The Best Apps for Expecting Dads (And Brand New Ones)
Welcome to the world of Fatherhood (or almost Fatherhood)! Whether you’ve got a newborn napping away or your baby is due shortly, becoming a dad can feel overwhelming.
That’s where apps come in. From a baby monitor app designed to help you feel super connected to a food-finder app that can eliminate the stress of planning dinner, we’ve outlined five must-have apps that are sure to benefit every new dad and dad-to-be. After all, it’s almost Father’s Day and that means it’s time to celebrate the new (or near-future) you!
So, roll up your sleeves and get ready. You’re just a few downloads away from becoming a resident pro at knowing what to expect when you’re expecting:
Having a baby requires a lot of preparation! From renovating the baby’s new room to shopping for all the essentials, we know you must be tight for time. With iHandy Carpenter, you and your partner-in-baby can save time gathering up your tools from the garage and fulfil all of your craftsmanship projects with ultimate precision. The main tools featured in the app’s virtual “tool kit” are as follows: a plumb bob which mimics a weight-like figure and verifies the exact vertical of lines and walls, a bubble level bar, a protractor, and a surface level tool. There’s also a ruler with both imperial (in) and metric (cm) measurements that you can swipe horizontally to measure things much larger than your actual smartphone! So, no matter what project you’re head deep in, this app can help you achieve the perfect result you desire!
Finding the time to cook while you’re expecting (as well as after your baby’s just arrived) can feel impossible. You’re exhausted. Make meal-time easy with Yelp, a top-rated restaurant app (available in most cities in Canada) that allows you to pinpoint the best food match based on proximity, cuisine type, price, and ratings. Browse food delivery and takeout restaurant menus, read from the over 70 million customer reviews and images, and enjoy great discounts without leaving your partner’s side. Click “call” directly within the app to get connected to your selected restaurant and await your delicious delivery while capitalizing on relaxing quality time at home.
Mint: Finance, Budgets & Money
From diapers to daycare, the cost of being a parent sure adds up. You and your significant other can get a head start at managing your family’s finances with Mint – a budgeting app that helps you spend smarter and save more. Easily connect all of your accounts to your new Mint.com account and the app will download and organize your data for easy viewing. You can also create and edit budgets and seamlessly tie transactions to specific budgets and categories, like “Baby Miscellaneous” or “Baby Food.” Best of all, the app will alert you to take a specific action so you never miss a beat (or payment!).
Dormi – Baby Monitor
Download for Android
Mid-nap and middle-of-the-night cries will soon become your new alarm clock (if they haven’t already!) Your baby requires your help! That’s where Dormi – the baby monitor for the smartphone age – comes in. Pair two or more Android devices and set the listening device to “child” – multiple “parent” devices will then be able to push-to-listen or push-to-talk. So, you’ll be able to stay connected, at all times, from wherever you are. Best of all, the baby’s device can be an older Android device that you have lying around your house! (The app is compatible with Android 2.3 and onwards).And rest assured – if your baby starts crying while you are on the phone, you’ll still be notified with vibrations and a gentle beep to your ear.
Feel like you have a million new baby questions every day? Get all your questions answered with the WebMD Baby app – an indispensable source of information about your baby’s health and wellness! WebMD Baby offers parents guidance on what to expect from their child’s physical and emotional development, as well as health-related advice when things don’t seem quite right. The app is also customizable to your baby’s specific age and provides information on that basis. With over 400 articles, 598 tips, and 70 informational videos, you’ll be the most knowledgeable new dad on the block!
The bottom line
Becoming a new dad in many ways means becoming a new you. We app-laud you for all of your dedication to your new (or future) bundles of joy and we hope that some of our app recommendations will help to make your transition to fatherhood even more exhilarating!
Got any other app suggestions for Dads and Dads-To-Be? We’d love to hear them!