I was at a street fair recently with another mom, and our teenage kids were wandering around doing their own things. It was starting to get dark, so we decided to go look for them. My friend takes out her iPhone, pushes a button and presto!, she has a flashlight. There are so many handy apps that everyone, but especially moms can use with these incredible versatile iPhones. The easy and fun thing is that you can make your own list of favorites, just by scrolling through the list of available apps, but here are mine:
- Nursing tracker: (may as well start with new moms). This will precisely log your nursing activities: time, which breast you used, how long your baby nursed, and the optimum next time to nurse. (Assuming baby doesn’t remind you first.)
- Baby Activity Logger: Moving past the nursing stage, there is still a lot to keep track of with babies, but using this simple system, you can note when your baby is eating, what he ate and how long he took. You can track diaper changes and naps, and using the built in timer, come up with a log for feedings, naps and diaper changes. Any sleep deprived mother will appreciate somebody else taking these details off her addled brain.
- Intuition: Of all the apps devoted to time management and organization, none address the very special needs of moms. Intuition allows moms to color code their to-do lists and calendars by child, including hubby. (No, that’s not a typo.) Types of activities can also be color coded, separating food shopping (which may be flexible in time) and starts of soccer games (which are not). There is a preset list of categories, but you can customize that and add to it.
- Grocery Gadget: You can manage your grocery shopping list with your iPhone by setting it up on the website (easier to type on) and you enter your categories, and can add notes about coupons or brands. When you shop, you can check them off as you go. If you give them access, others can add to the list, so if hubby squeezes out the last of the toothpaste, he can put it on the list.
- iHealthTrax: Lets you keep track of who got sick and when, (often during flu season you can’t remember who was sick first), what symptoms they had, what medications you gave them. This is all very important when you give up and finally head to the pediatrician who will ask you all of these questions. It also has a calendar for doctor’s appointments.
Sharing tips, tricks and knowledge is a great idea for any Mom but can be hard if you are the only Mom you know. Try a quick people search to get in touch with moms all over the world.