I love my iPhone and use it in a lot of capacities: phone calls and texts, of course, but also surfing the web, e-mailing, scheduling appointments, finding recipes, and entertaining my children. The variety of apps available is astounding, and there are some that are especially useful.
The Similac Baby Journal app is one that I seriously wish had been around when our boys were born, and one I know I’ll be using if we end up having a third child in the future.
When the boys were born, we printed out a sheet to keep track of feedings & diaper changes, because we were so exhausted that it was hard to remember anything. Well, this app takes that one step further and allows you not only to keep track of bottles or breastfeeding (including which side you start feeding on) but also to track trends over a period of day to see how the amount of consumption or length of feeding is changing.
With the bottle feeding screen, you can select how many ounces you start with and then how many you end with.
One of my very favorite aspects about this program is a little button you can push that will connect you with a phone call to get immediate feeding advice. If your child just won’t eat or you’re having trouble getting a latch with nursing, it can be frustrating. Having help at your fingertips like that is invaluable.
You’re also able to keep track of dirty & wet diapers with a touch of the screen:
And you can even keep track of sleep patterns by touching a button on the screen at the start and end of each session:
Along with all the other tools there’s a screen with tips and advice. I like this aspect a lot too, but think it will be even more useful as the resource pool gets larger.
These tools are all really valuable, well-designed and user-friendly. It’s a free app, too – and you can’t really beat free! I would pay for this, though – it’s that useful. If you’d like to get the app on your iPhone or iPod touch, go here or you can find it in the App Store on your device.