Becoming a parent for the first time is truly exhilarating, and daunting too. Having a little person who’s totally dependent on you for everything is a lot of pressure to have! But at the same time, it’s the most exciting and rewarding experience ever.
Not saying it’s easy though.
Luckily, these days with smartphones in every home, there are a whole range of different apps that can help make life as a new parent that little bit simpler, smoother and stress-free.
I’m one of those people who has their phone basically wherever they go, whether it’s the toilet, the bus or the kitchen. I’ve made a new year’s resolution to waste less time playing mindless phone games (way too addictive, and there’s definitely better ways to spend my time), however, there’s definitely a collection of apps that I frequently go to for advice, tips, and to track life with a baby!
Here’s a roundup of the top 7 apps every new parent needs in 2018.
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Best all-rounder app for new parents
The Bump is definitely my favourite, go-to app for all things baby-related. (It also doubles up as my favourite pregnancy app too!) It’s aesthetic, simple to use, and packed with easily digested information about all important things you need to know, at the right time. Divided into a weekly timeline, all kinds of interesting articles and content comes up on your home feed. I’m always impressed at how relevant these are, appearing at just the right time!
There’s also a community section where you can join your “birth club” (i.e. parents of babies born in a particular month) – I’m in the May 2017 Moms group
Best app for everything you’ll ever need (to do or know)
WebMD Baby runs in a close second place after The Bump – as it’s full of useful info and features that are perfect for new moms and dads. As a first-time parent, everything is new and unexpected so it makes a world of difference to have answers right at my fingertips. Particularly useful is the Baby 101 section, where the most common questions and answers are provided in relevant categories, including “Illnesses & Emergencies”, “Just for Dads”, “Milestones”, etc.
There are also a range of different trackers available – Feeding, Nursing, Sleep, Diaper and Growth – which are then all aggregated into a “Daily Totals” snapshot. What more could you want!
Best app to help baby sleep
It’s been proven that white noise can help babies have longer, uninterrupted sleeps. While you can buy fancy white noise devices for the nursery, it’s cheaper and easier to just use an app from your phone instead.
Particularly in the first couple of weeks after bub was born, we had trouble getting him to sleep in his cradle (and we really couldn’t hold him all night long). But we found that white noise seemed to soothe and calm him into a sleep. Baby Sleep Instant quickly became the app being used nightly – we generally went with the shower or sea sounds, but there’s also vacuum, heartbeat and more. Alternatively, you can even record your own sound (or voice!) to play on repeat instead. Personally, I quite enjoyed this additional background noise while I relaxed and slept too!
Best app for the science behind your baby’s fussy phases
Just when you think you’ve managed to get your baby into a good routine, or has just started sleeping through the night…suddenly things go back to square 1 again. While you can be left feeling frustrated, exasperated or just totally at a loss as to what could’ve possibly changed – your answers might be lying within this hugely popular app: The Wonder Weeks.
This app is actually based on the best-selling book: The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward.
Simply laid out in a customised calendar format, your baby’s expected phases are clearly mapped out. It details what developmental milestones baby is likely to be hitting at particular times, along with what abilities they’re probably starting to demonstrate and the signs that the phase has begun! Handy tips for each phase are also provided, which is exactly the kind of thing you need when baby’s behavioural patterns start to change.
Best app for the cutest baby milestone photos
Whether it’s the weekly milestones or baby’s many, many “firsts”, there’s always an occasion to take a photo! Baby Pics app is an award-winning, adorable way of editing these and adding personalised labels and stickers to match. It features 500+ beautiful artwork overlays, as well as gorgeous typography to make every shot look picture perfect. You’re sure to find something for every occasion, so create and print stunning photos to capture any moment.
Best app for the social mama
“It takes a village to raise a child” – too true, and you can’t do it alone. Honestly, it makes such a difference to chat with other moms who are in the same boat as you (with a new little one around). Mush is a relatively new app that’s been growing to be wildly popular, and I can see why. It aims to enable moms to more easily network and meet one another, based on similarities like what area you live in, the age of your babies/kids, your interests, etc.
The Mush Guides section also have hilarious tips and stories that are a little too relatable sometimes!
Best app for giving a break from meal prep duties
Whether you’e a cooking pro or a newbie in the kitchen (check out these easy recipes!), any mom deserves a break from preparing dinner once in a while. If you don’t want to defer the meal prep duties to your partner, treat yourself with a tasty meal from your favourite restaurant delivered right to your doorstep with Uber Eats. It doesn’t even matter if you’re not at home, get a snack or lunch sent to the park where you’re hanging out with your little one, or to the library while you’re picking out your latest reads. Either way, Uber Eats is a super convenient option for those nights where you just aren’t in the mood to cook.
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What apps can’t you live without as a new parent? Leave your go-to parenting and survival apps in the comments below!
Note that these reviews are representative of the apps’ state at the time of writing. Since then there may have been updates, improvements, additional features, etc.