When is the last time you used your phone to do a quick search or snap a picture of the moment? Pretty recently, I’ll bet. You might even be reading this article on your phone. It’s no secret we live in a super connected digital world, and pregnancy and motherhood are no exception. Here are some of the best new mom apps that will make your life a whole lot easier.
Guide to the Best New Mom Apps
With so many apps at your fingertips, it can be tempting to download everything you see. I’ve divided up the best new mom apps by stages so that you’ll know what to download, according to where you are on your motherhood journey. Your phone storage will thank me.
Trying to Conceive
If you are trying to conceive (TTC) , technology has made this process a a bit simpler. It can be hard to keep track of all the important dates during your cycle to pinpoint fertility. These apps will help you chart your cycles so that you know when you are ovulating or most fertile.
This app allows you chart your period, daily health and symptoms. The data you enter will be translated into personal insights for you. You can even get your partner involved. He can connect to the app so you can both view the information, but did you know Glow also tracks male fertility? Men can use the app to log their daily activities including sex habits, weight, medications, alcohol intake, and even exposure to direct heat sources.
A personal favorite of mine, this tracker is very user friendly. The app offers ovulation tracking and cycle predictions, complete with reminders and insights. The reminders are my favorite, because they were the most timely of all the trackers I used. Thats super important because when it comes to conceiving, timing is everything!
Despite this app having a little less fancy user interface than the previous apps, there are women who swear by it. The basic features are free, you enter your daily observations to get a personalized fertility chart. The chart is a helpful visual tool that allows you to see patterns and predictions about your fertility.
Best Pregnancy Apps
If you’ve gotten a positive pregnancy test, you’ll want to know what to do, when to do it and how to do it. The good news? There are apps that can guide you through your entire pregnancy. So much is going on and this is when you’ll need support the most. Let’s get into the best new mom apps for pregnancy.
Baby Center was started back in 1997 as an online resource for all things pregnancy and parenting on the internet. It has since evolved into one of the most popular websites for new moms and it has an app for on the go support. You can see what your baby looks like week by week and whats happening with your pregnancy. The forums are amazing, you can connect with other moms to be that are due around the same time as you. There are a variety of tools available to capture a picture of your baby bump progress, track your baby’s kicks and even time contractions. Its a one stop shop and my personal favorite.
You’ll find week by week updates on your developing baby here complete with a 3D image depicting what your baby looks like on the inside. This app also offers a feature called Real Answers. Questions about pregnancy symptoms and safety, labor and delivery and baby development are answered by medical experts and other professionals.
The classic pregnancy book and longest running bestseller What To Expect When You’re Expecting is now available in app form. This app offers daily pregnancy tracking about your baby’s development and countdown to your due date. Plus there’s a cute growth tracker that compares your baby to fruit sizes! It doesn’t stop there, there’s a new video weekly that goes into more depth about your body changes and how your baby is growing.
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Baby Tracker Apps for the First Months and Beyond
Good news, your baby is here! Bad news, there’s no instructions or manual on what to do. Fortunately, there are apps for new moms so that they can turn to a trusted resource even if the pediatricians office is closed.
If you’ve opted to breastfeed, you’ll need an app that can help support you, give tips and help you connect with other breastfeeding moms. This app offers step by step guidance with videos about all of the important topics like latching, feeding positions and how your milk is made. Get help from experienced mothers and lactation professionals that are available to answer your questions. This app even shows you breastfeeding friendly places while you’re out!
Wondering whats going on in your baby’s mind? Since he or she wont be talking for a while, The Wonder Weeks Apps can give you insight on about the mental leaps that your baby will go through. Understanding the mental leaps that are happening with your baby can give you some understanding about why they’re fussy or crying. It’s the closest thing we have to a baby mind reader! When you understand baby’s perception, it’s like rediscovering the world all over again with your baby.
Your camera roll will be filled with baby pictures, capturing every moment and milestone of all baby’s firsts. The Baby Story app helps capture those moments and accent them with cute artwork, filters and fonts. As if anything could be cuter than your baby!
Want one place to track everything from feedings, to diaper changes and medical appointments? It’s an essential all in one tool for documenting all the things you’ll want to track about your baby, including poop. (Is that color normal?) Sprout Baby will put all this information into a graph and you can even get an on demand PDF with all the information you’ve tracked at the doctors office. Helpful for when you cant remember anything when they ask you on the spot.
Putting a newborn to sleep is no simple task. When you need a little extra help, consider downloading a white noise app. Whats one more sleep aid? This app has a large selection of ambient noises to soothe the baby, help them fall asleep and stay sleep.
Best Apps for Moms
These apps are for you! Having a baby is a huge transition. While nothing will make this change effortless or perfect, these new mom apps can help you navigate your new role as mom.
Meal delivery apps are not specifically apps for moms, but meal delivery can be a godsend during the first days home with your new baby. Tired and hungry is a bad combination for the entire family. Use a food delivery service to order food from nearby restaurants and save time over the stove.
Self-care is huge for anyone, but new moms can especially benefit from taking time for themselves to recharge and balance any anxiety they may have. Shine is an excellent app for moms to check in with how they’re feeling. The free version of this app sends a daily motivational message. Who couldn’t use a pick me up during this vulnerable time?
Meeting mom friends can be challenging because you’re tired and busy and maybe the last thing you want to do is try and be social. Finding other like minded moms gives you the opportunity to connect with other women who are the same journey as you. New moms can feel isolated in their transition, but technology can bring them together.
You can get ALL of the things , baby essentials and even groceries and pantry items delivered to your home. While this is not an app just for moms, you’ll probably find yourself ordering diapers, shampoo, extra onesies. Like magic, it will show up at your doorstep in a few days after a long night of no sleep. Just be careful if you’re ordering while sleep deprived!
Working out may not be on the top of your priority list but its important to try and fit some type of postpartum exercise into your schedule. The Nike Training Club app is free to download and offers 185 types of workouts! You can even start with a 15 minute workout. When you’re ready, check out this app to get moving. If you need some motivation, check out my 8 reasons to workout post baby.
You’re using your phone to do everything else, why not use your phone to make those first days and months a little easier? Will you be downloading any of these new mom apps? Did I leave an app off the list? Sharing is caring, leave a comment and let me know!
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