When you leave the hospital after your delivery, your doctor asks you to record feeding and sleeping logs. However when you arrive home with your newborn, you would soon realize that you just entered a brand new world. Logging each feeding (typically every 3 hours!) and each sleeping on a notepad easily becomes a burden for new parents. So within a week, you would probably check App stores and find out that there are a number of baby logging Apps available. Then the next question is to decide which App to use. In this article, we explain how you can improve your parenting experiences using a baby logging App. Understanding the benefits would help you choose a right baby logging app for you.
Why Do You Record Baby Logs?
One of the reasons why doctors ask you to log feeding and sleeping is to check that your baby is staying on track. Examining feeding and sleeping patterns is important particularly when your baby is not growing properly. However, with a baby logging App, you can get much more benefits than just logging. Let’s take a look at what benefits you can expect with an “ideal” baby logging App.
1. Understand Your Baby’s Needs And Build Confidence
Imagine that you can get feedback (e.g. data analysis, feeding/sleeping guidelines, etc.) about baby logs you recorded. For example, you would be able to understand your baby’s needs better by comparing your baby’s feeding data with average feeding amount. If your baby data indicate that something is abnormal, you would get alerted about that. In this way, you get peace of mind and confidence about taking good care of your baby.
2. Don’t Miss Any Useful Parenting Information
There are so many useful baby tips and baby products out there. When you are overwhelmed with so many responsibilities, it is difficult to get all these information in a timely manner. If your App can give you all the helpful parenting tips and introduce right baby products at the right time, your parenting experiences would be improved significantly.
3. Visualize Data to Track Your Baby’s Development
Without good summary and visualization, it is difficult to monitor baby data, read trends, and extract useful information. The idea is not throwing a bunch of raw numbers to parents, but providing them with “digested and interpreted” information using intuitive and interactive charts. For example, you can monitor trends in weight, height, and head size data from growth charts and track how well their baby is growing compared to WHO reference data. If such charts are user-interactive, you would be able to read growth data and Percentile numbers without checking logs one by one.
4. Always Get Prepared
Your baby grows fast during the first year of his/her life, going through many developmental milestones related to physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language developments. For every milestone, there are so many things to learn to understand your baby’s needs and help your baby grow wellyou’re your App can provide your useful parenting tips for the current developmental stage and upcoming milestones, you would be able to get yourself prepared in advance, providing the best supports and educations for your baby.
Features To Look For a Baby Logging App
There are so many baby logging Apps out there. Now that you understand the benefits you can get from these Apps, the next question is how to choose a right one. In fact, it is not trivial to deliver all these benefits in a single baby logging App. Here is the list of features you may want to look for to make sure that you get all the benefits described above.
1. Simple and Intuitive User Interfaces
Logging baby data must be very simple. Otherwise, this only becomes additional burden without providing practical benefits. Logging must be easier and faster with App than writing down on a notepad. Many baby logging Apps do not meet this basic requirement. Do not get fooled by seemingly fancy designs with a lot of functions. Make sure that the user interface allows quick and easy logging.
2. Automatic Data Sync Between Multiple Devices
It is likely that you are not the only one who records baby logs. Your spouse and another caregiver may also need to record them. Hence it is important for a baby logging App to support automatic data sync between multiple devices. In this way, you can always check the latest updates on their baby’s activities anytime anywhere. Supporting a dedicated website for managing and monitoring baby logs is a plus.
3. User-Interactive Charts For Tracking Baby Logs
Remember that logging itself is not a goal. You definitely want to track baby logs and read patterns. Without proper visualizations, what’s the point of recording all these baby logs? Make sure that you can read charts and get meaningful information easily. For example, when you want to know the percentile numbers of your baby’s weight and length in comparison to WHO reference data, user-interactive charts can detect your touch on the screen and display a percentile number corresponding to the selected data point.
4. Timely Parenting Tips Based on Your Baby’s Development Stage
Typically, parenting tips are offered in time order. There is lots of parenting information for each month of your baby’s life. However, as every baby is unique, there is substantial variation in baby development. This means that parenting tips provided in time order are not necessarily relevant to your baby. If your baby logging App allows you to record key milestones and offer parenting tips corresponding to every recorded milestone, you will be able to get the most relevant parenting information for your baby in the most convenient way. It is also a great plus to record all these memorable moments with photo as you and your baby hurdle through all these milestones in the first year.
Final Remark: Synchronized App-Web Environment for Baby Logging
Considering all these benefits and features, a baby logging App is a parenting solution rather than just data logging application. In this sense, baby logs can be viewed as inputs and used to produce useful parenting information. To fully enable such positive feedback loops and deliver practical benefits to new parents, it is desirable to have a dedicated website to support more sophisticated services such as daily summary, feeding guidelines, baby data analysis, more comprehensive parenting tips, etc. The following diagram shows how the fully-fledged app-web environment can enable the positive feedback loop.
Are you looking for a baby logging App? MammaBaby is a fully-synchronized App-Web environment to enable “meaningful use” of baby logs. Here’s how you can use MammaBaby to improve parenting experiences.
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