Developer: MOMMYMADE, LLC
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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It’s vital that babies get enough sleep each night. It’s not only great for their health, but it’s essential for sleep deprived parents as well. There’s a new app available that makes sleeping a lot more enjoyable for everyone in the family.
Lullabytes is developed by the same crew who worked on the Baby Einstein music library. It’s designed to put baby to sleep with calming classical music, and it also includes a sleep diary for parents to keep track of patterns. The app is ideal for children 0 to 36 months of age.
The interface is colorful and simple. When the app is opened for the first time, the main screen features a huge orange play button, a ladybug nightlight and a tiny teddy bear clock.
Parents can immediately soothe their baby by tapping on the orange button. There are a total of 12 music pieces that total about 25 minutes. The tracks play through, but they can be paused, skipped or stopped at any time. When the final musical piece if finished, parents can restart them manually or the app will play them softly again when it detects crying.
A sleep diary helps parents pinpoint patterns that can be shared with their pediatrician. The charts compare baby’s total sleep with the recommended daily amount for their age.
Lullabytes is perfect for developing a healthy sleep routine, but it may not be so nice on the iPhone’s battery. The app recommends connecting the iOS device to a power source if it is used all night, but parents can also lock their phone to prevent draining the battery.
While Lullabytes could use more music and sound options, additional tunes aren’t a deal breaker. The cry-activated music, controlled sleep timer, sleep diary, quick start nightlight and airplay support all make this app a no-brainer. It’s currently free in the App Store, but parents will want to get it soon before the price jumps back up to $2.99.