Can you remember life before apps? I can’t. I use them to track my sleep, manage my finances, plan my tram journeys, jog my memory about the name of a song, meditate, and am currently even attempting to whip myself into shape with Couch to 5k.
For new mums and dads out there, life is even more complicated and hectic, so there is naturally no shortage of parenting apps claiming to basically raise your offspring for you. So, because you’re probably busy with nappies, feeding and the like, I’ve done some digging to find the real deal when it comes to useful apps for new parents.
1. WebMD Baby
This popular, free app is a great resource for tracking your baby’s development – including sleeping, feeding and growth – as well as accessing physician-approved health information. Record milestones like your little one’s first word in the Baby Book, and share them with family and friends in real time. Ask A Pediatrician video Q&As are also on hand to help you navigate life as a concerned parent.
2. Baby Monitor 3G
This straightforward but clever app allows two phones or devices to act as a baby monitoring device. Set one up in the nursery, then watch live video of bub from the comfort of your room on the second device. Baby Monitor 3G allows you to see and hear everything your baby is up to, and you can even comfort remotely with the press of a button. (Anything’s worth a shot, right?)
3. White Noise Baby
It’s well documented that babies sleep more soundly with white noise, and this app has 20 looped ambient sounds (like car ride, conch shell, and womb sounds), as well as 10 classical tracks to soothe your little one. A baby monitor function automatically reactivates the white noise if your baby starts to cry. There’s even an interactive rattle option for calming and entertaining infants when out and about.
4. Milk Maid
This app is designed for pumping mums, to help keep track of milk demand and supply. Milk Maid allows you to record pumping sessions and how much milk bub is consuming, add different storage locations, set expiration dates for your supply, and more. It’s great for pre-planning when travelling, too.
5. Baby Connect
Baby Connect is a super-handy app to keep track of feedings, nappy changes and sleep patterns, as well as health and development info like height and weight, vaccinations, allergies and more. You can track trends via clear charts and graphs, and synch several devices to give other family members or child care providers access to bub’s records.
6. Hell’o Baby
This one’s a bit more fun – less about nappy changes and sleepless nights, and more a digital album for capturing and sharing photos and videos of your little angel’s special moments. You can also add audio notes, track baby’s milestones and growth, and add text and fun stickers to pics. A great way of recording everything in one place for posterity.