Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
You don't have to be a mom yet to know that baby tracker apps are having a serious moment—I first heard of them when a co-worker told me her friend had been sharing daily photos of her baby with her through Tinybeans (it's adorable). These helpful services often act as a virtual baby book to be shown to family and friends without your having to post on social media, which is particularly clutch if you're wary about sharing too much online. Furthermore, these apps can also help you track everything from daily feedings to all the firsts (steps, haircut, teeth, the works).
And just when you thought that was enough, they also help sync up the schedules of busy parents who no longer have to guess about the last diaper change or what the little one weighed last week. Plus, most of these apps actually update in real time so your partner or caretaker is always up to date, even if they don't happen to be home at the moment. Below, find the top six baby tracker apps that parents swear by (especially when they're sleep deprived).
As we mentioned, this helpful app allows you to share a virtual baby book of photo updates with family and friends via email. No scheduling here—simply upload your images and the app will send one out for you daily via email. With the Milestone section, you can track your little's important moments. Plus, the photo-editing abilities through the system are superb, so you don't have to touch Photoshop. And if you want hard copies, you can order prints or custom photo books right through Tinybeans.
Cost: Free; the premium plan is $8 per month or $50 per year
Many moms on Reddit said they liked the Baby Tracker app. In our opinion, it's one of the most practical—it tracks feedings to a T (pumps, feedings, and notes allergies), helps you remember diaper changes, and recognizes sleep patterns (naps, too). The Milestones section actually lets you write a journal entry and include a photo, while the Health section keeps track of immunizations, doctor visits, and the like. Bonus points: "They allow export of your data, so at least you'd be able to store it in case it doesn't exist in a few years," one parent notes on Reddit.
"I tried multiple apps… but Sprout was the winner by far. It allows me to track literally everything. 100% recommend," writes one parent. Yes, Sprout Baby has all of the diaper, feeding, and sleep trackers as other apps, but we also love that it has an option to make a medical PDF to bring to your doctor visits (how cool). Plus, a customized homepage means your child's growth is tracked on a monthly basis.
Glow Baby was created with the first year of your child's life in mind—all tracked in 101 important milestones. Yes, it logs things like diaper changes but makes it entertaining from a graphic standpoint. Plus, personalized tips sent to your phone every day are one of the top perks. And if you want to connect with other parents, there's an in-app community ready for you to start chatting.
Other than all the regular functionalities, Baby Connect also keeps tabs on your baby's mood, temperature, and even the game they are playing (perfect for parents to see what is going on when they are away). What's particularly helpful is the ability to set alarms to follow a schedule throughout the day for feedings, naps, and so forth. Some parents say that they love the data capabilities and that you can also log in from your computer, not just your phone. "It saved part of my sanity," notes one user.
Cost: $4.99; plans start at $8.99 per month
All the techies are going crazy for Hatch Baby since you can connect the app with the Hatch Baby Grow and Smart Changing Pad (a changing pad and smart scale all in one). When you do this, Bluetooth technology actually measures how much your baby eats at each sitting and how much they weigh, too. Side note: Another cool capability is the slideshow option in which you take a photo every day to see how your little one is growing. It's kind of like watching a flipbook of your baby.