8 Apps Every New Mom Needs

As a new mom, you’ll take all the help you can get. There’s already so much to learn when it comes to taking care of a newborn (and we’re not even talking about the mamas who have two under two!). So if there’s a way to make the first six months (and beyond) a little less overwhelming, it’s a new mom no brainer. These new mom-approved apps address things that you may not know you needed but would be lost without. Here are 8 of the best apps you need right now as a new mom.

Mommy Nearest

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★★★☆☆ 3.7 Stars, 7 Ratings

When you’re consumed with everything-newborn, it’s easy to remain cooped up indoors and not want to leave (Every new mom thinks newborns are breakable in the beginning). The geo-targeted Mommy Nearest pinpoints family-friendly activities, restaurants, parks, etc. closest to you so you can easily get out of the house and discover the new mom world is waiting. Bonus? Take it with you when you have to travel with baby in tow.  

One reviewer wrote, “Great app! Very helpful for finding things to do with little ones.”

The Happiest Baby on the Block

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★★★☆☆ 3.4 Stars, 22 Ratings

New parents who own a SNOO know that the smart bassinet’s best feature (ok, there’s more than one!) is the white noise. The white noise sounds mimic what babies hear inside the womb and helps them self-soothe to sleep. The Happiest Baby on the Block sleep sounds come with eight tracks that can help your baby get some much-needed zz’s.

 

Pear

Pear

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★★★★☆ 4.8 Stars, 64 Ratings

Pear is a new community “for parents, by parents” that includes the best articles all housed into one easy-to-use, interactive app. Contributors include everyday moms and dads, child/family therapists, registered dietitians as well as celebrity parents. You’ll also have access to the Pear podcast, as well as the exclusive community with private forums and advice.  

One reviewer wrote, “Perfect app for pear-ents! Highly recommend this app for all parents! There is a ton of rich content in the app and it is constantly updated with news and relevant information. I have recommended this for my brother and sister-in-law and my mom and they love it. Five stars across the board!

Peanut

Peanut

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★★★★☆ 4.3 Stars, 1.9K Ratings

Peanut is for parents as Tinder is for dating but in the best possible way. If you’re looking to create mommy meet-ups, this app is perfect. You can create a community of real moms in your own neighborhood who can relate to what you’re going through and socialize on your own terms.

One reviewer wrote, “I came across this app and I must say it was one of the best most refreshing discoveries ever! I will say to meet other mothers going through your journey and getting to share each other’s journey and talk about things that you both can relate to is priceless. Building bonds with other women and solid friendships are hard to come by. This app has changed my social life completely.”

Glow Baby

Glow Baby

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★★★★★ 4.9 Stars, 4.6K Ratings

Would you like to track how much your baby sleeps and eats? With Glow Baby you can track sleep stretches, feedings, diaper contents and pumping sessions. It’s super easy to log the information into a daily calendar in order to spot patterns in your baby’s schedule. You can also keep track of baby’s milestones with the easy-to-track analytics.  

One reviewer wrote, “Great app that grows with your baby! I initially downloaded this app to track breastfeeding, but I ended up using it for so much more. I still log my nursing sessions and it’s been 3 months. It helps me plan ahead by checking to see if it’s been a while since he ate last. This is especially helpful for breastfed babies to make sure they are eating enough. Although I don’t track diapers anymore, I have started using the pumping timer and the bottle fed tracker. I also started using the sleep tracker now that he’s not sleeping all the time anymore and I want to make sure he is getting good stretches of sleep during the day to see if that helps him sleep more soundly at night. This app is great because the features are there for you to use them when you need them even if it’s not all of them all the time. Oh! And I like that you an add another person to your account so both parents or babysitters can track too and you get the same information on your phone.

Instacart

Instacart

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★★★★☆ 4.6 Stars, 179K Ratings

If you’re a new mom and you suddenly run out of diapers, what do you do? You don’t remember the last time you showered and don’t relish the thought of leaving for the grocery store. Enter Instacart. This app sends personal grocery shoppers to a local store of your choice and then delivers your goods, sometimes within hours (or faster). Get a week’s worth of the basics without needing to leave your precious new gargo with family.  

One reviewer wrote, “Almost perfect! This is such a great concept. I love that it gives you all the nearby supermarkets that work with Instacart so it’s easy to compare prices.”

The Wonder Weeks

The Wonder Weeks

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★★★★★ 4.9 Stars, 37.2K Ratings

There will be many times as a new mom where you’ll wonder why your baby is so fussy. The Wonder Weeks is a best-selling baby app that helps you discover why. You’ll get a personalized weekly calendar of your baby’s mental development so you know what to expect and can keep track of the leaps and bounds your baby is making. This is routinely listed as one of the best apps for new moms.

One reviewer wrote, “You will love this app! Believe me you will use this app and be so glad you have it. When your child is fussy you can see her chart and say oh she’s in a stormy period until whatever date her stormy time goes to on her calendar. You’ll also see what you should expect your child to be doing at different levels of development.”

Cloud Baby Monitor

Cloud Monitor

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★★★★☆ 4.7 Stars, 1.2K Ratings

If you need an extra set of eyes while baby is sleeping, the Cloud Baby Monitor has you covered! Download the app and connect your Mac devices to create a baby monitor that even includes a live streaming feature so you can hear anything during naptime and overnight. It becomes a life saver on-the-go when you can’t bring your monitor from home.  

One reviewer wrote, “Top notch! Reliable app as long as WiFi is strong. Has allowed us to move out of the bedroom while baby is sleeping, a real life changer. Also, with my extended WiFi out in my workshop I can still monitor from there!

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