Congratulations/condolences! You’re a new parent! Becoming a parent can be one of the most difficult transitions in your life. But with new technology, this process can be much easier than it was a few decades ago. Your phone is an incredible resource of information and cataloging that you may not even be fully aware of. With these apps, you’ll be able to put all your parenting anxiety away. (You can bookmark this until naptime. We won’t blame you.)
8 best apps for new parents
Reading Eggs has learning tools for kids from ages 2 to 13.
When it comes to teaching your kids how to read, Reading Eggs does an egg-cellent job!
Kids have a blast playing games, singing songs, and earning rewards, all while improving their reading skills.
The creators of Reading Eggs used solid scientific research to make a proven, working formula for teaching children how to read. With more than 2,000 online books for your kids to read, they will have plenty to keep them occupied.
There is a version for teachers as well as one for parents. If you’re a parent, you can take advantage of a four-week trial to see how just how well Reading Eggs works. If Reading Eggs sounds like something you want to try with your kids, crack open this link to get started!
Along with the Reading Eggs app, there are also workbooks that you can purchase if you want to reduce your child’s screen time, but still want them to work on their reading.
New parents can sometimes struggle to make friends, or keep those who aren’t parents themselves. This app can help you meet other parents who are looking to spend time with similar families. The main purpose is to retrain your individuality, so you don’t just turn into “blank’s mom.” Their YouTube Channel does a great job of expressing the experience of using the app.
This app can help you find a sitter no matter where you may be. It can really be a lifesaver for last-minute sitter needs. Sitters fill out detailed profiles on their availability and references, making them easy to contact and sort through. It can really decrease the time and effort that goes into meeting with multiple sitters to choose the right one.
When a child is old enough to start using your devices, it may be difficult to keep them from accessing apps that you’d prefer them not to use. (“Tyler! I’ve told you a million times, ‘Black Mirror’ is only a Mommy and Daddy show.”)
Thankfully this app lets you customize your phone with locks to prevent your child from accessing anything you deem inappropriate. The customizability comes in deciding what you want to be locked and for how long. It has options for virtually everything on your phone, allowing you to pick and choose exactly what your child has access to.
When you’re expecting, it can be overwhelming to try and find all the information you need leading up to the birth of your child. This app gives you real expert advice on all the questions you are wondering about when you have your first child. From what’s okay to what’s not, you’ll be able to find out a plethora of important information much quicker than continually looking it up online.
Keeping your child entertained is the hardest thing to do when you can’t constantly be in the same room as them. This gets especially hard once they become a toddler and have a better understanding of the world around them. Thankfully, there are some fantastic shows out there to keep kids entertained and learning. No station is better at this than PBS Kids. They even have their own app so you have the station with you at all times. This app is more for your child than for the actual parent.
When something seems off about your child, it may be your first instinct to go straight to the hospital and find out what’s wrong. Alternatively, you may not realize something is more serious than it seems. This app helps you figure out what you need to do when something is off with your child, and whether it’s the right time to go to the hospital or to figure it out at home. While the app is owned by the British Red Cross, the advice is universal and worth using even outside of the UK.
The ultimate baby tracker. This app keeps track of everything, from medical records to new achievements. It is the perfect app for recording your child’s first moments in life and keeping the schedule on track. For more information on this app, be sure to check out our in-depth article on how to use it.
For some babies and young children, white noise won’t cut it for helping them sleep. Thankfully, our Softonic Solutions community offers their list of the best apps for helping your child fall asleep.
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