Momhood is an experience like no other. Thankfully, we now have mobile technology so these days, there are tools to help us take care of our kids. Here are some great apps to make mommying easier in every way—from keeping your money in the bank (where it belongs) to sustaining that all-important peace of mind.

Note: Not all of these apps are totally free, but those that aren't come highly recommended by new moms (i.e., totally worth their cheap price tags, especially when compared to the non-app pricier alternatives).

1. Baby Connect (Activity Logger) 

Yes, this app is $4.99. This seems pricey—until research highlights that every other app in Baby Connect's class is also $4.99. So here, it’s simply about choosing the best, and Baby Connect simply "out-apps" its competition with the media and new moms alike.

Here are the details:

  • Track feedings, diaper changes, sleep, mood, milestones and other essentials.
  • Track and store all medical details, including blood type, allergies and other essentials.
  • Sync across multiple accounts and password protect for privacy.
  • Use for multiple children as each baby grows.

Cost savings: Besides an app, your best option is still an old-school, hardcopy 'baby tracker' notebook, which will run you between $15 and $35 online.

2. Baby Shusher

This app is a digital version of the Baby Shusher device ($34.99 online).

Here are the details:

  • You can use the Baby Shusher app and still use other apps on your device.
  • Record your own voice to set up a custom shusher.
  • Set up time loops for naps and evening sleep (from 15 minutes – 8 hours).
  • App automatically adjusts the volume of its shushing to the volume of your baby's crying.

Cost savings: You could pay $34.99 for the actual Baby Shusher…or just $4.99 for the app version.

3. Ambiance

Ambiance bills itself as an "environment enhancer," but to new moms, the truth is clear—Ambiance is that "white noise" app that drowns out ambient background noise that could wake up your sleeping baby (and destroy your own precious chance for a nap).

Here are the details:

  • More than 3,500 sounds to choose from.
  • Customize your own sounds by combining in-app sounds together.
  • Create playlists.
  • Record and share your own ambiance custom sounds.

Cost savings: If you wanted to buy a white noise machine, you can expect to spend $15-$20 for a very simple unit and upwards of $100 for a more sophisticated device.

4. Project 365 (for iOS) / Photo 365 (for Android)

These two complementary apps are both free, and each offers the same essential opportunity—to document a full 365-day cycle of your baby's new life (and yours as a mommy)!

Cost savings: Even a photographer new to the business will typically charge $50/hour. Experienced baby photographers will charge $100+/hour. With photo finishing, you can expect to pay $250-$600 for a new baby photo shoot.

5. Baby Monitor 3G

This has to be one of the coolest "new mom apps" ever. If you have two smart devices, you can sync them together to create a baby monitoring system for your infant while at home and during travels.

Here are the details:

  • Works with tablets, laptops or phones.
  • Already in use with more than half a million new parents.
  • Hear your baby's sounds and respond with soothing sounds of your own.
  • View live photos and video footage.
  • Unlimited reach and clear signal via WiFi.

Cost savings: A typical baby monitoring system cost is $100 – $300 depending on the features.

 

 

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