So, when I came home from the hospital with Laila, these two apps were AMAZING saviors for me.
My inspiration to look for them:
When my best friend was pregnant 2 years ago and was contracting, I was trying to write down the start and end time plus the duration of her contractions, when in the heat of the moment, it’s pretty hard to do! We had found this contraction app, called Simple Contraction Timer that was so much easier. My husband and I gratefully used it during my contractions, (which were for over 20 hours!).
In the hospital after delivery, when the nurses told me it was a good idea to write down Laila’s feeding times and duration per side, (for breastfeeding), and also to keep a log of her diapers of poops and pees to be sure she was eating well, I knew there had to be something that was similiar to the contractions app, and sure enough, I came across iBaby Feed and Diaper Log. Looking back, they were so helpful especially to save me from having to scrounge for paper and a pen and write down random times/notes or have to carry a notebook/notepad around.They were right in my iPhone.
The cool part is that it is designed by breastfeeding/nursing mothers. Mommas can track when and for how long their baby feeds, whether from breast, time and amount of a bottle feed, (of formula or breast milk),and amount of expressed milk. It also includes a a useful reminder for which breast to start on each time. Another cool feature- analytics of average feedings.
While I don’t use it anymore, 6 months into breastfeeding, it helped me A TON in the beginning. It was totally worth the $1.99 download.
When your baby fills their nappy, you want to change the nappy as soon as possible. The only issue is, you have to change your baby’s nappies so often that it can be hard to keep track of how often it’s happening and whether they went number 1 or number 2. This is where the diaper log comes in. It’s so easy to use! With only one tap, you can quickly keep track of not only how often your child is getting his/her diaper changed, but also the contents of each dirty diaper, (poo and pee or both). You can also view the full history of diaper changes, see the total number per day, and even though it’s free, (yes FREE!), there aren’t any annoying ads! I don’t use it anymore, but kept it in case Laila is sick and I need to log her poops, then I have it. It doesn’t take up much space on the iPhone so it’s great.
Hope you find these helpful mommas and let me know if there’s an app you love by commenting below, too!