You likely wouldn’t complain if you were to come up with a more efficient way to organize your time and your responsibilities. After all, better organization will help you savor your parenting time even more, and allow you to bond with your kids and your loving partner. So why not rely on tech? Here are a few smart apps any busy parent will love and appreciate to make your life a tad less hectic.
Cloud Baby Monitor
Yes, when you’re a brand-new parent, you feel the need to constantly keep an eye (and at least one ear) on your newborn, to make sure everything is as it should be. You’ll find a whole slew of baby monitoring options out there, but mindful moms who like to simplify their existence can benefit from letting their phone multitask for them.
Instead of purchasing a baby monitor you’ll soon find redundant, you can use the affordable Cloud Baby Monitor app ($3.99) and transform your phone into a baby monitor. It serves as a video feed as well as a way to hear your baby coo or cry to step in and save the day.
Yummly is a free app that helps you find delicious recipes for the whole family, shows you their nutritional value, and when you’re ready, you can use it to craft grocery lists for all those recipes you plan on trying out. It’s beautifully organized and intuitive, making it so much simpler for you to keep track of your own diet as well as your kids’ needs.
Not every family is the same, and you as a mom, or a mom-to-be might come across unique troubles with conception, postpartum depression, health issues, or you might simply benefit from some guidance and support. This is where well-designed new mom apps such as Peanut (free) can help you find women who can help you by answering your questions, giving suggestions based on personal experience, and just providing you with a safe space to feel.
Support is one of those underrated things so many parents deprive themselves of, and handy tools such as these apps can be a great way to reach out whenever you feel the need. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the one to provide help and support to others in need, too!
Yes, moms need help with their kids, but as a parent, you often forget to take care of yourself. Self-care is vital, especially when you assume your new parental role, since you’ll also be a role model for your youngsters, and they need you to be healthy and happy in order to provide them with a fulfilling environment in which they’ll grow.
That said, when you give birth and become a mom, you still need to keep track of your menstrual cycle, notice any changes, and tend to your intimate and hygiene needs. This free app also helps you schedule regular gynecologist visits and keep your health in check, but on a daily basis, it helps you never run out of pads when you’re in the middle of a busy school week with kids, or pain-relieving medicine when your cramps might ensue.
Wolf + Friends
Building a sense of community for new moms and new parents in general is, as we’ve already established, essential. But imagine that need amplified for parents who have a child with special needs, taking a leap into a completely unknown territory. An app such as Wolf + Friends (free) serves as a digital community for precisely those families, providing support as well as tips, and brimming with advice on how to take care of kids with ADHD, various forms of anxiety, autism, or anything else.
Being a parent is a very challenging role in life, let alone when we have trouble fully comprehending what our kids are going through, so having access to educational and supportive networks means the world to parents as well as their kids.
Baby and Child First Aid
Every parent’s worst nightmare includes a child with a medical condition or finding yourself in the midst of a medical emergency involving your little one. Sometimes, not every parent will have the experience, knowledge, or the fortitude to act in a helpful or appropriate way, and handling that sense of panic can be enough as it is. To help all parents cope with these situations, prepare for them well in advance, and get instant information when an emergency arises, the British Red Cross’s app called Baby and Child First Aid comes to the rescue.
In addition to its primary educational purpose for various medical situations, this free app also serves as a portable record of your child’s medical and health needs, so that you can keep track of any medication schedules, checkups, and any other health-related appointments for your little one.
Life will always have that hectic note with your youngsters occupying your mind and your soul every moment of every day, in the most beautiful ways imaginable. However, we can certainly make the most of our technological innovations to manage our time, our emotions, and our skills better, and to connect with like-minded people who can help us on our journey.
Fiona is a lifestyle blogger based in Melbourne, Australia. She’s in love with good coffee, croissants, and fashion magazines. In her spare time, she plays tennis and travels around the world. You can read more from her on her blog High Style Life.