For some extremely lucky parents, this parenting thing comes naturally. They know exactly what to do and when to do it. For others like me, everything is a mystery and we need help every step of the way. There are so many things to keep track of, so many things to learn and it can get overwhelming at times.
I am an IT girl and naturally, I look to technology to hold my hand. My smartphone has come in really handy both during my pregnancy and parenting journey thus far.
So I thought I would share with you some of the apps that have worked for me, they could help you too.
- Baby center: This app has been with me from the very first day I found out I was pregnant to date. It offers useful daily and weekly tips for pregnancy and baby mostly founded on research. It also has a community section that allows you to get information from fellow moms. Also as a bonus, it has a growth tracker, feeding guide and sleeping guide (including lullabies). The app is available for free from the Apple App and Google Play stores. More information on this app can be found here.
- Ovia Pregnancy and parenting: I really enjoyed the pregnancy app. It showed an actual size drawing of baby’s hand and later toes. It also allowed a quick lookup of foods and medication that were either safe or unsafe during pregnancy. It includes a calendar to plot doctors appointments, days events and how you feel. I don’t really care for the parenting app though, it feels below my expectations after using the pregnancy app. Both apps are also available for free for both Apple and Android devices, more information can be found here.
- Who’s your daddy: As a man, you will not find many pregnancy apps and this sometimes leads to the man feeling “left-out”. This app helped me know what to expect on a daily, weekly. It even sometimes advises what to say and why some things are happening with the Mrs and in a summarised fashion. The app also looks out for the man, by encouraging exercise. The only downside to the app is that, once the baby is born, there’s no use for it probably until the next pregnancy. The app costs about $3. More info here.
- AwesomeBaby: I use this app all the time and I mean all the time. Mom worries include but not limited to, whether the baby is feeding enough, sleeping enough, and which boob did he/she feed on last. This app allows me to keep track of feedings, pumping, sleep, diaper changes and even growth. The User Interface (UI) is pretty simple and clean and the free version offers summary charts. You will have to buy to get some extra features and PDF reports, but I am quite comfortable with the free version. This app is only available for Apple devices.
- The wonder weeks: If you’ve ever had your baby cry and you’ve tried everything and nothing makes seems to help then you need this app. It helps explain your babies mental development and the reason why they may be clingier or fussier at certain points and guide you on how to help them. It is based on the book “The wonder weeks” which I highly recommend. The app is available both on the App and Play stores at about $2. More information available here.
I hope this list is useful to someone else. If you have any app you think I should try please let me know.
special thanks to Mr. Man for writing the caption for who's your daddy :-)