Digital Applications For Monitoring Baby’s GrowthDr. Ajay Lal
Reading Time: 3 minutes Medical Director
Lal Superspeciality Hospitals
The first few months of a baby’s life outside the mother’s womb are marked by rapid growth.
Your baby will grow in length and weight and will clear developmental milestones like being able to raise his head, turn over, etc. No mother can help but wait for her baby to do something new, but you should never compare your baby’s growth to others. Some babies grow quick while others develop at a slower pace.
That said, many doctors consider it is important to track a baby’s growth. In today’s digital age, there are a number of digital applications that can help you maintain these logs on the go. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Growth Book is a great app for parents wanting to track their baby’s growth in terms of physical development. Every time you measure your baby or weigh him, you can enter it into the growth tracker. The app records and presents this information in the form of a graph and correlates it to average values from the WHO charts. It also calculates BMI according to the height and weight entered. It also includes a calorie tracker. To use this, you can simply select the food consumed by your baby during the day, enter the amount consumed and the app will calculate the appropriate calorific value along with a breakup of proteins, carbs, fats and fibre. It also has a section to track your baby’s vaccinations. The app can be used to chart the growth and development of children up to the age of 5 years.
Huckleberry is an app that tracks your baby’s nursing and sleep schedule. Huckleberry lets you track not only the duration of each nursing session but also which breast you nursed your baby from. In the case of a bottle feed, you can enter the amount of milk consumed and if your baby is eating solid food, you can note the ingredients of the meal.
When noting your baby’s sleep, you can also add inputs like how and where the baby fell asleep, whether he fell asleep quickly or took time and how he woke up. A third section in the app allows you to track your baby’s diaper use. If your baby needs medication, the app allows you to set reminders for the same. Lastly, you can also keep track of your baby’s height, weight and head circumference on the app.
Child Growth Tracker
As the name suggests, this app focuses on tracking a child/children’s growth in terms of height, weight and head circumference. Once entered, this data can be viewed in a chart or graph form. In either case, you can compare your data against various standard growth charts such as the WHO, IAP etc. When viewing the data in the form of a chart you can also choose to enable projections for your baby’s growth in the future.
When it comes to recording your baby’s development in terms of milestones, Baby Sparks is a popular choice. All the caregivers for a child can create independent accounts for a comprehensive picture of the child’s activities through the day. Milestones are measured by age but if your child grows faster than others, you can select more appropriate milestones as well. The app also includes plenty of activities to help encourage a baby to develop motor, cognitive and social skills. In addition, the app track vitals such as height, weight and head circumference as well.
To summarize, digital applications like the ones listed above make it easy to keep track of a baby’s growth and view his/her overall development at a glance. Many apps also allow you to share the data with your doctor. While some are free, others have add-on features that you may need to pay for. Every parent’s needs are different so pick an app that works for you and set time aside every week to make an entry.