How Can I Stay Organized as a New Mom?
Some new moms like to go with the flow. Others want to track _everythi_ng. Regardless of which one you are, there are easy-to-use apps out there that can restore order to your life. Here, some of our favorites.
“Log when the baby eats and sleeps,” suggests parenting coach Tammy Gold. “Once a pattern has formed, you can implement a schedule around the baby’s needs,” she says. “This will also allow for a constancy of care between all caregivers.”
If you like pencil and paper, check out The Bump Breastfeeding Log, and Sleep Tracker. There’s also an app for that. My Baby & Me by Philips AVENT lets you track baby’s height, weight, feedings, sleeping schedule and diaper changes. And instead of frantically searching the web for child-specific information, you can use The Bump parenting app for week-by-week tips and articles based on baby’s age.
Make the financial adjustment of having a new family member easier. Keep track of your finances with Mint, an app that lets you set category-specific budgets. It links to your credit card so you don’t have to remember to log each transaction.
To- do lists
Intuition: Mom’s Personal Assistant lets you create, manage and share to-do lists and grocery lists. Even better, you can share them with your partner, nanny or Grandma.
Have hundreds of pictures on your phone? CanDoBaby! has a BabyBook app that lets you organize, caption and share all of baby’s milestones. You’ll get a physical book for $25.