by Guest Blogger Josh Moore of Diaper Dads
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As you prepare for a new baby, you will almost certainly invest in several baby items, like a crib, changing table, or bassinet. What might come as a surprise to you once you arrive home is how essential your smartphone will be to your life as a new parent.
With a new baby, you won’t want to be getting up every time you need to track baby data, fall asleep to Netflix shows, to turn on a lullaby, or take a picture. If you have a smartphone that is up to the task, you will be able to do all these things without reaching further than your pocket. Whether it’s the latest model or one from last season, find a phone with capabilities that let you download apps to help you on your new, exciting journey as a parent. You’ll also need to review phone plans to find the right one for your needs. Some prepaid wireless plans can support the additional data you’re using so you won’t get charged for overage.
Now that your smartphone is up to task, read on to learn about some exciting and useful apps for new parents.
White Noise Baby
One thing all new parents are in search of is more sleep. White Noise Baby can help. White noise is considered one of the most effective and inexpensive methods for helping new babies get quality sleep. Recommended by Katie Couric as a fabulous baby app, White Noise Baby includes 20 ambient sounds and 10 classical music tracks, so you are sure to find a sound that helps soothe your baby. The app also includes an interactive baby rattle to keep your baby entertained when you are out and about.
What to Expect
There is no telling what questions might pop up once you bring a new baby home. Why is her poop green? When should we start feeding him solids? What’s the best way to take a baby’s temperature? No matter what the question, one thing is certain – What to Expect can help you find an answer.
What to Expect offers apps to guide you through pregnancy, your baby’s first year, and toddlerhood. It also has an app to help you make decisions about how to manage your expanded family, including planning family vacations and finances.
While you will certainly love spending time with your new bundle of joy, that doesn’t mean you won’t need a break every once in a while. Winnie, called the Yelp for parents, helps parents discover high-quality daycares and preschools in their area. Hunting down information on care facilities can often be difficult, but Winnie brings all the most important information to one place. Winnie includes detailed descriptions, photos, tuition information, licensing status, and availability of information.
Before you leave the hospital with your baby, you may be overwhelmed with the amount of information you need to track: bottles, nursing sessions, sleep length, wet diapers. Doing all this in a state of sleep deprivation could seem impossible. This is where BabyDiary comes in.
BabyDiary makes it easy to track diaper changes, nursing, and sleep times. More than tracking, the app will also notify you when it is time for baby to eat again. It also provides a handy interface for tracking weight and measurements as well as milestones.
If you’ve just had a baby, dating might not be front of mind. You might be surprised, however, to find that you are looking for a mom-date. Use Peanut to find other moms in your area. The importance of cultivating friendships should not be undervalued. Studies show that friendships are vital to women’s mental health.
The Peanut app helps to connect moms with other women in their neighborhoods with similar-aged children. It creates matches based on shared interests and makes it easy to arrange meetups.
Armed with your smartphone and the above apps, you are sure to settle into your life as a new parent.