Hey, Baby, There’s An App For That!

December 19, 2013

This is not my baby.Ten months later (don’t be fooled, it’s not nine months) your baby arrives. Now what?

For those of you, like me, who didn’t spend your time reading and researching about babies and what to expect when the little one arrives, after the momentary panic subsides (why didn’t I research?!), you’ll come to discover baby apps are your new best friend. Below are a couple of my favorites.

Disclaimer: All recommended apps are for iPhones.

My Baby Today
A customized daily calendar provides valuable tips such as how to clean your baby (in case the hospital visit is a bit foggy), developmental milestones and suggested activities related to your baby’s age. The app, by BabyCenter, also pulls in user content allowing you to see what other parents are experiencing. Additional features include a lullaby playlist, personalized baby checklist and a birth club, featuring parents with children born in the same month.
Cost: Free

White Noise Ambiance Lite
This app has been a lifesaver, offering much-needed ambient noise while the wee one sleeps. The floor fan is my go-to sound but there are many more noises available, some questionable such as cat purring and traffic.
Cost: Free

iBaby Feed Timer
If I had to pick one app that’s helped me the most, this would be it. The app allows you to time your baby’s feedings, log diapers and bottles plus receive feeding reminders (just in case your baby wasn’t already screaming for food). You can also analyze the data and sync between phones for an additional fee.
Cost: $1.99

With seemingly endless app options, I’ve found receiving recommendations from other parents has been the most helpful and least time consuming.