know, potty training can require isolating yourself inside the house for that “go” moment. However, isolation isn’t always an option. Yet, frequent trips to the restroom must happen. I’m guilty of being in the chaos of running errands and forgetting to pause to take little man to the restroom, which leads to an accident that wasn’t his fault. While I do have my phone with me almost all the time, it is usually tucked in my purse. I decided to start using my Fitbit vibration alarms to discreetly remind myself it’s time to pause and get the little guy to the restroom for a try. The first few days of potty training at home I observed when things were happening, and took note. I then set my alarms on my Fitbit for those times. We give the bathroom a try at wake up, each alarm time, after nap, and before bed. Doing this for a few weeks has put him in a routine and, I believe, really added to our potty training success. Now, no matter where we are if my Fitbit gives me an alarm, we find the nearest restroom and do the Happy Dance! 😉
Note: You can only set up to 8 alarms. Using the vibration alarms can drain your battery quicker than normal.
It has been a while since breastfeeding was on my mind. However, I do remember the days of timing feeding sessions and monitoring ounces fed. If there were fancy apps to do that then, I didn’t know about it. I kept a mental tab, or with my second I kept a written tracker. If you find yourself nursing and need to time the session, you can always hold in the button on your Fitbit Charge HR for a stopwatch timer to start. Hold it in again, when finished to see how long your session lasted. Also, in your Fitbit app there is a place where you track your water intake. You can use this as a monitor of pumped ounces or ounces fed. It doesn’t affect your other stats in the app, and will certainly work in a pinch.
I love a good deal. My hubs can attest that one of my favorite phrases is “Oh, it was on Sale!” 😉 If you are going to be racking up all these steps anyways, you might as well get some extra rewards for it. There are a few different Fitbit compatible rewards programs. These are my favorite and most useful as a Mom, in my opinion.
- Walgreens Balance Rewards: You’ll get 20 points for every mile you walk or run, 20 points for recording a daily weigh-in and 250 bonus points when you connect your accounts. We get our family prescriptions here.
- Dick’s Sporting Goods: Provides ScoreCard members the opportunity to earn extra ScoreCard points by connecting their Fitbit to the Move feature inside the app and meeting the daily goal of 10,000 steps. You usually get 3 points for meeting a 10K step goal. With two boys and a golfing husband, we know our local Dick’s sporting goods well.
- Higi: Check in at your local higi Station or sync your activity tracking apps and devices to earn points! You can redeem your points in the higi Rewards store, for health products and fitness gear. They even offer sponsored challenges with the possibility of winning some great prizes. There are tons of stations across the country. I have two in my town at our local Kroger grocery stores.
I hope this gives you a few more incentives to slap on that tracker and get to stepping. 🙂 You can always friend me on Fitbit. I love meeting new friends and doing challenges.