I kept charts for a few days when Brennan was a newborn so I could track when he pee'd and pooped in relation to when he nursed. I found it helpful in the first few days of starting to EC him to get an idea of his patterns. I didn't use a chart with Galen.
I think keeping a chart is helpful if it helps you – but if it stresses you out to “look at the numbers” just follow your baby's cues and your intuition.
This chart template came from the excellent book Infant Potty Training; it also includes helpful tips on getting started with elimination communication and using a chart.
|8:00am||8:05am, 8:37am||caught! some fussing to cue|
|9:55am||missed a pee – pee'd while nuring??|
|12:30pm||down for nap, missed pee and poop|
|3:50pm||4:00pm||4:00pm||just woke from nap, pooped in several “spurts” – wanting to nurse just after pottying|
|5:15pm||5:30pm||missed pee, pooped in spurts again w/ gas|
|8:31am||9:10am, 10:15am||pee while sleeping, fussing just before next pee|
|10:15am||12:05pm||nursed to sleep, caught pee upon waking!|
|12:30pm||nursed to sleep, missed a pee or two|
|3:30pm||3:38pm||3:38pm||several spurts and fussing when needing to go|
|5:00pm||5:30pm, 6:15pm, 6:45pm||fussing before each pee, all caught!|
|7:00am||missed pee and poop – went upon waking??|
|8:10am||8:25am||nursed to sleep|
|8:30am||8:45am||fussing, let out a few drops – caught!|
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