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Microsoft is actually a great Android developer - 'To-Do' is another reason why!

It may seem suprising to some, but Microsoft is actually a fantastic Android developer. In fact, I'd go as far to saythat their app offerings for Android are far superior to than their offerings for the Windows App store. For starters the full suite of Microsoft Office apps are great, as is one drive and one note, and the Arrow App Launcher is actually one of the best custom android skins available (seriously - check it out!).

To round this out, over the last few days Microsoft has released 'To-Do' which as you've guessed it - is a to-do list. It really could not be simpler - the app allows the creation of lists and then as part of each list allows tasks and items to be added.

The design is simple and clean, and a nice move away from the boxy interface design that still dominates some of the earlier Windows apps for android. It's fast, lightweight, cloud based (of course) and has a widget - so there is not much more you could ask for!

Of course there is lots of co…

Baby ESP - A Great Droid App for Parents

Today's app of the day is Baby ESP.


If your child is out of toddler range … well, this app isn’t necessarily for you. While I'm sure that having a young child is no laughing matter, I am certain that parents can all take a trip down memory lane back to the time when their children were infants. If so, I am sure it is not too difficult to remember the paranoia, the zombie-eyes from lack of sleep and that period of time in your life when your so-called “friends” seemed to disappear into thin air? Well, this app is for parents going through that. It’s called Baby ESP.

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Why It’s Great

The “ESP” in the app’s title stands for “eating, sleeping, pooping, and more.” It’s designed to let new parents easily track what their baby has been up on their Android device, instead of constantly asking, “Wait … when did he last feed? When did she last make a tiddly poo?” (Yes, new parents really do call poop names as bizarre as that I have been told.) One of the best things about Baby ESP is that it’s not necessarily tied to your phone. The app logs all your kid’s activity at BabyESP.com, so that relatives or babysitters can also access and add to the information. While you’ve likely done your background reading on how to take care of a new baby, this info isn’t that helpful if you’re too tired to put it into play; Baby ESP can be your memory, so you can better stay on top of baby’s health.

Features

  • Eating – The app is versatile for both breast or bottle feeders, so no worries about baby health politics here. If you’re bottle feeding, it’s simple to input the quantity of the feeding, the time, and the length; for nursing babies, you can put in the time and even the length of feeding on each breast. (While it’s a bit weird for the men to consider, I have been told that mothers will like the ability to “balance out” feedings by tracking the time on each side.)
  • Sleeping – Recording naps and other sleeping habits is easy. Once you’ve been using the app for a while, you’ll be able to see averages about how long you baby naps and sleeps during the night.
  • Pooping – I have quickly became aware that most parents quickly get over any awkwardness about discussing bowel movements the day or so after their child is born. Besides knowing when your baby has evacuated, you can use the information to budget for diaper-related expenses.
  • Medicine – The app comes with a number of common baby medication options built in, such as Motrin, Tylenol and Benadryl. The user interface is easy to use, and the app will remember the dosage for you. 

Bottom Line

All parents undoubtedly pray that their child’s infancy will be relatively uneventful. I say relatively, because I am sure that no parent would describe a newborn child as “without event.” With this in mind, this app would definitely appear to be incredibly useful for minor to more problematic baby issues, such as constipation or trouble gaining weight. When you’ve kept a careful log using the app, it’s easy to see exactly what your baby’s been doing; which would be  helpful for you and your doctor. In our age of  obsessive tracking, I am sure that parents will have plenty of fun than looking at the charts in the app and seeing how their kid has changed over time. If you’re a new parent, check out this app. I promise it will be money well spent.


 

Sources

Oklahoma State Department of Health (2012)
University of Minnesota Extension (2012)

Price: $4.99

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