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Apps Every New Mom Needs

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Okay onto today's post; my favorite apps I've been using as a new mom! If you're new around here, we welcomed our daughter at the very end of May and she is now almost three months old. Seriously, where does time go? Two and a half months in and I think we've finally gotten our routine down, figured each other out pretty well, and besides a few fussy days, it's pretty smooth sailing. We've figured out what we like and what we don't and most importantly what makes life easier. Below are the apps we've been using and I'd love to hear what you use and love, I'm always down to try something new! 

Baby Feed Timer ($4.99) - This was suggested by one of my friends and I honestly don't know what I would do without. You're able to track everything from how much baby eats to when they sleep and how many dirty diapers they have. I typically use it to track which side I'm supposed to be nursing on, how long she eats, and any bottle feeds or pumping sessions. There are so many times I think I know what side I'm on only to open the app and realize I was wrong. I also use this app as an alarm to know when she needs to eat next. Most of the time during the day she eats more frequently than every 3 hours but if she happens to be content or sleeping, it's a good way to know when the little peanut needs to feed. It also has an analytics tab to see everything baby's doing in graphs and categories, which is fun #nerdalert. 

What to Expect / Baby Center (Both FREE) - These were the two apps I used to follow along with the progression of my pregnancy. They tell you baby's size, how baby is developing, and give lots of articles to read along the way. Both of them transition into a baby development app once you deliver so you can still learn how baby is changing and growing. However, my favorite part of both of these apps is the forums. Nursing leaves you a lot of time to sit and think or sit and wonder/worry about little things so I often find myself searching in the app all my crazy thoughts. Is she nursing too much/too little? What are those white dots on her face? Should she have smiled by now? When will she recognize my face? Luckily many other mothers have asked these questions and answered them within the forums in these two apps so you can spend hours reading what others have gone through. Warning: this can also have a Web MD effect and make you worry about things you shouldn't be. Take everything with a grain of salt :) 

Wonder Weeks ($1.99) - I've read so many positive reviews on this app within the app store, from other bloggers, and even personal acquaintances on Facebook but I can't say I'm totally sold...yet. Basically it's an infographic calendar that tells you when the baby is going to be fussy (displayed by storm clouds) or happy (displayed by sunshine). It's based off of the baby's due date and tracks mental "leaps" which are when they are learning new development skills and often get fussy during these times of change. I do like the information on the "leaps" and reading/learning about those but for my daughter anyway, the calendar hasn't been super accurate. There are fussy times when the calendar shows sun and perfectly content days when the calendar shows storm. I have had some accurate days but overall I'm not sure my daughter is totally in sync with it. That might change as she grows though, we will see. I also don't know that I like seeing the storm clouds in the future, I kinda prefer to take each day as it comes and not expect a certain emotion from my baby. 

1SE ($4.99) - Hands down my favorite app to use. Not necessarily baby related (you could use it no matter what stage of life you're in) but I think the #1 app a new mom needs. Again, a friend referred me to this app and basically you take a one second video every day (hence the name!) and it stitches all the days together to make one continuous video. You can either take the video within the app or upload a video you took that day, however if you miss a day, you can't go back and fill it in. We started using it when Poppy was 2 weeks old and it's already so emotional and incredible to see how much she's grown. There is something so different about watching a video of each day rather than just seeing pictures. I won't even tell you how many times a day I watch the video :) 

Now share, what's your favorite app? Either as a new mom or not, I'd love to know!

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