3 Free Apps Every New Mum Should Have

Do you use apps for your daily life? Are there parenting apps that you love? These are the apps that I used when I had a newborn. The good thing about all of these, is the price – FREE, so you have nothing to lose in trying them out, if you have a new baby.

1.Baby Feed
This App is every new mums best friend. Well, it was mine anyway an dI found it so useful, I recommend it to new mums. It helps you record baby’s feeds, when they’ve been changed and their sleep times and patterns, too. If you’re like me and your memory was soo bad with lack of sleep as a new mum, this app acts as a perfect reminder for when you last fed the baby, and it will remind you when the next feed is due, which breast you last fed from, how many ounces baby ate (if bottle fed) etc.
It can also show you daily, weekly, monthly averages, based on information you put in. You can also use it to store information on your baby’s growth, if you’re tracking abby’s weight gain. You can download it on another phone too, so if Grandma sometimes watches your baby she can just enter the information she has observed into her own app synced with yours. It can put the information into graphs and allows you to export it to your email too.

If someone said to me, you can only recommend one app, just one, it would be this one!

2.Sound Sleeper
This app plays out white noise which can help your new born baby fall asleep quicker and sleep for longer. White noise is just a fancy way of saying background noise. The app has different types of sounds you can choose from: ocean, hair dryer, market, pond, car ride, shhhhhh and I’m sure you get the gist!

The whole idea of playing white noise for new borns is to help them adjust during the fourth trimester – their first three months of life. The experts say that it was not quiet in the womb for baby – mum’s blood was sloshing about and Mum made noise by talking, and moving around, too, apparently it is noisy in there. Newborns can find this background noise to be very soothing (and gently ease them into a nice sleep), the same way many babies enjoy being in water and sometimes even fall asleep in it – it reminds them of happy days (haha) in womb. It can also help babies cry less, reduce their stress and reduce their risk of SIDs.

I used the white noise as part of my little one’s nap and night time sleep routine. We used it a few times a day, to the point I believed that when she heard the ocean noise, it confirmed to her (she was already drowsy at this point), that it was sleep time and she would usually fall asleep minutes after it came on.

This App only plays the sound for 30 minutes. If you want it to play for a full hour or more, you have to pay for an upgrade to the full version of the app – which I eventually did, but you may find you don’t need to. There are also white noise machines that you can buy for baby, check Amazon or ask at your local baby store.

3. Tiny beans
This one was recommended to me by one of the Mums I met an antenatal classes.It comes up as a calendar style and the idea is that you take a picture each day and fill up the days in each month with a new picture. You can put in comments with the pictures too and then share the photos with friends, family or even your partner while he is at work. It can remind you daily, at a certain time, to take a picture of your child.
Another feature this app has is a milestones tick list, so you can record the date you noticed your baby’s first words, first steps etc. It lists out the main skills under five categories – social, fine motor, speech & language, gross motor and cognitive etc and then you can put in the information you observe as your baby completes it. I found the list pretty long, but if you enjoy memory keeping, it is fantastic for that.

I know apps are the future, but personally, I like to limit how many apps I’m downloading and using. I am trying to reduce time on my phone, period. But at the same time, they can really save time and be useful – I think all three above are. So its a balancing act. Do you use any of these apps? And what Apps or routines did you find useful in your first months with baby?

Constipation & 5 Nappy-Related Truths

My first year as a Mum I found out and learnt so much.

Baby nappy changing matters was no exception.

I come to you bringing five wonderful tips & tricks I discovered in the land of pee-ing, poo-ing, constipation and nappy changes.


Nappy cream is not essential

I had seen it done in the past, and as a pre-teen, I changed a few diapers and put cream on their little bums during the process.

Fast forward to my pregnancy days, and I found out at antenatal classes that nappy cream is not necessary. I repeat, not necessary, except your baby has a rash. From my experiences, it’s true! You really do not need to apply nappy cream on your baby’s bottom at every diaper change. Nappy cream is made for helping a baby’s bottom heal from nappy rash, so if there’s no rash, no cream is required.

The best way to keep your baby nappy-rash free, is to simply change your baby’s diaper as often as need be. When they are very small, their diaper changes colour typically, every two hours or so to indicate a wet diaper. As they grow older, you look out for a thick, sagging diaper or change every four hours or so.

If a small rash appears, a mum shared on instagram that she fights it by applying a little bit of coconut oil. It works wonders and is natural, too.

Frequent nappy leaks could mean THIS!

I can never forget how annoyed I was with myself when I discovered this one. Night after night (ok, it might have been two nights or so), my baby was wetting her onesie.

That meant, both our sleeps were interrupted just because of the wetness. Then I would be spending extra precious minutes fiddling in dim light (so she wouldn’t be too awake and struggle to go back to sleep). Them I would get a new onesie, put it on and trying to do up those baby onesie snaps. But, I discovered the solution; drum roll…

It turned out she had grown dramatically in 3 weeks, over the Christmas holidays and now needed to wear the next diaper size up. A mummy friend came to my rescue with this tip and now I am happy to pass it on.

If you have two leaked wet diapers in a short space of time, when normally the diaper would be OK– it may mean it’s time to move up one diaper size.


Baby constipation, oh baby constipation

Nobody tells you this is one of the most painful pains you would go through as a mother! There are many joint mummy & newborn pains including: teething, colic, reflux, baby colds, nappy rash – you will feel these pains for your child, deeply, as though you are in physical pain yourself!

With constipation, some of the pain is in discovering whether or not it is constipation your baby is actually suffering from. There’s colour changes to bear in mind when assessing poo, then, how hard the poo looks, whether it formed as pellets or soft. There’s more terminology that includes watery, runny, loose and smelly.

Waiting for your baby to poo and the joy and excitement you feel when you see that poo, is something that will excite and terrify you at the same time. It’s one of those milestones that welcomes you wholeheartedly to motherhood.


Babies learn to poo

Yes we are born with the ability, but the pushing down and the strange sensation as the poo makes it’s way down, can be a little too much for some babies. Babies learn to get comfortable with how poo-ing works.

Baby’s muscles have to be relaxed around the anus, but tensed up in some ways too (around the stomach). This  can make it very tricky or just weird for some babies to poo, and they may show it by straining or crying or making funny faces.

Very small babies also do the number two while lying dow; doctors say this is not as easy as poo-ing while sitting or standing. All of this may make baby decide, ‘I don’t like this poo-ing sensation, I’ll hold it all in’, until they’ve put it off too long and are feeling uncomfortable from it. You may then be quite worried and  suspecting baby is constipated because they haven’t poo-ed in days or weeks.

You can’t help your baby learn to poo, but warm baths, bicycle legs and baby massage, may help relax baby and their little muscles.  If it’s constipation, baby’s poo comes out hard and in pellets. If the poo is soft, it may be a sign that your baby is just learning to get used to the sensation of poo-ing. I know, lovely!


Exclusively breastfed newborns do not get constipated

Another fun fact I learnt when my baby was little was that breastfed babies cannot get constipated.

It is considered normal for your breastfed baby to go days without pooing after their first six weeks. Because breastmilk is so perfectly formulated, baby’s body absorbs most of it.

Trust your gut with this one. A Doctor might tell you, no poo for 10 days is normal in a breastfed baby, but as a Mum if you notice straining and discomfort in baby after day three of no poo, go back and disturb your paediatrician. That’s what I would do anyway.  If baby seems unduly uncomfortable, it might be worth sharing the signs you see, to check everything is looking normal in baby’s tummy.


When we were going through potty training, poo took on a whole, new meaning. But that is a story for another day!


Mums, what stories about poo can you share form those early days with baby? Any discoveries, funny stories, or things people told you to do in relation to poo? Please share your experience in the comments.  Your contribution could be what provides another Mum a breakthrough in her worries. Thank you for sharing.