If you are pregnant and preparing for your very first child, congratulations. Having a baby is one of the most exciting (and maybe a little scary!) things that you can do. Not only are you living the motherhood miracle, but you are also preparing to begin caring for your baby from the moment he or she is first held in your arms. Needless to say, there’s one crazy adventure ahead of you!
First-time parents are well-known to be more than a little crazy with love and sleep deprivation caring for that first child. Thankfully, modern parents don’t have to go on guess-work and family wisdom alone. There is literally an app for every key aspect of first-time parenting, and when your little one comes, your phone will be a lifesaver. In the months leading up to delivery, now is the perfect time to get your phone and your app suite ready for the new baby.
The Right Tools for the Job
If you’ve got a clunky old cellphone, it’s time to think about an upgrade. A new phone is a perfect way to prepare for the new baby. Why? Because you’re going to want an amazing camera, generous screen and can’t-fail battery life to document, research, and monitor every aspect of your baby’s new little life. Your phone is key to smart-baby-monitoring, finding advice, and snapping endless adorable “baby’s first” photos. You’ll be using your phone to watch videos, play soothing music, and track every little detail of your baby’s life. And it’s easy to find savings and plans that fit your needs and your budget.
Let’s dive right into a few apps that will become the cornerstones of your modern parenting strategy.
What to Expect (When You’re Expecting)
What to Expect When You’re Expecting is one of the most well-known and prolific pregnancy brands around, and it’s no wonder why. With a clean interface and tons of interactive on-point information, AppPicker points out the What to Expect app is built to tell you everything you need to know about both being pregnant and raising your baby through the first few years of life.
If you want to download an app right now that will get you on the right track to modern phone-assisted baby parenting, the What to Expect app is your ideal place to start. Dip into the ample information, neat insights, clear illustrations, and useful tools available to you from now until your baby is old enough to play phone games on their own.
Baby Feed Timer
Baby Feed Timer is a state-of-the-art mobile app designed to help you keep track of your baby’s meals. The app can handle breastfeeding, bottle feeding, breast pump use, and even solid food. It’s a fantastic versatile baby-tracker app focused on feeding and growth, and AppAdvice points out you can even use it on your Apple Watch.
On top of feedings, the app can also handle diaper tracking, baby weight, and size, and help you keep notes and reminders for anything else baby-related. Having this app on-hand before your baby is born will make those first frazzled days with your infant so much easier!
InfantRisk Center for Healthcare
Want to know if it’s safe to take aspirin while you’re pregnant? Worried about properly caring for your infant after you get home? The InfantRisk app is your go-to resource. This incredibly useful app has tons of easy-to-find information on what medicines are safe for pregnant mothers and for infants after they are born. Definitely keep this app on-tap when preparing for the arrival of your baby.
After the baby is born, every parent becomes hyper-focused on how well they are developing. We all want our babies to be little geniuses, and we want to catch any clouds on the horizon in time for early preventative care. The BabySparks app will help you do just that while interacting with your baby in all the right ways. BabySparks suggests daily activities and helps you track milestone developments, making it a fun must-have for you and your little one.
Preparing to become a parent is all about thinking ahead and using the tools at hand. Let technology be part of that journey. When you have an awesome phone and all the right apps, you’ll be prepared for all the wonderful challenges of first-time parenting.
By Josh Moore
Josh Moore entered the world of fatherhood four years ago with the birth of his son, Wyatt, but he’s on diaper duty once again with the arrival of his second son, Hayden. He created diaperdads.org to not only give credit to all the superhero dads out there but give them some helpful tips to navigate fatherhood, diapers and all.