New parents are sleep deprived and overwhelmed. They’re changing what feels like hundreds of diapers and feeding round-the-clock, and they’re trying to squeeze in sleep whenever the baby is sleeping. Yet they are also expected to track and manage large amounts of data on their baby’s activities. Pediatricians ask for data on feedings, diaper changes, and sleep at each visit. And parents need to identify patterns and trends in sleep, feedings, etc. to establish and follow predictable schedules and routines for baby care. Parents need an easy way to log all basic baby-care events when and where they happen.
Invented by a new mom, the BabyLogger is a wireless, battery powered device with eight activity-specific buttons for basic infant care activities: nursing, pumping, bottle feedings, solid food, wet and dirty diapers, and sleep. There’s also a miscellaneous button parents can configure to track any additional activity they want, such as medications or allergic reactions. The device can be mounted on any flat surface in a home. Whenever a parent changes a diaper, feeds the baby, puts the baby down to sleep, etc. they press the button for that activity. The device powers on, connects to WiFi, and submits the event type, date and time to a central cloud data store. The parent can then go to the BabyLogger mobile app to view reports for their child, as well as edit any entry or add more detail. Parents can also log events directly from the app when they’re away from the device.
TechSymphonic is developing the BabyLogger device + app combo for direct-to-consumer sales. We have successfully tested two functional prototypes and conducted customer research and prototype testing of device and app mockups with representative users. We are currently at the MVP prototype and testing stage.