There are so many clever apps out there for parents. You have them right from the beginning during pregnancy all the way through to the teenage years. I’ve used a few apps throughout Olivers life which I’ve found so helpful, especially back when he was a few months old. Now that he’s getting older I use these apps a lot less frequently, or even not at all, but I wanted to share with you what these are apps, as I’m definitely keeping them on my phone for when we have another child.
The Wonder Weeks
I was recommended this app when Oliver was a few weeks old. I think I was talking to one of my mummy friends and she mentioned Oliver would be going into a ‘leap’ soon. This totally confused me! She explained babies go through developmental leaps which can cause fussy or grumpy periods, and this app tracks when these leaps will be.
When you register the app will ask you for your babies due date not their birth date. I can’t remember exactly why this is, but I think it has something to do with the development from when the baby is conceived. Once you’ve entered your babies due date and other information it works out what leaps they’ll have at what time. You get shown a whole timeline full of these developmental leaps and what the reason for this leap is. For example, the first leap your baby will go through is named ‘Changing Sensations’ and it happens roughly between when they are 4½ to 5½ weeks old. The app explains in depth what the specific leap is for, what they’re currently learning to do and what help we can do as parents to make the leap easier. I personally found it fascinating reading into it all.
I think this app is really clever! We definitely were able to notice a difference in Oliver’s behaviour when the app told us he was in a leap. Oliver had his last leap in December (thank god!) so I’m no longer using this app, but I am keeping it on my phone for when we have another baby. I can’t remember whether the app cost or not, but it’s worth it if you want to track your babies development.
Sound Sleeper (white noise baby)
I know not everyone will agree with this app, but it really helped us. At times, especially when Oliver was a few weeks old, he’d find it hard to settle, which is completely natural. Playing quiet white noise to a baby can be really soothing and should help settle them down. We found it works wonders with Oliver! I’m not saying shove your baby next to your phone with the sounds blasting, but have it on in the background. Just loud enough for them to hear, but not so loud it could damage their ear drums. It should slowly help sooth them.
This app is great as it has lots of different sounds for all ages, even adults! For example, in the newborn section there is the sound of inside the womb. We found this one really helped settle Oliver when he was a few weeks old. Lately we’ve not needed to use it much, unless Oliver gets into a right state. If we do need to use it we play natural sounds like the rain or a mountain river.
As I’ve said, it’s not just for babies. The app includes sounds for parents too! I must confess I’ve used it a fair few times when my insomnia has been playing up, and it works wonderfully. You can set it to play for a certain length of time if you’re using it for sleep – When I use it I set a timer of 1 hour. When the hour is up it slowly fades out.
There are 2 versions of this app. There’s a free version which gives you 30mins of sounds each time you use it, or the paid version (I think it’s £2.99ish?) but you have unlimited usage. I do have the paid version because I wanted to start using it for longer periods of time. I knew it worked for us, so I thought I might as well.
Like I said, I know this app won’t be for everyone but it won’t do any harm using it quietly for a limited amount of time, and for us, it really helped at times when we were struggling.
I’m so glad I found these apps when I did as both have helped us out immensely. Have you used either of these apps before? Let me know what you think of them! If you have any other app recommendations let me know in the comments. I’d love to have more ready for our next baby.