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Baby Connect, a cross-platform app for managing and tracking your baby's needs (Hidden Gems)

Our Windows Phones are fantastic tools for keeping up with our day-to-day activities from reminding us of appointments, providing access to email, managing finances and more all while on the go. With the Windows Phone app Baby Connect, you can now keep track of and manage a wide range of childcare needs. To date, Baby Connect has logged over 350 million events since the service launched in 2009.

Hidden Gems

Baby Connect lets you record feedings, nursings, naps, diaper changes, milestones, your baby's mood and more. Being available on Windows Phone, Android, iOS and from the web, the app allows you to exchange information in real time with your spouse, baby sitter or daycare service.

The app is a comprehensive way to chart your baby's daily activities and while Baby Connect may not be for every Windows Phone user in the crowd, it definitely qualifies as a Hidden Gem. Being such, remember that in leaving a comment below you will be automatically entered into our daily Hidden Gems contest to win a new tablet or phone.

Baby Book of the future

I'm sure the practice continues today but one of the gifts many new parents received was a Baby Book where they could record milestones and achievements their child makes during the early years. In many respects, Baby Connect acts as a Baby Book of the future.

Your first order of business when you launch Baby Book is to create an account with baby-connect.com. Membership is free and will allow you to exchange information with others on the network and access your account through Baby Connect's web portal.

Once membership is established, you will need to create a profile for your baby that includes the child's name, any allergies, blood type, sex and add a profile picture.

Baby Connect Main and Feature Pages

The main page for Baby Connect has tile button to record all your baby activities that include:

  • Bottle: Record your child's feeding times, how much was fed to the baby and how long the feeding took.
  • Diaper: One of the more glamorous jobs of caring for a baby is the diaper change. I was constantly amazed at what such a small person can produce. This tool lets you record the diaper change and the condition of the diaper (BM, wet or dry). You can even note that an open-air accident (a fart) caused you to change the diaper.
  • Sleep: Here you can record when and for how long your baby has slept. Additionally, you can record the manner of the sleep (in crib, on their back, with pacifier, etc.)

Baby Connect Activity and Nursing Entry

  • Nursing: Much like the bottle entries, this feature lets you record the time, duration and break things down as to how much time was spent on each nipple.
  • Message: This is more or less a free-form note for you to record your child's activities.
  • Activity: This will cover playtime, crawling, sitting, standing, and other basic activities a baby may experience.
  • Solid: Eventually your baby will graduate to solid food such as cereal, blended food and other solids. This tool will note the time, duration and what type solid food eaten.
  • Mood: Babies can be moody and this feature lets you record the daily (if not hourly) mood changes your baby may experience.
  • Milestones: Need to remember when you baby first rolled over? When their first tooth came in? What their first words were? This tool will let you record those milestones and many more.

Each of the above tools includes a free-form notes section to add more information on your baby's activities. If your baby does not like a certain brand of baby food, you can note that for future reference. Maybe your baby likes a certain kind of toy over another. All can be noted in these areas.

Baby Connect's Network

While Baby Connect gives you the ability to record just about every aspect of your baby's daily (and nightly) activities, the app's strength comes in the form of the network you are a part of.

Baby Connect Settings and Profile

All the information you enter on your baby is synchronized with Baby Connect's network and accessible to authorized caregiver. This allows babysitters, nannies and daycare services to record the activities and then synchronize them to Baby Connect for you to monitor and review. In addition, being a cross platform app, you won't have to worry if your babysitter has a Windows Phone or an iPhone. Should a smartphone not be available, there's always the web interface available.

Synchronization can be set to automatic (after every entry) or low (every few entries). Being on the Baby Connect network will also give your spouse the opportunity to monitor activities while they are away.

Overall Impression

While it has been over thirteen years since I cared for a newborn baby, I remember trying to keep track with feedings, diaper changes, mood swings and everything else my daughter was doing. A lot of my tracking was done with paper and pen, which wasn't always convenient.

Baby Connect is an easy to use Windows Phone app that makes recording your baby's activities simple. Add the network aspect and Baby Connect takes the guesswork out of trying to find out what your baby has done in your absence.

I wouldn't mind seeing a photo or video gallery and toast notifications on activities being added to the mix but as is, Baby Connect is a solid Windows Phone app. It may not be useful to some but the app is definitely a Hidden Gem for those faced with diaper changes and discovering the joy of Gerber's baby food.

  • Baby Connect - Windows Phone 8 - Free* - Store Link

QR: Baby Connect

*In celebrating the release of the Windows Phone version of the Baby Connect app, the app will be offered free for a limited time. Regular pricing is in the neighborhood of $4.99.

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Baby Connect, a cross-platform app for managing and tracking your baby's needs (Hidden Gems)

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Need baby center app. I emailed them and concluded that baby center doesn't care about WP users.

I could use that for my own personal needs :p na seriously looks well done. I'm not a father though, so don't see me using this for the time being.

Yeah cheers mate. Was really hoping Daniel'd have his 630 review up by then, but owell. It's much faster than the 720 anyways, just the FFC and flash that's lacking...

You can't do with a flash though? & the 720 has great cameras front & back with lens by Carl Ziess... Just saying...

Ok,used the app for quite a while now.I'm a 17 year old guy so this app was probably not meant for me but since I have a 8 year old bro whom I've seen grow so I'm going to judge it based on that experience.

First impression and general user experience

-Download size only 2mb so the app is pretty well compressed and saves the download width of the user.

-No splashcreen.There should be a splash screen in my opinion.

-Works without internet(once you have logged in/signed up),that's even better. :)

-The app is quite fast,fluid and smooth

What I like about this app

-Many things/phases of the baby's life are covered just like a baby book :)

-Option to add multiple babies.A basic thing expected from such an app but neatly done.

-Bottle Section:-Nicely done.Almost everything with date/time,quantity in oz./ml.Notes option as well.Neat.

-Diaper Section:-Again nicely done with date/time,type of diaper and notes.

-Sleep section:-Neat with date/time,options of in which position did the baby sleep/nap and notes section as well.

-Nursing Section:-Date/Time with notes and for how long did the baby suck from each side.Definitely well thought out.

-Message Section:-A section to make general notes about your baby with date and time.

-Activity section:-A section with date/time,notes and an activity section as well.Could add more things in the future updates but ok as it is now.

-Solid section:-Types of food the baby ate,but this section has a major bug I'll mention in the "Things I didn't like about this app section".

-Mood section:-Useful addition with date/time and notes as usual along with the baby's mood as well.Couldn't think of any more moods to add but maybe people with excellent English can think up more of them. :p

-Milestone Section:-Neat with the usual stuff but could add a few things more like "started crawling backwards"(Don't know if every baby does that but my bro started crawling backwards first :p ),"holds object as support when standing up" etc.

-A the bottom is the "Recent Entries" and "Summary" section which makes a neat list of all the things your baby has done.

-Settings section:-Very well done.Don't think it need facebook integration.don't want minute by minutes updates of a baby on a facebook,could definitely annoy some people. :p Option to add multiple caretakers is fine as it is.

 

Things I don't like about this app

Discovered some major bugs in this section so I'll list them here.

-Ok,you are about to add a child.Name,gender,allergies,due date fine.But what about that box below allergies section.What is it for?Why can't I write in it.Definitely needs to be fixed.

-The picture doesn't resize and fit perfectly into the picture slot.Definitely irritating.

-Blood type section.Needs a thorough redesigning.Blood groups should be in icons or in some other way instead of just writing them in such a small font and so little line spacing that you could easily tick the wrong option.

-App crashes if you press the tick button on this screen without an internet connection without the data being saved.Definitely irritated me.Should have at least given a warning before crashing.

-Solid section:There's a button right there in the middle of the screen overlaying the options behind it,written on it is "<tap to set>" ,I think the button was not placed properly.Needs to be fixed ASAP.

-Another major bug I found out was the recent entries section on the main screen.You can't scroll down if the section is filled up.Needs to be fixed ASAP as well.

-The picture of the baby at the top does not fit.Looks weird,unclear and irritating.No use of the picture if you can't even clearly see it.

-The UI of the app:A white and grey UI about an app about a baby?Seriously?Splash in some colors,add a background,make it more colorful.Anything!The UI gets a bit to get used to as well but works fine once you've used it for a while.

 

My Suggestions

-Add a splash screen.

-Fix the bugs I've mentioned above.

-Add a more color in the app.Looks dull.

-Add some barchart/histogram/pie chart/frequency polygon,basically anything to monitor the child's growth,daily consumption of food/milk etc.A very basic thing that should've been there from the start.

-Add an option to attach pictures to various achievements/activity.Would definitely make it more memorable.

-Add some data for optimum daily consumption so the parent/guardian has an idea what's best for his/her baby.

-Change the name of the "message" section to somthing more clear.Quite difficult to figure out what it is without opening this section.

Overall Rating:-6.5/10 or 7/10

This app has a huge potential to be one of the best baby-related apps in the store.It covers most of the things you need to know.But it is missing many features required for perfect functionality as I've mentioned above.Fix the major bugs as well,make it a unique colorful and interactive app and you'll soon see it at the top of the store. ;) This app has potential,just needs to exploit it.It's currently free but the usual price is $4.99.Looks ok to me,but not sure how many parents would like to spend this much,but what do I know,maybe they will ;)

Add more features and fix the bugs and I don't think any parent will mind paying $4.99 for this app.And oh yeah!Make it universal as well ;) :D

EDIT:-

Another improvement I forgot to suggest was to give it a live tile and also the wide tile shouldn't be transparent.Make it a live transparent tile like WPC app has one! :D

Thanks god i don't need this app, but here is my review :
The app is good and looks colorful
fast launching and getting back from multitasking (why won't FB or WA work just like this !)
The UI is meh, maybe a metro style ?
the only downside i found was the live tile, come on ! it's not live it's just a photo and the large tile isn't working it will turn into transparent tile only

What i like : Fast, smooth and handy app for new father/mother 
and the most thing i liked about this app ( i don't know if it's common between this type of apps) is that it sync between two accounts like mother and father that's really awesome feature ! 

What i didn't like : UI and the live tile
why would they put "More..." ? it only shows 2 more options, they can be shown without any problem..

i would 10/10 recommend this app for new parents

Great app fast and fuild. It's not really for me since I have no kids but if I did this is a great app for them. The one thing it does need is a real live tile.

it is funny that many people who never used this app reviews it for wpcentral gifts :P... man just a comment would enter you into draws... You ain't need to boast the app ;)..

This app seems to be very cool. I'm a bachelor and I don't think I'll be using this soon, but I'm surely gonna suggest this app to my cousins.

I'm also commenting on behalf of "Gautam Kabiraj" as he's offline right now.We both were waiting for today's hidden gems eagerly but he had to go offline.He writes one of the best reviews.He'll write a review  as a reply to this comment when he comes online.I hope his review isn't lost in this comment section.

Thanks bro for your kindness!

Well to be honest, I didn’t think WPC will come up with something like this as a Hidden Gem but yeah I know apps are meant for people of all ages! I’ll surely try this app. It may come handy in my future days and when… well leave it, here’s my review:

FIRST IMPRESSION (10/10)

Size of the app is just 2MB (I love optimized apps!) so even those with limited bandwidth limit can download it without a second thought!

Price is not a concern since its free, what else we expect?

USER INTERFACE  (6/10)

In “Create a new child profile” you can enter details about the child. I’ll suggest to increase “Blood type:” selection font in there. Once the profile is created, it shows a page where you can choose between Bottle, Diaper, Sleep, Nursing, Message, Activity, Solid, Mood and Milestone. (This page gave me an iPhone look for a second! Not sure why…should look more like a WP app, maybe Tiles can help)

I loved the UI.  Although it doesn’t meet WP’s native design layout perfectly yet, it’s fast, simple and clean. And I’ll suggest some tips:

It lacks splash screen which is good if you’re among those who don’t want to wait.

Next, you need to register to get started which is pretty quick and simple. When in “Create Account” page, there’s a “Login” button after the form. I suggest to put it at the bottom of the screen and then put a “Sign Up” button here which is currently on navigation bar.

The text that appear under “Summary” are a bit too small, kindly enlarge them.

There’s a little bug in “Solid” section of the app where a button “< tap to set>” floats on the screen. Kindly fix this.

WORKING (7/10)

Bottle: Here you can select range / duration and the number of bottles of milk / Formula etc that your baby drank. Once you make a selection, its shown under “Recent Entries” in home page which is really good to have a summary at a glance.

Diaper: In this section you can select at what time Time the baby had a Diaper.

Sleep: It manages the range of time and also the place where the baby slept.

Nursing: Here again you can choose the range of time for nursing with “Left” and “Right” columns that maintains the duration.

Message: This section helps you write any kind of message and set it for a specific time.

Activity: In this page you can choose between what the baby was doing and during what range of time. Example: Playing alone, Playing with other, Crawling etc

Mood: You can set the mood of the baby in here, with the time.

Milestone: This is probably, the most important part of this app. Here you can mark the date when your baby for the first time, “Rolls over”, “Grabs”, “crawls” or just mark the range in which he “Sits up”, “Smiles” etc.

Apart from these, I’d love to have an option for “Baby’s health” where I can put his / her weigth, height, etc. This would help me learn how she/he is growing. Please look into the bugs I’ve discussed above.

Overall, I liked the app but I also felt it could have more potential as a “Baby Managing App”. I hope this review will help the developer make it better.

Okay, so I think I’ve already included the suggestions above, and I’ll rate now:

______________conclusion_______________

AVERAGE RATING:  7.6 / 10

______________________________________

Again, I thank the developer for making this app through WP store and I guess unlike me, it can really come handy to moms and dads and they'll really love this app ;)

FIRST IMPRESSION:
A small sized app just 2mb with clean UI.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE APP:
-Simple design and clean UI.
-Easy to register and login.
-All the sections in the app are detailed like:
•BOTTLE : This section is detailed with everything like duration, quantity(in oz or in ml).
• Similar to this all section are well detailed about everything parents needed.
- Caretaker of baby can use this app to interact with parents.
-Liked all the recent activities in recent activities section.
-Liked the milestone section.
WHAT I DON'T LIKED ABOUT THE APP:
-The UI and design is simple but quite boring and dull. I can't use this app for a long time.
-I have difficulty in scrolling down the recent activities.(bug)
-In solid section option overlap certain words in the solid section.(bug)
-The app sometimes crashes.I don't found any reason of this crash.(bug)
-The child picture looks small on the main page.Quite irritating.
-Live tile looks very ugly and wide live tile only shows transparent tile not any wallpaper(app logo) on it.(bug)
SUGGESTIONS OR HOW COULD MADE THIS APP EVEN BETTER:
-Fix all the bugs i mentioned above.
-Bring good transparent live tile with good app logo on it.
-Please change the design of the app so which the app looks interesting or give the feature to customise the app.(needed the most).
-Please add bigger size for child picture.
-Add splash screen if possible(optional)

OVERALL RATING : 6/10
The idea is good for the app and specially helpful to parents. Developer seriously need to work hard to make this app perfect.

Nice Cross platform app. It would be nice to have it on Windows 8.1 as well. It has a web app as well, that's nice.The UI is a bit iOS ish though. Hope they change it for good in future updates. All in all a great app for monitoring and keeping track of babies. Definitely a hidden gem.

This is such exciting news. My wife uses the app on her iPhone for our eleven month old and now I can get in on the action as well. So far the app seems to work just as well, and easily as the iPhone app. So excited to be able to unpin the website from my start screen and replace it with this.

I showed this to my friend who just had a baby. He's on WP and wife on Android. He was happy to see it cross platform and web. Will have to delve into the privacy policy since it seems to require an external account, especially if there is any difference for web access versus the app via the store.

Liked the ideia. The app is pretty solid and have many features. I will probably recommend this app for my sister in law so she will can track all the steps of my one year old niece. :)

Got two little ones at 1,5 and 3,5... This seems like a bit of an overkill, but hey - if it helps someone! :-) I'm missing a baby alarm among all the functions. Preferably one that can text or call another phone - can't seem to find this functionality in any WP app...?!?

Awesome app! It's really easy to use, it looks nice and it has great utility. I'm sure that if I was a parent that I would really appreciate this app. I have a 3 year old brother but it's a bit too late to test this app on him

.............FIRST IMPRESSION @_@ ...............

First of all, I wonder how this app got into the hidden gem section of WP Central, no offence. After using this app for a while, my first thought was " why would WP Central choose such a app into hidden gems? , Did they ran out of good worthy apps this quickly!!" . I am going to be honest to say that, this app never deserve to be on the hidden gem. This is more like a hidden rock. What I have to say about the app is mostly bad reviews than the good ones. Devolopers of this app,, " you really spoiled such a good idea of baby book on a windows phone. You could have done better than this. I think you didn't even tested the app on the phone before publishing it. Any way, I can suggest you to make this better" .
And to the WP Centre , " Did you guys atleast looked into the app clearly before posting it on hidden gems article!!?, I dont think so" . I will point out what are the things I felt good and bad about this app .

.............WHAT I LIKED.........

First lets start with the good things about the app.
* I got to say that this app is a unique one on windows phone cause I have never saw a baby book app on the windows phone ever. I congrats the developers and WP Central for bringing this idea forward to windows phone.
* This could help a very few parents who are very busy to take care of there baby.

..............WHY I HATE THIS APP..........

Yeah, since hidden gems comments needs to be honest and sincere, I am gonna say the truth is ' I hate this app'. I will tell you my reasons. And there are plenty more reasons which cannot be expressed on words.

* First of all, I dont think many people are going to use this app. Cause who would write down when the baby sleeped, pissed, eated and all. Family members of a somewhat average family might note down, when the baby first talked, walked, like that...... But most of such average families dont have a smartphone like Lumia and all . If we are looking at above average and high status people, honestly they dont give a shit about what there kid did. So I find this app will only be used by some middle class people. But it didn't mean this app is useless.

* Secondly, this app is very poorely build. It has lot of bugs on it. Which I will be mentioning on a seperate topic because there are a lot of them . I could write a book about the bugs of this app.

*Thirdly, This app didn't make anyone the feel to use it. The background colour is white and the way things are arranged is boring. Totally , this app looks like a person who haven't bathed for his entire lifetime.

!!!!..........BUGS..............!!!

1, (Major bug) In the options, if you select "solid", there is a major bug. " " is shown in the middle of nothing. Just a button in the screen. I have never seen such a bug in any apps. Se the bug here
https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=81E61E6FDC6C05BC&id=81E61E6FDC6C05BC%2177...

2.(Major Bug) Have you noticed the large live tile. If you didn't then check how worse can it be.
https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=81E61E6FDC6C05BC&id=81E61E6FDC6C05BC%2177...
Its blank.

3.(Magor Bug) In the begining of registration when we add a child, the column for writing "allergies" wont work

4. (Major Bug) In the main menu , the recent actives cant be scroll down to the very last activity.

5.(Magor Bug) The pictures added are not fit to the box. Its feels horrible to see.

Thats I for Magor bugs.
.......i dont wanna mention the minor bugs. It might make me smash my phone on the ground. Its never gonna end in a comment.

.........CONCLUTION.........

I cant give suggestion because if I suggest, I will ask you to dump this app recreate this app in a new style without any bugs like this.

WP Central, what were you thinking before you put this app on hidden gems. Have guys gone mad. Is this the app you said to be handpicked from the unknown apps for us. Shame.
You should come up with good apps and games that 'deserve' to be known to the world. Not this kind. At first, I didn't wanted to review this app. Hope the next on will be a good one. I will be waiting
Aahh, I got a head ache on reviewing this app. I am not kidding

perfect! I got five lumias on my AT&T account and one is for my niece who just had a baby... this is perfect for her! im downloading this directly into her phone right now...

great idea to keep communication lines open even for divorced parents.. you can find out what the baby ate without having to talk to the Ex!

Second Hidden Gem very useful for parents :)

No children myself as of yet but I can see this being very useful to parents. The cross-platform is great as well. As for yesterday's app this has a limited audience so I can't really judge the quality of the app but I trust it is good as it has been selected as part of the hidden gem contest :)

Wow great app...will suggest to my sister...a perfect combination of all needs...:thumbs up:

One of the greatest features of this app is that it is cross-platform so that anyone with most devices can use the app and sync their information. Also with all the information kept online, information can be accessed from any web browser as well. This app is well designed and can prove to be useful for families with young ones.

I'm going to log my own "open air accident"!!! Sounds like the same functionality as the recent fitness apps you guys have been reviewing.

I like the idea of this app. I'll admit that I don't exactly have any future plans for motherhood, but if I did, I'd definitely be on this!

Wassup Guys...

Looks like Hiddengems contest is not leaving any chance to take a digg at WindowsPhone Competetors(Andriod and ios). I know Android has some be beautiful apps for this purpose. Even though I've never used one, Baby connect for Windows phone looks cool. 

I wish every women on this earth a Happy and Wonderful life.

-vamsi

I think the designs on the main page should be changed to fit the Windows Phone branding. The icons appear as if they were copied and pasted from the iPhone or Android apps. Also, like a lot of Windows Phone apps, the designs in the app don't scale well in the 1520 because they are not vectors.

Glad to see they don't want accesss to all your private data in this app.  This could potentially be a major privacy leak.

I understand the need for this app. But I don't really understand how it could be useful in the future or during the growth process. Maybe adding new features that track the growth of the toddler could be more useful.

Great to see a cross platform solution. Not a fan of the design though... The spacing just looks... Off.

I remember meticulously writing down EVERYTHING regarding my firstborn: his meals, his diapers, his sleep, etc. My second one? Not so much. One thing I know for sure: after having my log-on credentials stolen from 4 different sites last year (2 of which I hadn't used in 4 years!), you'll be hard pressed to get me to sign up for another service! If only it could use a single sign on (like google, or windows), then I might consider it.

Such a nice app having beautiful UI.... And it's really nice.... And Windows will soon reach the app level as on Android and IOS God willing

Pity this didn't come out in three weeks when our second baby is due. I can't do much live testing just yet but it seems pretty handy. 1) The wet/dry diaper tracking is especially useful as that is one of the first things our pediatrician asks about.
2). I have to agree with the person above who dislikes all of the white backgrounds. I think this type of app could really use the ability to change themes as the background makes it seem incredibly generic. 3) Also, there is an overlapping element on the solid food section where "tap to set" overwrites the list of food types.
4). It would be nice if we could include pictures to go along with the baby milestones.
5). One last thing is that the app doesn't play nice with all of the new keyboard changes 8.1 brings. I can't get the Word Flow to work in it. Unfortunately, I won't be able to go more in-depth about how convenient it is until our next baby is born.

Totally functional app. Missing some useful functionality though. It could do with sections for tracking weight gain, height, immunisation, baptism and such

I don't have any children and I'm not thinking in have one. But this app seems very useful for those who have children. Only for the baby time, not really in baby's future

I could have used this app a few months ago. I tried apps that do similiar functionality but they didn't fair well. Honest company has an app like this on windows phone but it had issues which made me not use it.

This app seems to cover it all, including a really important feature in that it is cross platform and I would be able to see/share the data with my wife who uses an iphone. That was the initial reason I download the Honest Company app but it didn't do what I expected.

The baby book feature of this app is great as I am starting to forget when milestones were reached. I may use this app just for that feature. The interface flows well and the app is simple to use.

Looks nice and much better way to record your baby's progress.  For me I would want to be able to publish a paper version, maybe once a year, for long term keeping.  Nothing better to look back to reminisce after a decade or two.

Perfect timing Seacloud software. With a baby on the way, this app is absolutely perfect for us and our extended family. I really like the level of detail and that breast feeding is separate from bottle feeding. Both my lady and myself will be using this app as will many curious members of our extended family. Thank you for a useful quality app.

Seems like a really good idea! Only useful for those who have children though. The cross platform implementation is really nice.. :D

Wassup Guys...

Looks like Hiddengems contest is not leaving any chance to take a digg at WindowsPhone Competetors(Andriod and ios). I know Android has some be beautiful apps for this purpose. Even though I've never used one, Baby connect for Windows phone looks cool. 

I wish every women on this earth a Happy and Wonderful life.

-vamsi

The app is great for the parents handling their babies..
The app's live tile is somewhere unattractive whereas the app itself is colorful and simple which is nice.
Overall no bugs and crashes found.
So from me 4.5 starts

I really wish this app was around when my two kids were babies (not that long ago, actually). My wife and I were always struggling to remember when exactly we last fed, diapered, gave Tylenol, etc. in the early days when we were in a sleep deprived fog. I agree with George that a way to add pictures would be really cool. Especially when logging first steps, playtime activities, or other milestones. That would be a pretty cool way to log the activities.
 

This is perfect my friends daughter who's about to have her first child! Glad I helped them switch from Andriod to Windows Phone! Now only if this was a "Universal App", I could install it on their PC and Dell Venue 8.

This app seems useful, especially with cross-platforms support, for new fathers and mothers, but not me. Why? I'm still a student :p By the way, not very important, but the app's design isn't Windows Phon-y at all. :/

Here's my short review :
I think Baby Connect is functionally good but it does lack in terms of presentation.I love the fact that it is cross platform and it lets users to keep track of anything and everything related to child, whether it’s feedings, sleep, diapers, or just about anything else.
Very useful app.

Don't have kids, so the app isn't really applicable to me... yet. haha Not gonna lie looking at all that this app helps you keep track of kind of scares me a little about when (or if) I ever have kids. haha  But I guess that's the beauty of technology, that it can help you keep track of all the complexities of life.

Pretty slick app. Would be a great app for first time parents. Our daughter had food allergies and this would've been good to track what she ate, mood changes and BM's to narrow down what foods affected her.

This perfect as my wife and I are expecting our first child in January.  This will give us plenty of time to play with the app and see how it works.  Would be nice if it got Cortana and Calendar integration that sync'd with mine (lumia 928) and my wife's (HTC 8X) phones though!

When my kids were babies, there was no Windows Phone. Now I wonder how we could raise them. But they seem ok... :)

This would have been great a couple of years ago especially being cross platform as my wife uses an iPhone(like most girls). I remember very well having to monitor all of these parameters and the constant talks about them. Would have been great for the mid wives as well who always asked about such things. Great to see Windows phone store doing so well with these useful additions. Windows phone.. What else would you need...

Firstly, kudos to the developer for coming up with such idea and such great apps.
I can't imagine how much simple it will be for working parent, to keep a track of their babies while they're at work. And share this info with their nanny.

What I like:
1. This app just made things so much easier for Parents. Each and every section they have is just terrific.
2. How detailed each section is, Amount of food the baby had, what they had, and at what time. Just soo cool. Share everything they want and leave notes in each entry.
3. The variety in sections. They have a section for almost EVERYTHING. Although more things can be added over time.

Things can be done to improve the app

One of the major feature this app lacks is a section for baby's health record. When he got his first immunity injection, when is the next one due, how often does the baby fall ill, what problems he faced and kind of medication used and number of visits to the doctor
That way even the nanny can keep track and take a baby's care accordingly. Just a suggestion, for making this one hub for keeping records.

Overall:

This app does opens really fast, registration was quick easy and perfect.

Conclusion:

Its definitely worth the price they are charging. A must have for all parents with newborns.
Don't have kids, so can't contribute as well. But great concept..
Once again GREAT job whosever came with this idea..

Funny, I don't believe my wife tracked most of this stuff with my 2 kids. You had to track immunizations and certain milestones. I suppose this is useful but real does look like overkill.

Really?  Do we need this app?  Newborns need more one-on-one time with mommy/daddy than they need you to be logging each bowl movement and minute by minute mood swing on your smartphone. 

This app would have been awesome a few years ago when my kids were younger.  I think this is a great tool.  The key is really making it user friendly for all parties that care for the same kid; mom, dad, babysitter, grandparents, etc.  If you can make is super simple and have them all log into the same account (different users so you can see what each has done) then this is a winning idea!

I like that you can document child's basic medical information, the fact that is cross platform is awesome too. The UI is simple and I like that, because i don't want somthing over the top to read records. I think its a good idea because what parent couldn't use help now and again.

another cool app that i can't use because i don't have kids, but hey, i'll let my cousin know, i'm sure he'll love this

This is a fantastic addition to the WP app library. I wish I had this four years ago. This is a great alternative to using trixietracker in a browser window. I would prefer a cleaner and simpler ui layout, but the app itself seems to do exactly what it sets out to do.

Wish this and WP were around 4 years ago when my daughter was born. Would have saved my wife a ton of writing. I do like how the app feels. I have at least 3 people I know expecting babies before the end of year and will definitely recommend it to them.

Nice app!

nice features like the ability to share data with others(a nanny probably or the mother herself). It is really good feature. Its also a cross platform app so great. but still some features are missing that are present in ios version. Hope for more future updates from the dev.

The idea of this app is great. I'm sure many would find it useful. A suggestion to this app would be to make the UI cleaner and nicer, and to release it on windows 8 too, as a universal app.

Wow, 18 and 21 years ago today, my daughters were born. Happy Birthday to them!!! Yes, same birthday for both of them yet 3 years apart.

Now I can say "back in my day, we didnt have baby apps...we barely had internet"

Nice app though and I hope it helps the users. Taking care of a baby is a learning experience beyond measure and advice and experience from other people is always welcome.

To the developer-Make this a universal app! Develop for Windows 8.1 too, Don't want to purchase the app again for my tablet!

Not a bad app.... Major plus is the cross platform feature. The design looks ok, although a little dated. Not sure if I missed it, but is there a Windows app that allows you to view the information? The ability to add photos would be OK, although not essential. While this app would not be one I would use (I do have kids, but I don't want this level of information), I know several people that would lap this up. My sister recorded minute details with her first child, and still has the notebooks. My biggest objection for me is the request for my email, and the need to register. I understand why they want it, but as soon as any app asks for it, I hate it. Personal thing, I know, but I really hate registering and signing up for stuff.

Wish I'd known about this a while ago. It seems most of the app's features may be targeted towards a younger child than the one we currently have. Several months ago we really, really could have used the functions in this app as we were logging just about everything.

This app looks very promising; use Cozi for rest of family organization but this will allow for easier tracking between mom and I.  Expecting soon, so checking this off is great.

It's a nice little app. But in my opinion, you lose that certain normality or special-ness when recording your baby's first steps or first words. Taking notes and writing down dates on your portable devices is very convenient, however, you lose that sense of familiarity when you move away from the pen and paper.

However, this app has a fairly nice UI and it's a great concept. Nice job!

It's a good idea and the app looks really nice but personally I really like looking back at my hand-written baby book sometimes. A clip of hair, a card from a grandparent, etc. This serves a similar purpose but there's still a place for paper!

I can only assume that the writers at WPcenter have reached into my emails and noted how important this is going to be for me in the next 6 months.

 

I'll have to dig around and give it a try, but I've already sent it to my wife for her to look at.

I like that it's cross platform (since the wife is thinking of jumping ship to android.) I do wish there were a Win8 app as well though.

No baby here either - but that is a fantastic looking UI.  I'm wondering if this kind of app might be useful for monitoring care/meds for disabled/elderly...

Seems like a well put together app, but not sure how practical it is. You'd have to be a major tech head just to make this last more than a few years.

Yes another great app. Wife has this on iphone and now I have it. The excuses for not getting a wp is running out. ;)

Cool app. We are close to advancing to the next stage and can really see myself using this app. Haven't logged in completely yet because we don't have a child yet, but the question is, will we both have to register our apps on individual emails or will my wife and I be able to use the same login details? Anyway, nice app

I don't know if i will use this app, the synchronisation can be usefull but storing all the info of a baby on a network, thats some Facebook from the start, everything it does get's digitally stored. Though not everybody can view this information it is still the idea and besides everything can be hacked. Thats why they should make this app available without an account just offline on your Phone, that feels much safer too me and to be honest i don't think i need to know what my child has done all day long. (altough I have no children and hope it stay's that way for a couple more years so my opinion might change then.) For the people who do want to store and share everything about their baby this looks like a very usefull app.

My rewie on the app
First impression-
Was really impressed by the fast working of app.registration was quick.
Liked the way every section had detailed feature of note this feature is really helpfull.
Liked the option to sync between different platforms.
This app really has fantastic features and it is really a small app of 2mb to have.
Suggestion.
I would really like to have an option to pin the various tile buttons of super,feed and all to be pinnned to startmenu that wolud realyy help.

And the notifications too.
I also dint like the live tile it should have been rather attractive.
I would also like a feature to hote health status.
Overall a nice app with a handfull of features.

I don't think this is a good idea for an app... I say who has got enough time to keep feeding data about diaper change and its condition... Who cares enough to feed baby's mood every hour... I mean they are just babies.. You can't conclude anything from their moods... And if baby is having enough sleep that's good enough.. then why worry about how many hours of sleep...I just don't understand why would anyone keep noting time and again what baby is doing now either playing around alone or with someone... Or where did he slept on couch or on bed or even in car... Or whether his diaper his wet or dry and if it is small medium or large... Well the app could have been good enough of it would have had reminded to change the diaper or feed the baby at right time... Overall app is not good enough.. atleast for me...
It would have been better app if it would have been more about Baby's First... Like his first smile.. His first time opening of eyes... First walk... First laughter... And all that along with pics... And have option to make Baby Album or Notebook...
App needs to be Reworked on...

This is the type of thing that first time parents might use.  After #3 or so, forget about having time to reach for your phone after everything your baby does...

For all those planning to have children in the near future, apps like these are a great help. We had to use a stopwatch-like device that was so limiting and slow. This will be great for the next baby!

Wow, haha, this is one of those apps that will never be in my "apps I need" list, but it looks very useful for new parents, it covers almost every single thing a baby can need, except for money of course.

I don't like the design, it's just not "cool" in any sense, I know, I know, it doesn't needs to look "cool", it needs to be useful, and that's what it does, but design could be better for me.

Beside that it's a very complete app, and I will use it if I have to take care of a baby anytime in my life, but I would add 2 important things:

  1. As a neuropsychologist student I know how important "Milestones" option is, here you can register the development of the baby, I'd also add a "doctor appointment" record, so you could know when the next visit to the doctor is, or when baby need his next vaccine.
  2. Is a cool feature, when I first read the title of the app I thought it was a "baby's cry translator" that kind of technology could be very useful here, and would complement the app ;)

 

WooHoo! Used this a ton with my first child (when I had an iPhone). As I just recently had a second kid this will make things easier (since my wife has been using it already).

Definitely needs integration with Cortana.  If you are going to record when you changed a diaper, you may not want to really touch your phone right afterward!

I have three boys. This is the kind of thing you do with the first child. After that, "it" gets real and all your good intentions go out the window. However, I think this could be useful for "charting" in the case of an illness. Once your brains are scrambled by children, you have to write everything down. You may remember that the diaper was runny but NOT when you gave the last dose of medicine.

I actually found this app last night when my wife was talking about needing to start tracking our 2 month old's naps.  I shared it with her and she is thrilled to start using it!
 

Having a baby next month. Not sure if I care about an app like this though. With my last kid my wife and I didn't really track all this stuff.

Only really commenting to enter the competition, but something like this would have come in handy when my twin girls were babies. Didn't know what I was doing half the time.

Blown away by this app. Never thought this kind of app existed. Some parents out there sure is going to be happy. Parents don't have to keep track of things in their minds which is a relief since raising a baby is already hard.

Got another one on the way, could be useful for my wife. When the first two came along WP wasn't even a twinkle in Terry Myerson's eye!

This app is incredible!!! You can do everything, from recording how long your baby has slept to keeping track of what he has eaten! 

Wow! The app is very comprehensive. I don't think I ever recorded this much information with my son when he was that little, and this isn't something I would use if I were to have another child, but for the super OCD parent this is perfect.

This application is awesome if you have a kid. I know my mother uses it for the grandkids (nephews and nieces). Helps her keep track of everything, especially those important moments. I can't tell you how much she wished this was a thing when I was a kid in the 90s.

Second app in a row, that I don't need, I hope there will be other apps also which are not only for very small children.

Apart from that I downloaded and installed the app, and it is OK, as far as I can say. Although a darker theme shouldn't be bad.

Don't need this one ever probably, but good that this kind of apps go to wp too. more variation of apps means bigger market.

 

 

I have to admit I couldn't use this app as thoroughly as I did with other Hidden Gems, and of course I'm not the right person to say if it's good or bad for new mums and dads, so I can only give a heartfelt and short review of this app.

PROS: probably the best Hidden Gem so far. Complete, keeps track of every single thing connected to your babies. If you can think of something important for a newborn baby, well you can be sure this app will help you. I'm quite amazed by the tons of features it has. And that clean design adds a taste of tenderness that will probably be enjoyed by mums. It's a perfect mobile version of a baby book.

CONS: it's free for now, but isn't it a little expensive? Anyway, toast notifications, activity lists, reminders and health tips would be highly appreciated. It's quite an amazing app. Great job.

 

I really love this app especially that I have two baby nieces that I take care. It would really make it easy taking care of them knowing that I am a guy.

Gonne be a dad in a few days so it is a really great app for me. Although the design is a bit too flat/boring in my opinion. Apart from that it is very useful...

The app's design is nice and I like it. I just like the way it works smoothly and very useful for new parents.

It looks pretty good and useful. I'd use it if I had a kid. I've recommended it to someone I know with a baby.

Only 17 so its not the kind of app id use, but it certainly looks like a decent app, would be good for people who could use it. Not that I plan to have kids, but if I did id definitely find something like this to be very helpful. Good review btw.

My wife uses this app exclusively on her Android.  The problem was that when she wasn't around, I couldn't track anything.  It's perfect to have this app now on my Lumia.  There are some differences though between the versions on the app.  It'd be nice to have the Medicine option.

Great to see so many features and apps to help make life a little bit easier for new parents on WP! Another one to recommend :)

Being a bachelor, I don't really have a use for this app. However, I cam certainly see the usefulness of this app for first time mothers.

Downloaded the app, and it seems to me that while the UI is simple and straightforward, the entire app looks too dull and plain for my liking. I understand that the developer is trying to go for a metro look, but quite frankly, this is going in the wrong direction.

And I'm sure as many have noted, the live tile aren't really live. It didn't display any useful information, especially when the I set the live tile to wide.

This seems to be a good and useful app. The UI is easy to follow, but I would like better media files. We are planning to have a baby in the next months, so this will be really useful. Also, something that would increase value in this app is ti have good charts.

 

Cheers

Where was this app when I had an infant?! I constantly lost my notes about diaper changes, feedings, naps, etc in my sleep deprived state but could find my phone. This app simplifies an already stressful time and would have definitely made my life easier. Downloaded it for (hopefully) future use.

Another baby related app.... not my area of interest so not gonna try. But based on the screenshots, it looks quite simple, while providing functionality. While the white BG does looks pure & bright, as it should for a baby related app, a dark theme wouldn't be too bad, I guess.

I will be using this app in a few months :). I like that they have an app on all platforms so I can sync with my wife and her iPhone. The WP app design needs some work though. It could look nicer and be a little more intuitive.

Let me first say that I have a competing app in the store. But let me also say that my app is a pile of... well... something that goes in a diaper... compared to this app. To be fair, I was using the app to teach myself C#, XAML, and Windows Phone development, all at the same time. So it is a piece of crap, since I haven't had the time to go back and fix it.

I have no need of this app (the one I wrote was for a lady at church who had just bought a Windows Phone when they first came out), so I haven't installed it, but just looking at the images here and the write-up, it is a gorgeous app, and I wish the developer much success with it.

I'm downloading this app, so as to appear responsible enough to care for a baby! ;)  I won't actually do that, but if I were to have a baby, I think that this sort of app would help with the overwhelming fear that I was "doing it wrong" with regards to raising a baby. 

I've been using this app for my little nephew. I love all the information I can keep track of in this app, because Lord knows we are too sleepy to keep it all in our heads! The only thing I would like to see added is the ability to look at individual nursing sessions, rather than combining all of them. For example, we can't remember what time he's 4am-ish feeding started and ended, and we have no way of looking specifically at that feeding. I also want to be able to record notes for each feeding, because we're having an issue with him as he is occasionally crying during feedings, but it's not all the time and it would be helpful to be able to note a pattern. I would like to see that in the next coming update.!

Its a manual log app for your children. I dont know, wich parents have enough time and energy to doing this kind of logging. I am a parent too and I love to watch my children, but if I have to play with my phone, while she doing things I could be crazy.

Less size, smooth speed, many things and phases are covered, Multiple Babies option! Bottle section, disaster and sleep section, nursing section, mood section, solid section and much more. Very nicely featured app. But pictures cant be resized, allergy section-how to write? I can't understand, and biggest negative this that it crashes a lot.

The first thing that grabbed my attention when I see it was its UI. Not because it's good, it's kinda mediocre. Overall though, it's suits the target audience quite well actually, no major complains from me, but the designs could surely have some more works.

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