Interaction design

The tiny food application is guideline and tracking meal application for mothers and care taker. I have designed and implemented the baby meal guide and tracking system, as a form of mobile application. Little's food introduces guidelines given by the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) ingredients by age and nutrition, and allows mother's and caretakers to get ready guidelines and track plans through a calendar and customisable lists. The content also indicates nutritional information, common allergens, and seasonal food for parents to make more informed decisions.

Tiny food

The challenge

Traditionally, the most common recommendations regarding baby food is guided by doctor or experienced mother's. Moreover the data available on various platforms tends to be overwhelming and confusing for mother's or mother's to be. The challenge was to provide babies a variety of different natural ingredients at early stage by setting up a predefined food guideline and to write food journals to keep track of what babies eat. 

Why it is important?

Making appropriate food choices for your baby during the first year of life is very important. More growth occurs during the first year than at any other time in your child's life. It's important to feed your baby a variety of healthy foods at the proper time. Starting good eating habits at this early stage will help set healthy eating patterns for life.

User research

6 mothers (different ages) | 2 Doctors

During the initial discovery phase 1-1 interview sessions were conducted with mothers and doctors. I interviewed people of age groups between 25 - 40 years, with diverse backgrounds to understand their approach and experience about baby meal planning.

Qualitative interviews

Dr. Dipali Ramdasi, 42 years, Mother

  • I was guided by paediatrician guided for planning my baby meals, schedules and food items.

  • I looked into online articles and videos but could not checked for their originality.

  • Recording was necessary but I used to logged it in my memory.

  • I also took some additional courses as suggested by my paediatrician.

Neha Shanbhog, 32 years, Mother

  • I was guided by paediatrician and mother for guidance about meal planning. 

  • I did not refer to any online articles. 

  • Introducing solid food was done only after consulting doctor for 6 months post delivery.

  • No recording was done as such of what she likes or dislikes.

  • I was not brief about breastfeeding before my delivery but I would have loved if it was.

Amruta Yende, 32 years, Mother

  • I was mostly guided by guided by my mother on how and when to feed the baby.

  • Had no reference to solid food on how and what to give. Mostly pureed vegetable or fruits and experimented.

  • Use to do some recording in dairy about new food tasting and changing habits.

Dr. Vineeta Ketkar, 60 years, Gynaecologist

  • Most of mother's to be or even mother's are not aware of food meals. We guide them step by step and also suggest them to go through some material.

  • Usually the meal is planned based on age and weight of the baby.

  • A number of studies indicate the correlation between what and how babies eat at early age and long-term health outcomes, such as obesity, diabetes, food allergies, and cardiovascular health.

  • Various organisations, food generals provide a general overview of what and how a baby needs to be feed. But it's very overwhelming for mother's and adds to confusion about what exactly needs to be done.

Insights

After conducting user interviews, contextual inquiry and analysing the gathered data, I was able to categorise the insights into these 3 categories

Factors

Age, weight, gender

Nutrition

What and When

to give.

Records

Recording the meals

Parallel products

Insights

  • Over whelming data available on above platforms.

  • Segregation of data is  based on the behaviour of all the stakeholders(mother) in this system. A resource just focuses on particle subject.


 

Prioritisation of needs

Based on the user needs and the capabilities of the sensor-based product I started prioritising the use-cases.

Primary needs

  • Predefined guideline based on age, weight and gender.

  • Create customise meal plan (day to day)

 

Manual inputs required from user

Secondary needs

  • Predefined guideline based on age, weight and gender.

  • Create customise meal plan (day to day)

 

  • Tracking meal (like, dislike etc)

  • Create customise meal plan (day to day)

 

No Manual inputs required from user

Brief

To design a tool that combines baby meal guideline, tracking & planning, engaging features and the presentation of evidence based content for positive and nutritious experience.

Design approach

Translating insights into tangible ideas by screen flow wire framing and iterations

Wireframes

On - boarding

Guideline

Creating profile

1. Add age data

2. Select Gender

Edit guideline

Create

3. Profile overview

Dashboard

Material colors

Key Interactions addressing the most prominent user activities

Easy on-boarding and configuration

Step-by-step on boarding and configuration to help parents quickly setup the app. The step contains simple 3 step addition of age, weight and gender.

Predefine meal guidelines

Predefine meal is set from data collected at different platforms. After entering the data personal data the user can get predefined guideline. 

0-4 months predefined breast feeding guideline.
4-6 months predefined guideline. The user can edit or add as per requirements.
Creating customise meal

Meal creation is done in simple format by selecting date and food selected by the user. The user can go and save the meal or view guideline for reference.

Dashboard that provides quick access to all meal plans

One-step access to all the meal information for easy tracking and monitoring with least manual efforts. The dashboard also shows favourite to least favourite meals of babies on daily, weekly and monthly basis.

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