|I would do anything to keep this little man happy!|
Sprout Baby - I used the Sprout Pregnancy app when I was pregnant to track Baby A's growth and keep track of questions for my midwife. Once Baby A was born, I downloaded the Sprout Baby app ($4.99, available in the app store) after researching a bunch of the baby tracker apps. I loved the visual design of the Sprout Baby app and it had the three features I wanted most - a sleep tracker, feeding tracker and diaper change tracker. The three questions we are asked every time we go to the pediatrician are "How much is he sleeping?", "How many wet and dirty diapers does he have each day?" and "How often is he eating?". As a new parent, it is difficult to keep track of all of this information and pull it out of your head when asked so I love being able to record it using the app.
There is also a medical section where you can record questions for your pediatrician and track your baby's growth. There are other fun features for tracking milestones such as your baby's first walk, first tooth and first smile. You can even include a little picture. Of all the baby tracker apps, I felt this was the one that included everything I was looking for in one app!
Best Baby Monitor - We didn't use a baby monitor for the first two months because Baby A slept in our room at night and napped in his pack'n'play during the day so we were always within earshot. Once he moved into his own room, we knew we needed a monitor, but were not thrilled with the idea of paying $100 or more for one. We searched online a bit and found that there are baby monitor apps, much cheaper than buying an actual monitor! You just place one device, an iPad or iPhone, in the baby's room and keep one device with you and turn the monitor on both devices. The Best Baby Monitor app ($3.99, available in the app store) was our favorite. It has audio and video, night vision, plays lullabies and gives you the ability to talk to your baby from your device. You can also set the monitor to send an alert call to your phone when your baby wakes up. The monitor works over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth so even if your Wi-Fi goes down the monitor will still work. I love that this monitor is reliable, works anywhere and we can use the devices we already own!
WebMD Baby - This app was great for the hours (upon hours) that I spent in the rocking chair breastfeeding Baby A during those first few weeks. With the WebMD Baby app (FREE!, available in the app store) you can enter your baby's birth date and the app provides you with articles, tips and videos relevant to your baby's development. We had so many questions in the beginning and this answered a lot of them before I even had a chance to ask! You can also look up information based on specific concerns, such as sleep, feeding and illness. This app also includes baby tracking features and you can also take pictures to create a virtual baby book. With all the unknowns that come along with being a new parent, this app has helped put my mind at ease more than once.
White Noise Ambience Lite - When Baby A was a newborn and sleeping in our room at night or napping somewhere near us during the day, white noise really came in handle to drown out the sounds of our visitors, our dogs and the outside sounds of the city. White Noise Ambience Lite (FREE! in the app store) has a variety of relaxing sounds (we are partial to the stormy sounds of rain and thunder) and you can operate it on a timer. At night we would set the timer for one hour so that it would play while we were all falling asleep, but it didn't have to play all night long. There are plenty of white noise apps out there, but we found this one easy to use and we liked the sound choices.
Reminders - This is not a baby app, but I probably use this more than any other app on my phone. I am not exaggerating when I say that if an idea or task that I need to accomplish pops into my head it will literally disappear from my mind five seconds later if I do not write it down. Mommy brain is in full effect over here and I use the Reminders app to keep me in check. I have recurring reminders set for weekly tasks like cleaning the bathrooms and vacuuming and I also set reminders when I need to remember to make a phone call or pick up a prescription. I even set a reminder to write this blog post (seriously)! Plus I get intense satisfaction from checking things off of my to do list - and, right now, accomplishing even the smallest task provides me with great joy. :)
Now I want to hear from you! What are your favorite baby apps?