The Best Free Apps for New and Expecting Parents

Posted on 08/23/2012

A crib, baby clothes and mountains of diapers—new parents have lots of new expenses. But there are a few freebies for this expecting crowd. New and expecting parents with Smartphones will definitely want to check out these five free apps for before and after baby’s arrival.

Similac Baby Journal App Once the new baby arrives, the Similac Baby Journal app will be a lifesaver. It helps sleep-deprived new parents easily track your baby’s eating and sleeping habits, diaper changes and developmental indicators like weight, length and head circumference. All of this data will help parents decode trends and get their bundle of joy on a schedule.

WebMD Baby App
The free WebMD Baby app includes fun features like a growth tracker. Every time you take your new baby to the doctor for their “well visit”, snap a photo and enter your baby’s height, weight and head circumference. The app will help you determine growth percentile based on children the same age. The app also includes a baby book feature so you can capture and record baby’s key memories and milestones with photos and videos. Then share them with family and friends through email or Facebook.

Sleepy Sounds App
Turn your iPhone into the baby whisperer with the free Sleepy Sounds app. You can choose to play lullabies, white noise or nature sounds that will hopefully help soothe your fussy baby right to sleep. Your phone will also display a looping animation to bring soft light to a dark room.

Baby Sign and Learn Lite
Before babies can talk they can learn to use sign language to communicate. Help them pick up this skill with the Baby Sign and Learn Lite app, a free sign language app. Using flashcards and graphics, your baby will learn signs for animals, colors and actions.

50,000 Baby Names App
Search, filter and browse possible baby names with the help of the free 50,000 Baby Names app. The app helps you search in lots of ways: by origin, keyword, popularity, and meaning. You can also ask the app to propose possible names at random and hopefully by the time your new son or daughter arrives you’ll have found the perfect one.

By Alison Storm

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