Whether you’re experiencing pregnancy conventionally or with the help of a surrogate, it’s not uncommon for fathers-to-be to feel a little out of the loop. In reality, Dad plays a huge role in the process; regardless of being a single father or supporting your partner or surrogate over the nine months, these pregnancy and parenting apps with tips for new dads remind even the most anxious parent-to-be that you’ve got this.
Daddy Up is a one-stop shop for all things dad-to-be. It features weekly pregnancy progress, “rugged” baby-size comparisons, a customizable daddy checklist and journal log, plus tools to help you stay on top of contractions and baby announcements. Mom will be so impressed!
Who’s Your Daddy uses humor as a means to help dads-to-be understand and relate to some of the common ails of pregnancy (middle of the night cravings, for example). The Australian app offers weekly tips as well as updates on the baby’s development.
What to Expect is not only a popular book for parents-to-be, it’s one of the highest-rated pregnancy apps around. For good reason; the app guides you through pregnancy day-by-day (even hour-by-hour!) and allows you to receive personalized content based on due date.
BabyCenter is another popular app whether you’re trying to conceive, pregnant, or adjusting to parenthood. It provides detailed weekly updates as well as parenting advice through the baby’s first year. There’s a contraction counter, plus a related app all about baby names that keeps Dad a regular contributor to the list.
Pregnancy+ is considered by many to be the worldwide #1 pregnancy app. With interactive weekly development images (some 3D!), personalized content and health tracking, it helps Dad remain an active participant in every aspect of the pregnancy.
Pregnant Dad offers straightforward advice as well as helpful tools, like an appointment calendar, so Dad stays in the loop.
Full Term Contraction Timer was created by a new dad after his wife’s labor; he knows what you need and what you don’t during that high anxiety time. It requires the tap of just one button at the start and end of the contraction, with great contrast and a clean layout. You don’t need this kind of app to be fancy, you just need it to work!
Baby Manager is a must-have once the baby arrives. Baby tracker apps help record and chart feeding, whether bottle or breast, as well as sleep, diaper changes and more. It’s a great way to stay on top of these all-consuming activities with a newborn when sleep (and mental sharpness) is at an all-time low.
Wonder Weeks is based on the best-selling book and more than three decades of international scientific research. It helps “keep you informed about the (mental) leaps and bounds of your baby,” which can explain why he or she is all sunshine and rainbows one day but completely inconsolable the next. It’s hard work growing into that new brain!
Kinedu helps your baby learn and grow through play – something Dad is sure to have a huge role in. It offers thousands of fun development exercises personalized to your baby’s age and needs, and even factors in things like prematurity to meet your baby where they are and help them flourish.
Whether they’re utilized before or after baby arrives, apps are a fantastic way to learn on the go. First-time parents, in particular, can benefit from the wealth of information available right at their fingertips, day or night. While it’s no substitute for a medical professional, a baby development app might help you decipher whether your baby’s fever is the result of a cold or teething – and a bonus, it will remind you at what point you should involve the pediatrician. What’s more, educational apps can actually help you connect – whether it’s to your pregnant wife or your baby. Having those tools in your back pocket can go a long way in boosting confidence as a new dad.
We’re at a point where technology and parenting truly go hand-in-hand; utilizing digital tools help parents stay more informed and engaged than ever before. Apps take some of the guesswork out of a situation that doesn’t come with an instruction manual; they offer digestible pieces of information during a period you simply don’t have time to sit down with a book. Aside from the educational component, technology also makes many aspects of parenting a lot more convenient. Run out of diapers? With a few clicks on the screen, you can arrange for a whole case to arrive on the doorstep before your little one wakes up. Or, if the baby is refusing to sleep, download a white noise app to help you both rest easy. Parenting is no simple feat, but you’ll feel a lot more confident when you make technology work for you.
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