What is ChatterBaby?
ChatterBaby compares your baby’s sounds to our database of roughly 1,500 sounds, to determine whether and why your infant cries. It uses math(emagics). Before you use it, you must apologize to every math teacher you’ve ever told, “Why do I need to learn this junk?”
How accurate is ChatterBaby?
ChatterBaby correctly identifies roughly 85% of pain cries, and is roughly 90% accurate for catching any baby cries. Fussy/whiny cries are the cries most often mistaken for non-crying.
How can I make ChatterBaby work better?
The less background noise is present, the better the algorithm will work. If you feed it a soundclip of you singing to your crying baby, it will not work. If you feed ChatterBaby a soundclip of your dog barking, it will not work.
What kinds of cries does ChatterBaby predict?
The algorithm assumes the baby is crying for only three reasons: hungry, fussy, and pain. If your baby is crying because he really, really, wants to taste some Legos and you just won’t let him (true story), it will not work. Sad fact: separation anxiety cries are predicted as “pain” by our algorithm.
Can I trust the ChatterBaby algorithm?
Your brain and your own intuition are far more powerful than the fanciest equations. If the ChatterBaby algorithm and your own common sense disagree, always trust your brain.
What happens to my data?
We store it for science on a server that is HIPAA-compliant, removing as much information as possible that links your data to you individually. We are interested in discovering whether abnormal vocalization patterns in infants can predict neurodevelopmental delays such as autism. Odds are, a human being will never actually hear your baby’s audio sample; a computer script will run some math on it and throw the answers in a big spreadsheet to do even more math. For more information, see the Consent Form you agreed to when launching the app: link to consent.
Is there a warranty?
Nope. Nein. Zero. Zilch. Nada.
Is this a medical device?
No. See also “Can I trust the ChatterBaby algorithm?“ above.
What about remote monitoring?
The latest update improves user experience for algorithm feedback and supports offline content.
Ratings and Reviews
Amazing and educational!
Love love LOVE this app. It’s so cleanly designed and straight forward, and it’s really fun to see if my “auntie intuition” about whether why my sister’s baby is crying is accurate or not! Highly recommend for any who has a baby in their life. What I thought was truly amazing is that anyone who wants to contribute to autism research, can through the surveys (totally optional) that they provide - and the app is in both English and Spanish! Totally worth a try and absolutely recommend.
Great tool for helping to decipher baby cries
Very impressed with the usefulness of this app. It is incredibly easy to set up and get started, and it’s a nice data backed way to help provide some additional insight into why my brother’s baby is crying when I’m tasked with babysitting! Worth the download in my opinion.
I love this app. It worked with both of my babies, but was especially useful as a first time mom. It helped me trust my instincts with my eldest daughter and I think make a substantial difference in the amount of stress I experienced. I recommend it for all parents and caregivers!!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.