I couldn't tell my left from right during those first few weeks, let alone remembering when baby sleeps or had last fed. This free app helps you keep track of the only schedule that matters now. (Additional personalized sleep plan in-app purchase)
The Wonder Weeks
This may be the first App that I have purchased, and I am so happy that I did. You are notified when your child's next "leap" is coming and what to do. A sanity-saver during the first year.
White Noise Deep Sleep Sounds
We had created white noise Spotify playlists with our baby's favorite vacuum cleaners and fans, but this meant Spotify was occupied for hours a day. This free app doesn't require loops or downloads, and even has personalized mixes available. Tip: have your charger nearby as it will eat up your battery.
(Extra sounds available for purchase)
Wonder Weeks by Hetty van de Rijt, Frans X. Plooij
Whether you get the book or the app, this is an absolute must-have in the first 60 weeks. Following this book and app week-by-week helped change our perspective on newborns. The book has much more information than the app plus parent testimonials.
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (And Your Children Will be Glad That You Did) by Philippa Perry
A wonderful recommendation from a fellow Yamomgee that outlines all the worries new parents have about "screwing things up". A bit pricey, so I suggest the e-book.
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp M.D.
A practical tool to calming newborns. I found the explanation of the fourth trimester to be extremely helpful. However, if you're short on time or money and want the quick version, Google 5 S's.
The Danish Way of Parenting by Jessica J Alexander
A soon-to-be Yamomgee recommended this book about the support new moms need and the six essential "P.A.R.E.N.T' principles.
What to Expect
What to Expect was my favorite pregnancy app mainly because of the weekly videos and articles. Also, once baby arrives, the app easily transitions into a support network for new parents.
Loved watching the baby hand and footprint grow and to listen to the videos from a pregnant Ovia employee. My least favorite feature on this app was the constant push for cord blood banking that was so overtly sponsored.
The best part of this app is the daily fun facts about baby's development. Not essential, but if you have space on your phone and want random information like "today your baby is as tall as a deck of cards" then go for it.
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