By Jeana Lee Tahnk
Back when I was pregnant for the first time, I relied heavily onbooks and the Internet to gather information about "what to expect,"pregnancy symptoms, newborn care and everything you want to know whenyou're preparing to become a parent for the first time. There was nosuch thing as a smartphone or apps back then.
How quickly it has moved from nothing to never-ending! In the span ofa few short years, there are now hundreds, perhaps thousands, of appsat parents' disposal, chock full of information about every stage ofparenting.
Here are a few picks that are great for parents of babies:
Ready, Set, Baby! ($4.99, iOS)
This is the modern day equivalent to all those baby books I readreligiously with baby No. 1. Made for today's tech-savvy parents, thisapp features tons of content, how-to videos, shopping guides and expertrecommendations on everything you need to know for baby's first year.
Baby Bundle (Free, iOS)
Created by a pediatrician, Baby Bundle is a great all-encompassing appfor so many things, from keeping track of growth, feedings and diaperchanges to monitoring the baby and recording health visits andvaccinations. It also contains trusted health advice and a symptomchecker
Baby Monitor, (Free, Android)
There are a lot of expensive baby monitors on the market, but if youhave two Android phones, you can instantly have a baby monitor on yourdevices. This eliminates the need to lug around a monitor anytime youtravel and it's right on your phone, so you can always keep an eye onyour baby.
BabyBook by CandoBaby (Free, iOS)
There are so many milestones during the baby's first year, it'simportant to record them to treasure forever. BabyBook offers built-intemplates for you to simply plug in pictures and edit text as necessary,for a seamless and easy way to create that memory book. You can alsoget the book printed as a forever keepsake.
White Noise Baby (Free, Android)
Babies love to hear white noise because it reminds them of the timethey spent in the womb. And anything to help them sleep better is worthchecking out. White Noise Baby also features other sounds includingheartbeat, water, hair dryer and vacuum cleaner to help babies achievethat deep slumber.
There are thousands of great apps for parents to choose from, butthese five are great for covering the basics of life with a baby.