This app is available on both iPhone and Android. As I don’t have an Android phone, this review relates to the iPhone version.
When the geekdaughter was born, I found it quite hard to adjust to motherhood. I didn’t like not knowing what I was doing, and people kept telling me it was a good idea to get a baby into a routine as soon as possible. The geekdaughter never seemed to do things at anything like the same time from one day to the next. In desperation I started keeping a notebook in which I recorded the times she ate, had her nappy changed and slept. It took a long time for a routine to emerge, but keeping the notes made me feel like I was doing something productive and kept me sane.
Fast forward to the arrival of the geekson, and whilst I’m a lot more relaxed about parenting second time around, I was still finding I didn’t have the brain capacity to remember when he last slept or filled his nappy. Thankfully, technology has moved on significantly since the geekdaughter was little, I now have my trusty iPhone, and I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that “there’s an app for that”!
I found the Baby Timer app by Michael Kale. This app has a very nice clean interface, with screens to enter information about nappies (although he calls them diapers), feeding and sleep. As you enter your data the app builds up a history of your baby, and can tell you when they last fed, slept or pooped, and also how much they’ve eaten and slept in a 24 hour period.
For both feeding and sleeping tracking there is a “time it” option, where you don’t have to enter a time directly, the app will just use the current time for starting or stopping the activity. I find it very easy to quickly load the app at the start or end of every feed and sleep in order to note the start or stop time.
There is no option to time a nappy change (which I can’t see any use for, unless you’re going for some kind of record!), but you can either enter a time directly, or just press the “now” button to record the nappy change for the current date and time.
For breastfeeding, the app also allows you to note which side the baby feeds from each time, and for those with twins (or more) the app also allows you to track data for each baby separately.
For more advanced users, the app also provides a way to export your data to your desktop computer, and yes, I have been geeky enough to produce a pretty Excel chart of how much the geekson has drunk each day since I started using the app!
The app has a nice clean interface, is easy to use, and allows the quick entry of relevant data. In my case I frequently use it one-handed whilst feeding or changing the geekson, and all the buttons are big enough that I haven’t had any “mis-clicking” problems. The most useful feature of this app for me is the quick reference answer to simple questions – “How long has he been awake for?”, “when did he last feed?”, “has he actually done any poos today?”. I’ve been using this app for about 2 months now, and I can safely say it does everything I need it to do, and it’s much quicker and easier than using a notebook!
Baby Timer is available in the iTunes store and costs £2.99. It is also available on Android.