Some parents really want to track all the details about sleep, feedings, and diapers of a new baby. When I started my new life with a newborn, a life in which I saw 2 am with more regularity than ever before, it was with a fresh notebook by my bedside, in which my husband and I religiously wrote down what time Baby Julian ate, produced stool, and slept. Nowadays, there are so many great tools for a Baby Feeding and Diaper Tracker (although I still love my notebook!).
We keep this post updated with the latest and greatest apps for baby feeding and diaper tracking. Because there are two things in life change in the blink of an eye; technology and babies!
2020’s Best Baby Feeding and Diaper Tracker Tools & Apps
How I Found Out Tracking is an Important Part of Parenting
Sleep deprivation and sleep itself both make keeping track of time challenging. When our baby was old enough to begin consolidating some sleep but we were unsure if there were any patterns (because what time was that? Were we up for an hour or was that 10 minutes? It’s all the same). We went back to the trusty notebook, believing that if we wrote down what was happening, we could make some sense out of it.
For me, the one who was at home with the baby during “naps”, they always seemed like 20 minutes, so it was helpful to have logged the start time for a reality check. Woman, you’ve been surfing the Internet for 90 minutes. Whoops.
Whether you like a notebook, a spreadsheet template (we have a printable baby tracker you can use), or an app on your phone, here are some tools of the trade, some of which are brand-new to the market.
The Best Feeding and Diaper Trackers
Lay your baby down to change him and push a button to capture his weight at the same time. This gets stored and displayed in the free Hatch Baby activity tracker. (which can be used without the smart changing pad, too) Parents can compare their baby’s growth to data from the World Health Organization, instantly. Use the app to log diapers, sleep, and feeding.
Plus, Hatch Baby will remind you to take a photo a day in the app so that it can generate a video at the end of the year. The video will show your baby grow a year’s worth in a minute. (This will surely go viral among your Facebook friends! Or at least your family.)
This new pump connects to your smartphone with Bluetooth and automatically logs the output of your pumping sessions. Since they know pumping is not the only piece of the puzzle, they’ve included other tracking functions in the app, like feeding and diapers. It’s all in one place. You might fall over when you see the price, but rest assured the consumer has a choice. The same pump without the Bluetooth connection is much less expensive.
The Nara Baby App helps with your baby’s overall routine, which probably mostly includes eating, sleeping, and pooping. This app will work as both a feeding and diaper tracker. What I love most about Nara is that you can share it across multiple devices making it easier for everyone to be on the same page with your baby’s schedule.
A Couple of Bonus Apps That Make Parenting Easier
The Best 2-for-1 Breastfeeding and Baby Tracker App: Feed Baby
For Tracking Doctor’s Appointments & Milestones: Sprout Baby
Not only does this app track the details of your baby’s daily life, but as you add developmental milestones and photos, it generates an adorable little report. The report is in the style of a newspaper (remember those?), and the front page that combines age-appropriate tips with actual facts about your child.
Our Favorite Sleep Tracking Tool: Huckleberry
Want professional sleep advice for your little one right at your fingertips? Huckleberry is an affordable way to get the help you need. SweetSpot, their free sleep help tool, is the best place to start. This tool gives optimal sleep time predictions making naps and bedtimes easier by making sure your baby isn’t under tired or overtired. All you do is log a couple of sleep sessions and you will start getting these alerts.
They also offer affordable personalized guidance by sleep experts! You take a questionnaire, track your little one’s sleep for a couple of days, then both the algorithm and the experts took a look at your data. From there, a custom sleep plan is created for you to follow.
Huckleberry Premium is truly a great chance to take action without breaking the bank because you receive continued guidance and milestone assessments. I mean, you get expert advice personalized to your family’s needs for less than $20! Trust me, your sleep is worth this small investment.
Sharing Milestones with Ultimate Privacy: Tinybeans
This app provides a way for you to share and store photos and memories with the people you choose. It’s a great option for people who don’t love posting frequently on social media but have family far away who they want to share all the little things with.
The Best App for Connecting All Your People: Sproutly
From pregnancy to parenthood, this app will help you keep everyone in the know about updates with your baby. Rather than spreading your information all across social media, you can just keep the people you want in the loop, in a private and secure platform that is shielded from ads or ad-targeting. It allows you to keep your people updated on the due date, your gift registry information, the latest pictures and important milestones once your baby arrives.
We especially love this app for people that have extended friends & family across the world. Rather than a personal page, you have a family page allowing you to give updates about each family member and see other family’s updates! Check it out here.
#1 App for Newborns: Baby Tracker Newborn Log
This is another one that does it all, from logging nursing sessions to sleep and diaper changes. Plus, you get to track it all on an app with an elegant interface that’s easy to use. See it in more detail here.
The App for Making Mom Friends: Peanut
If you are looking for ways to connect with other women who are on the same journey, whether it be fertility-related, pregnancy, or parenthood, then you have to check out Peanut! It is a great way to meet women nearby. We all could use a mom friend or two after all!
Is there a baby app you couldn’t live without? We would love to hear about it in the comments below!
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