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6 Apps for the New Parent

6 Apps for the New Parent
By Tanni Haas

Becoming a parent is one of the most rewarding and demanding experiences you’ll ever have. Thankfully, there are many apps to make life a bit easier. Here’s a list of the top apps for new parents, and they’re all free, so download an app – or three!

Baby Travel

Available at Apple Appstore

Going on a trip with your baby for the first time can be an unnerving experience. What should you bring? Do you need different things if you’re driving or flying? What about medication? Before you do anything else, take a deep breath and then download Baby Travel. This app has lots of helpful tips on what to pack no matter where you’re going, and it even lets you tell family and friends your departure and arrival times.

Pabobo

Available at Apple Appstore

You’ll quickly discover that a good night’s sleep very much depends on whether your baby gets the same. An app that can help you and your baby sleep soundly is Pabobo. It has six gentle nightlights in different colors that, together with accompanying lullabies, can help your baby fall asleep and stay sleep. It also has a timer that lets you decide how long the lights should be on, and an alarm that goes off if your baby starts to cry.

Smiling Mind

Available at Apple Appstore and Google Play

As a new parent, one of the things you’ll crave the most is a few quiet moments to just relax. Smiling Mind offers just that. This app has hundreds of guided meditations that help you tune everything out and focus on your breathing while visualizing calming images. The cool thing about this app is that it also has meditations for kids ages 7 and up, as well as meditations that parents can do together with their kids.

Wahoo 7 Minute Workout

Available at Apple Appstore and Google Play

Let’s be honest: no matter how incredibly enjoyable it is, being a new parent is physically exhausting. Finding the time to exercise can be difficult, but we all have seven minutes a day to spare. Wahoo 7 Minute Workout is one of the most popular short-interval fitness apps available. The routine is divided into 12 high-intensity exercises that last for 30 seconds, with 10-second rest intervals. The exercises focus on strengthening your chest, abs, arms and legs through body weight training, push-ups, sit-ups, and squats. You don’t need any equipment, so you can do the exercises wherever and whenever.

WebMD Baby

Available at Apple Appstore and Google Play

No app in the world can substitute for a real-life visit to your baby’s pediatrician. But in between visits, you may want to consult WebMD Baby. The app has lots of physician-reviewed information for new parents. You can look up medical conditions and treatments, get information on vaccines, and find contact information for local hospitals, physicians, and pharmacies.

Winnie

Available at Apple Appstore and Google Play

Sometimes, what you crave more than anything else is just to connect with other new parents and get their advice on what to do in certain situations. When you need to reach out to fellow parents, download Winnie. Known as the Yelp for parents, this app lets you interact with a large network of other parents to ask questions. The app also has a large directory of baby-friendly restaurants, parks, and shopping centers.

 

Tanni Haas, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders at the City University of New York – Brooklyn College.

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