Friday, May 13, 2016

7 Apps Every New Mom Needs

Becoming a mom is one of the most exciting and terrifying things I have ever experienced. There was so much to learn and so many firsts. Between nursing, first illnesses, and trouble sleeping, the first few months can be a rough time, but luckily there's an app for that. Many apps, in fact. These apps have made being a mom so much easier for me.

1. Intermountain Connect Care (free, iOS/Android) – The Intermountain Connect Care app lets you visit a provider without ever leaving your home. These TeleHealth visits can be done from the app, or on your computer. It is open 24/7/365, so you don't ever have to worry about that 2 AM fever. The providers are highly trained for virtual visits and can help with ear pain, sore throats, flu symptoms and more. And if your symptoms require more tests, the provider will arrange for an in-person office visit for no extra cost. Plus, in a world of expensive healthcare options, for $49 a visit, regardless of insurance, this is extremely valuable for moms. We love this app because our kids usually wake up in the middle of the night screaming from ear pain and we are able to get them into the doctor right away instead of waiting until morning. The Intermountain Connect Care service is only available in Utah or Idaho.

2. Feed Baby (free and paid versions, iOS/Android– A fantastic app for newborns, this app lets you track how long a baby nurses, and on what side. You can also track bottle feedings and pumping times with the amounts. You can record your baby's naps and diaper count. Alarm reminders can be set for pumping, nursing and diapers. You can write notes to yourself and record milestones as well. It also has a great reports function so you can see your baby's trends and patterns. I don't use this app usually after nursing is well established, but it is a life saver for those first few months.

3. Kinsa (free but you need the thermometer, iOS/Android– Kinsa is a smart thermometer that plugs into your phone and used with the free app. It has a fast reading, with an accurate temperature, in 10 seconds. The part that makes this such a must-have app is that you can track your child's temperature, symptoms and medications on your phone over the course of the illness, so you have accurate and up to date information to share with your doctor when it is necessary.

4. White Noise Baby (free, possibility of in-app purchases, iOS/Android– This app is programmed with all sorts of different white noise, so you can find the perfect noise to help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep! It even has a fun rattle function for your little one when they are awake.

5. Day One 2 (free, iOS) – This is a darling journaling app that lets you organize your baby's photos and milestones in one easy place, which is great because we all know that sweet little babe is going to be photographed a lot!

6. Cloud Baby Monitor ($3.99, iOS– With this app, you can turn any phone or device into a baby monitor. You do need a second device, but you can use an iPod Touch or anything that can download an app. Download the app on your phone and the device, and leave the second device in the baby's room, and bam! — you have a baby monitor with live sound and footage. If you are looking for something a little more high tech, we use a Myfox Camera that lets us see, hear, and talk to the baby through the camera, if needed. It is a little more pricey than just using an old device, but we really like it.

7. Intermountain Health Hub (free, iOS/Android– This app has all of your medical needs in one place. You can find first aid information, look up your symptoms and even see what germs are prevalent in your area. You can also get in line at a local InstaCare (urgent care), saving you time.

What apps do you use for your kiddos?

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