Kids Sleep Doctor
By RMA Consulting Ltd.
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
Developed especially for children, Kids Sleep Dr helps parents understand and improve the sleeping and waking patterns of their child - from newborn right through to teenagers. Fill in your child’s sleep diary, understand their sleep patterns and receive sleep tips personalised to your child.
Completing the diary is simple – just use your finger to ‘paint’ the times. Then compare with other children of a similar age and share this information with anyone you choose. Unlike other sleep apps Kids Sleep Dr gives specific advice tailored to your child, based on age and the data collected. This is distilled from the best research, clinical experience, and feedback from the hundreds of parents who pass through the Evelina Children's Sleep Medicine Department every year.
Unique from other sleep apps its sleep-friendly colour scheme means the light from your mobile device won’t disturb you or your child during the night. You’ll be able to fall right back to sleep afterwards.
Key app features:
* Finger painting style data capture
* Easy to digest weekly summary report
* Report sharing functionality
* Personalised sleep tips based on your child’s age and other information
* Non-disruptive colour scheme for use at night.
The Evelina Children's Sleep Medicine Department is a nationally renowned centre of excellence for the investigation and treatment of disorders of sleep. User experience and technology consultancy RMA Consulting partnered with the department to design and deliver the app.
Good but could be excellent
As others have noted this app makes a brilliant start but needs some tweaking. As we are already under the team that developed the app I was slightly surprised the timings were limited to 15 minute intervals. To start with the waking categories seemed good but we have had to choose 'nappy/loo' when our daughter is woken by her ongoing medical issues as there is no suitable option and no way to add your own category to the list. The stats were extremely helpful until they condensed and no longer showed daily patterns. As we have been advised by the sleep specialist to look at these daily patterns and trends I was really disappointed by this. If these issues are addressed I will be straight back to give it 5 stars!
Starts well... But instead of getting the daily summaries it started with, I now get totals for Sundays, not even the current day. Not much use when looking at trends. Data is complicated when downloaded and no time to mess around with it with a newborn. No personalised messages. Started well and easy to use, but not much use for me now. Needs options for data and settings to select what is most suitable for circumstances.
Suddenly changed, less helpful
Initially this app was a godsend. After 3 weeks it suddenly shifted from showing daily info to weekly, which is of no use to me trying to compare daily sleep, waking and settling times. There should be adjustable settings to show the data in the best form for each user. Also there is no "woke for feed" option so it either has to be labeled as distressed or contented waking which is not accurate. Please update or at least revert to the original app!!