Three Great Tools Help Families Thrive
Today’s tech-focused world offers both challenges and opportunities to engage and share information with families. Well, we have some good news – there is an app (or a few apps) for that! Whether a family is looking for information about child development, expecting a new member of the family, looking for help on making sure their infant’s sleeping area is safe, or needing a quick way to access local resources, developers and experts have an app that delivers useful information right to a smartphone.
Track Milestones at Your Fingertips
The first app, the CDC Milestone Tracker, is a great tool that can help families in tracking the development of their children. This app can be used to track multiple children, can give you tips and suggest activities, and can even track and remind you about your children’s doctor appointments! Families can do many things on the tracker, including:
- Track a child’s milestones from two months to five years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists
- Get tips from the CDC for encouraging a child’s development
- Find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing
- Check out photos and videos that clarify what each milestone looks like
This app can also help you as a provider, it has free tools that are free to download and easy for you to use (The website also comes with lots of pictures and videos about child development ages 0-5. You can print out a developmental checklist to fill out and the parent can use the app to gather the same information – then at a conference you can share and talk about them! If you would like training or assistance around using these tools please reach out to your local Inclusion Specialist.
Where to get it:
- Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.cdc.ncbddd.actearly.milestones&hl=en_US
- Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cdcs-milestone-tracker/id1232718688?mt=8
Did you know that Early Learning Indiana has it’s own FREE texting program for families? Check out Bloom Bright and invite Your families to sign up today!
Getting Help for a Healthy Pregnancy
Our second interactive app, Liv: A Pregnancy App, has a lot of great local supports for families. Developed here in Indiana all of the resources and links can direct families to information or resources that are truly local. It can even be used to chat directly with experts! Liv promotes the health of Hoosier moms by:
- Providing instant access to information and resources on reproductive health, pregnancy, infant health and parenting
- Sharing alerts and messages tailored for expectant parents
- Hosting more than 130 articles, quizzes, checklists and videos to build user knowledge
- Giving users a wealth of resources including searchable Indiana resource locators, due date and baby weight calculators, journals, and personal calendars.
Additionally, the “Ask Liv” feature lets users ask individual questions and get answers from the experts at the Maternal & Child Health-MOMS helpline with just one touch.
Where to get it:
- Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.in.isdh.askliv&hl=en_US
- Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/liv-a-pregnancy-app/id1232721455?mt=8
Safe Sleep Support
Our final app, the SIDS Info app, helps families keep their babies safe. This app provides families with information about safe sleep practices and environments. As an early chlidhood professional, telling families about the app it can help you start a valuable conversation. You can both reinforce safe sleep at home and explain your own safe sleep practices. If you would like more resources around safe sleep, please reach out to an infant toddler specialist at your local child care resource and referral agency.
What families (and you) can find on this app:
- A visual tool to enhance discussions with a parent
- A sampler of safe sleep education material via the SIDS Center of New Jersey website
- Links to important educational websites and to the safe sleep policy statement and technical report of the American Academy of Pediatrics
- A Q&A providing more details on safe infant sleep.
The safe sleep guidelines are intended for infants from birth to twelve months of age and for both full-term and preterm infants. It’s also a great tool for families to use with their infant’s healthcare provider.
Where to get it:
- Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Zyndo.SIDS
- Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sids-info/id1355933710?mt=8
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