While I was pregnant and in the first few weeks of Nora's life there we're a few apps that I loved to use and some that we will continue to use in the coming years. I, personally, use an iPhone but many of these are available for Android users as well.
Check 'em out!
I also love using this app for Nora's weekly pictures. I can't wait to put together a scrapbook for her like I did for Hadley! You can see that project here.
My Pregnancy Today by Baby Center - When Josh and I we're pregnant with Hadley we subscribed to the Baby Center emails to stay up to date on everything happening with the pregnancy. We still follow along with her development and used it through this pregnancy as well! It tells you how big your baby is with some kind of fruit comparison, what's happening with their development and has tons of testimonies from other new moms, OB/GYNs and pediatricians.
Baby Connect - Once your little babe arrives, you may want to keep track of how often your baby is peeing, pooping, eating, sleeping and all those other good things. This app has that and much more. You can create profiles for each child you have and document things like their mood, medical history, milestones, photos of them and even drop off/pick up information. You can share your profile with other family members or care givers so they can update feeding schedules and other things while they are watching your baby.
I've tried some other tracking apps for nursing and pumping and this one was the most convenient for me. It has the option for using a timer when you start or simply entering the time once you've finished.
My Baby Today by Baby Center - Similar to the My Pregnancy app, this one provides you with information on your baby once they've exited your womb. It has tools you can use for tracking their sleep and feedings as well, but it's not quite as extensive as something like Baby Connect. Baby Center has been a great resource for us when we have questions about something going on with our girls. They have tons of articles and community posts from other parents that have been super helpful.
White Noise - Sometimes, you just need some white noise in desperate times. This app is easy to use and has a great variety of sound choices. Sleep, little ones, sleep!
Milk Maid - For a few days there, I was convinced I'd be exclusively pumping with Nora because we we're having some trouble with our latch. Thankfully, we've gotten back on the boob but I did some serious digging for an app that would help us if it came to that. Milk maid is an exclusive pumpers best friend. Keeping track of your supply versus how much your little one is eating, all while keeping your milk supply up, is really stressful. This app will help you track how much milk you have pumped, where it's being stored (fridge, freezer, at home, at daycare, etc), what container it's in and how much your baby drank that day. It comes equipped with stats information, how much milk you have stored and alarms you can set for pumping reminders. Basically, it's the bees knees.
Cloud Baby Monitor - This app is a parent's best friend. You need two devices to use it, one for the child's room and one for the parent. The child's unit provides night vision and an option for a night light. You can also play lullabies for them as well. On the parent device, you have the option to speak to them and can set up alerts if there is noise or motion in the baby's room. The best part of this app though?! It has an option for UNLIMITED range. HEYRO!!!!!
We love the Summer Infants monitor we have set up in our rooms but the signal does not stretch that far. When we want to hang out outside or go to a neighbors house, this app is a life saver.
Here's to technology!