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It’s natural for new parents to want to record the everyday activities of their baby. You never really know what’s normal for your child until you’ve established some kind of pattern, so it’s worth recording these little details so that you know exactly what normal is. These days, we can do far better than the old notebook. Smartphone users can get hold of any number of great applications to record their baby’s activity. The only real question becomes “Which one?” as there are just so many to choose from.
The free applications are easy enough for you to try out one by one. But one fantastic application available which has no free trial is Baby Connect.
I investigated this top-end Android baby-monitoring application for you to help you decide if it’s the one for you. So you can get right back to looking after your baby and tracking these things the easiest way possible.
Baby Connect is a paid application, but you can get a feel for how it works by signing up on the Baby Connect web interface and trying out the features there. Despite spending a few dollars (US $4.99) to purchase this application, this is by far the most feature-laden Android baby-monitoring application I have found.
For starters, the Baby Connect service is designed for multiple parents and carers to collaborate in recording the activities for each child. There’s an Android application, an iPhone application, iPad application and a web interface which all sync seamlessly between themselves.
You can record the usual eating (including food/milk types), sleeping, nappy changes, along with more interesting records such as mood, activities, milestones, location, health, growth, medicines, vaccines, photos or any other notes. The interface ensures you can view charts easily and that it’s quick to see how recently any given action has been performed.
Each user can nominate push notification alerts on their own phone for situations they want to know about immediately, such as a high temperature or reaching a milestone.
Your baby’s growth can be compared with percentiles, with preemies also compared according to birth date or due date.
Baby Connect allows you to download or regularly email your data as a .csv file in case you want to print it for your doctor or back up your records. You can even automatically Tweet your baby’s activities if you’d like to share with relatives and friends.
Using the application itself is really easy, with the most commonly used monitoring features easily accessible from the entry point available in a handy drop-down list. These can be re-organised by each user according to personal preferences, as can the most common details of the activity types. After you’ve entered in the activities, you can see a running list of updates for your baby.
Check out the Baby Connect promo video.
Free Android Baby-Monitoring Applications
If you’re just not keen to fork out money on a baby-monitoring application, there are many great free applications you can try, the best of which are What To Expect Baby Tracker, Baby Care, and Baby ESP (which has a free trial).
Have you tried Baby Connect? How does it compare to other baby-monitoring apps you’ve tried? What features are important to you?