Researchers at the University of Newcastle have developed a mobile app to help new parents make those tough decisions while raising their baby.
The interactive game aims to equip mums and dads with tips and knowledge to help on their parenting journey.
Choose your Own Parenting Experience (COPE) is designed for parents with a child aged from four weeks to 13 months.
Developer Miranda Cashin says the fun and interactive game is modelled on the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ format, designed to be played on a mobile phone.
“Being a new parent is not an easy gig. There is so much conflicting information about how to best care for your baby and everyone is an expert and wants to give you their opinion. As a new parent how do you know what to?” Ms Cashin said.
“We know from the research that psychoeducation has been shown to help parents in the transition to parenthood,” Ms Cashin said.
“However, there are lots of barriers in the way of engagement. This game directly reaches parents via their mobile phone and allows them to play at their own pace and really choose their own experience."
The game is currently in the pilot testing phase.
The team has developed the game with two scenarios that together have hundreds of different possible pathways for parents to explore.
Parents are invited to take part in the pilot study and test the game.
“We need parents to play it and give us feedback on what works, what doesn’t work and how we can improve the game. This will help us to develop a final product of the game.”
For more information, or to take part in the study, click HERE.