The Total Baby app, by ANDEsigned, is a complete baby tracking application available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. From the moment your child is born you can record and review his complete history. At the top of the main screen there are 5 timers: Diapers, Feedings, Sleeping, Baths and Customized. Diaper Change?
Click the diaper icon, select “W” for wet diaper, “BM” for poo, or both, and the app will store it as an event. It automatically records the date and time and, as you keep adding, it totals and averages how many diapers you change in a day.
Feeding baby? Hit “L” or “R” and it starts timing baby nursing on your right or left breast – so next time you remember which one you fed from last, how long baby took and how long since the last feed. If you’ve got twins and nurse at the same time, you can capture that too! Bottle feeding instead? No problem – indicate it was a bottle and choose what was in it – formula, breast milk, juice, water. I bet you love this app already… but there is more.
The sleep timer is my fave! I could finally prove to the pediatrician that my babies did NOT sleep more than 13 hours a day and that they only slept for an hour at a time. (And I could prove to hubby why I was always so cranky.) As soon as baby falls asleep, click the timer. You can even add notes about where he fell asleep (lap, car seat, crib, etc). .
Aside from the timers, when you choose the child’s profile (and you can add multiple children) you can open diary, milestones, or doctor. Under diary create any entry you want. I started off with an entry about each child’s birth, then entries on first sounds, steps and giggles, first swimming class, the weird-looking poo, trying solids and reactions, funny/memorable moments – anything and everything. Under milestones I entered things like head control and sitting on their own, making it easy (and bad) to compare one child to the other. You can also upload or take a picture for each entry.
The doctor page is fantastic. You can keep all of the height and weight measurements which it charts over time and even shows where baby falls on the growth chart. The doctor was amazed that I had such a detailed growth history with me. You can input all doctor visits so you know when the next one is, make notes on what you want to ask about, and read notes from previous visits. You can even keep track of vaccines and allergies – your child’s entire medical history is in your hands at any doctor’s appointment or emergency.
Best of all you can have all of the information emailed to you if you ever want to print it out in hard copy. I don’t know what I would have done without Total Baby – it is truly my favourite MOM app!
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Aiesha Zafar is a married mother of two young kids, who works full-time and also runs a business on the side. She is active in supporting women’s and health issues and blogs about gratitude and positivity to remind her how blessed life is. To read more about her, you can visit www.SealedWithABliss.com and follow her on Twitter @shaisays
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