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Ditto the same time every day. Also, be sure to get at least 3 hours of solid sleep. Take it before you even move from your bed. If you get up at different times daily, set an alarm to take it. Hmm I think those are the important things. Oh and since this is your first time I would suggest temping during your cycles. Your temps will be wacky during that time but you really need about 6 days worth of temps before you O two get a good reliable cover line on your chart. You may want to wander over to the FAM/NFP board on jm. They have some knowledgeable ladies there.
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Using a specific BBT thermometer is best, because they are more accurate than a regular digital thermometer. However, if a digital is all you have, it will work. Temping is all about consistency, and a regular digital can sometimes be inconsistent.
You want to take your BBT at the same time every day. Just set your alarm for the same time, temp, record it, and then go back to sleep if you want. You literally don't want to move too much or do anything other than wake up, and stick the thermometer in your mouth. I know that's more complicated when you have a baby that doesn't always have the same schedule. So just do your best.
If you wake up earlier than your typical time, go ahead and record that temp, instead of the later one. The key is to take your temp after at least three hours of sleep. So if you wake up at 5am but your normal temping time is 6am... go ahead and temp at 5am (without getting up first). However, if you wake up at 2am and your normal temping time is 6, go ahead and wait to temp until 6.
Unfortunately, temping won't tell you when you are going to O. It only confirms after-the-fact that you have O'd. Over time, though, you will definitely see patterns emerge that will be really helpful, when combined with CP/CM/etc., in figuring out when you're O'ing and when you can expect AF.
Speaking of AF, most women will see temp drops before AF arrives, so that's another good way to be prepared for a BFN. If, however, your temps stay high or keep rising, that's a good sign that you might get a BFP. Every woman is different, though, so you won't be able to tell what your normal is until a few months of charting.