Before your baby arrives, or in the early days, update your phone with a host of new apps that will help you survive the newborn stage. From sound machines that’ll help you get a few more moments of sleep to tracking apps that’ll help you log everything from feedings to milestones. 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.

Help Baby Sleep

With more sounds than the average white noise machine and go-anywhere ease, the White Noise Baby app wins our vote for drowning out outside sounds when Baby is trying to snooze. It includes 20 soothing ambient sounds to help you—uh, we mean your baby—snooze. Choose from options like traditional white noise to “truck ride” or “vacuum cleaner,” there is something to soothe all sleepers. There is even a timer system that slowly fades audio in and out so you can sneak your phone back once baby drifts off and if you leave your device in the nursery, you can set it up to come back on when crying is detected.

Available on iTunes.com, $0.99; and play.google.com, free.

  • Create a DIY Baby Monitor
  • Help Baby Sleep
  • Up Your Photo Game
  • Help Your Babysitter Track Everything
  • Track Baby's Every Move
  • Find Trusted Baby Advice at Your Fingertips
  • Get Quick Sleep Tips Fast
  • Introducing Your Nursing Companion
  • Your Source for Solid Health Info
  • Chart Baby's Day
  • A Must for Pumping Moms

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