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Stupid Usability #65

Father Knows Best?

Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 8/18/2014

From the mind of Chad Heinle, Senior Consultant at High Monkey:

As the old adage goes, write what you know. I have recently found myself in a new venture called “fatherhood” and as such am suddenly immersed in all things baby. Peel back the layers of cute and cuddly and you begin to find some stupid usability. As a new parent with absolutely no experience, there is no doubt this will be one of many posts going forward from a gift that keeps on giving.

Today’s topic: feeding.

There is a lack of standardization for new parents to follow, which can certainly cause confusion. Yes, I do understand that every baby is different, but surely babies have been around long enough that there could be a good “start here for standard baby” point where you move into something else if that doesn’t work.

Take the bottle, in my house alone we have five different bottle types – different sizes, shapes and nipple styles. None of these are particularly marked as special, and there was no signage at the store to say which bottle to start with as the standard.

Next: how to feed a baby. If you’ve ever read through a baby book, you’ll notice that there are half a dozen “standard” ways to hold a baby. Once again, which is the particular hold I should start off with?

Lastly, what to feed a baby. Breast milk is best, but formula is sometimes a necessity. Which formula are we supposed to start off with? How much should we buy at a time? What kind should we get: ready-made in bottle, ready-made in large bottle, small can of powder or large can of powder?

Trial and error seem to be the name of the game here, and nobody with knowledge of babies seems willing to commit to a “start here” point. I would find it most beneficial as a new parent to have a “cheat sheet” that gives at least a starting point to weed through all of the confusion and especially all of the marketing.

I’m already losing sleep because of the kid, I don’t need to lose sleep wondering if we started off with the right thing.


Chad's Bio Coming Soon!

More About Virgil

Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

Posted: 8/18/2014 12:00:00 AM by Brian Haukos | with 0 comments