Best New Mom Apps – From Trying to Conceive to Parenting
Motherhood is complicated, busy, and sometimes overwhelming, but this is one time where technology can help make life easier, because there are some really great apps for new moms out there!
I used mom apps from the point of when we decided to start trying for a baby, until now as we’re raising two crazy toddlers.
Apps have helped me do everything from capturing special moments in my kids’ lives and sharing them with family, to tracking their sleep during their newborn and infant days. So I wanted to share my favorites, and the overall best apps for moms that I’ve loved using.
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TRYING TO CONCEIVE APPS
Trying to have a baby can be a lot more complicated than you think, but fertility apps can be a huge help.
There are a lot of different “trying to conceive” apps out there that can help you track when you’re ovulating and most fertile, and more. I liked to use both of the below fertility apps, because each gave slightly different data.
Ovia has several different apps to take you through motherhood. The fertility app is a great one – user friendly, accurate, and super helpful.
There are a lot of different data points to track and it will track each phase of your cycle, tell you your “fertile window,” when to take a pregnancy test, and more.
Glow Fertility was another favorite of mine to use for tracking ovulation and symptoms. User friendly, and there’s a big user community with a lot of posts to connect with others.
Tracking your baby’s development and finding out what’s new with each week of pregnancy is just plain fun. Both of the apps below also have a bunch of pregnancy tips articles, and communities to ask questions and bond with other pregnant mamas.
Ovia’s back on the list with a pregnancy app! You can convert straight from the fertility tracker into the pregnancy app.
Get weekly updates and info on baby’s size and development, and track your symptoms and health through the app as well. There’s also a wealth of articles and pregnancy tips within the app.
If you haven’t heard of the Bump yet, you’ll definitely want to give it a visit soon.
They have a ton of great pregnancy and parenting tips, but also offer a pregnancy app with some really cool features, including a 3D model showing baby’s growth week by week, a guide of what to expect each week of your pregnancy, and the ability to manage your registries from the app.
BABY TRACKER AND PARENTING APPS
Parenting apps can be a huge help to new moms. We used a variety of apps postpartum to help figure out our baby’s sleeping and eating patterns and the best schedule for them, as well as to track milestones. Here are my favorite postpartum apps.
If you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of Ovia’s apps. I used all three of their apps, rounding it out with their parenting app after my first was born.
I mostly used this one for tracking milestones, but you can also track your baby’s schedule and sleep.
For anyone that wants to share photos and video of their babies with family, Tinybeans is a great option and quickly became a favorite in our family. It’s a must-have especially when you have parents and extended family that don’t live close by.
The app allows you to make an online photo album that you can share with family and friends. You can post multiple pictures and or videos a day, and members of the album can get a notification sent to them when something new is posted.
This is such an easy, fun way to share your little one’s moments with family, and we still use it three years later.
The Wonder Weeks is a baby development tracker that’s actually also a book (which has even more detail than the app).
This is one that I discovered a little later in the game and it gave me a lot of “oooh, that’s why!” lightbulb type moments.
Wonder Weeks provides a wealth of information and insight into why babies behave the way that they do, by explaining when they’re going through major developmental spurts, or leaps, as the book calls them.
This free app gives you the details on when your baby is starting a leap, when it will end, and what to expect during and after.
This app is especially helpful for those moments when your baby all of sudden starts waking up early from naps or crying for seemingly no reason. Knowing the why can be really helpful mentally, and the app also gives suggestions on how to handle each growth spurt. This one’s a must-have.
If you use or plan on using any Pamper’s products, the Pamper’s Club app is a fun one to have. You earn points from each of your purchases, and can select from a list of rewards, including everything from toys, to kitchen gear.
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I used this app every day for almost two years to track my son’s sleep, and used it again for my daughter.
Amongst a ton of other really useful features, it gives a great visual representation of your baby’s naps and feedings, which can make it much easier to figure out what works for your child when it comes to their sleep patterns – i.e. their ideal waketime, nap length, and more.
If this all sounds foreign to you, or you’re not sure where to start when it comes to developing a daily schedule for your baby, read through this post on the fundamental newborn baby sleep tips and schedules.
White noise is an amazing baby sleep hack that you should be using to help your baby sleep.
You can buy a sound machine for baby’s room, but if you have an extra device that you can leave in their room during naps and overnight, using the White Noise Lite app (which is free!) is a great option.
This is also an easy alternative to having to pack a white noise machine when you’re traveling.
After we had issues with my son’s speech development, I made sure to download the CDC’s baby milestones app.
The app gives you a checklist of milestones for each relevant age, and links to more information and specific developmental signs that may be triggers for talking further to your child’s doctor.
Just remember that the guidelines are just that – guidelines. Kids go at their own pace! It’s always good to discuss any developmental concerns early on in case their is an issue, but don’t panic, and always get further advice if you’re concerned about your baby’s development.
Staying healthy and losing the baby weight postpartum can be tough. What may be even more tough though, is choosing from the zillions of workout apps out there, so these are my favorites for postpartum weight loss.
If you’re really looking to lose the baby weight and build muscle, the Sweat app can be a really effective option.
Sweat offers a ton of different workout options by several different trainers, but it’s most well-known for the infamous BBG (Bikini Body Guide) workout by Kayla Itsines.
I used the app and did the BBG workout for several weeks after having my second baby, and it is a tough, but really motivating workout. You can read my full BBG review here.
I’ve just started doing the “Bikini Body Mommy” workout, because it came highly touted in one of my postpartum weight loss groups.
The app costs $9.99/month (you can do a 7-day free trial), but the website has free 90-day challenges, and more. I really like the motivation of an app, and the price is much cheaper than most other fitness apps, which makes it a great option.
If you’re not the kind of person who randomly approaches people on the playground, mom networking apps that set up opportunities for new moms to meet can be so important to have!
These are my favorites for building that mom community we all need.
Meeting new friends as a mom can be hard, but Peanut tries to make the process as easy as possible, and is one of the best apps for moms to connect.
Peanut is all about making it easy to build a community and connect with other moms in your area (and beyond). You can have one on one chats, join specific groups, and more.
This is an especially great app to have if you’ve just moved to a new area and are looking for ways to meet new people and make some new mom friends.
I’ve used Meetup for several years now, and I find myself always going back to it when we move to a new place.
You can search for specific activities – everything from mom and pregnancy groups, to dance – all based on your interests. There’s always something new to choose from.
APPS TO STAY ORGANIZED
Keeping track of everyone’s schedule in the family can be really tough, and as a stay-at-home mom, I also handle most of the household shopping and everything else related to our home. Keeping all of this organized and written down is key for me, so I use two apps to keep track of everything.
I love this app so so much. To Do allows you to create endless lists, and you can share the lists with others, allowing them to edit them as well.
We use this to make all of our shopping lists – from groceries, to household items. You can also add tasks for your day, put in recurring items like paying bills on a certain day of the month, and much much more.
Cozi is another great all-in-one family organization app. There’s a shared calendar built-in, you can make to-do lists, and even find recipes.
This is a very useful free app for new moms, and becomes even more invaluable as your kids get older and busier with their own activities.
What are you favorite mom apps that you use?
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