Imagine it, you’ve just given birth, you’re all wrapped up in being a family and you don’t know whether you’re coming or going anymore. While this is all going on you’re expected to know what you’re doing; how much milk have they had, when did they last sleep, have they had a dirty nappy recently? Remembering all this stuff can be tricky, but luckily there are some really handy apps that can make your day so much easier. I wanted to share my favourite two with you so you can see if they can help you out.
This is the app I use every single day. Before George was born I had the Pregnancy+ app, which was great, so I had high hopes for this one. The main reason I wanted an app was to keep an eye on how many wet and dirty nappies I was changing as I could never remember!
I love the different trackers that are available for nappies, feeds and sleep so you can keep on eye on patterns your little one may be forming or make sure they’re getting enough nutrition. For breastfeeding mums it can also tell you which side you need to feed from next in case you forget. Disclaimer* – this is all great as long as you remember to put the data in but you can backtrack and add entries if you need to.
It also has a library full of helpful blog posts from real mums on so many subjects – in the first few days of George’s life, these were so helpful! I really appreciate that most of them seem to pop up at specific times when you’re more likely to need them; for example, 3 days after George was born I got one on how to cope with little sleep.
You can also keep your memories in here and create a gallery or ‘a face a day’ slideshow which you can export to share with friends and family. It’s a lovely way of looking back to see how your little one has changed in such a short space of time.
The Wonder Weeks app is one I use a bit less frequently but is still super helpful. I believe it is based on a book of the same title and this talks about the leaps in your child’s development. This means you can keep an eye on what skills they should be learning and give them a helping hand if they need some assistance reaching that milestone.
I find the most helpful feature to be the week calendar. It suggests when your child will go through leaps so you can see if they’re likely to be more fussy during this period and basically prepare yourself. So far, every leap has been pretty spot on or very close for George; it’s reassuring to know that when your baby seems frustrated for no reason, that you can pinpoint it to something.
During each leap, you get a main overview of what you can expect but it also goes into a lot more depth in further posts for things like skills and abilities. I always find it so interesting to read up about what George is going through and see how I can help him to learn.
Those are my favourite two apps that I use now that I’m a mum. I am sure there are many other great ones out there, but I think these two are a perfect pairing in terms of helping you through parenthood. You don’t want too many otherwise you won’t get the full benefits of what each one can do to help you.
Do you have any apps that you use on a daily basis that other mums/parents/carers should know about? Tell me about them in the comments.