If you’re in search for the best baby apps on the market, this article is for you!
As you welcome your newborn home, you may have some trouble adjusting to your new schedule as a mom or dad. Between constant feedings and newborn sleep, you're probably Googling like crazy, read article after blog post after product review to figure things out.
Our culture has changed tremendously, and we tend to rely on technology to live our lives. We here at Baby Care Mag do not advocate the use of technology by your little one or any technologies that could be invasive to spending quality time with your newborn.
However, there are a ton of smartphone apps that can be useful to assist YOU with regular, day-to-day needs as you adjust to the hectic life with a new baby. Here are the best baby apps you can download today for free.
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The Best Baby Apps
1. Baby Tracker App
As a new mom, I quickly realized that I was struggling to track my newborn’s feedings and the number of diapers. Instead of writing it all down, I decided to utilize a tracker app. As a NICU graduate, we had to make sure she was on the right path as she continued to grow.
Glow Baby is one of the best baby apps I’ve used so far. Features include tracking feeds, diaper changes, and sleeping duration. They also have a growth chart and a milestone journal. Also, there is a community forum where you can ask questions or connect with other mothers and fathers.
It has a minimalistic design, which makes it stress-free and easy to navigate. With so much on your plate, you really want something that takes a little effort. Glow Baby is an innovative app that will actually assist you in the beginning stages of motherhood/ fatherhood.
Similar to Glow Baby, Sprout is also a great app that has a tracker that features feeds, diaper changes, and a journal. What I like most about Sprout is their medical function. It includes a health tracker, M.D. visit planner, development tracker, and immunizations section. This will make it super easy to keep up with appointments as well as any health concerns or medications.
2. Baby Informational App
What to Expect
From the best-selling book, What to Expect When You're Expecting, the app is equally as informational. It’s an excellent guide as you navigate life as a new parent. There are informational articles every day on what your baby may be going through at the moment.
There is also a weekly to monthly update summarizing on the strides of your little one. Possibly what you’ve noticed or what to expect. Other highlights include a personal photo journal and a close-knit community-based forum where you can ask questions and share adorable pictures of your baby.
3. Baby Monitor App
I must say, I was pretty skeptical about a baby monitor app at first. However, I put it to the test, and it is a pretty genius idea! There are not a lot of effective monitor apps with great reviews out on the market, but with 4.5 stars at 132 reviews, Annie is a contender. There is no special equipment required! All you need are two devices (smartphones or tablets) connected to the same Wi-Fi, and the rest is super easy.
What I love most about this app is the motion detector feature. This notifies you when your baby is moving and or if she is awake when you are away from your phone. The app is free to download, but it does cost $8.99 to buy a premium account.
This gives you unlimited usage monitoring up to 4 children, ability to use multiple platforms and a reliable connection. You can definitely skip out on purchasing an expensive baby monitor.
4. Apps For Shopping Lists
Flipp is a great app for organizing your shopping list and finding the most savings to make your weekly shopping easy. There are weekly circulars from over 200 retailers. All you have to do is browse through your local circulars or simply look up the item you’re interested in to locate the stores that may have savings on the item.
Flipp helps me to stay on budget and helps me to save time when I’m shopping for our weekly groceries.
AnyList is a great app to create organized lists quickly to help save time when you’re at the store. What I love most about the app is the Siri feature, which allows you to use your voice to add items to your list. You also can share your lists with family and friends instantly, which is absolutely perfect for your spouse or anyone who will be assisting you while you’re at home with your baby.
You can also store and organize recipes as well as plan your meals and generate other kinds of lists to keep your life on track.
5. Baby Shopping App
Amazon is the #1 online shopping market out there. This app may be just what you need if you’re unable to leave the house for the first couple of weeks or maybe even months. Annual membership is $99 a year or $10.99 for a monthly membership. With Amazon Prime’s 2-day shipping, everything you need is at a push of a button.
There are over 480 million products in the USA with an average of 485 thousand new products per day. Amazon Fresh is another delivery service but for perishable food items. For $14.99 a month you can skip the trip to your local grocery store and have your groceries delivered to your doorstep.
Amazon has a wide selection of fresh groceries, and you can even choose the most convenient delivery time for you, this way you have more time to take care of your little one.
If you’re interested in organic certified food and products, Thrive Market is an excellent service to shopping for your favorite natural health, home, and baby products. For less than $5 a month, members can shop from a wide variety of quality food, supplements, and house products for a wholesale price. The best part is that they ship to your door and it’s hassle free!
6. Apps to Help Mom Sleep
If you’re looking for a sleep aid, Calm is the #1 app for mindfulness and meditation. With its beautiful and usable design, there are so many beneficial features that can help you. Their features include guided meditation, breathing programs and Sleep Stories. Sleep is not the only thing the app can help you with.
This app also has a ton of sessions for topics such as calming anxiety, managing stress, happiness, self-esteem and so much more! These sessions may run over the course of 7 days or more. Although it is not a quick fix solution, their goal is to help you with your long-term goals to achieve overall happiness.
Although it is free to download, to unlock more programs and features, there is a monthly fee of $4.99 a month for a yearly subscription.
7. Nutritional Apps
Wholesome is a great app for those who want more information on the nutrients consumed on a regular basis. I've always believed that once you're knowledgeable about what you're eating you can make smarter decisions. What's so amazing about wholesome is that it's not focused on losing weight or any diet fad, it simply promotes healthy eating.
So for all the mommies out there who are looking to eat healthier post pregnancy, Wholesome is a great app to track your nutrients and encourage overall healthy eating.
8. Food Delivery Apps
If you didn’t prep meals like me, you might need to rely on takeout. Postmates deliver’s your favorite foods from your favorite restaurants. They also deliver groceries or anything else you may need. The average time for delivery depends on your city so check out their website to see if Postmates is available near you.
Blue Apron is pretty similar to a takeout delivery service except they're delivering fresh foods along with recipes in a chilled box delivered to you weekly. What's so great about this service is there's no need to go shopping or no worrying about meal prepping, Blue Apron does all of that for you. I love that it is completely customizable.
You can choose from over 1000 meals and learn techniques to speed up meal prepping, so you can get to the best part of cooking a meal. Nothing is more important than caring for your beautiful baby. As you are fulfilling your motherly or fatherly duties, it may be hard to juggle your other commitments.
But of course, someone has to do it! The greatest aspect of these apps is that they’re designed to save you more time to live your best life. The best baby apps out there should also be designed to be efficient and effective.
We hope these apps help you in your transition to your new life with a baby.