Whether you're pregnant for the first time or have just
delivered a new baby, there's an app for that! Unlike your
protruding tummy or the 10-pound bundle of joy now clinging to your
shoulder, mobile apps are lightweight, inexpensive and can offer
Chicago moms and pops abundant help during one of life's biggest
App-rehensive? No problem! We've got the lowdown on downloads
that get high ratings, are budget-friendly and won't clutter your
tech gadgets with unhelpful doodads.
Whether you're using an iPhone or an Android, an iPad or an
Internet tablet, you'll find simple solutions to the biggest
changes facing parents-to-be and new moms and dads in our faves
Looking for information? This app has it!
Sprout provides color images of your baby's
development, a weight tracker and a kick counter, along with
"Doctor Says" tips for every stage of your pregnancy. $3.99,
From the well-known "What to Expect..." series comes-what else-a
What to Expect Pregnancy Tracker app. This handy
resource offers a due date calculator, detailed graphics and info
on baby's development, plus a countdown to delivery, along with a
connection to other moms-to-be on WhatToExpect.com's pregnancy forums. Free,
Apple and Android.
Considering the name "Rahm" for your new baby boy? Find out how
popular it is in Chicago and other places in the U.S. with
Baby Names +. Browse 25,000 boy and girl names,
search by name meaning, gender, popularity and create your own
favorites list. Share your lists with friend and family via email.
$1.99, Apple. Or find the perfect name by searching origin and
meaning with Popular Baby Names. 99 cents, Android.
The Bump is a comprehensive pregnancy app
providing logs for doctor visits, baby kicks and contractions,
along with daily info for moms and dads. But the big benefit is the
social networking abilities that allow you to create private
groups, join public forums, post polls and share photos. $3.99,
Fun feature: Create a slideshow of your belly
Contractions Counter helps you log labor
contractions to gauge your labor progression. Easy start and stop
timer, contractions log and charts help you avoid getting stuck in
traffic too close to delivery time on the Edens or the Kennedy. 99
cents, Apple, $1, Android
Applause worthy: Easily email data to partner or
If Windy City weather doesn't lull your baby to sleep, try
White Noise Lite Sounds include ocean waves,
crickets and rain to name a few. Free, Android. Baby
Soothe is a simple sound program providing womb-like
ambience in the form of heartbeat sounds, waves, or waterfall. 99
Bonus: Parent Soothe-words of inspiration for tired
Total Baby helps new moms track all aspects of
a new baby's care. Log in feedings, sleep schedules, naps, vaccines
and diaper changes. $4.99, Apple. Baby Connect
serves up the same great menu of helpful care options, tracking
feedings, activity and sleep habits. $4.99, Android.
We like: Individual accounts on Baby Connect that can
be set up and synched for parents, grandparents, sitters and
Baby Monitor & Alarm does just that-it
monitors baby sounds and provides an alarm when the baby is crying.
This app will also record noises, pull songs from your iTunes lists
to put your precious bundle to sleep or even call you on another
phone to let you know your baby is awake. $2.99, Apple and
Get your body back with Lose It. This
calorie-counter social network helps moms (and dads) take off those
extra pickles-and-ice cream pounds. Find friends to connect with,
count calories, log eating habits and keep track of fitness. Free,
Apple and Android.
Ready to get out of the house? Try the Chicago Family
Guide app for easy access to restaurant, event and museum
destinations at your fingertips. Find out if your favorite museum
has family restrooms, strollers for rent or hours that coincide
with your baby's naptime. The GPS map shows you how close you are
to your destination. Free, Apple.
Not an app for that?
Facebook and Twitter apps can be downloaded on your Apple or
Android device and allow you to get important information and
access to your favorite groups and places. Most hospitals and many
doctor's offices have a Facebook page, as does your favorite
massage specialist or spa.
The following Chicago-area baby boutiques, maternity stores and
moms groups all offer easy mobile access if you find them on
Facebook through a mobile app.
Baby and Maternity Stores
Kustum Kribs Baby Boutique, Park Ridge
Bullfrogs and Butterflies, Chicago
Bellybum Boutique, Chicago
Beautiful Beginnings, Chicago and Western Springs
O Joy! Kids Consignment, Oak Park
The Land of Nod, Chicago and Naperville
Groups and classes for new moms and moms-to-be
Bump Club And Beyond, bumpclubandbeyond.com
The Chicago New Moms Group, chicagonewmomsgroup.com
Neighborhood Parents Network, npnparents.org
Mother Me Inc., mothermeinc.com
Mocha Moms Inc., mochamomsinc.org
Sharon Miller Cindrich is a mom and freelance writer
specializing in technology and parenting
Sharon Cindrich is a mother of two tech-savvy kids from Virginia Beach. Learn more at sharoncindrich.com.
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