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6 Amazing Apps for New Parents
Hey new parents, we know you have a lot on your plate with feeding schedules, doctor’s appointments, and all that laundry, but the good news is that technology is here to help! Your smartphone is perfect for capturing every precious moment of your little one’s milestones to share with friends and family, but it can also help with keeping life streamlined. Check out some great apps that will make your new life with a baby a little easier.
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Apps that do it all can be helpful, but that can be a lot of information clogging your screen when all you need to know is which side you last breastfed on! Sometimes it’s easier to turn to singular-function apps. To stay on top of baby’s most important activities—eating and sleeping—try the Eat Sleep app. This is an easy-to-use iOS capable app for tracking your baby’s eating, sleeping, and diaper habits. As a busy new parent, you don’t have any extra time, but this app is set up like a simple daily journal, letting you track events as they happen throughout the day. It only takes a few seconds to input the data, and then you can view each day’s entries altogether or sort by activity to see patterns and trends.
For the family that is always connected, BabyTime will be a lifesaver. This innovative app was created just for first time parents, so it’s easy to use. It also lets everyone—mom and dad, grandparents, nannies, or other caregivers—record and keep track of baby’s activities. It updates in real-time and the information is stored on their cloud server so you don’t have to worry about losing important data. You can track a variety of activities such as feeding, sleeping, diaper habits, and growth, and over time, you can analyze habits. You can also upload pictures to share milestones with all the important people in your baby's life.
Cloud Baby Monitor
As much as you might want to, you can’t hold your baby every second. Someone has to do the laundry and take a quick break for lunch! Since we are always surrounded by our smart devices, let’s put them to work. With Cloud Baby Monitor, you can turn your iOS or Android smartphone, tablet, TV, or watch into a baby monitor, so you can keep an eye on your little one no matter where you are. It uses WiFi or Bluetooth to send a high-quality video stream directly to your device. You can get noise and motion alerts, talk to your baby, turn on white noise or lullaby sounds, and more.
When things go south, we often head straight to the computer to google our question. But this can often turn up contradictory advice! When it comes to your baby, you want to be right. So, when unexpected questions arise with your new baby, turn to WebMD Baby. This app connects you with an extensive library of physician-approved baby health and wellness information that you know you can trust. You can watch videos and easily search for articles and tips with the most up-to-date strategies from experts.
For parents who want to find a new home for their growing family, doing the legwork and getting the process started can be a bit of a challenge. However, like everything else these days, there’s an app for that! The Redfin app, for instance, allows parents to easily search local listings from their phones. Additionally, you can virtually tour different homes to get an idea of what the property looks like before you schedule an in-person tour.
Keep Your Phone Safe
Now that your phone is an even more crucial part of your day-to-day life with these apps, you’ll want to protect it. Instead of worrying about accidental spills or dropping your phone while juggling the diaper bag and the carseat, invest in a great phone case. Cases like LifeProof offer excellent protection from wetness and damage while still giving you full access to all the features of your phone.
Make parenting more of an adventure and less of a worry with amazing apps you can download on your phone. Whether you are tracking important health data, celebrating reaching milestones, sharing with friends and family, or just keeping an eye on your little one, these apps will help you out along the way.
Courtesy of guest blogger Erin Reynolds (diymama.net)