There are plenty of iPhone applications to occupy our kids’ time and attention. But what about the apps that make parenting easier?
Brett mentioned three not too long ago, but a recent post on ParentDish — which I discovered via Wired’s Geekdad blog — provides an extensive overview of iPhone applications that are particularly helpful to parents. So far, no one has figured out a way to make the iPhone raise our children for us. But many of these make our parenting responsibilities easier. You should definitely check out the full post, but these are the four I think new moms and dads may find most useful:
Baby Monitor: This one turns your iPhone into a baby monitor, which is such a great idea, especially for parents who frequently travel or don’t want to spend extra money on another device. Word of caution: Yes, the phone will call you when the infant stirs, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to leave the kid in his crib while you hit a “Quantum of Solace” matinee.
Nursing Tracker: Most moms find it challenging to keep track of how long they last nursed, which side the child fed on, etc., especially when they’re operating on very little sleep. This app helps make that process easier. Sure, you could just write down the information. But this way, that feeding log can’t get lost or inadvertently thrown away by a spouse who think he’s being helpful by cleaning up in the nursery. Not that, like, I am speaking from experience.
Food Additives: This application is perfect for parents of children with food sensitivities and allergies. It allows you to look up information about 450-plus additives, ideal for those times in the grocery store when you’re trying to make a quick decision about whether to buy or not to buy. Pretty useful for grown-ups with allergies, too.
Diaper Tracker: This is one that Brett mentioned and is perhaps the most useful of them all. My husband and I spent a ludicrous amount of time tracking our son’s, um, defecation progress in those early days because he wasn’t gaining enough weight. This app allows you to record all of the relevant information, right down to the description of the b.m. (Appetizing, I know.) Now, will you look like kind of an a-hole when the pediatrician asks for details about your child’s bowel movements and you whip out your iPhone? Kinda. But you’ll also have the most precise poop information of any parent around.
Image: codegoo.com via ParentDish.