Stay one step ahead of your baby's development

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 February, 2012, 12:00am


WebMD Baby
Rating 10/10

Some months back we reviewed an app to take you through pregnancy. In a 'pregnancy' most would envy, several months later we have a fictional, for-the-sake-of-this-review, two-week-old baby called Miranda. We highlight that this is a fictional baby to reduce the e-mails of congratulations.

WebMD is a US company known for its medical information websites, which have more than 100 million users per month. With advertising revenue in the hundreds of millions of US dollars, you would not expect a product from WebMD and WebMD Baby to disappoint.

WebMD Baby is an all-in-one baby organiser. It doesn't just give you advice, it also makes it easy to keep baby records in one place. The app promotional video suggests you can do all this with one hand while holding the baby with the other. I would say this is bad advice, unless you have a docile baby.

To use the app, register and then enter the baby's details, such as name and date of birth. If you have multiples, it allows you to 'Add Baby'. If only it were that easy.

Whenever you log in, you will see age-relevant articles, tips and advice checklists such as what to expect at the one-month check-up. All articles have been reviewed for accuracy by a medical doctor, and you can check out the source research.

If you want more information, flip to the Baby 101 section, where you can browse through categories such as Just for Dads, Parenting Tips, Milestones and Illnesses & Emergencies. The information can all be downloaded onto your iPhone, so you won't need to worry about getting caught out if you don't have internet access.

The highlight is the Journal section. In the haze of the first months, it's not always easy to remember to record things, and you do need to do this, from baby's first smile - you can photograph or video this - to the frequency and category (wet, dirty, both) of nappy changes. You don't want to photograph this.

The Feeding tracker is well thought out, allowing you to record the time spent feeding your baby, or to set up a schedule with an alert. With a tap of your finger, you can record how much your baby spends on the left or right side if breastfeeding, or on the bottle. This helps keep things balanced.

And if you are into sharing, you can post your key moments on Facebook or e-mail friends.