A round-up of the best apps that every new mum will want to download to make their life easier
By Annette Kellow
Being a new mum can mean wishing you had several extra hours in the day and a set of octopus hands. So when time is precious, the last thing you want is to be fishing around on complicated websites for instant information! Enter the world of time-saving apps – parent hacks at your fingertips, that every new mum needs. From sleeping aids to new mum meet ups or quickly finding a changing place when you’re out and about, these apps will give you more time and less stress.
1. SOUND SLEEPER: WHITE NOISE APP
Best for: Helping Baby Sleep
How it works: White Noise is a mix of different pitches blended together and is a great tool to soothe fussing babies while boosting sleep. Popular sounds include a whirring fan, aeroplane hum or the ever-reliable ‘ssh’. If you’ve ever used Youtube for a free white noise playlist, you’ll know when an advert suddenly plays mid-sleep it’s game over! So a fail-safe option (and a less brighter screen) is to use Sound Sleeper. Other sounds include the vacuum cleaner, gentle rain, comforting womb, and soothing lullabies, with traditional favorites and modern renditions.
Best for: Meeting new Mums
How it works: Dubbed the Tinder for Mums, Peanut is the favourite to meet other mums near you. With a filter for baby’s age and Mum’s interests, it swiftly matches you with other ‘Peanuts’ close by. An app made for connecting within the community – you’ll soon be laughing, crying and comparing each other’s sleepless nights over a double shot espresso in your local café.
3. CLOUD BABY MONITOR
Best for: Monitoring Baby when sleeping
How it works: Cloud Baby Monitor needs no extra technology as you simply download the app, which works on an ipad and iphone. You link the two for an instant baby monitor wherever you are. Keep one device with your baby and watch live video with crystal clear audio on your other. It can be used at home or as a perfect holiday accessory as you get real time notifications about your baby’s noises and movements.
Best for: Baby and Children Activities near you
How it Works: Stuck for fun things to do with your little one? Then Hoop is the easy access app for you. Find and book activities from newborns to 11 years old within your local area. You’ll never have to watch a re-run of Peppa Pig again!
5. NCT BABY CHANGE
Best for: Finding the nearest Baby Changing Station
How it works: We’ve all been there, you’re having the perfect outing then there is a sudden ‘explosion!’ Fortuitously NCT Baby Change, the emergency godsend, locates the nearest changing facility throughout the U.K which you can quickly and easily access, without a fuss in sight.