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Where in the past, parents had to rely on books, magazines and word of mouth for information about what to expect, there are now thousands of smartphone apps designed to make becoming a new parent easier and far less daunting, providing information, tools and tips in the palm of your hand. However with so many apps out there, deciding which ones you actually need can be overwhelming – which is why we’ve created a list of our favourite baby apps for new parents.
If you’re about to become a parent for the first time, download these apps to help make those first days, weeks and months that little bit easier. For more helpful hints, join our Nesting Workshops or download our newborn baby clothing checklist.
Pregnancy+ provides helpful, week-by-week information about your pregnancy. The app has a range of great features including daily pregnancy information, a personal diary, a contraction timer, baby names and baby size visualiser. It also provides you with valuable information about diet, exercise and labour.
Download Pregnancy+ on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
From the makers of Pregnancy+, Baby+ is an excellent tool for tracking your little one’s development. Keep tabs on their growth, nappy changes, feeds, sleeping habits and health in a single app, plus capture memorable moments with the baby diary, time-lapse video functionality and yearbook feature. You’ll also get access to lots of valuable information, including blogs, parenting guides, recovery tips and activity ideas.
Download Baby+ on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Research has shown that babies make 10 major, predictable, age-linked changes, known as ‘leaps’ during the first 20 months of their lives. Designed for parents of newborns, The Wonder Weeks baby milestone app helps you track and understand these developmental leaps, week by week. The app features a leap alarm, a diary to track progress and milestones, and plenty of insights into each leap including what to expect and how to help your baby through it. It also has a clean and simple design, making it extremely user friendly.
Download The Wonder Weeks on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Feed Baby helps you keep track of your newborn’s feeds, nappy changes and sleeps in a single, easy-to-use app, so you won’t forget when their last feed was and how long it went for. Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding, Feed Baby allows you to track helpful information about each feed and features detailed reports, charts and graphs that allow you to visualise important feeding data. The big buttons and simple interface make the app ideal for tired new parents tracking feeds during sleepless nights!
Download Feed Baby on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
There are lots of baby monitors available, but it’s also possible to turn an old or spare smartphone into a baby monitor with the help of an app. Baby Monitor 3G is a universal video and audio baby monitor app for your phone, tablet or computer which allows you to hear every noise in your little one’s room and soothe them remotely. The app comes with a range of features including the ability to stream live video, log your baby’s activity and play lullabies, and works on 3G, LT and WIFI so you can access the app from anywhere.
Download Baby Monitor 3G on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Does your little one take some time to settle? The Sleepy Sounds baby sleep app turns your smartphone into a baby mobile and noise maker that helps soothe your baby to sleep. Play lullabies, white noise or nature sounds, and select how long you’d like the music to play for.
Download Sleepy Sounds on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Tiny Hearts is a helpful baby health resource app which will come in handy if your little one was to become sick or injured. The app covers essential, life-saving topics like first-aid, CPR, choking and burns, as well as information about managing croup, febrile convulsions and fevers.
Download Tiny Hearts on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
ABC Kids is designed to support pre-school and younger school-aged children as they learn and grow. Featuring a range of carefully and thoughtfully curated commercial-free content, ABC Kids aims to entertain and educate young children. The app has been designed in a child- and parent-friendly way, with an interface optimised for use by kids, useful content recommendations, parental show filters and screen-time limits.
Download ABC Kids on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
A guide to mindfulness for your everyday life, Headspace is a useful app for parents and children alike. The app features hundreds of guided meditations on everything from managing stress and anxiety to relaxing and falling asleep. We love that there is an entire section dedicated to meditating with children, which features special appearances from much-loved Sesame Street characters, sleep casts and exercises designed for little ones. There are also parenting meditations related to topics such as pregnancy, relationships and managing conflict.
Download Headspace on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
With a huge number of options to choose from, we have done our best to help narrow down the search with our comprehensive list of best baby apps above. However, when researching which apps to download, it’s always important to consider the following:
Is the app backed by an expert?
In particular when it comes to medical topics such as baby development, sleep, feeding, etc. ensure the app is supported by professionals in the field.
What do other user reviews say?
Are they happy with the app recently, what are their favourite features? All these questions are worth answering using other people’s reviews.
When was the app last updated?
While bug fixes and making sure the app is running smoothly is important, it’s also good to understand when the information within the app was most recently updated. Advice about how to best care for your little one needs to be up-to-date with the latest information from trusted sources.
Whether you’re just starting your pregnancy journey or looking to see which apps are the best in each area for your baby, we hope our list has helped make being a parent that little bit easier. For all your baby clothing needs, from everyday growsuits to special occasion outfits, discover our organic cotton baby clothes from Purebaby now.
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