On the one hand, it’s the greatest thing you’ve ever done.
You brought a little life into the world, and your life is forever changed. Parts of you are unlocked you never thought existed. You feel a love that’s utterly unique.
On the other hand, you’re terrified. Terrified you’re going to be the kind of mom you want to be. Terrified that you’ll be able to juggle everything successfully. Terrified that you won’t have what it takes.
You often feel both simultaneously. During that ride home from the hospital, going 15 miles an hour in a 45 MPH zone- just in case. Leaping out of bed at the first sniffle. Even standing in the aisle at Target fretting over whether organic baby food would actually going to make a difference.
NEW STAGES, NEW QUESTIONS
You gain confidence as they grow. Eventually you develop routines that work for your family. But each stage brings its own set of questions.
- When’s the right time to introduce solid foods?
- What are the best ways to deal with a sick kiddo?
- Do some approaches to discipline that work better than others?
- How can I prevent my toddler from melting down on an airplane?
In the first few years you encounter hundreds of questions like this. You’re smart, and fully capable of handling whatever your little one throws at you (sometimes literally.) But do you ever wonder what it would be like if you had a support network to help you quickly get answers to these kinds of questions, right when you have them?
- What if you didn’t have to consult a book?
- What if you didn’t have to spend hours reading product reviews?
- What if you didn’t have to schedule a doctor’s appointment every time I had a concern?
SmartMom is our attempt at answering this question. We set out to create a friendly, safe community for moms to help each other. And after months of work we’re finally ready.
Throughout the day you’ll receive occasional push notifications with a question (you can control the frequency, and even turn these off). Pop in, answer the question in a helpful way, and move on with your day.
As people like your answers to questions, you’ll begin to accumulate points. These points go toward monthly contests we’ll be offering to the most active members of the community. This month, for example, we’re giving away a B.O.B. Stroller. It’s our way of saying thank you for helping the community out.
We’ve been in limited beta testing for a while, and the early results have been super encouraging. The average question has gotten answers within 10 minutes, and has received 7 helpful answers within 24 hours. No waiting for answers from a forum, no pettiness. Just fast, helpful advice.
This is just the beginning, and we plan on making improvements to the app as we go. As you use it, please give us feedback so we can make it better. We hope you find SmartMom as useful and rewarding as we do.