If you were to ask me what the one thing was that was most useful during the first few months of being a mum, I might say Huggies Pure wipes, or muslin cloths, but I’d be very tempted to say my iPhone.
While being glued to the sofa for 45 minute stretches, feeding a newborn, it was brilliant to be able to check emails, look at Facebook, send a tweet. And the apps! There seriously must be an app for everything mum and baby related. Here are some of my favourites.
Babycentre app – free
As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I downloaded this app, made by the same people behind the Johnson & Johnson advice and support website.
It gives weekly descriptions of how your unborn baby is growing, how you might be feeling & tips on how to make things a bit easier. The app, like the site, has a real sense of authority and it’s reassuring to have all that advice at the touch of a button.
Stage 1 app – free
This app helps time the duration of, and period between, the contractions when you’re in labour. Which is great, because the last thing you want to be doing during labour is using a stopwatch and writing numbers down on a pad of paper. My top tip is to get your partner to download this bad boy so that he can be the one pressing ‘start’ and ‘stop’ while you squirm in pain (sorry, breathe through each contraction like an earth goddess).
Milk Monitor – £1.79
Now I didn’t actually use this app, I used a similar one that doesn’t look available anymore. But there are loads like it, so take your pick. When my baby was a newborn, I could barely remember my name, never mind when I last fed her, for how long and on which side. The beauty of this type of app is that you hit ‘left’ or ‘right’ which logs the side, starts a timer and logs all of the feeds so you can quickly see how much your baby has had that day compared with other days. If you’re bottle feeding, there’s a section to log how many ounces the baby has had.
This app works well on the iPhone, but is even better on the iPad. Those clever people at Ladybird books have created an app that is an interactive learning experience for babies. In four different games (Farm, Sea, Animals & Vehicles), your baby can play peekaboo and make the game progress by touching the screen themselves. This is the one thing that is guaranteed to bring a smile to my baby’s face, no matter how grumpy she is from teething or a cold. Ladybird have just launched a second baby app – Happy Babies – which is just as good.