Bebbo app – reliable information for parents
The Bebbo app, supported by UNICEF, the EU and the Institute for Public Health, provides the parents of children aged up to 6 years with reliable information on a range of topics including health, nutrition, breastfeeding, safety and early learning
PODGORICA, FEBRUARY 13 - Being a parent is probably the most demanding job. We need to provide support to every parent, as nobody cares more about children than parents. For this reason, UNICEF is launching the Bebbo app for the parents of children up to 6 years old in 12 languages across 11 countries in this region, including in Montenegro today, thanks to the collaboration with the Institute for Public Health and the EU Delegation.
“I invite parents to use the Bebbo app, as it provides them with systemic, correct, and reliable information related to their children’s health. I also invite my fellow pediatricians to inform parents about this app and to motivate them to use it”.
The Bebbo app provides parents of children up to 6 years old with reliable information on a range of topics including health, nutrition, breastfeeding, safety, early learning, and positive parenting. There are also games which parents can easily incorporate into their daily routines with their children. The Bebbo app provides guidance to parents about their own wellbeing too.
“I am sometimes worried about whether children’s height and weight are in line with their age, and the app has helped me clarify this. Maybe the most interesting content is related to ideas of games to play with their children every day. There is also a vaccination schedule and we can track when our children have got immunized and even set a reminder for the next vaccine or the next health check-up".
UNICEF hopes that the app will support more mothers in Montenegro to breastfeed, as only one in five mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies during the first six months. The Bebbo app can also support more fathers to be actively involved in the upbringing of their children during the first years, as now only two out of five fathers read and tell stories, sing, draw and play with children at this young age. Through the Bebbo app, parents can learn about positive discipline to avoid corporal punishment, as well as to clarify their concerns regarding the vaccines that children should get during the first years of life.
“The first six years provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for establishing the foundations for children’s wellbeing for their entire life. Within the Bebbo app, UNICEF has joined forces with the Institute for Public Health and the EU to respond to a request from Montenegro’s parents, expressed in UNICEF’s recent research, about receiving reliable information about their children’s early development through a mobile app".
The Bebbo app is part of a wider EU support programme which the EU and UNICEF are implementing in Montenegro to help parents and caregivers raise happy and healthy children.
“The EU is very happy to support the launch of this great new tool for parents, which will enable them to get appropriate and scientific information about the early days of parenthood, in the Montenegrin language. It not only offers handy, efficient and accurate information related to children’s health and development, but it also focuses on the wellbeing of parents, which is very important during the Covid-19 pandemic,”
The app is available for free in the Montenegrin language for all types of smartphones. It contains no ads and it collects no personal information about the users. Every piece of content within the Bebbo app has been cleared by the experts of UNICEF and the Institute of Public Health in Montenegro.
The Bebbo app is part of an effective early childhood system programme, whose goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of children whilst also supporting caregivers. The three-year programme will run until July 2023. It is being funded by the European Union and is being implemented by UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports and the Ministry of Finance and Social Welfare.