Whether your due date is fast approaching or you’re already enjoying parenthood, you’ll know that it can be tricky to keep track of everything in your life – and that’s okay. The good news is that there’s no shortage of baby apps for new parents. With clever apps to help you record life’s memorable moments, track important milestones, help you remember which side you last fed on and more, all you need to do is tap ‘download’ and away you go. To guide you in the right direction, the Momatu team has rounded up 13 of the best baby apps that new parents should know about.
You’ll wonder how you ever survived without them…
Best baby apps to use while pregnant
1. Ovia Pregnancy Tracker
Tracking your bump is exciting. But comparing your bump’s growth to everyday objects is even better – which is why Ovia is one of the most-loved apps out there for expecting parents. Maybe you’d rather track your baby’s growth next to a variety of vegetables? A small animal? Parisian pastries, perhaps?
Whatever appeals most, you’ll love having something to look forward to each week.
For all the pregnant mummas out there, BabyCentre is the go-to app for all the essential tips, tools, checklists, and other features to help you and your partner along the way. Most importantly, all health information is approved by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board (so you can rest easy knowing you’re in good hands).
“When I was pregnant, I really enjoyed the helpful community and forum feature inside the app where you can connect and chat with other mums-to-be.” – Quinnie, Momatu team.
3. Pregnancy +
Pregnancy + is everything you’d expect from the name: all things pregnancy-related, plus more. Another go-to app for expecting mums, Pregnancy + rightfully claims the title as one of the top pregnancy apps in the world (and for a good reason). Keep track of everything from weight changes to doctors appointments and get valuable info about changes week-by-week all in the palm of your hand.
“It was a while ago now, but my wife loved the Pregnancy + app, and I also enjoyed how they would send me updates every week about the progress on the baby based on the due date.” – Pece, Momatu team.
Best baby apps to use after the arrival of your little one
4. Feed Safe
If you enjoy a glass of wine when you’re feeding, you might want to shuffle around your home screen to move this app to the first page. This clever creation from the Australian Breastfeeding Association – developed in consultation with researchers from Curtin University, Western Australia – helps you calculate the time until there is no alcohol in your breastmilk. Simply enter when you had your first drink, and the app will let you know when you’re good-to-go and ready for a feed.
5. Baby Sparks
Did you know that during the first years of life, a child’s brain creates more than one million new neural connections every second? And for that very reason, BabySparks was designed to share expert-created, customised daily play programs.
With a whopping number of development activities and milestones that you can track, you’ll also find helpful videos that cover more challenging topics like safely teaching your baby how to roll over.
6. The WonderWeeks
There’s not much this app leaves out, and it’s no surprise that (almost) all of the Momatu parents listed this a ‘must-download’ app. When the tough times and sleepless nights come into play (thanks to the periods of change or increased fussiness), The Wonder Weeks app allows you to understand better your baby’s mental development; tracked against leaps and bounds.
Featuring the complete Audiobook of the Wonder Weeks, a calendar-sync option to keep tabs on everything and a comprehensive diary to follow for you to take notes, you won’t regret adding this app to your device.
“When the baby is going through growth spurts or mood changes, I use The Wonder Weeks to keep track of it all and why he behaves differently.” – Devinda, Momatu team.
There’s no way we were excluding Huckleberry from this list. Not only is the design a treat for the eyes, but Huckleberry also helps new parents find their groove when it comes to building up good sleep habits.
8. Mind the Bump
Smiling Mind and beyondblue have teamed up to create a mindfulness Meditation tool for both expecting parents and new parents. Written by psychologists and psychiatrists, this app helps to manage stress, assist with building connections or manage change.
Your mind will thank you for it.
9. Baby Tracker
There are other baby tracking apps. But Baby Tracker is in a league of its own. With just a few one-handed taps, you can keep track of feedings, sleep schedule, nappy changes, growth records, essential medical information and more. Above all, it’s almost like a central homepage for your baby, but better.
Other features worth shouting about include the use of Siri for voice prompts and the option to switch on ‘dark mode’ to give your eyes a rest.
“I love how the data from Baby Tracker shows a trend of my baby’s wake time and nap time so that I can plan visitors and outings. Genius!” – Quinnie, Momatu team.
10. Growth: Baby and Child Charts
Forget about leaving a pencil mark on the inside of the laundry door. With Growth: Baby & Child Charts, you can accurately track your child’s growth, calculate exact percentiles and ensure they’re growing at the right place. While Growth: Baby & Child Charts might not be the most attractive app in the mix, it earns bonus points for it’s user-friendly design and functionality.
Covering everything from the Fenton gestational age charts for pre-term babies through to BMI and weight tracking for adults, this simple yet powerful app is a must-download.
Available for iOS.
Making sure you get enough sleep each night is easier said than done. But with Sleepiest, it’s win-win to help your baby or yourself try to fall asleep thanks to the selection of bedtime stories or meditations to help you make the most of every chance you can catch some zzz’s.
“I used the app sleepiest in the intention of helping Dustin sleep better, but I ended up using it more for myself. The white noise options are great!” – Quinnie, Momatu team.
Available for iOS.
As a new parent, sometimes, you just need to pop in your headphones and enjoy the company of an audiobook – and that’s where Audible comes in. While it might not make up for the lack of sleep, it will help you get through the long nights.
Available for iOS and Android.
We saved the best until last, of course. However, if you’re unfamiliar with who we are or what we’re all about, allow us to explain. With more and more families taking conversations offline (away from social media), Momatu is the place for you to privately share the excitement of your family’s journey.
To get started, just add your favourite photos and videos to your baby’s timeline and watch it come to life. But the best part, is you can invite loved ones to view your timeline, chatting about the moments that matter together in one place, even when you’re apart. The best part is watching your collection of memories grow; creating something to look back on and cherish for years to come.
“I’ve been adding to Olivia’s timeline since she was born and she’s now 22 months old. It’s like my little vault of memories that even Olivia loves to look at. We’ve had to ban Momatu from her – she’s obsessed with it!” – Aaron, Momatu team.
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