12 Apps Every Mom with a Baby Should Have
As a mom to a 9-month old baby, I take all the advice and help I can get. Even if it's from a smart phone. Yes, I know, as if we aren't on our phones enough as it is. But there are apps on my phone that truly help me in my parenting of my baby daughter. Here are 12 apps I think all moms with babies should have.
Picfx is one of my favorite apps. It is a cool photography app which has over 100 effects, textures and frames. You can layer the effects and textures, and even add scratches and light features such as light leaks and burnt film look. For $1.99, your photos can get all-dolled up with a dramatic, professional-looking and edgy boost. Not that your little doll needs ANY sprucing up, but just FYI, for the photos which include a tired-looking mom or dad, the “fern” filter is like a spray tan for photos.
This past summer, for various reasons, I found myself on the road a lot with my baby daughter. I realized how tough it is when you don’t know the area, to find a kid-friendly restaurant that’s not gross, has a highchair and doesn’t rhyme with McTronald’s, or a nearby park at which she could crawl and wiggle around a bit. Mom Maps uses your phone’s location to help you find the local kid spots. You can search for parks, restaurants, playgrounds, museums and indoor play areas.
MyFitnessPal is a great app to help you eat right and lose that baby weight or just maintain a healthy weight. It’s a free app that tracks your daily caloric intake and helps you create and follow a diet plan. I also used this app throughout my pregnancy to make sure that I was taking in all the right nutrients for baby, and to help me avoid putting on excess pregnancy weight, as well. I mean, I guess I “had a feeling” that it wasn’t the healthiest option to eat TWO Taco Bell crunch wrap supremes at one sitting, but to SEE the sodium and fat content of one of those suckers is a real pregger-taste-buds buzzkill.
Getting a customer service rep on the line, no matter what company, is a dark and disturbing experience. You’re led through a labyrinth of options from an automated system with a robot operator who can NEVER understand what you are saying. And when you finally manage to be routed to the customer service department, you wait on the line so long that you manage to listen to the entire soundtrack to Chariots of Fire that they’re playing for hold music. AND you’re juggling baby! Holdr waits on hold for you and calls you when a live rep picks up the line saving several minutes of your time.
Having a baby means having to buy external hard drives and extra SD cards to store the gazillion photos you take of your precious baby. I mean, I’ve been known to snap a few hundred in a day. The thing is, I want to capture all the sweet, picture-worthy moments. But it turns out that EVERY moment (in a parent’s opinion) is a picture-worthy moment. Well, so you don’t overwhelm your friends and family by sending them one photo after another (after another) of baby eating green beans for the first time, Pic Collage allows you to choose from several different frames and arrangements from which you can display lots of your best photos together in one collage pic. AND you can adorn it with adorbs stickers and text.
After baby is down for the night, hide away, clear your mind and think of nothing for 10 minutes while you mindlessly swipe jewels across the screen and try beat your high score on Bejeweled. I swear there is something therapeutic about this addicting game. And when the low-voiced, Bejeweled voice-over-man tells you that you’ve “unleashed the power of a thousand suns,” it’s also weirdly rewarding. But tell yourself NO LONGER THAN 10 MINUTES. Why? This game will try to own your life. Oh, and you also have a billion other things to tackle while baby’s asleep. Yeah, there’s that.
The Happy Tapper Gratitude Journal app allows you to record a daily list including photos of 5 things for which you are grateful. It’s an uplifting exercise which keeps you positive and makes you aware of all the gifts and miracles that occur in your daily life with baby. Like the gift of seeing that your baby has somehow managed to take her diaper off in the night. And the miracle that she didn’t drop a poo in her crib.
Cozi is a family organizer app that helps manage a shared family calendar, shopping lists and to-do lists. The organizer can be viewed and accessed by all members of the family. There is also a journal feature so that you can quickly jot down the day’s events or easily attach a photo. Life with a baby is a busy one, this app helps you and your husband (and older kids of you have them) get on the same page and run an organized family life. And I thought that was an oxymoron.
Sleep Pillow is one of many white noise apps on the market. The free version of the app has more than enough available sounds. And yes, don’t worry, it has the “humpback whale” option (seriously, how is haunting whale grunting soothing?) Living on a busy, noisy street, the sound of ocean waves helped my daughter settle into naps for the first several months. The white noise app is a great, baby sleep aid. But, I cannot wait until someone develops a “riding in the car” simulator crib mattress.
Pandora allows you to create your own personalized radio so that you can be sure to listen to music you like. You can create the station based on any artist, song or composer. Although, unlike when Pandora was first released, you now have to endure ads to listen to the free music. And although it’s kind of annoying, I still enjoy being able to play the Disney Children’s Radio for my baby girl. She loves it. That, and Beyonce Radio. I swear her first words were “all the single ladies…”
Admit it, you cannot resist the power of emoji. My life changed when I was able to punctuate my text messages with a smiley face wearing sunglasses. There are tons of adorable emoji apps out there that will help you express the way you feel in a ridiculously cute way. Emojis are great for new moms and dads who don’t have the time to write out complete sentences to text. Instead of saying, “I can’t talk right now, changing Stella’s lethally smelly poopy diaper. I simply send three emoticons (see above). Maybe, the Japanese in me is simply trying to justify my inborn love of all things “kawaii” (cute).
This is a personalized app which delivers information and guidance corresponding to your baby’s age, gives you access to WebMD articles and videos and also helps you manage sleeping, feeding and growth schedules. It also allows you to take photos and video to compile a baby book. This is a much better option than my former approach of looking to “Dr. Google” for all my baby development and health-related questions. The information is physician-approved and, unlike Dr. Google’s, won’t have me awake all night wondering if the disturbing story I just read in an online forum was true.
Getting back into shape after having a baby can be a daunting task. But, it can also be somewhat enjoyable. Working out and getting those endorphins flowing, fat burning and that blood pumping helps not only the body, but also the mind. And it also gives us a FREAKING break. Here are 6 of my favorite workouts that have lifted my spirits and my buns post-baby!view gallery
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