The best apps for new parents


There are apps designed for everything and everyone-even the youngest among us. Apps like Infant Visual Stimulation app (iPad/iPhone, $2.99), The Baby Symbolizer (iPad, iPhone, 99 cents) and Baby View (Android, $1.92) all display simple, high-contrast images designed to catch an infant's attention.

Choosing whether or not to plug in your little pumpkin soon after he arrives, however, is something to weigh heavily. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend screen time for children under 2. Your child will benefit most often from the sounds of your voice, your facial movements and the interactions of loving parents, siblings and caregivers.

Interact with your infant and gauge his growth with these resources that help navigate fussy times, record developmental milestones and distract long enough to get a shower.

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