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By Samuel Fine
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About this project

What's happening, baby?

My wife and I welcomed our daughter back in February of this year. I knew having a baby would be tough, but whoa. We were out of our depth. Even though we're both involved parents, thanks to the exhaustion and the general chaos that comes with having an infant, we still had a hard time keeping up. 

Being a parent isn't always stressful, but in our experience, those moments can leave you feeling helpless and unimaginably frustrated. We needed a tool to help reduce our stress and exhaustion, so we could spend more time enjoying our little monster.

So I'm building Newbee to help make life a little easier for new parents like us.

Know it all.

Newbee is based on a foundation of logging and tracking events that occur on a daily basis in your infant's life, like eating, sleeping, diaper changes, play time, trips, and more.

You can use the data you collect to identify patterns in your infant’s life, useful for narrowing down the causes of sleep problems or watching for allergies or illness, and to track growth and development over time. To keep you and your family on the same page, all your events are securely synced with Newbee's servers—“the cloud,” if you're into the whole brevity thing. If your little teething darling drools all over your phone or accidentally throws your tablet in the sink, your data is safe and sound.

Thoughtfully designed for busy, tired parents.

Parents already have enough going on without having to bother with constant data entry demands, but a service like Newbee is most helpful when it has as more information to work with. I'm focusing on making Newbee quick and easy to use so you can find what you're looking for and do what you're trying to do as fast as possible. Everything you'll want to do is only a tap away, in the Actions menu.

Plus, Newbee is made to work with every family's unique needs. You can customize the Actions menu to show or hide actions based on your baby's development. For example, you can update "Breastfeeding" to "Solids", or add a "Meds" action if your child is on daily medication. You can even add your own custom fields in any category for detailed tracking that meets your family's needs. I'll have more to share about that soon...

One family, all in.

Every family that uses Newbee gets their own (aptly named) Family account, which can include as many family members as you want at no additional cost. No need to pay every time you download the app, no awkward pairing process to share data. 

Beyond parents and children, you can also add Helpers with limited access to your Family account. Grandparents, babysitters, nannies, and anyone else caring for your little one can accept your invitation to join your Family as a Helper, and be adding events in seconds. You can even restrict Helpers to a time period you specify without providing access to any events or account information he or she doesn't need.

...and more!

There are more additional features than I have room to cover right now. I'll be sharing details about many of these over the next few weeks, but until then, a short list: Night Mode keeps your phone dim for you and your baby during nighttime wakings; a noise generator to help everybody relax; Nightstand Mode for tablets, with the current time, feeding details, and sleep timers; optional push notifications for instant updates when you need them; and, you can export your data at any time.

Available (almost) everywhere.

Blended families, rejoice: Newbee works on phones and tablets running iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Firefox OS

And that's just for starters. Newbee is built using web technologies, which means it's flexible enough to work on any device with a modern web browser. Besides most phones and tablets, it also works on desktop and laptop computers, and even some crazy places like smart TVs, video game consoles, automobiles, and beyond!

★ SOMETHINGS FOR EVERYONE

If this Kickstarter is a success, backers and non-backers alike will reap the benefits, including:

  • The basic version of the Newbee app will be free for everyone to download! With the basic version you'll be able to save events on your device, and view stats for events you've saved over time. For advanced features like automatic backup and syncing between devices, you'll need to upgrade with a subscription. (See below.)
  • I'm designing my own icon set to use in Newbee, and I'll be uploading the entire set of icons to The Noun Project with a Creative Commons CC-BY license so they're available for everyone to use!
  • I'm using the Cooper Hewitt typeface in Newbee, and I've made a few slight modifications to make it easier to read at small sizes. Your groggy eyes will thank you, and I'll be making the resulting fonts available under the Open Font License once I've had a chance to finish and test all the tweaks.

★ $1 — LITTLE HELPER

Your name will be listed on Newbee's Special Thanks page for as long as Newbee exists, as well as access to double-top-secret backer-only updates. And, not to mention, my sincere thanks for helping make this a reality.

★ $5 — STICK’ER UP

You'll get a high-quality, weather- and drool-resistant die-cut vinyl Newbee sticker in the mail. A sneak peek at the first batch:

Note: the final colors may vary slightly.
Note: the final colors may vary slightly.

You'll receive the $1 reward as well. :)

★ $16 — THRIFTY BIRD

You'll get a 1-year subscription to Newbee for 33% off the standard annual rate. Move quick, only 500 are available! Plus, you'll receive the $5 and $1 rewards.

★ $24 — EARLY BIRD

1-year subscription to Newbee, plus early access to Newbee's beta testing phase in November. You'll be one of the very first to try it out, and your feedback will help guide its growth and development. And, of course, you'll receive the $5 and $1 rewards too.

★ $50 — SWADDLED

You'll get a fantastic Newbee t-shirt, printed with the help of the good folks at Cotton Bureau in Pennsylvania.

This is just a mockup, the final shirt design will vary slightly.
This is just a mockup, the final shirt design will vary slightly.

It's a soft, tri-blend shirt in heather black to hide those inevitable stains, featuring the Newbee logo printed using water-based inks to make sure it's even softer. Feel free to snuggle away.

And if that isn't enough, you'll also get the $24 rewards, including a 1-year Newbee subscription and early access in November!

★ $100 — NONE FOR ME, THANKS

For those of you without children: imagine how good your life could be if all your friends, family, and coworkers with babies were better off thanks to Newbee? Put some of that disposable income to good use and help bring some much-needed relief to the new parents in your world. You'll get a Newbee sticker and your name on the "special thanks" page. Now go enjoy getting a good night's sleep, you lucky bum. 

If Newbee is fortunate enough to exceed its goal, any additional funds will guarantee my ability to continue working on it full-time into 2015. I have so many ideas I'd like to explore after version 1 ships. Here are just a few of the ones at the top of my list:

  • A public API so anyone can connect their app, service, or internet-enabled hardware with Newbee;
  • Smartwatch support for notifications and quick actions;
  • Features for parents of toddlers like development tracking (speech, motor skills, socialization, etc.) and potty training;
  • Features for expecting mothers like stat tracking and contraction timers.

I've been working on Newbee since May and have made solid progress on its foundation, but I need to focus on building it full-time if it's going to be as awesome and useful as it can be. Rather than seeking out some kind of investment to provide the funding I need, I'd prefer to look to the families who could use something like Newbee.

Beyond financial assistance, connecting with a large number of families through a fundraiser like this means I'll be able to get a wider variety of feedback as Newbee is developed. I'm trying to make Newbee useful for as many families and situations as possible, so the more voices I hear from throughout the process, the better it'll be for everyone!

Risks and challenges

Since I'm solely responsible for nearly every aspect of Newbee, it's possible that an expected injury or personal tragedy could impede development. However, this is statistically unlikely as I'm currently of good physical and mental health (just had my annual physical; you should see my glomerular filtration rate!) and lead a low-risk (read: dull) lifestyle.

As with any software development, it's difficult to predict which features, or aspects of a feature, will end up being more time-consuming than expected. However, from the work I've already completed, I don't anticipate any major problems finishing Newbee's core features that would cause me to miss the estimated v.1.0 release timeframe of December 2014.

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