Baby Buddy, the award-winning app for parents and parents-to-be
Baby Buddy is your personal baby support expert who will guide you through your pregnancy and the first six months of your baby’s life. The app has been designed with parents and health professionals to help you give your baby the best start in life and support your health and well-being.
Baby Buddy is endorsed by the Department of Health, the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association, the Institute of Health Visitors, and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
Personalised Pregnancy and Baby Tools:
• Ask me – type in any pregnancy question for your Buddy to answer with expert information
• Today's Information – Baby Buddy provides you with personalised daily information about your pregnancy and baby.
• Videos – a growing range of clips to help you get your head around different pregnancy and baby topics
• Bump and Baby Around – a map of useful local health services such as hospitals, mothers and baby support groups, baby clinics, GP and midwife services.
• Bump and Baby Book – a diary where you can record your thoughts, feelings and photos throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born
• Appointments – a handy reminder of the dates and times for your check-ups.
• Remember to ask – a reminder list for questions to ask at your midwife or GP next appointment
• What does that mean? - Find the meaning of pregnancy-related terms
• You can do it! – a tracker for your personal goals and achievements
• Tell us what you think – where you can give us your feedback so that we can make the app even better
Baby Buddy is designed to support all parents to look after their own and their baby's physical and mental health. Baby Buddy is featured in Better Births, supports the Maternity Transformation Programme and supports key public health priorities including maternal and infant mental health. We'd love you to help us make Baby Buddy even better. Your opinion counts. All you need to do is take a few minutes to complete three short in-app questionnaires that will appear after you have been using the app for a while. This will then also unlock a new outfit or accessory for you Baby Buddy!
Baby Buddy has been created by the child health and well-being charity Best Beginnings with our development partners Despark. The app has been made possible thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the Tedworth Charitable Trust and the Guys and St Thomas’ Charity.
Please make sure that you complete the three short in-app questionnaires that will appear after you have been using the app for a while. They only take a few minutes and once you’ve done them you’ll unlock a new outfit or accessory for your Buddy. This information will help us to make the app even better for you and future parents and their babies.
- Bug Fixes
- Text Changes
Ratings and Reviews
I have used this app every day since I was 9 weeks pregnant and my son is now nearly 12 weeks old. I find the daily information really useful, especially when it has links to extra information if I want to know more.
One thing I would say is some of it needs to be updated. The daily info for 11 weeks 2 days is about the 2nd lot of immunisations, and it is out of date. It states that there are 2 injections and liquid drops at 12 weeks, but since July 2016 it has been changed to 1 injection and liquid drops, as men c vaccine is no longer given at 12 weeks (states on NHS website). This, and other information like this, should be double checked with the NHS since this app is being recommended by the NHS.
I’ve already told all my pregnant friends about it, because it’s been so useful to me. Simple, clear, bite-sized information is what you need when you’re busy during pregnancy and tired and busy during the baby’s first months.
The type of information is wide ranging, the tone is friendly and encouraging, never patronising, and the app addresses not only practical concerns but also deals with emotional ones - partner relationship, body image, etc.
I’ve also enjoyed the videos. I sometimes shared ideas or information from the app with my family during this process, and sometimes thus was an easier way to introduce a conversation topic with my boyfriend.
I did not read anytime else during my pregnancy (apart from labour pain management). I felt both informed but not overloaded with information.
The info can seem too simple at times, but it’s been written by experts, despite the simple tone! Highly recommend!
No support for miscarriage
When I first downloaded this app, it was recommended to my by my midwife as the NHS’s choice. Initially I thought it was great, until at my 12 week scan I was told my baby had no heart beat. The next 3 weeks were horrific, but being told repeatedly that 1/3 pregnancies end in miscarriage meant that I knew I had to deal with this and move on. Repeatedly receiving notifications on my babies progress was excruciating and not having the ability in this app to report the end of my pregnancy was shocking. There was no help or guidance on miscarriage and the notifications on babies progress was relentless. With this app being the recommended app by the NHS and not having any information or support on miscarriage is sad. When I tried to email the support team to suggest this was a feature to add (as I can imagine I’m not the first to find this as a problem) all I got back was “we can’t respond to every email”.
Other apps out there have just as much content but with the added content of miscarriage - download a different one and spare the heart ache 💔
Developer Response ,
We are so sorry to hear that you had a negative experience. We are quick to respond to email requests to disable an account for any reason but don't seem to have a record of your complaint anywhere?
It is also strange that we don't send out a standard email about not responding to all emails so if you could email us at email@example.com, it would help us understand what happened.
We are in any case developing a more meaningful end of pregnancy pathway to support parents with loss.
Please take care.
Baby Buddy Team
- Best Beginnings
- 80.1 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- © 2014-19 Best Beginnings
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.