It’s the hardest job in the world, and there’s no foolproof, step-by-step approach. The only thing you can be sure of when you begin parenting is that there will be mistakes made along the way. But that doesn’t mean you have to dive into parenthood unaccompanied. Put your favorite accessory – the iPhone – to good use and download the following parenting apps. They can’t physically change a diaper, or put an unruly teenager back in line. But the apps can point you in the right direction. Don’t get discouraged. In 18 years it will all be over.
Congratulations! You’re expecting, and, of course, there’s an app for that. BabyBump is a comprehensive pregnancy app, which means that it will likely be the only app you need to get you through these (approximately) nine months. Once you enter in your due date (the app can also guess your delivery by the date of your last menstrual cycle), the app begins a countdown tracking you through each trimester up to delivery.
BabyBump provides weekly information on baby development and what to expect in the way of cravings and symptoms. Users can also track measurements and weight, as well as personal symptoms on a daily calendar. The built-in kick counter records kicks, remembering where you left off if the app is closed—and then creates a summary you can email.
The contraction tracker—which tells you what stage of labor you’re likely in based on the length and frequency—is extremely useful in determining when to head to the hospital.
When you’re pregnant you have a about 5 million things to do, including buying a crib, taking Lamaze classes, and reading that parenting book. But don’t fret, you can keep your long to-do list organized with the My Pregnancy iPhone app.
Start by entering your due date, and you’ll be given a virtual calendar that describes, week by week where, you baby is in his or her development. Your development is being tracked, as well. For example, at 22 weeks, the app informs you, your belly might become “a hand magnet.” (You have the right to ask people not to touch, according to the app).
Mixed in with development details are helpful answers to questions you are burning to know, such as “Is it safe to get a bikini wax while pregnant?” (Yes, according to My Pregnancy). And will moisturize help to reduce stretch marks? (No, but it will help to reduce itchiness).
The app also has plenty of extras, such as allowing you to create a baby registry, helping you track weight gain, and reminding you about taking prenatal vitamins. There are a few educational videos sprinkled in for good effect.
Following the sustained success of its WebMD Baby app, the pioneer of online health and wellness information introduced WebMD Pregnancy app, which is a healthy addition to any expectant mother’s mobile media library.
WebMD Pregnancy is the most accessible and comprehensive app available for expectant mothers. Like all WebMD applications (as well as most apps that help expectant mothers understand what’s happening to their bodies), WebMD Pregnancy offers highly personalized features and educational content. After watching a brief introduction video, users are asked to provide their due date to access updates and information pertinent to their exact point of pregnancy.
“It’s all about marrying content that is relevant to the person,” explains Todd Zander, WebMD’s vice president of mobile and emerging media. “During the intake process, we ask questions specific to the user to customize the experience.”
What separates WebMD from other worthy applications is the combination of extensive content (more than 600 articles, 20 videos, and 5 slide shows) and tools (kick counter, contraction tracker, etc.) Most apps of this type specialize in either content or tools – rarely both. None of them offer the breadth of doctor-approved information like this for free.
This very informative app answers all questions you might have while tracking you along your pregnancy. It is frequently updated with tons of reliable information and articles. The weekly videos talking about the progress of baby can be the favorite “TV show” of many moms. And if you don’t find something you are looking for, you can talk to other moms having the app. The app is also available for Apple Watch.
With more than 400 articles, suggestions and many tools, this app is very helpful for first time moms. One thing I especially like is that tracking the baby development is done by comparing through fruits and veggies. The great app also has an active community of experienced moms.
The beautifully designed $3.99 app has some features that other apps don’t. It has interactive, weekly updated high quality 3D animations to get a deeper understanding of your baby’s life. It also includes tracking tools and comes with a printable pregnancy magazine.
It is one of the best pregnancy app with tons of information and tools. Daily and weekly articles and videos are presented to feel comfortable every day of your pregnancy. The answer and question section is really busy with thousands of questions answered every day.
So the doctor has confirmed it – you or your partner have a bun in the oven and it is time to help it grow. The iPregnancy app provides details on the development of the baby, as well as information on where the mother and father should be emotionally and physically. One of the app’s best features is a photo gallery which shows images of what the baby looks like as it grows inside the womb – it is amazing to see a cluster of cells take shape.
Caring for a baby can seem like an endless cycle of bottles, diaper changes and naps. The Baby Timer app ($4.99) will help you keep track how much formula is consumed, how many diapers needed changing, how long he or she slept, and so on. It invariably reduces the risk that you will accidentally forget a meal.
All parents have grand ambitions of getting lots done around the house when the baby is napping. That is hard to do if you are constantly having to stop to check on the child. The $2.99 BabyPhone app is an ingenious invention that will alert you when he or she awakes. Input a telephone number, such as your house line, put the phone by the baby, and off you go. When the baby wakes, the app will call the telephone number provided to alert you.
An alternative to BabyPhone, use your phone as a baby monitor with Baby Monitor & Alarm. Noises activate the app to call a different phone. The $2.99 app is great for anyone who still has a landline and tested by parents with actual kids.
If you are out and about with your children, you are going to want to be aware of the nearest bathroom. The SitOrSquat: Bathroom Finder app (free) is a life saver if nature calls, and you’re not familiar with your surroundings.