Last month the team at Mumsnet asked me to review the new Baby Bundle App. Having a new baby I jumped at the chance to try the app out, anything to help get me a bit more organised.
The free version of the app will allow you to track your babies feeding, sleeping and changing patterns. It will also let any breastfeeding mums track their pumping schedule. In order to track an activity you simply select the + at the bottom of the screen and select the activity.
For feeding you can track, breast feeding, bottles and solids. I’ve been using this for breastfeeding and all I have to do is open the app when I start feeding and then select which side I’m feeding off and it starts the timer. It’s really easy to use and will also tell me what side I last fed on. If you do forget to set the timer you can tap the note symbol and input in any missed feeds.
If you want to track any pumping activity you pick the time you expressed, which side and how much. What I like about this app is that you can then select whether you’re storing the milk in the fridge or freezer.
The nappy section is very similar, you select what type of dirty nappy and what time you changed it and it will log the activity. The sleep tracker is simply a timer you start and stop when your baby goes down for their nap. I haven’t been tracking sleep yet as she is still so small she sleeps most of the time!
When you are in the home screen you can see all your activity by simply touching the activity button. You can view this either daily, weekly or monthly.
I like the fact that if you accidentally press the X button to leave the activity before it’s saved it will warn you it’s not saved. This is easy to do when you’re in a hurry.
The Pro version will unlock 4 more features enabling you to use the app as
- A baby monitor
- Check up planner
- Growth tracker
- With multiple users
To use the baby monitor I connect my iPhone to my iPad. I leave my iPad in with Darcey and and then use my phone as a baby monitor. I’ve used this a couple of times when I’ve put her done for a nap at my mums house. Whilst at home though we are using her normal baby monitor so we haven’t needed to use this feature, but it is good to have if you were going away for the night and didn’t want to pack the baby monitor.
The check up planner tells you when your baby is due to have the standard checks and also tells you what to expect. This is useful but at the moment there is no way to input into the app when you’re appointments are which would be a useful feature.
The growth tracker is a good feature and you can put in the babies length, weight and head circumference just as you would in the red book. It’s really handy to have all this on your phone, I’m forever forgetting the red book at weigh ins and doctors appointments
Multiple users, I can share the data with my hubby which means if he has her and I’ve popped out he knows when she was last fed and what her routine is. It will also be useful as she gets older to share with grandparents if they are looking after her for the day.
I really like using the app it allows me to feel like I have some control at the moment when we don’t have a routine in place. I can keep track of her feeds daily and nappy changes so I can easily tell why she might be crying and when a next feed may be due.
As Darcey has reflux it would be useful if a medicine tracker could be added on the next update as I have to remember when I have given her the doses she needs.
The Pro subscription is currently £1.49 per month or £16.99 a year. This is quiet expensive for the extra features but I haven’t seen other apps that you can use as a baby monitor and tracker all in one.
To download the Baby Bundle App click here.
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