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Baby Buddy - parent app launch

Published: 29/11/2017

Need support with parenting? We’ve got an app for that!

Local health visitors are, this week, launching a mobile app that guides parents and health professionals through pregnancy, birth and the first six months of a baby’s

The free app, called ‘Baby Buddy’, has been developed by the Best Beginnings Charity. It has been embedded by health visitors at Solent NHS Trust and is supported by midwives at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust/University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

“The app doesn’t seek to replace the role of health professionals. Rather, it acts as a tool to provide you with information that is reliable, accurate and is available 24 hours a day. With so much information available on the world wide web, it gives you assurance the information you get has been reviewed and verified by a number of trusted health bodies and professionals,” said Vicky Pennal, Health Visitor at Solent NHS Trust.

“We are excited to be working with our local health partners on this new app, which will help guide parents through pregnancy, birth and the first six-months of their babies life,” said Abbie Aplin, Director of Midwifery and Maternity.


Baby Buddy has been created with mums, midwives and doctors, so users are guaranteed the information is reliable, accurate, and is available 24 hours a day. The app also uses language that most people will be familiar with as well as provides a comprehensive glossary that explains any complex words and phrases.


Among other benefits, the app can send parents reminders about immunisations, appointments and sign post to local support services such as breastfeeding.

You can download Baby Buddy for FREE on Google Play and in the App Store, and there is also a web version of Baby Buddy. A dads' version of the app is also planned.

Note to editors:

You are welcome to drop in for the app launch on Thursday 30 November:

- The Ashby Centre, Stratton Road, Southampton, SO15 5QZ, 10am - 12pm

- Somerstown Family Hub, Omega Street, Southsea, PO5 4LP, 10am - 3pm

Southampton Mayor, Councillor Les Harris, will be at the launch event.

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