This week’s blog post is written by Leslie Campos of WellParents.com. (Thank you, Leslie!) I hope you find it helpful and informative, Shannon
Becoming a Mom or Dad is an exciting rite of passage. While parenthood is sure to provide you with a sense of fulfillment, it can also cause anxiety. There are plenty of tools and technology available to allay those fears and to make your job easier than ever because in addition to the obvious, your smartphone can provide you with useful resources in the form of apps. Read on to find out how you can harness the power of your smartphone to help.
How a smart phone supports great parenting
Having your smartphone by your side will make parenting easier in many ways. For one thing, it allows you to easily connect with other parents who share your worries. Many moms and dads enjoy giving and receiving support on social media. It’s also a way to get firsthand tips for the everyday challenges of parenting. Whether you’re dealing with teething or figuring out how to get your baby to go to sleep, other parents have been through it, too!
Track your baby’s day with BabyTime
Start with BabyTime. This app allows you to stay abreast of your infant’s sleeping, feeding, and diapering schedule. It also provides a trend analysis tool, so you can identify patterns in their behavior over time. With this advanced knowledge of your little one’s daily routines, you can be a better parent who is able to foresee and prepare for their needs.
Stay abreast of your infant’s health with WebMD Baby
According to a survey, 47 percent of parents wish they had immediate access to a pediatrician to consult on infant health or developmental concerns. WebMD’s baby-focused app delivers just that. It’s designed for new parents who want access to reliable information on baby healthcare issues in any place and at any time. The information provided has been reviewed and approved by pediatricians.
Communicate with your baby using Baby Sign and Learn on your smart phone
While your child won’t be able to talk to you immediately, you can still communicate with them in other ways. Research shows that even hearing infants can benefit from learning sign language as it allows them to express their needs. The Baby Sign and Learn app is recommended by speech therapists. It uses a baby sign language dictionary and animated characters to help you teach your baby to sign. Ask your Sunrise Montessori infant teacher for the common words they sign to help them communicate with your little one!
Capture memories with Day One on your smart phone
Day One is an app that allows you to record life as it’s happening. It’s ranked as the number one app for journaling. Add photos and written notes in your phone using the easy layout, and save them for all time. The memories are kept secure with biometric security and end-to-end encryption. Automatic backup storage is also available so you don’t lose a single memory of your baby’s early years.
While raising children has its challenges, they grow up quickly. You don’t want to miss out on these wonderful years because of needless stress. Let your smartphone take away some of the hassle. It will allow you to connect with other parents, capture memories, and download handy apps. With such technological support, you can truly enjoy your baby’s early years.