Before your new bundle arrives, or in the early days, update your phone with a host of new baby apps that will help you survive the newborn stage. From sound machines that’ll help you get a few more moments of sleep to an app that’ll be your social network, your photo library, and even your calendar—all rolled into one. We tapped and tested an army of apps to find the best tools that will help make life a bit easier for those that just welcomed a wee one.

A New (& Private) Network for Families

reated by a parent who knows about multi-tasking (the struggle is real), this brand-new digital platform is a photo library, a journal for recording milestones and memories, and a private social network with an interactive sharing service (family members can submit photos and comments). The app is easy to use—you can even send stuff via text—the graphics are beautifully designed and there's plenty of privacy when it comes to sharing online, which makes it easy for new parents organize all the stuff that comes with a new arrival: first steps, birthdays, words and more!

Available at iTunes, Free ($5 a month for plus service, $15 a month for premium)

How do you keep track of your tots? Have a favorite app? Tell us below!

–Julie Seguss & Phebe Wahl

Photos courtesy of iTunes; featured photo courtesy of iphonedigital via flickr