What are Kicks Count Wristbands and why and how do you use one?

When it comes to baby movement, it’s important to get to know what your baby’s individual pattern is and our award-winning wristbands can help mums-to-be to do this. In a nutshell, they can be a real help with keeping track of movement episodes felt each day and make it easier for mums-to-be to recognise if what they have felt from their baby is a change from normal.

It’s key to remember that there is no set amount of movement that all mums should be feeling, all babies are different, so mums aren’t aiming to reach the same number as everyone else – just the amount that their own baby moves. As an episode of movement is felt throughout the day you simply move the plastic slider to the next number on the band. Somewhere between 24 and 28 weeks mums should notice that they are moving the band the same amount of times and at similar times each day, although this varies and it may be a little earlier or later for some.

It’s helpful to take a mental note of the times of day baby moves too, such as ‘baby moves more in the morning’ - it’s a great point of reference to have and really helps with getting to know baby’s pattern of awake and asleep times. We really hope that the bands help to reduce worry and uncertainty, so no more of that “have they moved or haven’t they?” feeling!

The most vital bit: Any change to what is normal for your baby should be reported to the midwives at your Maternity Assessment Unit as soon as possible. It’s also important to know that the band does not monitor the baby by itself and is not a substitute for regular checks with a midwife!

Once the baby arrives the L and R (which stands for left and right) can be used as feeding reminders if mum goes on to breastfeed. We have also had people give us great alternative uses such as tracking pelvic floor exercises, counting slimming world syns, tracking how many glasses of water drunk throughout the day and even using it as a reward counter for young children!