Geeky mums and dads make parenting easier.
NEW to parenting? There’s an app for that.
Geeky mums and dads worldwide are downloading apps to their phones in order to make parenting a little smoother.
Apps can track your baby’s feeding schedule, your family’s illnesses and your exercise regimes. They can keep your kids entertained and educate them a little along the way.
Apps are micro-software for pocket-computers and may be vital tools in helping being a busy parent today a little easier to manage.
But where smartphones can simplify our lives, they can really complicate them too. Want to lose that baby weight? There’s a ‘‘ Lose It!’’ app for that, in which you enter your weight-loss goal, establish a daily calorie budget and then keep track of your daily food intake and determine how much you need to burn off through exercise.
Having trouble keeping a record of your breast-feeding routine? ‘‘ Nursing Tracker’’ is designed to make the frantic first days of breastfeeding a little more organised, by recording when your baby last nursed, on which side, and for how long.
Not stressed enough about the daily dangers of the world for your bub? The ‘‘ Sex Offenders Search’’ app can help stress you further about the neighbourhood you are living in.
Not busy enough during labour? Download the ‘‘ Contraction Timer’’ to track the time and duration of each contraction with logs, graphs and charts.
But will you really want to be dealing with your phone during labour?
Life may be easier without all of these added commitments. There are some things in life that should be left to the analogue realm, lest we create even more complicated schedules.
Ultimately with parenting, it comes down to what works, causes the least stress, and keeps people happy and healthy ( there is no app for that).