Having a baby is a huge and stressful task for every parent. There is a lot of things that parents need to do ahead of time to prepare for the happiest day in their lives and to keep up with after when the baby is born.
Luckily, there are many resources to help things go smoother, from books and magazines to websites and mobile apps.
Mobile apps are certainly the most popular among today's busy parents, who often don't have time to spend hours online browsing for answers to questions about their baby's development, health, parenting tips, and so on.
WebMD is well-known for their mobile apps, and some of these apps we already reviewed here on SteadyHealth.
The app we review today is WebMD Baby, a comprehensive resource that compiles and organizes the relevant information from WebMD and provide medically-approved content to the parents who can also use it to track their baby's development, feeding, and health in general.
WebMD Baby app is free to download and use, and it is available on both iOS and Android devices.
In order to start using the app, users are required to sign in into their existing WebMD account or register an account if they don't have one, by providing basic information, including name, DoB, email, etc.
After the registration is completed, users would be able to log in. The app would ask them to provide some information about their babies, such as name, birth date, and gender. Here, users can indicate whether they are expecting or if they have already delivered, as well as set their relationship to the baby, i.e. if they're mom, dad, nanny, babysitter, relative, caregiver, or nurse.
Once the baby has been added, the app would open to the Home screen that displays featured articles relevant to baby care depending on baby's age that is displayed at the top of the screen as weeks, months or years, and that can be changed.
Here, parents (or other apps users) can read various tips that also cover a specific period in baby's life. So here you may find anything, from breastfeeding tips, when to call a pediatrician, what to expect from your baby’s first exam.
Articles open in the app, featuring comprehensive information that is presented in an easy-to-read, bulleted format. Each article is well-referenced, listing sources, such as American Academy of Pediatrics, KidsHealth website, individual pediatrician's, and more.
Tips open in-app or link to WebMD website, which means that the app may require an Internet connection to display some content.
Besides Home screen, the WebMD Baby app also has Baby 101, Baby Book, Trackers, and Settings sections.
Baby 101 is a section where parents can find answers to various questions ranging from baby's health to parenting tips and development milestones. This section is basically a 'pocket pediatrician' that provides an extensive library of trusted, medically-approved content including 400 articles, 598 tips, and 70 videos.
This section delivers content in several categories, including Baby & Toddler Care, Illness & Emergencies, Just for Moms, Just for Dads, Parenting Tips, Baby Week by Week, Ask the Pediatrician, Milestones, Vaccines, and Baby Doctor Visits.
Each of these categories is further divided into subcategories that provide textual content, as well as videos (such as in Ask the Pediatrician category) and slideshows.
Some of the content, mainly articles, opens in-app, while other links to the WebMD webpage, particularly slideshows and videos.
The Baby Book allows users to add memories by taking photos and videos, or importing them from their phone and store them in the Baby Book.
After taking or importing photo/video the app would ask a couple of questions about the moment you want to save, such as who's in the picture (your baby will be chosen by default), what is in the picture, where the app would provide a thorough list of suggestions, from eating birthday cake to first tooth or first bath.
The app would also ask about the date when and where it happened, which would use the phone's GPS, or you can add your location manually.
Finally, users can add some caption, before saving a memory in Baby Book. After saving it, you can choose to share it via Facebook or Email.
Trackers section features a couple of tracking tools, including trackers for feeding, nursing, sleeping, diapers, and growth.
Feeding tracker has two options, Bottle and Solid, and whatever of them you choose, the app would ask to provide additional information, such as start and end time, source, quantity, etc.
Nursing and sleeping trackers are basically timers you can activate while you're breastfeeding, or your baby is sleeping.
Here's also a Notepad that allows users to add notes, photos or videos related to one of the tracking activities.
Finally, there's the Settings section where users can change the apps configurations or invite collaborators, who would be able to read or edit details about your baby (for example mom can invite dad or anyone else to collaborate).
WebMD Baby supports multiple children so you can add them in Settings section or by tapping the letter on the top right in Trackers section, which also enables you to switch between babies at any time. The letter would change depending on which baby is active, i.e. A for Amelie, K for Kevin, etc.
Overall, WebMD Baby app is an amazing app, and probably one of the best baby apps out there. It is a must-have for all parents who want to have trusted information about their baby's health and development, as well as tracking tools at their fingertips.
Benefit: All parents, as well as relatives, nannies, caregivers, nurses, and everyone else who care for babies and children, would benefit from this app