Best Apps for New Parents
To have a child is never easy, especially for those who would be first-time or new parents.
After a successful pregnancy, giving birth to your first child, and going home, it is understandable that new parents would feel stressed or even lost.
Thankfully, we got the apps for you to help you get through your parenthood journey.
Check out below the best apps for new parents and the experiences of some parents who have tried or used the app.
Child Development Tracker
“There is a book, but as a new parent functioning on little sleep, it was more valuable to me to have a cliff notes guide handy on my phone, that calculated the expected leaps based on my child’s due date. It helped explain what behavior to expect and how to handle it. While nothing can predict any specific newborn 100%, it covered a fair amount of what both my kids went through. It was also a one time purchase in an age of monthly subscription apps, so I felt like it was a great value overall.“
Anne Aslanides – The Default Cook
Poison Control App
“I think one of the most important apps for every new parent to have is the poison control app! Many people may associate poison control with phone calls only, but there’s an app for that! It’s called webPOISONCONTROL and it’s available for free download at the App Store or on Google Play. Because we often don’t think about poison control until we are in an emergency situation and need advice, it’s important to have the app downloaded on your phone so that you’ll be ready to use it when the time comes.”
Pros: “The webPOISONCONTROL app provides confidential, free, and expert advice on poisonings related to medications (both prescriptions and over-the-counter products), household products, bites, stings, gases, plants, and many other toxic products! The content of the app is written by medical toxicologists like myself, and cases are reviewed daily to ensure that the program is working and meeting the needs of our users.“
Kelly Johnson-Arbor – Poison Control
“I still use this app to this day. It’s how I track my child’s sleep habits. It was especially helpful, though, in the first year or so of her life as I was able to track my nursing/pumping sessions right on my phone.”
Pros: “It also allows you to log solid foods, dirty diapers, growth information, and a number of other things. It’s a great overall app and I still use it to rack my child’s sleep habits and growth chart from doctor’s visits. There’s a free and paid version, but I’ve only ever used/needed the free one.“
Katie Ferguson – KT Likes Coffee
Rewards and Savings App
“The Pampers Club app allows you to scan/earn rewards for diapers and wipes that you buy from Pampers. I’ve earned over $50 from the app just for scanning/entering codes on diapers and wipes that I would have bought anyway. It’s not much, but every penny counts once you have a kid and it’s nice to earn a little cash for shopping Pampers.“
Katie Ferguson – KT Likes Coffee
Modern Mamas Club App
“The app provides daily, real-time activations for busy working moms, so they can sustainably make values based decisions in their professional and home lives, and maintain their personal wellness long-term.“
Pros: “1:1 sessions with mama mentors”
Brittany Sykes – Brittany Sykes PR
Social App for Women
“The best app for new parents is Peanut. Peanut is an app for moms and moms-to-be to meet other moms. When I had my son this app was a great space for me to meet other mom friends and schedule play dates. It truly helped me navigate through the process of being a first time parent.”
Pros: “It’s a great place to connect with local moms for support, to ask questions, and feel like you’re not alone on your journey.“
Krissy Hadick – The Hadicks
Mental Wellness App
The Mindful Mamas
“As a therapist and certified perinatal mental health professional in private practice working primarily with new parents, I highly recommend the Mindful Mama’s app. The research behind mindfulness in promoting stress reduction is strong, and for new parents who are often left vulnerable as a result of the situational stress related to their transition into parenthood, it can be particularly beneficial. The Mindful Mama’s app reinforces many of the coping techniques which I talk to new parents about in session, providing parents with a guided and structured way to execute these tools in their daily lives and taking the guesswork out of it.”
Pros: “The app offers a variety of guided meditations, including ones designed to improve sleep, as well as affirmations to help cultivate positivity and target the lies of depression and anxiety which steal our joy during this precious season of our lives. The guided meditations range from 1-10 minutes, which is perfect for busy parents. Another amazing perk of this app is that it grows with parents, offering targeted support for parenting across the lifespan. What I love the most about the app, outside of its accessibility, is its inclusivity of the wide range of parenting experiences, including offering specialized support for parents of children with special needs. Overall, the Mindful Mama’s app offers an accessible way for parents to promote their wellness and develop resilience amidst the stress of parenthood allowing them more space to remain present with and attune to their children.“
Marelys Padilla – Marelys Padilla, LCSW, PMH-C
Screen Time Family Locator GPS
“With the OurPact Parental Control App, you can set screen time limits for your children, block certain apps and websites, and even schedule family time so that everyone can be present and accounted for. Trust me, this app is a lifesaver for any parent!
Another best part about this app is that it works on both Android and iOS devices, so you can use it regardless of what type of phone you have.“
Pros: “Set screen time limits for your children.”
Cons: “Can be a bit pricey at $14/month per family member“
Mark Joseph – ParentalQueries
Baby Connect App
“The Baby Connect App is an amazing tool for tracking your baby’s feedings, sleep, diapers, and more. This app is perfect for new parents who want to keep track of everything that their baby is doing.
It can be difficult to remember everything that your baby does in a day, but with the Baby Connect App, you can have all of the information right at your fingertips so that you never forget a thing! The best part about this app is that it’s free to use, so there’s no excuse not to try it out!“
Pros: “Keep track of your baby’s feedings, sleep, diapers, and more.“
Cons: “Some parents find the interface to be confusing or difficult to use.“
Mark Joseph – ParentalQueries
Home Management App
“The bottom line is I spend a ton of time in the hospital over the past 7-8 years of my soon-to-be-over surgical training. We installed the Nest indoor cameras at strategic locations in our home with the apps on our phones for monitoring.
We have on a few occasions witnessed unpleasant interactions between babysitter/nanny and toddler thanks to our Nest app.
Looking back, the app has served in the background faithfully and I’m not sure how much of my kids day to-day interactions I’d miss without it.”
Pros: “The cameras are very sensitive to pick up any significant movement, human sound/talking etc with good distinction.
Several times, the app chimes when there is significant movement in our kids’ rooms at night, prompting us (primarily my wife to be honest) to check on them.“
Paul Adenuga – Aesthetic Surgery Resource
Financial Wellness App
“MapFactor Navigator is a GPS navigation app that offers turn-by-turn directions, street and satellite views, and traffic information. It also includes features such as voice-guided directions and the ability to search for businesses and locations.“
MK Edwards – Elevated Public Relations
Household Management App
“It’s an app to help parents organize their lives, to-do lists, and calendar. It even recommends companies that you might be interested in as a parent—like where to get organic baby formula or easy online meal options.
It’s a great option if you and your partner are both on it and can assign tasks, ie pick up a birthday cake for the kid’s party. That way you don’t have to constantly remember things and you can share the parenting burden and plans.“
Sierra Skelly – GoodBuy Gear
White Noise Baby
“White Noise Baby is definitely an app I would recommend to all new parents. Never underestimate the power of white noise! When you just want to get your baby to sleep, finding the right white noise can do the trick. This app has a ton of different options to choose from, and they play on a continuous loop so there is no break in the sound.“
Chris Stevenson – Virtual Reality Rental
The Baby Tracker – Newborn Log
“The Baby Tracker – Newborn Log app is designed to help parents keep track of their baby’s development and milestones.”
Pros: “It’s a great resource to have because it can help you document your baby’s progress, share information with your doctor, and remember when your baby has reached certain developmental milestones. The app also includes a sleep log so you can track how much your baby is sleeping and set sleep goals.”
Cons: “one downside is that the app doesn’t offer any resources or advice to help your baby reach developmental milestones.“
Mo Mulla – Parental Questions
Baby Monitor App
“Sense-U was a life changer! We could rest easier and it came with an app that alerts you so we knew immediately if our daughter needed to be rolled back onto her back. Thankfully, we never had to be alerted that she had shallow breathing, but we know it does happen often with new babies. There was also a wifi/Bluetooth monitor that lit up in different colors to alert you, but that was rather useless because the app was always with us with our phones.“
Pros: “Really easy to use”
Cons: “Only one phone can use the app at a time“
Simon Bacher – Ling App
What To Expect
“What To Expect app, which provides expert advice on everything from pregnancy and childbirth to newborn care and parenting. It’s an invaluable resource for any parent, whether you’re expecting your first child or already have a few kids at home.“
Oberon Copeland – VeryInformed
“I highly suggest the app* Sound Sleeper *to provide white noise for your baby’s room. Many research studies have been conducted proving that white noise can actually help the baby feel more relaxed. This is because in the mother’s womb, there is also a constant source of white noise. Hence, providing white noise for them once they are born mimics their early environment, in their mother’s womb.”
Pros: “The app is compatible with both Android and iOs, plus it is free to download. You can choose many white noise options like rustling of leaves, rain sound, and others. WIth that, this is an app that I highly recommend since I used it in the past for my babies too.“
Veronica Thompson – Everyday Power
“When the girls were infants, my wife and I decided to stop working so she can be home to care for them as I was blessed to earn enough to cover all our needs. In the beginning, she really struggled with keeping them happy and entertained all day long. I found the BabySpark app by chance and it turned out to be a sanity-saver.”
Pros: “This free app offers tips for parent-child activities tailored to your baby’s age and stage, for all babies between the ages of 0 to 3. You’ll also get information on what’s going on in the baby’s brain during these activities, and you can keep track of developmental milestones.“
Thomas Vibe – Stone Wizards
Baby Tracker and Family Organizer
“I’d like to submit Onoco for consideration – it’s designed for families with children aged 0-5 and combines all of the most popular parenting app categories (baby trackers, family schedules and routine managers, and baby development plans) into one space.”
Pros: “The app has a rating of 4.9/5 on the App Store, with comments including this app is definitely the best out of the small selection and this app not only keeps a track record but helped us get to know our baby during her vital first few months.
Onoco was also named one of the best apps for new mamas in 2022 by My Baba, and received a five star accreditation from the Educational App Store earlier this year.
In a recent survey carried out with our users, the most popular reason for using the app is feedings tracking; the fact it can easily be shared with other caregivers including partners and nannies; and the easy to use interface.”
Cons: “Things that users feel are missing (which immediately become part of the development roadmap) include phone widgets for quick adding of tracking; an offline mode; and vaccination logs.“
Jessica Higham – Onoco
Child Care Provider Finder
“As a new parent we use Winnie Application. This app gives us the opportunity to determine whether to go out with our baby or not.”
Pros: “It helps to locate baby friendly facilities around where we’re going and when we’re busy we take the baby there and we will proceed with our activities without disturbance. The app is best to help discover places to take the kids for fun.”
Cons: “The cons is that it doesn’t cover everywhere as there are places it cannot get information for as it has failed me in the past.“
Grace Chisom – The Karate Blog