Infant care apps: Digital tools to improve or simplify parenting

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Infant care apps: Digital tools to improve or simplify parenting

Infant care apps: Digital tools to improve or simplify parenting

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The growing popularity of infant care apps is supporting many new parents through the trials and tribulations of raising children.
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      Quantumrun Foresight
    • March 14, 2022

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    Infant care apps are mobile applications designed for parents to help them raise their children safely, while also demystifying the various responsibilities and tasks involved with child-rearing.

    Infant care apps context

    There are plenty of baby applications available on wearables, smartphones, and tablets to support new infant caregivers. These apps can help parents record their child’s memorable experiences, monitor crucial milestones, emit calming ambient noises, make notes on feeding times, and many other functions. Smartphone apps also allow consumers to delegate much of their mental bandwidth related to scheduling tasks, enabling parents to be far more regimented about the various tasks necessary to raise children.  

    For example, the Baby Tracker apps available on Apple and Google devices help parents' record diaper changes, meal times, and sleep schedules. Apps like Pregnancy+ keep records of everything from weight gain to medical visits and provide vital information about changes from week to week. Meanwhile, Huckleberry and Baby Sparks aim to assist newborns in reaching developmental milestones by providing features such as recommending appropriate nap and waking patterns to help newborns optimize their sleep.

    Disruptive impact

    Such apps make it easier and less time-consuming for parents to recall essential details like a baby's feeding formula or the length of time a newborn slept. Likewise, the data collected by these apps can also provide trend insights that parents can use to better care for their children. Overall, these innovations are making effective parenthood easier and more attainable for new parents by further demystifying the various responsibilities and tasks involved with child-rearing.

    As internet connectivity and smartphone penetration extend throughout the developing world by the end of the 2020s, the advantages these apps enable can help improve the healthcare and wellbeing of hundreds of millions of children living in poverty. Meanwhile, in the developed world, such apps can be integrated with health networks and pediatrician offices in ways that leverage collected data to provide proactive infant healthcare.

    Implications of infant care apps

    Implications of infant care apps may include:

    • Healthcare systems forming partnerships or integrations with infant-focused smartphone applications to help parents keep track of appointments and proactively communicate with parents about any potential infant health concerns raised by the data logs collected by these apps.
    • Improve the quality of infant healthcare and survivability rates among children from developing nations.
    • Collecting population-scale data about infant health that may generate new insights into effective infant care techniques and health policies.

    Questions to comment on

    • Do you believe a reliance on infant apps and other infant care devices is improving childcare or detracting from traditional parenting? 
    • What do you think could be the adverse side effects of such infant care applications?

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