Baby Tracker App

January 30, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

GREAT:  I like organization, schedules, color-coded graphs, reminders – basically I’m your stereotypical type A personality times a billion.  I knew after I had a baby I would need to let a part of this go, but I also knew that I would need it in order to survive motherhood.  I probably started looking for the perfect baby app the second I got pregnant and Baby Tracker is by far the best on the market.  The app allows you to track feedings (both breast, bottle and formula), diapers, sleep, daily habits, health, baby first and milestones.  It is so easy to use that even a first time sleep-deprived mom can work it like a pro.  My favorite, and most used features, were tracking breastfeeding – both time and side – as well as how much breastmilk I had stored in the freezer and when/how long the baby slept.  The breastfeeding features are pretty self-explanatory, but the reason I loved the sleep tracking so much was that it allowed me to easily put both my boys on a sleep schedule by creating the schedule around their normal sleeping patterns.  I would view their sleep through the chart view and could clearly see their sleep patterns and would build a sleep schedule based off this data.  It worked wonders for me and thankfully both my boys were on a wonderful nap and nighttime schedule at young ages.  You can easily edit the information that you input so if any mistakes are made you can correct.  There are a couple different ways to view the data: (1) summary page showing you the last information that was input, (2) review where you can see all the activity that has occurred during the day and (3) chart where you can see color coded graphs that you can alter to show you exactly what information you are wanting to see.  The chart mode can be customized to view the data at a weekly, monthly, last 30 days or last 7 day look and you can view one category, such as just sleep, or all categories.  In the beginning, I would use this app to show my pediatrician how often Christian/Thomas were eating, sleeping, having dirty diapers, etc.  It allowed me to feel confident that I was providing the pediatrician all the vital information in those first couple weeks, especially as a first time mom not knowing what was important and what wasn’t.

 

GOOD:  As if the great wasn’t enough of a reason to love this app, you can sync the data across multiple devices without compromising your privacy.  This is useful if you have a nanny, or someone else watch your baby during the day.  This way the person caring for your baby can track the information throughout the day while you are at work so you can see what is going on during the day.  If you have an Apple Watch, the app is compatible meaning you don’t have to bring your phone everywhere in order to use the app.  I was a big fan of this feature, especially when I had a newborn and a 14 month old to take care of.  I would use it a ton to track my nursing sessions for Thomas when I was also trying to chase after Christian.  There are two versions of this app – the free version and ‘pro’ version for $4.99.  I have the free version and I think it works amazing.  I’m not exactly sure what the difference is for the ‘pro’ version, but I never felt like I was missing anything with the free version.

 

BAD:  I love this app so much it was hard to come up with something bad about it.  The one thing that I would change on this relates to the timer for tracking nursing.  I usually nurse for 10 – 15 minutes on each side; however, my phone locks after a minute.  In order to see how long I’ve been nursing for I have to pick up the phone and unlock it.  This doesn’t seem like the end of the world and in the grand scheme of things it isn’t a huge deal, but it would be easier if the phone would lock ‘on’ while tracking the time so that I could just look down and see how long I had been nursing for.

 

UGLY:  I have nothing ugly to say.  This app was a life saver and I don’t know what I would have done without it!

 

ADDITIONAL STAT:

  • Available for iPhone and Androids

  • Also compatible for iPad and Apple Watch

  • Developer – Nighp Software LLC

  • Size – 32.6 MB

  • Comes in English and twelve other languages

  • In-app purchases

  • Supports family sharing for up to six family members

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