As an award-winning UK charity, Best Beginnings is constantly looking for ways to further enhance our resources so that we can engage, inform, support and guide even more parents across the UK in their journey to parenthood and beyond.

We empower parents and front line healthcare professionals by creating and distributing free, innovative and evidence-based resources including DVDs, online videos, an app and more.

In 2014 we launched our multi-awardwinning free app, Baby Buddy. Baby Buddy is endorsed by the Department of Health, the Royal College of Midwives and five other Royal Colleges.

Baby Buddy offers personalised support to parents in their emotional and physical transition to parenthood. The information is relevant, verified and easy to understand.

In addition to a range of fun features and customised support, there are also more than 200 films in Baby Buddy in which parents and professionals share their stories and experience. You can find out more about Baby Buddy, or view the web version of the app here. 

Even though the app is designed specifically for mothers, in collaboration with mothers and healthcare professionals across the UK, more than 4000 fathers are also using the app. Best Beginnings is actively seeking funding to create an app for fathers and fathers-to-be that reflects shared parenting, supports the couple relationship, your partner's needs as well as your own practical and emotional needs.

Evidence shows that fathers play a powerful role in maximising their child's development and parenting can "trump" income when it comes to children's school readiness, social mobility and emotional resilience.

To celebrate Fathers' Day, the Duke of Cambridge met up with dads who have faced a range of personal challenges, including Best Beginnings' very own Michael Conneely from Northamptonshire, whose 5 year-old triplets, Michael, Ciara and Tadgh, were born premature. They discussed the importance of mental health and how fathers can play a crucial role in their own and their children's mental well-being.

Best Beginnings has long recognised the vital role that fathers play in their children's upbringing and we're committed to helping them find the support they need. With your help, by next Father's Day, we will have a dads app in the app stores. If you would like to know more about the Duke of Cambridge's work on Father's Day, click here for an article by Hello! magazine.

A dad engaging with his babyWe invite you to watch a few clips of dads talking openly and honestly about some of their challenges and joys upon becoming parents for the first time. The full videos of each clip can be found in Baby Buddy. As part of the Heads Together campaign, spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and in partnership with the Royal Foundation and seven other charities, we are working harder than ever to get parents talking about how they feel. The Heads Together partner charities offer a range of services to men, women and children of all ages and we encourage you to visit their websites to seek support should you need it. 

Baby Buddy app downloads now exceed 1000 per week and are climbing. Surveys have revealed that Baby Buddy has made a significant difference to more than 75,000 users already and in conjunction with our other programmes, Best Beginnings has positively impacted more than 2 million families across the country.

We could do so much more for fathers and their children if we raise sufficient funds to develop an app for dads. If you would like to help us fundraise please get involved in one of our challenges or events or email [email protected] with your ideas.