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babyZbook is a Swiss-based startup currently in beta which hopes to help you move your baby books online. The name is pronounced as “babies book”. The service is available in multiple languages including German and English. The service feels like a test more than an actual beta but there is enough to get the product discussion moving in terms of overall roadmap.
I created a babyZbook and the process was easy overall. You can add information about the baby’s birth, events, photo albums, measurements and graphs. The photo feature only offers an upload option – it would be good if they could pull in photos from online sources like Flickr or SmugMug.
The design of the actual baby book is pretty nice and has tabs for the different content options (see example below). The only major change would be to look at the ability to customize the background and allow for comments on the appropriate content. I want my family to interact with my baby’s book not just look at the content. What about allowing my family to signup for email updates? And videos?
On the admin side where you enter the content, the interface feels very thrown together and really needs more work for people to take the tool seriously. All measurements within the service are in metric – they might want to offer the option to switch it if they are looking to enter the U.S. market.
There’s certainly a business model in this type of site – from the simple ad-based model to premium upgrades to printed services, there are many options available. Other services in this area include Kidmondo and Lil’Grams.
Here’s babyZbook’s 20-second pitch from the Techcrunch meetup in Zurich last week: