After becoming a father three weeks ago, I’m just about hitting my stride and getting used to having another human being around to look after. That said, I always welcome new tools to make my baby-filled life easier. So, following by prenatal effort – the ‘5 Best Apps For Dads To Be’ – here are 5 best apps for new dads.
Rather than forking out a whopping £30 on a physical version of the Babyshusher, why not spend around 10% of that on the app version. The Babyshusher is a “sleep miracle” that recreates the feeling of being in the womb by letting off a rhythmic “shush” sound.
The technology is based on an ancient, but doctor-tested and approved technique and with us dads enduring countless sleepless nights anything is worth a shot to get an extra few moments downtime, right? Could well be the best fiver you’ll ever spend.
Quick Tips For New Dads – iPhone only – £1.49
An app that quite literally says what it does on the tin (well, screen). The official blurb describes it as the ultimate survival guide for new dads and contains over 250 stress-free tips for us newbies who, let’s face it, haven’t got a bloody clue what we’re doing.
Included are the expected tips of helping your loved-one breast feed and changing a nappy, all of the way through to the more obscure tasks like cleaning up jet-black poo and dealing with baby boners. Yes, really.
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Baby Places – Android – FREE
One of the very first things I googled when I was allowed to take my daughter out for the first time on my own was “baby friendly pubs”. A few clicks later I was directed to Baby Places, a free app for iPhone users which will help you find child-friendly places nearby.
I cannot tell you how helpful this is when your little one is wailing from the pram for its next feed having just destroyed the clothes they’re wearing. This handy app will show you the nearest place to change that nappy in comfort, safe in the knowledge that a pint to help you recover awaits.
I vowed never to be that person who takes tons of pictures of his offspring and share excessively on social media, thus annoying every single person I know. I think I became that person just two days after my daughter was born. However, there’s an app called Lifecake which will allow you to take as many photos of your kids as you want and then store them on your phone in a digital scrapbook – complete with timeline to track their age.
Billed as “the proper parent app to keep family photos off social media”, Lifecake does still allow you to share with select people, no matter where they live – so it’s great for families to see loved ones grow, even if they are on the other side of the world.
While completely free to use, the app does allow you to print your pictures for a small fee, or have them slapped on the side of a mug or a even phone case, if that’s your thing.
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Bevy – iPhone – FREE
When you’re a new dad, there are literally not enough hours in the day – and there’s virtually zero time for you personally. Luckily, there’s all sorts of apps out there to take some of the stress out of the day-to-day and make those lonely late-nights sat alone in the lounge all that more pleasant.
One of the best we’ve found is Bevy, a service which will have your favourite drinks, snacks and late-night essentials instantly delivered right to your door. While only serving London at the moment (more territories are coming), Bevy is the ultimate man-butler and an absolute must to have at your fingertips on your pocket device.