Study Information

Purpose of the study

The goal of the iBaby Study (Investigating Baby Behavior and FamilY Technology Use Study) is to learn about associations between families' technology use and babies' development. We hope that what we learn from this study will help us to better understand how to support today's families to promote healthy infant growth and development and family interactions.

What will families in the study be asked to do?

Participants will engage in 6 assessments; one during the mother's third trimester of pregnancy, and then when the baby is 2 weeks, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months old.

For all visits, research assistants will visit the family's home for 1-2 hours per visit. During these visits, research assistants will assess the mother's mobile device and technology use and markers of the mother's and infant's health. We will also observe mother-infant feeding and social interactions. The mother will be asked to fill out surveys about her family, emotions, feeding practices; her baby’s behavior and development, and her relationship with her baby.

How much time will this study require?

Families will be enrolled in this study for ~18 months. This study will require 35-40 hours of families' time over this 18-month period.

  • At the prenatal visit, study assessments will take 2-3 hours to complete
  • At the 2-week and 4-month visits, study assessments will take 9-10 hours to complete over a 10-day period
  • At the 6-month visit, study assessments will take 7-8 hours to complete over a 10-day period
  • At the 9-month and 12-month visits, study assessments will take 4-5 hours to complete over a 10-day period


How do I enroll?

Contact us! We are happy to answer any questions you have about study participation. If you decide you would like to participate, we will first ask you a few questions to assess whether or not you are eligible and, if you are eligible, we will enroll you and your family in the study.


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