How many times a day do you touch your phone? Whether to search for a delicious dinner idea, fun activities to keep your child entertained, browsing social media or simply to check the time.
Let’s face it. The phone might be the object that we touch most often during a day. So the answer to the above question (at least in my case) is MANY TIMES.
And since we’re being honest with each other here, I have a dirty secret to share with you…
I am an App junkie. My phone is full of them and I pretty much have an app for everything from mosquito repellent app to a sky map app.
So, as you can imagine, when I became a mom, I filled my phone with all the mommy apps I could get my hands on. The truth is many of them have made a real difference. They helped me stay on top of things when I was running on 2 hours of sleep per night and my brain was scrambled.
So I thought it would be a good idea to share the free apps that have helped me in the hopes that they will make your lives easier. Here are the best mom apps out there:
Apps with Useful Tips and Information for Moms
Mother and Baby Care 2020:
This app focuses on providing information on every aspect of motherhood. When they say “every aspect” they really mean it. You will find interesting articles and tips beginning with conceptions, pregnancy, baby care, mom life, family health and everything in between. I love the fact that they cover so many things, the advantage for the tired mom being that all the information is in one place. Mother and Baby Care has a good score, 4.6 stars, and over 10k downloads so it’s quite a popular app.
Guide to Newborn Care:
It has a very easy to navigate menu and the whole app is centred around simplicity. I love that the app covers all aspects of a newborn, from Baby’s Appearance, Basic Care and Common Problems to Newborn Screening Tests, Immunizations, Safety Guidelines for your baby and more. Another thing that I like about this app is that the articles are short and to the point. They give you the information that you need without the fluff. It is a well-liked app with good reviews and a score of 4.6 stars.
Baby Tips: The Ultimate Parental Guide:
In my view, it’s one of the coolest mommy apps out there and I still use it for my toddler. It is a great app that covers babies all the way to toddlerhood (0 to 3 years old). After you install the app, the first step is to input some info about your child (like gender and birthday) in order to get the best customized content that is relevant to your needs.
In the menu, you will find the Tips section that covers baby development, health, nutrition, sport, education and psychology. The tips are concise, practical and best of all humorous. They will surely put a smile on your face.
In the Sounds section, you get a variety of white noises that will help your child calm down and fall asleep faster. They are nicely organised depending on your baby’s age, for example for newborns you have sounds from the womb and mom’s heartbeat, for toddlers you get bonfire, train sounds, hairdryer and so on. In addition to these sounds, you also have soothing instrumental lullabies.
There is also a Recipes section where, according to your child’s age, you will find delicious and healthy meals ideas.
Needless to say, I love this app and I truly believe that it is one of the best mom apps.
Cozi Family Organizer:
Cozi is one of my preferred mommy apps when it comes to organizers. It’s so easy to use and has an attractive, user-friendly interface. The first step is to sign up and then if you want, sync your calendar with the app. The next step is to add your family members. Cozi is accessible from any mobile device and shared, so you only need one account for the whole family.
The free features include an easy to use, colour-coded Family Calendar; shared Shopping Lists where you can add, remove, cross off items on the go and see items added by other family members; To-Do Lists where you can create as many lists as you want like supplies lists, packing checklists, vacation lists and so on; Recipe Box where you can keep all your favourite recipes but also get some inspiration with the recipes suggested by Cozy; Family Journal where you can add photos of special moments and write down all the memorable occasions.
It is amazing how many awesome features the free version has, but you also have the option to upgrade to Cozi Gold for extra features like Contacts, Birthdays Tracker, more reminders, mobile app themes etc.. It’s no wonder that it has more than 1M users who are happy with the app.
Family Wall: Family Organizer:
Family Wall is designed for the active family in need of structure and organization on the go. It is simple to use and visually pleasing. To start using this awesome app, you need to make an account and then create a “circle” where you add your family members or close friends.
Once set up, the whole family will be able to use the Shared Family Calendar where you can add or edit appointments, create schedules and set reminders for everybody to see. You can share and edit Shopping Lists with the whole family and see items added by the other members. Create private or share To-Do Lists, wish lists or chore checklists for the kids and track their progress. Basically you can create a list for anything you can think of.
Another cool free feature is the Family Locator which can be used to keep an eye on the kids’ whereabouts. Other features include Recipe Box, Family Messaging, Family Gallery and Important Contacts.
With 4.5 stars and 1M+ downloads, Family Wall is one of the best mom apps for organization out there.
Family Organizer- chores, rewards and statistics
Family Organizer is mainly aimed at motivating kids to do daily chores. I like how the app looks and it’s also easy to navigate for the whole family. All the members can access the app on separate accounts but they are all synchronised with each other.
You have to sign in with your email, Google or as a guest. Then, you add yourself and your family members. The cool thing, that kids will certainly love, is that each member can create an avatar.
Now that everything is set up, the parent can add chores for the kids. Together you can decide on the value of each chore (they get coins from 1 to 40) and the timing. After the chore has been completed the child can click done and claim the reward.
Most of the features are free but if you choose to upgrade to premium (it’s 3.99$/month) you’ll get some extra benefits like 200 predefined chores and rewards and advanced statistics.
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Newborn Tracker Apps
Baby Tracker- feeding, sleep and diaper
If you have a newborn and are looking for great mommy apps, you should put Baby Tracker on your list.
Can’t remember which breast the baby last fed on or how many ounces of milk he drank? How many diapers have you changed today? (it seems like 100). Keep an accurate account of everything related to baby- Feeding; Sleep; Diapering; Leisure (like tummy time, outdoors, bath time and so on); Growth; Pumping; Health. There is even a section where you can keep your monthly baby photos.
You can keep helpful statistics on your baby’s feeding, sleep patterns and diapering.
The app looks very nice and most importantly it’s user-friendly. It’s definitely one of the most popular baby tracker apps with 1M+ downloads and 4.9 stars.
Baby Daybook- Newborn Tracker
Baby Daybook is another popular app that will be of real help to sleep-deprived moms.
It has all the features you would expect to find in a baby tracker app like keeping track of breastfeeding, breast pump, diapers, keeping track of how much your baby cries, baby’s sleeping patterns and durations and so on.
What makes this app stand out is that it goes beyond babyhood and you can use it for toddlers as well. Keep track of your toddler’s eating habits in the Food section, how much he drinks, Bath routine, Potty, Toothbrushing etc. There are also categories for Medicine, Temperature, Doctor visits, Vaccination and Symptoms.
Because of all the great features, ease of use and aesthetics Baby Daybook gets my vote. Mine and other 1M+ users.
Huckleberry: Baby & Child Tracker, Sleep Experts
Besides the normal features of a tracker app, feeding, diaper, pumping, medicine, growth and temperature, Huckleberry stands out thanks to its smart sleep tracker.
Huckleberry Sweet Spot is a real-time predictive algorithm that learns your child’s sleep patterns and estimates the optimum window to put your child down for the next nap. Pretty cool, right? We all know that an overtired baby is a cranky baby. So, by managing your child’s schedule effectively you can avoid overtired baby tears.
In order to get the best guidance for your exact situation, the app will ask you some questions related to your baby like birthday and how many naps he has per day.
Most of the features are free, but if you want a comprehensive sleep analysis and guidance from experts, you will need to sign up for Huckleberry Premium which is 12.99 pounds/month.
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Being a mom can sometimes be a lonely job, especially for the ones who have relocated. Having a mom tribe is important.
Hey! Vina is one of the social mommy apps that will help you find like-minded women in your area.
You sign up with Facebook and then, based on your profile and some quizzes you take (some of the quizzes are not relevant to your profile, but rather just for fun), you get suggestions of women in your area that, in theory, have the same interests as you. Another way of meeting other moms is to join communities.
Reviews for this app are mixed, some say that it’s a fantastic concept but it has some bugs and errors that need to be fixed, others are very happy and highly recommend it. Check it out and decide for yourself.
I love the idea behind Playground Buddy. Basically, this app helps you find nearby playgrounds. It has a database of 350.000 playgrounds from over 170 countries which is pretty impressive.
Of course, the app will need to access your location and then it will show you all the playgrounds near you with pictures, descriptions and directions to get there.
As I said, it is a great concept, however, Playground Buddy is made up of user-contributions and other publicly available sources so, for example, none of the playgrounds near where I live has any reviews or information. Still, it is a good app to find playgrounds especially when you are in a new area.
Mama ME is an app for moms only. I liked the fact that you undergo a verification process before you are allowed access to the app, which means that, as much as possible, they keep it a mama-only zone.
After you have been verified, complete your bio with whatever information you want to share like interests, working situation, interests, how many kids you have etc.
After you have completed your bio it’s time to head to the Connect section where you get a list of all the moms around your area. You can customize the results that are shown to you from the settings area.
There is also a community section where you can ask questions, share your experiences and discuss various topics with other moms.
It is one of the best social mommy apps with generally good reviews so, if you want to meet other moms in your area, give Mama ME a try.
Exercising has so many benefits besides losing weight. It does wonders for your health and it increases self-esteem. However, busy moms don’t always have time to go to the gym. That’s where Fit On comes in very useful.
It is a fantastic free app with a multitude of video workouts that will tone every muscle group. I love that there is something for everybody in there. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced you will find the perfect workout for you.
It even has sections called Prenatal fit and Postnatal fit.
Everything is customizable, from the target area you want to work on, duration to the intensity and the trainer.
There are also interesting articles related to fitness and a meal plan for you. A fantastic feature that Fit On has is that you can invite your friends to workout together.
Needless to say that I love and use this app daily and enjoy every bit of it. I recommend it.
Workout for Women by 7M
If you don’t have the time to join a gym and are looking for good fitness mommy apps, then Workout for Women might be exactly what you are looking for.
The fitness programs have been specially tailored for women with short and effective workouts. You do not need any equipment and depending on your level you can choose beginner, intermediate or advanced workouts.
The workouts are customizable and you can choose from workouts that target specific muscle groups and HIIT weight loss workouts.
The most important thing is that it’s free and it will allow you to squeeze in a workout when you have 10 minutes of free time.
Women Workout at Home
Out of the many fitness mommy apps out there, Women Workout at Home stands out because of the variety of workouts provided and, best of all, everything is free. There are no locked features.
The workouts are created with the busy woman in mind, so they are short but intense. You will find workouts targeting every major muscle group complete with warm-up and stretching routines. There is also animation and video guidance to ensure that you do the exercises correctly.
The era of technology, in certain ways, has made things easier. There is so much information and helpful mommy apps right at our fingertips, it would be a shame not to take advantage.
All the mommy apps listen above are free to use, although some have certain features that require premium. As I said at the beginning, I love apps and I use them daily as they truly make my life easier.
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