Guest Blogs, Life of a Mum

Apps For Naps: Useful Phone Downloads For New Parents

First-time parenthood is exhilarating, but it can also feel overwhelming. Luckily, technology has evolved to help out, and downloading the right apps can take a huge load off your shoulders, giving you more time to spend on the little one (and catching up on sleep). Here are some for you to consider.

Milk Maid

The health benefits of feeding your baby breast milk can be tremendous. If you’re hoping to breastfeed for as long as possible, you’ll need help keeping track of how much you’ve fed them, or how much milk you’ve pumped and stored. This can be challenging as you juggle the overwhelming responsibilities of new parenthood, but Milk maid can help you to reach a balance. Including handy trackers and timers, Milk Maid keeps all your breastmilk data in one safe place. You can even export it to a spreadsheet for easy viewing later.

Sleep Baby Sleep

As all parents know, getting your infant into a regular sleep routine is vital for your sanity! Most times, though, it’s impossible to keep the hustle and bustle of the household under wraps to ensure that your baby’s sleep isn’t disturbed. Sleep baby sleep is a white noise app that mutes all surrounding sounds, allowing you to keep up with the other tasks on your to-do list while having the peace of mind that the little one is getting proper rest.

The Wonder Weeks

Baby Milestones are important events to remember in your child’s life and tracking them can help to ensure that your infant is developing at the correct rate. The Wonder weeks app builds a catalog of all those special moments, so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting them. The app grants you access to handy personalized schedules and diaries, as well as relevant parenting audiobooks and ebooks. There’s even a 4G enabled baby monitor available to make checking in on your baby that much easier.

Redfin

A home that seemed big enough for you and your partner will begin to feel infinitely smaller once your newborn arrives, and you definitely don’t want to Baby proof your entire apartment before realizing you need to move into a bigger space. The Red fin (USA based) app makes fitting house hunting into your busy schedule a breeze since you’ll be able to filter listings to find your ideal match. If you don’t have the time to check out properties of interest in person, the app allows you to do virtual walkthroughs, giving you a real-life feel for your new home.

Cozi Family Organizer

Once your baby begins to grow, you’ll want to start enrolling them in fun extracurricular activities – this can mean a busier daily schedule. If you’re having trouble keeping track of everyone in the household’s calendar, the Cozi Family organiser app stores all your appointments in one, easy-to-access place. You’ll also be able to create shared grocery lists and a chores roster for everyone to follow.

Technology affords new parents luxuries that older generations could only have dreamed of. By letting apps handle the more menial tasks, you can focus on the important tasks, enjoy more free time and take control of your routine as a new parent.

Blog kindly written by Josh Moore, check our his page Diaper Dads

Christmas, Life of a Mum

Christmas gift guide

I think it’s a time of year where we all struggle to know what to buy our kids! What do they actually need or want; after all we don’t need more stuff in the house.

I love to use the saying; ‘something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read’ So this may be a shorter a list/blog then you are used to seeing when it comes to Christmas lists.

Something they want- Tonies. Dorothea loves her Tonie box, she’s had it for a couple of years now, but never bored of it. It’s plays songs and stories, depending on which Tonie characters you get. You can even buy a Personal Tonie that friends and family can record stories and messages on. Tonies

The actual box is super sturdy (ours was dropped down stairs and survived) and simple and easy for little hands and minds to use. The box sits on the charger/stand, but had a good life off of charge so can be taken on journeys too. <a href="http://<a href="https://tidd.ly/313FE2g&quot; target="_blank" rel="sponsored">Tonies (aff link)

Frugi

All items from Frugi

We love Frugi- and they can tick boxes for wear ✅ and need ✅ hoorah!!!! we love their water bottles for school or trips Water bottle (aff link) and their rucksakes are awesome quality too. We have this stunning festive dress- Dot loves it because it’s tailor, who wouldn’t, and the bow is removable too. Frugi Christmas dress (aff link) Both items I’ve linked too are also in the sale!!!!

Something to read this has got to be one of our favourite Christmas books, reminds me of being little and I think every child should have one The jolly Christmas Postman

A few other bits: I appreciate the above may not be to your taste or what your child wants, here are a few other ideas we’ve bought Dorothea

Hape- scales
Phonics dominoes

I hope this short; but perfectly formed gift list helps, remembers Christmas isn’t about ‘things’ it’s about making memories. Drop me a comment if you’ve enjoyed this and/or purchased any of my recommendations