You’re pregnant. You’ve been overwhelmed with everything you need to know, do and buy for your new baby. And now you don’t have time to read through every article on the internet or download every app on the App Store because a whole other human is waiting in line behind you who wants their needs met too!
That’s where this blog comes in! We’ll take care of all that research for you so that when it comes time to make decisions about what apps to download you won’t have to decide.
1. The Bump
With The Bump’s app, information relevant to your pregnancy arrives everyday and community and expert advice. Plus, it has fun features, like “how big is baby” size comparisons, baby name inspiration, and a place to take week-by-week photos of your growing baby. (Note: While The Bump rose to the top of the list, our testers also gave high marks to the What to Expect and BabyCenter apps if you’re looking for close runners-up.)
2. Glow Baby
When you’re a new parent, you want to capture all that data: feedings, diaper changes, solid food, naps, sleep, etc. The Glow Baby app lets you and a partner log that info and gives you personalized summaries and interactive growth charts. You can also connect to the rest of the Glow community to ask all those “is this normal?” questions you have. The app is free, but paying a premium fee ($30 to $80) unlocks extra features, like the ability to sync data across multiple caregivers. (Testers also gave high marks to Sprout Baby, Baby Connect, and Baby Tracker, though Glow Baby was the clear favorite.)
URL: Glow Baby
Okay, so what do you do with your baby all day? BabySparks offers tips for parent-child activities tailored to your baby’s age and stage, for all babies between the ages of 0 to 3. You’ll also get information on what’s going on in the baby’s brain during these activities, and you can keep track of developmental milestones.
4. Dream Lab by Owlet
You don’t have to actually have an Owlet smart sock or any other product to subscribe to the Dream Lab. If you have a baby between the ages of 4 months and 12 months, you can sign up for this service and get step-by-step sleep plans, video tutorials, and one-on-one email support from Owlet’s certified sleep experts. At $99, the price is steep, but what price tag can you put on a good night’s sleep? Note: This can be accessed on your phone or tablet, but it goes through a web browser, not a dedicated app.
URL: Dream Lab Owlet
5. Sittercity and UrbanSitter
Both Sittercity and UrbanSitter let you either browse profiles of babysitters and nannies for hire or post a job listing and let caregivers respond to it (which is excellent if you’re in a last-minute bind). The services do background checks, and you can read reviews from other parents before you book. The apps themselves are free, but both sites require a monthly membership fee ($12/month if you pay upfront at Sittercity, $10.50 at UrbanSitter) before you can start using their services.
6. Blueberry Pediatrics
You’re going to have any medical questions about your baby, and issues aren’t always arriving when your doctor’s available in the office. While you still need an in-person pediatrician, Blueberry Pediatrics offers live, 24/7 virtual access to doctors (and they even give you a medical kit to take vitals at home). If a middle-of-the-night issue strikes, they can make diagnoses, send in prescriptions or tell you what your next steps should be while your family’s all still in their PJs. The app is free, but it costs between $12 and $18 per month for membership.
Discover local baby music classes, “sign and song” sessions, mommy and me yoga classes, and more with the KidPass app — a boon to those looking to get out and meet other families with babies the same age. The app is free, but if you signup for a KidPass membership, you’ll get a certain amount of credits each month that you can put toward the cost of a class. Memberships cost between $50 and $190 per month, depending on how many monthly credits you’d like.
Finding other parents who are on the same page as you can be difficult, so Peanut seeks to make the process less socially awkward. You can meet and chat with other local moms through the app or join groups to cast a wider net. Now, you don’t have to gather the courage to start conversations with strangers on the playground!
9. Sound Sleeper
No more reaching for electric toothbrushes and the right combination of fans to create a soothing white-noise effect for your baby. Grab this app and get all the white noise and lullabies you could ask for.
Access tons of baby songs, lullabies, and playlists on Spotify with one hand while you soothe your baby with the other. You can also make your own playlists of baby favorites — and find your own music and playlists, too, for when you have some adult time. Spotify is free, but a paid version lets you listen without commercials.