The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new app to help parents keep track of their baby’s milestones from 2 months to 5 years.
The app is available on the iPhone App store and the Google Play store.
Here are some of the features of the Milestone Tracker app:
- Milestone Tracker – track your child’s developmental progress by looking for important milestones using an interactive, illustrated checklist
- Milestone Photos and Videos – know what each milestone looks like so that you can better identify them in your own child
- Tips and Activities – support your child’s development at every age
- When to Act Early – know when it’s time to “act early” and talk with your child’s doctor about developmental concerns
- Appointments – keep track of your child’s doctors’ appointments and get reminders about recommended developmental screenings
- Milestone Summary – get a summary of your child’s milestones to view, and share with or email to your child’s doctor and other important care providers
- Add a Child – enter personalized information about your child or multiple children
Of course, no app can replace regular well-check visits with the pediatrician, but it can help reassure you if you’re concerned about where your child is compared with what would be considered “normal” or can help you raise the red flag if you’re noticing that your child doesn’t do what other children his age is doing.
If your child isn’t following the milestones, there are early intervention programs that are available before age 3 through Any Baby Can and Easter Seals of Central Texas.
IBM improves its benefits for parents
Last month, IBM let its employees know it’s expanding the benefits to its working parents.
In a blog, it announce the plan Meeting the Needs of 21st Century Parenting.
We’ve written about some of the benefits IBM employees who are moms, including those in Austin, receive. Specifically, its innovative program to ship breast milk home when an nursing mother who is an employee has to travel for work.
Now, IBM is reimbursing employees up to $50,000 to cover services for each child with mental, physical or developmental disabilities. This $50,000 is in addition to what insurance already might cover.
This is huge. Having a child with different abilities is incredibly expensive. It can financially ruin families. Even with amazing insurance, parents are still spending tens of thousands of dollars a year in out-of-pocket expenses on co-pays, services not covered by insurance, equipment, parking, medications and more.
IBM also expanded many of its other parent-friendly programs, including:
- Increased paid parental leave to up to 20 weeks (from 14 weeks);
- Doubled paid parental leave for IBM dads, partners and adoptive parents to 12 weeks.
- Parents can choose to take parental leave any time during the first year after the birth or adoption;
- Reimburse up to $20,000 for eligible adoption or surrogacy expenses including medical costs associated with surrogate birth mothers.
IBM also offers expectant mother parking spots, child care and after-school center discounts, child care centers at its locations, and flexible scheduling for parents who need to pick children up after school, go to children’s events or appointments.