Best Start for Life & Healthy Children Programme

All families need support from time to time to help their babies and children thrive, whether that’s from friends, family, volunteers, or practitioners. Our ambition is for every family to receive the support they need, when they need it. All families should have access to the information and tools they need to care for and interact positively with their babies and children, and to look after their own wellbeing. In Birmingham we have signed up to deliver the ‘Best Start for Life’ strategy and part of this involves ensuring parents & carers have access to the best resources to support both them and their young people’s health and wellbeing. The Apps below have been commissioned in Birmingham to support new parents, new Dads and service staff with effective evidence-informed advice and guidance. We’ll be continually adding more resources to these pages so please bookmark this link and share the QR code with anyone you think might benefit.
Baby buddy app

Baby Buddy

https://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/baby-buddy

Who is it for?

Baby Buddy is an award-winning pregnancy and parenting app full of trusted information.
It’s made for mums, dads, and caregivers during pregnancy, birth and the baby’s first year.
Baby Buddy helps you: 
  • Understand pregnancy and birth and your choices
  • Become confident as a parent
  • Understand your baby
  • Support your baby to develop from newborn to toddler
  • Look after your physical and mental health
  • Nurture healthy relationships
  • Enjoy your baby’s first year!
Baby Buddy is:
  • Free to use, with no ads or in-app purchases
  • Made in partnership with health professionals and parents
  • Designed for parents in the UK
  • Full of information from the NHS, trusted charities and leading experts
  • For parents from all communities, including single parents, LGBTQ+ parents and adoptive parents
  • Easy to read
The Dad Pad

The DadPad

https://thedadpad.co.uk/app/

Who is it for?
Developed with the NHS, the DadPad gives new dads and dads-to-be the knowledge and practical skills necessary to support themselves and their partner, so that babies get the best possible start in life.
Topics covered within the DadPad itself include:
  • An overview of the Health Visitor Team and the appointments that parents will have;
  • ‘Baby basics’, including feeding, sleeping, holding, coping with crying, cleaning and bathing baby and changing nappies;
  • Ways in which dad can help to build his bond with his baby, including baby massage, communicating, baby swimming, and play and learning;
  • Core information on perinatal mental health for dad – what to look out for in his partner, and what to look out for in himself, as well as advice on supporting each other and their relationship; and
  • An overview of other key topics, including child development, legal information and important further sources of parenting advice and sup
Since Day One, DadPad has been specifically written for dads, on the topics that dads and health professionals told us that they wanted and needed to know about, with expert input from NHS and Public Health professionals. As mentioned above, it’s kept under regular review by the same individuals, so you always be sure that DadPad offers the latest, most up-to-date information and guidance as to best practice
 
Essential Parent

The Essential Parent

https://essentialparent.com/

Who is it for?
The Essential Parent is an expert-led digital library and eDelivery system that supports professionals and workers in NHS, Local Authorities and private healthcare providers who are working with parents and carers of children and young people
Content includes a comprehensive range of articles and videos from world-renowned experts. Our agile library system also allows clients to add their own content. The app currently has content in 30 languages and by Summer 2024 will be instantly translatable into 75 languages
Healthcare professionals can deliver tailored and standardised content either automatically using an App, or manually using a web-based portal
Content is divided into age categories for pregnancy, babies, toddlers, children and teenagers, as well as separate categories for Women’s Health, and languages. The app currently has content in 30 languages and by Summer 2024 will be instantly translatable into 75 languages.
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