The Top 8 Apps Every New Parent Needs
You’ve spent nine long months having the same daydream. You’re sitting serenely in that brand new glider, holding a perfectly swaddled baby, lulling her to sleep. She closes those teeny-tiny eyes as that new-mommy glow flushes through your face. Sure, that scene is maybe some of the time… but what you’re not daydreaming about are the sleepless nights, gazillion diaper changes, and pools of spit-up. Parenting is hard work. Don’t stress yet though: Technology is here to help you. Before your baby’s even born, you can check out these absolutely amazing apps that new parents are sure to need!
Your baby is doing a lot, even when it seems like they’re “just” peeing, pooping, eating, and sleeping. This handy-dandy app lets you track feedings (breast or bottle), diaper changes, bath times, growth measurements, milestone markers, and even meds your baby may need to take. Even though it’s only available for iOS, Baby Loggy has Apple Watch features (you can log and get reminders right from your wrist) that may help simplify your new-parent life.
You’re going to have a ridiculous amount of baby pics soon. (Seriously. A crazy amount.) Instead of just leaving them in one big, untouched jumble, you need a fab photo app to manage the collection. That’s exactly what this one does, and it’s an easy option for anyone. Create custom images with the app’s editing abilities, sort your photos into folders, and do much, much more with this on-phone gallery.
White noise helps your baby sleep, and that’s exactly what they need right now. Gone are the days when you had to run the vacuum or turn on the dryer: This app offers a sound catalog that features a wide range of sounds such as air conditioner, campfire, beach waves, blowing wind, cat purring, light rain — or even a heartbeat, just like your newborn is used to dropping off to.
This iOS app can record your pumping sessions, help you to keep track of your fresh and frozen milk, set expiration dates, and calculate how much milk your baby is using. Breastfeeding is hard enough as it is. Using an app to track these nursing nuisances can make taking your child to daycare, traveling, and even everyday life much easier.
You’re not leaving the hospital without a car seat unless you’re walking. This app offers expert tips, product data, help with installation, and model comparisons. The app’s offerings will grow with your child — letting you pick and use new card seats as your child moves from infant carrier to front-facing seat to booster.
You’ll always be there for your baby, but when they’re napping and you need to be in another room, Annie can be there too to help you keep an eye on them. There’s no need for a super-fancy standalone monitor when you have two devices nearby. Not only can you listen to your baby, but you can also watch them with the video monitor function. The iOS version works with your Apple Watch and can monitor up to four children. And, bonus, it has a lullaby feature that lets you create a playlist of your baby’s favorites.
Developed by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s InfantRisk Center, this app is a major resource for new parents when it comes to medication. Aside from the awesome ability to search the database for meds your child may need to take, it also helps you to find out what drugs are (and aren’t) okay for breastfeeding mamas.
There are a seemingly endless amount of photo editing apps out there. But that doesn’t mean they’re all perfect for a new parent. This app has milestone-specific editing tools, letting you make perfect pictures to commemorate each of your little one’s major accomplishments.