Your baby shower will fill your nursery, your car, and your home with the items that you’ll need to see you through your pregnancy and baby’s first year. From car seats and strollers to bottles and nursing bras, moms-to-be and new moms have shopped for many of the same baby essentials for years. Times are changing, though, and today’s modern mom is as worried about grabbing her cell phone when she leaves her house as she is about forgetting the diaper bag. It’s only fitting, then, that baby essentials for the modern mom include applications for your iPhone or iPad. My last pregnancy coincided with the purchase of my first iPhone and our family’s iPad, and these applications are must-haves!
Pregnancy Tracker from What to Expect, FREE
The book has held a place of honor on your bedside table since the minute your digital pregnancy test read, “Positive.” What to Expect When You’re Expecting has long been a favorite of women during their pregnancies. Pregnancy Tracker from What to Expect is a companion piece to the popular book and website. This is a must-have app for moms-to-be, offering detailed information for you about each week of your pregnancy. You’ll love having the information at your fingertips whenever you need it, especially in the early weeks of your pregnancy.
Baby Connect for iPad, $4.99
I remember how overwhelmed I felt with my first baby-keeping track of feedings, diaper changes, and sleep didn’t seem like it would be so complicated, but it was harder than I expected. I resorted to scraps of paper and keeping a spreadsheet of my daughter’s day. Baby Connect for iPad is the perfect application for first-time parents. It allows you to track and monitor every aspect of your child’s day, record data, add pictures, compare days, and share information with daycare providers or your spouse. Baby Connect for iPad is an essential app for moms who want to stay on top of all things baby.
Dr. Seuss books, $3.99 each
Dr. Seuss has delighted children for generations with his fun rhymes, creative illustrations, and entertaining stories. Your child may have a nursery bookshelf filled with One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and similar Dr. Seuss stories. For the on-the-go mom, purchasing individual copies of Dr. Seuss books for your iPhone or iPad will enable to you to share these stories wherever you are and whenever you need them. Parents will love the ability to have the story narrated, read to their children or have the book play like a movie, and babies and children will love listening to their favorites over and over again.
My Baby Einstein by Disney, $3.99
Today’s modern mom is tech-saavy herself, and is already thinking about giving her baby the edge he or she will need in an increasingly technological world. Baby Einstein, a range of DVDs, CDs, and toys from Disney are geared towards the youngest babies. The My Baby Einstein iPhone app is the perfect compilation of each of these things. Including video clips from your favorite Baby Einstein movies, customizable flashcards for learning, and classical music, moms will love having this app with them while they’re on the go. Especially helpful once your baby is a little older, this baby essential will keep you and your little one entertained and learning, too!
Scrap Pad, $4.99
Whether you’re having your first baby or your fifth, sharing pictures of your child is a highlight of any mom’s day. Scrap Pad for iPad allows you to create digital scrapbooks with your photos. The app includes different backgrounds, fonts, borders, and embellishments, and you can format the scrapbook pages with the touch of your fingers. These digital scrapbooks are easy to put together and can even be uploaded to Facebook to share with friends and family members. Everyone will love getting to see your little one up close and personal, and you’ll love the ease with which you created the scrapbook pages. Not only can you enjoy every moment, but now, you can share it, too.
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