First time parent? There are apps for that. We've gathered the
best apps for new parents to learn about, measure, soothe and
distract their little bundle of joy.
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.
If you're like most new parents, you'll have lots of questions
and a need for quick information. My Baby Today (
Android, free) includes helpful checklists, suggested
activities for baby each week, care and feeding advice, answers to
"Is this normal?" questions and a photo album, too.
You'll also spend the first year of life reading everything you
can get your hands on about you child's development.
Baby Milestones 1st Year (iPhone/iPad, $1.99) provides
physical, intellectual, social and sleep pattern guides for babies
through the first year.
Your Baby's Milestones (Android, $1.60) offers developmental
data on growing children until 5, along with the ability to add
notes and photos.
Sleep is critical-for everyone. To help the whole family during
tough sleep cycles, try White Noise by TMSOFT (
Android, $1.99). This app comes with 40 different background
noises to choose from, including the tested vacuum and washing
machine-you won't even have to do housework to get the sleep
results you're hoping for!
Of course there will be fussy times, and these apps can act like
a traditional rattle to distract your baby in a pinch.
Baby Rattle Toy (Android, free) comes with six different rattle
styles and sounds.
Baby Rattle Toy (iPhone, $1.99) also offers various sounds,
colorful graphics and vibrations.