8 Must-have Apps for New Parents
Technology has made the job of new parents so much easier with information and tools right at their fingertips. From health information to white noise, mobile baby monitors to growth monitoring, and even apps to help vacationing with babies go a little smoother, these apps can help new parents with one of the hardest but most rewarding jobs in the world.
Cloud Baby Monitor
For only $3.99 you can use the phones you already have as a baby monitor. Simply download the app on both phones and set one of the up in the baby’s room. You can see and hear them from your room without having to buy expensive baby monitors you’ll only use for a season.
This app is pure genius. You’ll never be too late to catch a cute sound, face, or moment because this app is designed to start recording a few seconds before you can even press play. Because babies don’t seem to perform on command and only display their tricks at unexpected times, this app will make it so you’ll never miss those moments again.
Instead of letting photos take up all of your phone storage, download Chatbooks so that they’re automatically and instantly organized into small books and sent right to your doorstep. No organizing or laying out skills on your part. Simply download the app for free and sync it with your photo album or even social media account. The photos automatically fill up the pages and can even include captions if you want. Proof it before it’s sent, and for only a few bucks the books are printed and shipped to you.
BabyCenter’s Pregnancy Tracker and Baby Development
Get expert advice and information on milestones, development, and medical questions you may have at any time. With this app, you can get answers on the go without having to lug books around or call your mom or doctor. It’s free and great to have when your little one gets a rash or displays some symptoms when you’re out and about.
Baby Shusher is a sound machine right on your phone that makes a “shushing” white noise sound that emulates the sounds from the womb. Sounds can play for up to 8 continuous hours and you can choose the duration of the sound.
This app is specifically designed to track eating and sleeping patters and give you daily and weekly summaries so you can learn your baby’s habits and keep tabs on their growth and development. Knowing how long your baby naps for and at what times, how much they eat and for how long can help you get into a routine and have accurate information for caretakers.
The Owlet app connects with the Owlet Smart Sock and shows you your baby’s heart rate and oxygen level right on your smart phone. With wireless communication, you don’t have to worry about heavy duty machines or cords to wrap around your baby. The Smart Sock uses pulse oximetry to send information to a small base station set up in your baby’s room, and that information is sent via Wi-Fi to your phone no matter where you are.
Baby Pack + Go
Babies can make trips complicated, but this app will be your best friend as you prepare for your vacation. You can load lists and create itineraries centered on your baby. Never forget the sunscreen again, and use the app’s soothing sounds to pacify your baby during flights or long road trips.
*Post edited to update BabyCenter app name from “My Baby Today,” to “Pregnancy tracker and baby development.”
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The Smart Sock comfortably wraps around your baby’s foot to track heart rate and oxygen levels using clinically-proven pulse oximetry. The base station glows green to let you know everything is okay but will notify with lights and sounds if something appears to be wrong.
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