I’m sharing a few of my favorite apps for making life with baby easier!
Shortly after I had Isaac, the pediatric nurses came in every two hours asking so many questions! I was exhausted and I could barely remember my own name, much less when the last time Isaac nursed, how long, and how many dirty diapers he had. I picked up my iPhone and downloaded a couple of different apps at that point to help me keep track of everything. Those nurses thought I was OCD (maybe I am just a tad, we all have our flaws) when they came in and I told them down to the minute the last time Isaac ate and when his last dirty diaper was. I think they secretly loved it though, I made their charting easy. I thought I would share a few of my favorites that made my life with a newborn easier and some that I still use religiously now that Isaac is older (he’ll be 7 months old next week…where does the time go?!).
I love this app so much! If you haven’t heard of The Wonder Weeks, don’t worry, I hadn’t either before I found the app. It’s a really awesome book that explains different “leaps” (aka mental developments) your baby goes through that can explain various fussy phases they go through during their first twenty months Earthside. I actually listen to the audiobook (it’s $4.99 in the app store), but this app is a great “cheat sheet”. You just enter your baby’s due date (they base mental development stages off of your baby’s age since conception) and it will give you a roadmap of the ten leaps. It provides a calendar that shows all of your baby’s “fussy”, “stormy”, and “sunny” times. Every single time Isaac is unusually ill or fussy, I can check the app and he is always in the middle of a leap. It explains so many of the strange behaviors that seem to come out of nowhere, too. I recently set up a “leap alarm” through the app so it can alert me before a leap starts. Lifesaver. It does cost $1.99 in the app store but it is totally worth it in my opinion.
This is the one app I used constantly while I was in the hospital after having Isaac. It was great to keep track of feedings, diaper output, and growth. I made sure to start the breastfeeding timer during every feeding and I logged every diaper. I also logged every time they took updated weight and height measurements for my own records. I really love that you can see a growth percentile chart on the app when you log their measurements! I no longer track every feeding and diaper…I think I stopped doing that when he was a couple months old (aka I stopped worrying about every little thing) but I still use it to this day to log his growth at every checkup. Sometimes we weigh him at home just for fun and I will log that as well. You can also track sleep, pumping, bottles, solids, bath time, doctor visits, medication, vaccinations, and activity!
3. The Bump
Another app I really love is The Bump. I had this during my pregnancy and I loved getting the updates every week on Isaac’s size and development. They still push out updates once baby is born and it gives you lots of information on their mental and physical development and milestones. There’s also a “real answers” tab where you can read questions that were asked and answered by experts (such as doctors, psychologists, pediatricians). You can also ask your own question to have answered by an expert. I love this feature!
Mamava is the coolest company ever. They have designed nursing/pumping pods for traveling mamas! These pods are located through many metro airports all over the United States! How freakin’ cool. And convenient. I have not gotten to use one yet but I can’t wait to hunt one down the next time I travel! Having a nice, clean place to pump while you’re traveling makes all the difference. The app is pretty amazing because it helps you locate places to nurse or pump when you’re out and about, not just airports (although those are included on the map as well). You can see nursing/pumping locations in museums, parks, and libraries that are added in by other users. There is also a rating system to tell you how good or not so good a location is to nurse or pump at! Yes!
5. Baby Pics
Me at 20 weeks pregnant with Isaac!
Baby Pics is one that is more for fun! I used this app throughout my pregnancy with Isaac to make the cute little weekly pregnancy update photos. You can also use them for monthly milestone photos for baby! They have the cutest stickers to add to your photos and it is super easy to use. I’ve been using these occasionally for Isaac’s monthly photos. They have adorable holiday stickers you can use for photos as well. This one is $2.99 but I like their stickers the best out of any of the baby/pregnancy photo editing apps out there.
6. Pump Log
This one has been great since I went back to work! I use Pump Log to track my pumping sessions and milk production overall. It’s great for helping you see a trend of how much you’re pumping everyday. I can look back at various days and see if there is a dip in supply and I can usually get to the root cause of the dip and fix it. It’s really useful! It’s one of the better apps for tracking pumping sessions in my opinion. If you’re an exclusive pumper, you can also calculate when you can stop pumping based on your baby’s age and milk intake per day.
I hope these apps help make your life easier! What are some of your favorite baby (and non-baby) apps? I’d love to hear in the comments or on social media.
Have a great week!