Parenting is a crazy ride, and we know we can’t do it alone. There is such an overload of information (and so many moving parts). That it can be seriously overwhelming just trying to keep little humans alive. Let alone feeling organised and on top of everything. The mental load is overwhelming. Whether you’re a new parent or are a couple of kids deep, it’s never too early or too late to get organised. But knowing where to start can be a little confusing – especially when there are SO many baby apps out there!
What baby apps do I really need?Most of us find our phones are full of apps we downloaded and never actually used, or used to use and no longer do. So first things, first: do an app audit. Go through your phone and delete any old apps that you no longer use. You’ll find you suddenly feel less overwhelmed by having less clutter in your phone. Win. Then sit down and write a list of all the things you need to do and ways that you think might help. Is it organisation you’re after? Or are you looking for connections with other mums? Or maybe somewhere to share your baby’s milestones and photos that isn’t social media? Whatever it is, chances are there’s an app out there to help you do it! This is exactly why we created the free Kiindred app in the first place. To create a one-stop-shop for parents who feel overwhelmed by all the “stuff”. These days there are so many other amazing baby apps available for parents to help make life easier too. We’ve narrowed down a few of our favourites, from scheduling to trackers and baby development, to safety and social media.
The 8 best baby apps to make your life easier
1. Feed safeThis is a great resource for breastfeeding mamas who are wondering if they are safe to enjoy an alcoholic beverage. (Spoiler: there’s no need to pump and dump.) This app helps you track when you have an alcoholic drink and tells you when you are safe to feed your baby. It also has a detailed ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section. Providing information on alcohol and breastfeeding according to the latest government health guidelines.
2. 2Houses2Houses is a great resource for parents who are co-parenting, helping take the stress out of an already difficult situation. It includes features such as custody scheduling, calendar syncing, activities and appointments. It also keeps track of medical information and vaccination timetables. Other features include: • Financial management system for shared expenses • A simple messaging tool to help keep track of communication that can never be deleted. • An information bank full of contact details for all your children’s needs. This includes medical contacts, as well as things such as clothing and shoe sizes, height, weight etc. • A journal, which is like a mini social network for your family to share news, photos, videos, updates or funny stories.
3. OurHomeOurHome is a simple way to organise your family in one place. This is your go-to tool for help running the household, calendar, groceries and chores. As the kids get older they can get their own access to see their assigned chores and tick them off as they go. The app also features: • Ability to assign and schedule tasks and chores • Set personal goals, track progress and rewards • Shared grocery list • Family calendar with reminders • Messaging
4. Tiny BeansTiny Beans is your baby’s first social network. How cute! It allows you to share photos and videos with loved ones without being on traditional social media. It works off a calendar format, allowing you to upload the photo into a certain day so you never miss a milestone. You enter information into a specific day, such as the child’s height or weight or general comments/memories. That way you have them all in one place. Parents or grandparents can all upload directly into it. And there are plenty of fun filters and stickers to make it exciting.
5. Save the date to vaccinateThis app helps you track your child’s vaccination schedule. Sending you alerts when they are due and syncing up to your calendar. This can come in really handy. as like so many things that can get lost in our endless to-do lists. Tip: If your child isn’t up-to-date with their vaccination schedule it can impact daycare and school enrolments. So this can be helpful to avoid any unnecessary complications there.
3. Rain Parrot
Planning outings with the kids is hard enough but rocking up to the park only to get caught in a sudden downpour can mean tears all around. Never get caught out in the rain again with weather forecasts constantly updated for your location. You can even set notifications for 30 minutes before rainfall is expected and minute-by-minute intensity of incoming rain.