Having a new baby can be terrifying for new moms who don’t yet know what to expect. There is so much to do and prepare for that they simply have no idea where to start.
I know this from experience because this happened to me when I was pregnant with my first baby.
I mean, once the cute baby clothes are bought and the nursery is decorated down to the tiniest detail, the new mom faces the reality that there is no going back: a new baby will soon arrive and she will have to be mentally ready to welcome him or her.
And that’s when all the questions start to haunt her:
What if she doesn’t know what her baby needs?
What if she didn’t feed the baby enough?
Is the baby sick? Is the temperature too high?
Is the baby sleeping enough?
The list goes on and on…
Well, the good news is that moms in the internet era don’t really have to worry about not knowing what to do, because they can find whatever they need by just searching for it online.
And because the world we live in is so fabulous, new moms can download free apps that can make their lives so great.
Like the uGrow app created by Philips Avent.
I tried it out and I can confirm that it’s both useful and a big time saver, especially in the first few weeks of a new baby’s life, when the mom is still trying to figure out how to best organize herself and understand her baby’s needs.
I have previously written briefly about this app in the post Are You Ready For Flu Season? and Philips Avent Bottles and the uGrow App, but seriously, this app is so wonderful that I thought it deserved its own post so I can share all of the great benefits that it offers.
To start off, the app provides short articles that can help both pregnant moms and new moms with their concerns and guide them as needed.
In terms of tracking, the app divides its features into three categories: feeding, soothing and health. Together, they provide the following tracking activities:
- Quantity of milk drank from bottles
- Hours of a baby’s sleep
- Crying patterns
- Number of diapers changed
The good part about this app is that it works well with the brand’s thermometer, which makes it easier to track the baby’s fever whenever needed.
As I’m a very visual person, I’m sharing some screenshots to show what the tracking looks like.
This image shows the quantity of food that my baby had over the course of a week. As he was on solid food, I used the “Other” tab to track the quantity of food he had in addition to the formula that he drank.
When my baby was teething he had a slight fever which I was able to track through the thermometer. Luckily it wasn’t too high and didn’t last too long, which is why you can only find three blue spots on the image below.
The app also provides tips on the results provided by the thermometer. As my baby’s temperature was slightly below average, and for a reason that I was aware of, I did not find the need to take him to the pediatrician on this day.
One of the features that I enjoy are the weight and length tracking, as it gives me a visual reference to how my baby’s growing over the months.
Note: The tracking is based on the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.
The sleep tracking provides a summary of the number of hours that the baby slept in a day and in a week. I’ve also taken a screenshot (second image) of the sleeping and eating habits, that shows how my baby mainly eats immediately before sleeping and a little while after waking up – and he also has one bottle of milk in the middle of the night.
(As a side note, I tracked the sleep and feeding while I was in Canada, and I took the screenshot when in Dubai, which is in a different time zone. This explains why my baby’s sleeping patterns do not follow normal sleeping hours for the day).
I’ve also taken a screenshot of the tips provided by the application in regards to a baby’s sleeping and feeding habits, which I find to be so helpful. This way, I know if I’m on the right track with my baby.
As you can see, this app is a great tool to help new moms in getting settled with their new babies. It’s really useful and has so much to offer!
It is generally recommended for babies that are up to six months old, but I used it with my eight month old baby too. By about that time, moms are generally more confident about their roles and duties, and they can also understand their babies much better.
If you know of a new mom who’s overwhelmed with her new responsibilities, share this post with her and help her gain confidence in her new role.
Disclaimer: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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