The AAP recommends holding off on screens for baby for 2 years, unless baby is video chatting with a loved one, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of your smartphone! These are our Top 4 Apps to make life easier with baby:
Amazon Prime and The Echo - Everyone’s heard of Amazon of course, but we can't make this list without the App that offers 2 hour grocery delivery and discounts just for expecting parents. For parents of newborns -especially twins and triplets- grocery and baby gear delivery also means never having to take baby out in large crowds where everyone seems to be sneezing or coughing.
If you want to really maximize convenience, get an Echo, more commonly known as Alexa! Here's what new parents can do with Alexa:
- Order diapers, groceries and other essentials for 2 hour or same day delivery.
- Play white noise. White noise, or the gentle "shhhh" sound baby is used to hearing in the womb is proven to calm babies and helpt them get to and stay asleep.
- Purchase a companion Echo Dot (audio only) or Echo Show (for audio and visual) to use as a baby monitor.
- Play music - kids music or grown-up music
- Enable "Baby Stats" to track diaper changes, feedings, weight, pumpings and sleep.
MommyMeds App - A common question we get from moms is “Can I take my allergy meds while I’m pregnant or nursing?” The answer is usually yes but this App allows you to look up every medication to see if it’s safe to take while pregnant or nursing.
You can search by name or even scan the barcode of any OTC or prescribed medications. MommyMeds will tell you if it’s safe and what top take instead if it’s not.
White Noise Apps or Meditation Apps - White noise helps babies sleep soundly by drowning out sounds that might otherwise keep you awake. This one’s a no-brainer. But white noise also helps adults. If you’re ever having trouble getting and staying asleep, even when you’re tired, a try white noise App.
The Wonder Weeks – While it’s of course true that all babies are different, the fact is that biologically, they’re also all kind of the same too (we all are). The development of melatonin production for example takes 9-12 weeks making baby’s nap times erratic. Wonder Weeks breaks down milestones, typical behavior and mental development week by week for an average baby.
Of course having a low-tech household is a great way to care for baby too...there are a lot of right answers in parenting but we hope these Apps help those who are interested.
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