How to Choose the Right Baby App
Since returning to full-time pediatric practice, I’ve learned a lot from new parents. I know when my kids were born, I just had paper and pen to record the number of dirty diapers – and that was when I even had the energy. But now, in the world of carrying a mini computer in your pocket (AKA smartphones), there are tools to help you keep track.
As a pediatrician, I ask parents every day about how often their baby eats, the length of feedings, and the number of dirty diapers. Pen and paper are still great tools, but for a lot of modern parents, apps are a must-have to keep this information on hand.
Many of the parenting apps available go way beyond what I ask during pediatric appointments. For pregnant moms, many allow you to keep track of your prenatal and newborn appointments, provide information about your baby’s development, and give general health information for you and your baby.
I decided to try out a few of the apps for myself—here are my takeaways. I hope they can help you decide which one is right for you.
3 tips for choosing a baby app:
1. Find an app that provides credible health information from reliable sources such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
2. Pick one that is easy to use and convenient for your schedule.
3. Decide if you want an app that will only focus on pregnancy or one that allows you to track through your baby’s first year.
Please remember that the apps are not a substitute for talking with your doctor. Apps are great resources for parents who love tech or the convenience of a place to help you keep organized and informed during this exciting time in your life.