Being a mom to be for the first time is really wonderful – but it can be scary too. Baby apps can guide you through your pregnancy until the big day arrives. Then you’re a new parent, and you have a million and one things to do.
You’ll probably end up doing most of them yourself. But there are some great free apps out there that can make your life easier – and literally save your baby’s life!
Web Md Baby
Looking after the baby is a big responsibility. What should you do in case of emergency? What does your baby need from you? Get your free WebMD app to receive regular articles and updates that will give you the info you need.
They’re even geared to match the first two years of your baby’s life with info that’s age-relevant. Who knows? That info could even save your little one’s life!
Today’s Parent My Family
This app will come in handy even before the baby is born. Tell it your due date, and you’ll get a cool, info-packed newsfeed with everything from health info to news about your baby’s life stage, games you can play together and healthy recipes to enjoy.
Plus you get extra tools: Potty Pal (yes, these issues get really important), a Feeding Log to track baby’s feeds and (Yippee!) a Nap Tracker.
My Pregnancy Today
This free app is a must-have for moms-to-be. Knowing what’s happening to your body – and your baby – really helps. It’s designed to give you info in a fun way too.
You can join the forums and talk to other expecting moms at the same stage of pregnancy as you are. A bit of moral support can go a long way.
Got an issue or a concern? Ask the community! You’ll get more responses than you can shake a stick at. Let’s not forget that you can upload pics of your belly as it grows and compare your shots or turn it into a time-lapse video. Check it out!
Great excitement! The baby arrives! You will, and should, take lots and lots of pics of your precious little one. With this free app, you’ll be able to edit all the photos like a pro so that you’ve got the best possible record of your baby’s early years.
After all, your smartphone is handier than any camera or PC. Already have photo editing tools on your phone? Try this one, it’s better!
Keeping a baby journal is cool. You can share it with your friends and family, and show it to your little ones when they’re older.
Build a timeline with all those life-changing ‘firsts’ beautifully recorded and add all the gorgeous pictures you want. Grandma is going to love this – and you can turn it into a very special, personalized baby book later on.
You might not want to post your baby’s pics onto your Facebook timeline. After all, it’s YOUR facebook, and not everyone will be interested. Create a private space for your baby’s pics that you can share with selected people.
You can add videos too and even add important updates such as baby’s weight and height.
Both you and your partner can access the page, regardless of what devices you’re using, so proud moms and dads can keep those important updates rolling in. In case you were wondering, the ‘23’ refers to the pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome – so go ahead and post as many pictures as you like.
And yes, you can turn it all into a photo-book too.
Returning to the grimmer realities of parenting, you will be getting up in the middle of the night, sometimes, quite a lot. Avoid stubbing your toes or falling over the furniture by downloading a free flashlight app.
It’s nice and bright, and you’ll be able to find your way to baby’s side in safety. But watch out for flashlight apps that ask for permission to access your dat. It’s a light! It shouldn’t need to do that.
Color Flashlight is a good flashlight app that won’t play fast and loose with your info.
Sit or Squat Restroom Finder
When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. While you’re pregnant, you’ll find that knowing where the nearest restroom is can save you a lot of stress and embarrassment.
Once your baby arrives, there are nappies to change, and if you’re out and about, finding a good place to do that is also important. But keep your app, even once the baby’s out of nappies.
When junior tugs at your sleeve and say “Mom, I’ve got to go!” you’ll never be at a loss. Since users rate the restrooms, you’ll also know where the cleanest one is.
Seamless Free Food Delivery App
Sadly, it’s not the food that’s free, but this app can save you from cooking dinner once in a while. Find your favorite cuisine, place an order at a take-out place you know you like and wait for your dinner to arrive.
Unfortunately, this app only works in major US cities. Any app designers out there? Moms are waiting for this trend to take off!
Cozi Family Organizer
Try it for yourself and see – after all, it’s free. This highly rated app has all the features you need to keep that endless list of things that have to be done organized.
Track your grocery lists, keep a calendar for the whole family, and make a list of all the things you have to get done. You’ll hang onto it (or its successors) even after baby isn’t a baby any more.
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