Becoming a mother or father is a life-changing experience. Having a baby brings along plenty of joy and happiness — as well as a plethora of new, strong, and strange emotions. But, it’s also frustrating, difficult, and scary at times. For the millions of millennials who are becoming parents for the first time, finding ways to reduce those early frustrations can do wonders for your mental health.
Luckily, the amazing growth of technology and smartphones over the past ten years has given parents a slew of new tools to help them navigate the challenging terrain of parenthood. But with over 2 million apps on the market, which ones should you use?
The Top 4 Apps for New Parents
With so many apps to choose from, we recommend focusing on apps that serve a single purpose. You’re busy. Between paying the bills and taking care of your child, you need apps that work when you want them to without having to fiddle with a thousand settings. Here are the ones we recommend.
1. Baby Monitor 3G
The average baby monitor (with video functions) runs as high as $200. For new parents, that may not be feasible. Baby Monitor 3G turns your phone into a fully fledged video baby monitor. Simply install the app on two phones or tablets, and place one of them facing the baby.
2. WebMD Baby
One of the biggest worries for new parents is baby health. WebMD Baby gives you access to physician-approved advice, records baby milestones, and even has hundreds of handy-dandy articles for new parents. Having the peace of mind to overcome those health fears is a crucial step toward reducing some of the stress of being a new parent.
3. Cozi Family Organizer
The Cozi Family Organizer lets you store recipes, plan out your days, schedule events like birthdays, and even create grocery lists. Being a new mother or father consumes a lot of your time. Cozi helps you declutter your schedule and bring some clarity into your day.
4. Eat Sleep
Keeping track of baby behaviors is important. Is your baby eating too much? Are they going to the bathroom too often? With Eat Sleep, you’ll know. You can keep track of diaper changes, feedings, and naps. Plus, it comes with a daily journal to help you keep tabs on your entire parental experience.
Ninety-one percent of parents say that parenting brings them joy. But it’s not all wonderful, as being a parent can be frustrating and challenging at times. Luckily, some of the apps listed above can help you monitor and track your child’s progress — helping ease some of that parental burden. With these apps at your fingertips, it’ll be easier to handle (and enjoy) being a new parent.
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