Navigate the stages of motherhood with the 7 best FREE apps for first time moms. Get all the help you need while you working on healing your body from the inside out, and adjusting to your new demanding boss. As a journalist, I found myself Googling every little question I had about ‘what’s normal’ and ‘what to do if…’ – a process that kept me attached to my phone when my hands weren’t full of baby.
Save your sanity with some of the best free apps to help make the newborn phase a little easier.
The Best Apps (in no particular order)
Best Pregnancy Tracker App – BabyCenter
The Pregnancy Tracker app by BabyCenter was one of the first apps I downloaded when I found out I was pregnant. This app guided me through 9 months of pregnancy, labor and delivery and the Fourth Trimester as a new mom. The Baby Center community connected me with other mothers in my Birth Club, who shared the same birth month as my baby. If its 3 am and everyone is asleep but you and your baby, the message boards may be able to ease your mind and answer any questions. This app came highly recommended by my cousin, the proud mommy to five amazing boys.
New moms need all the help they can get. The Bump covers pregnancy, the newborn stage and the toddler years, and this app is full of expert advice.
The Best OG App for New Moms – What to Expect
You’ve probably heard of the popular book that seems like required reading for new moms, but this app is one of the best apps for new moms. Video features give you perspective on your pregnancy, week by week, to track baby’s growth, while cute graphics compare the size of your baby to common fruits and vegetables. This was probably the first app I downloaded during my first pregnancy.
The Wonder Weeks – The Best Comprehensive App for New Moms
Eat, sleep, poop. The basics of baby life… or at least so I thought. Then came the fussy periods, when I was at a loss as to how to help my baby. This app helped me to figure out what my baby was trying to tell me as he went through different developmental milestones and leaps. I don’t know how I would have survived without this app. I love this app! The Chart allows you to track your baby’s mental development based on your baby’s age in weeks, showing periods that are expected to be stormy or sunny in terms of baby’s mood and temperament. This feature has helped me plan traveling and trips around stormy periods to make life a little easier for all of us. There is also a book that goes more in-depth into the developmental leaps, but I just used the app and looked up anything else I wanted a deeper dive into. This is one of the best apps for new moms, hands down.
Baby Tracker – Newborn Log (free version) – The Best Feeding Log App for New Moms
My husband actually found this app for me, to help us keep track of our baby’s weight, feed times, dirty diapers and sleep patterns. It turned out to be pure gold, especially to track breastfeeding and pumping when I was still clueless as to how long to feed on each breast, and how to tell if baby is really getting enough. By tracking the time baby last fed I was able to time any errands I had to run, and have a smooth handover if he was being watched by my mother or mother-in-law and they would have to give him a bottle. Lifesaver. I highly recommend this app!
There’s an app for everything, and this is one of the best apps for new moms who swear by sound machines for a solid night’s sleep. But when the battery dies in the middle of the night, just reach for your phone. This is another app my husband found to save our sanity and it has lived up to my expectations, especially when traveling and trying to put a baby down in an unfamiliar setting. The free version has a variety of sounds that can help to soothe a baby, including white noise, waterfalls, wind, fans, even blowdryers. My go-to has been good old Brahms Lullaby, which helps to put my baby into a ‘night-night trance’ and makes nights for mommy and daddy a lot easier.
Clue Period & Cycle Tracker
So this app isn’t a must, but it made it on my list of the best apps for new moms for those weeks after labor. I’m so happy I found this app to help me to track my periods from my phone. I’ve been using this app since 2015 and so far I have no complaints. There is also a feature that allows you to ‘track’ your pregnancy, by silencing alerts while you’re not getting a period. Nothing is more annoying than a tracker app that keeps reminding you that your period is late, when you’re in the throes of morning sickness. This app also helped me get back on track when my period returned after giving birth and breastfeeding. I’ve recommended this app to all of my friends, and there’s no turning back now!
Bonus: Baby Story – Pics Editor
This app is a cute way to track your pregnancy and baby’s first milestones with photos. Jazz up your bump photos with the cute stickers available through the free version of this app.
What apps would you recommend for new moms?