Nathan’s Mumma says…
Sorry, I couldn’t resist. In all seriousness, apps are a pregnant woman/mums best friend…they range from ovulation trackers and pregnancy diaries, to kick and contraction counters, new baby daily tips and sleep sounds, to distraction apps and learning tools. It’s a whole world of technology for you and your child. If you want to monitor it, learn about it or find out how to stop it, then there’s an app.
*As always, these are just the apps that the mumma says ladies have used and liked, there are many more and there might well be a style of app you prefer to the ones we’ve used. Ours are also predominantly for iPhones, so please check before you download that the app is compatible with your phone.
Conception and pregnancy:
- ipregnant: FREE, gives you weekly information about your pregnancy, has a photo function for you to capture your evolving pregnancy on film, along with checklists for just about everything.
- Period tracker: FREE to use, tracks your periods, ovulation, symptoms etc. It predicts when you are likely to ovulate, and so most likely to conceive. It also has its own social forum to meet other women trying to conceive.
- My days: FREE, has a basal/metabolic temperature tracker, holds your cycle statistics and allows you to email the information you collate to your doctor directly.
- Menstruation and ovulation calendar: FREE, combines a symptom tracker and an ovulation predictor. It too holds your cycle history.
- Baby center (my pregnancy today): FREE, this app has a movement tracker, calendar function and there are birth clubs to join in order to meet other women due at the same time as you.
- The bump pregnancy: FREE, handy week by week information pages, a journal section and useful articles on pregnancy and birth.
- Parenting ages and stages: FREE, tells you about your child’s milestones, gives you information topics such as starting school and is also totally customisable.
- Baby nursing/breastfeeding: FREE, diary capabilities and weight/height charts. Allows you to track your baby’s sleeping and feeding, as well as their nappy changes and milestones they reach. You can even back up your information so you don’t lose it.
- Best of parenting: FREE for children aged 1-16, it gives you daily tips and includes a troubleshooting section.
- Baby Centre (my baby today): FREE, baby development tracker, birth clubs to meet other mums with babies born at the same time as your child. Photo album feature and pages to learn about health and safety for your baby.
- My first words-flashcards: FREE, 200 flashcards to use and include in games. Adaptable to your child’s needs and has the function to add your own cards.
- Are we there yet: FREE, search by location (near you or overseas too), view as a list or on a map, direct link to the activities website and can be tailored to your child by age, price and activity type.
Our top ten random apps:
- Baby names by Bounty
- Emma’s diary
- Full term labour contraction timer
- Sleepy sounds
- Timy tickle distraction app
- Laugh & learn: shapes & colours
- Magic Fingers Lite
- Nursery Rhymes for kids
- ABC alphabet phonics