Thursday, 16 April 2015

My favourite apps for pregnancy and parenting

As I’m sure you’re aware I’m a complete geek. I’m also married to one. So it will come as no surprise to learn that I use apps on my phone a lot. There’s five apps that I have or do use regularly that you may find useful. They are all available for iPhone but I don’t know about Android so do your research.

The best white noise app in my opinion - I’ve tried a few different ones. White noise was actually a bit of a revelation to us. We knew that it could help baby feel like they are back in the womb (sound of blood flowing) and have a calming effect but wow did it work well! We found that Baby D likes the seashore sound best. We’ve even been known to play it to her all night.
There’s a ‘lite’ free version which only allows you to play the sounds for half an hour or the paid one which is only £2.99 and is worth every penny. It’s also great being on your phone so you can tuck it in the buggy or whatnot when you’re out and about.

When I was in hospital after Baby D was born the midwives kept coming to ask me when she last fed and for how long. I had no idea. I also didn’t have pen and paper and after requesting some they never materialised. So, I went to the app store and downloaded one, it cost me £2.99. It is super simple to use, you just click at the beginning of a feed and then again at the end. It times the feed and records which side baby fed on so you don’t need to remember which boob is next. There’s also a setting for bottle feeding formula or expressed milk and you can record wet and dirty nappies, expressing, height and weight, sleep and solids. I only used the app for feeding and weight and stopped using it for feeding once breastfeeding was established. I found it super useful in the first weeks though as I could barely remember my name let alone when Baby D last fed and on which side!
There is a setting for it to remind you when to feed next, you can get it to tell remind you every few hours or work out an average. Baby D fed on demand so the reminders were not useful to me.

Who needs an expensive video monitor when you can use 2 devices and this app?! You only have to buy the app once for £2.99 and use one as the camera and one as the receiver. I use my iPad as the camera: just prop it up in the windowsill or whatnot and my iPhone as the receiver. It works anywhere with wifi so out and about in a hotel or at friends or families houses. Brilliant. 

I like this app just to keep up to date with Baby D's growth spurts etc. It's really quite accurate and helps you understand why baby is doing what they’re doing. It’s £1.49.

I wanted an app to track my pregnancy, to put photos in etc. I tried quite a few different ones but really only got on with this one. Each week it tells you what fruit or vegetable your baby is the size of. It gives you hints and tips and you can record all sorts of things like exercise, weight, scans, blood pressure, all sorts. The only down side is that because it's American some of the terminology is unfamiliar and a bit of the information about screenings and stuff is not relevant. This one is free!

I hope one or more of these are useful.

Dawn x


  1. I used a baby feed timer when bubba was first born, but I soon lost track and forgot to use it, especially during the night. It was so good to start off with though as I had no idea what was going on!

    I have the wonder weeks app and find it fascinating! We also have the sound sleeper one and couldn't live without it!!

    The cloud baby monitor sounds fab, I think I might give that a go! x

    1. Great minds think alike :)
      Let me know how you get on with the Baby Cloud Monitor. I'm using mine this very minute! There's actually another app I forgot to this space and I'll post about it soon. x

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