By Emily Graham
First-time parenting is like nothing else in life. You’re thrown into the deep end with a tiny human who is all yours to care for and there’s no instruction manual in sight. Luckily, there are many helpful apps available to help you manage with confidence and grace. Check out these five options from New Life Family Outreach for making the newborn parenting life easier.
1. Glow Baby
When you first bring a baby home, everyone is going to be tired and overwhelmed. Keeping track of feedings, diaper changes, naps, and other daily events can be overwhelming if you don’t have a system to help you.
Glow Baby does all that and more. Need to keep a log of your baby’s bowel movements for the doctor? Want to keep track of the little things like feeding sessions and the big things like monthly milestones all in one place? The Glow Baby app has you covered, and you can share it all with your friends and family as desired.
2. Mommy Save: High Contrast Baby Visual Stimulation
Sometimes you'll do everything you can think of to soothe your baby, and your little one still will be fussy. That moment is the perfect time to whip out Mommy Save: High Contrast Baby Visual Stimulation app that uses visual stimulation to calm little ones. Using a variety of movements, shapes, and interactions, the ad-free app grabs the attention of your baby and soothes them. A paid version lets you access even more music and game screen options.
3. Sleep Baby Sleep
Few parts of parenting can be as tricky as trying to get your baby to go to and stay asleep. The free Sleep Baby Sleep app knows this and offers assistance in the form of white noise options to help get your little one settled into a sweet sleep in no time. Sound options include running water, fan, and womb sounds, and you can start and stop it manually or use the handy timer feature to plan your white noise sessions ahead of time.
4. The Wonder Weeks
For baby development, there aren’t many apps that can compete with The Wonder Weeks. Babies are constantly changing and developing, and it can be difficult to understand and predict these changes in behavior. The Wonder Weeks app helps you keep track of your baby’s developmental milestones and understand what the app refers to as your baby’s “mental leaps” that can influence behavior. The app not only offers tips about how to manage each leap but also includes many impressive extra features, such as a 4G WiFi baby monitor, e-books and audiobooks, and music.
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5. Miscellaneous Apps
In addition to the above, it pays to round out your app arsenal with a variety of helpful apps to make life at home easier. Scheduling apps like Cozi have won families over for its ability to easily manage appointments, chores and errands. ZenBusiness points out that other helpful apps, particularly for parents who work from home, include Evernote, which is excellent for note-taking and to-do list prep. And for busy parents who need to use an iPad or their iPhone, GoodReader offers access to PDFs, zip files and other typically incompatible files.
While the newborn phase can be overwhelming, it is also the perfect time to establish good parenting habits. Take advantage of technology and let it make your life easier so you can spend less time worrying and more taking soaking up every moment with your beautiful baby.