As a rule, there is no better way to parent than to be present in the moment with your child. Hold your baby, soothe your baby and treasure your precious moments as much as you can. But that said, the realities of modern life often means that we need to find a way to split ourselves in half most of the time. Work commitments, siblings or even just sheer exhaustion often means we look for other ways to help soothe our babies. And there is nothing wrong with that! Today we’re looking at baby sleep apps- a quick guide to the best ones out there, and what clever apps might be quite handy to have at the ready when you need them.
Some baby sleep apps have been designed to help your little one settle down for a snooze, and these are probably the most sought after parenting apps of all. How many of us have spent hours on end shushing our babies, or endured hour after hour of white noise from kitchen appliances in the hope that baby stays sleeping a little while longer? For those moments, apps can be a real sanity saver!
Some apps play music, some play noises, some will even sing or read to your child. Again, they are not meant as a substitute to you and your human touch, but there are some occasions where you just cannot be there. But these apps can. If you’re out and about, in the car, or just at the end of your tether at home, a baby sleep app could well be the answer to your prayers. Maybe. Some great soothing apps include:
- Baby Shusher– an extension of the Baby Shusher unit that you can buy, and a great way to save your voice if baby likes to be shushed to sleep. It can increase volume to match baby’s cries and will gradually reduce in volume as baby settles. It’s a good app to use if you know your baby responds well to this sound, as many do.
- White noise Ambience– the name says it all really! This app has 80 relaxing sounds and 80 images designed to relax and soothe. Lots of adults use this to help them sleep too, so it’s a good one for room sharing.
- Lullaby for Babies– this is a free android app that plays a variety of lullabies to soothe baby to sleep.
- Baby sleep care Pro– described as ‘the killer app for parents’, this app is a little different because you can record sounds that you know your baby likes, and you know they will soothe her to sleep. It also detects noise, and is able to call a number (that you provide) so that you can listen in. Handy, if you like that kind of thing.
- Goodnight Safari– a lovely app for older babies and toddlers. This one is an interactive bedtime story designed to relax and soothe.
Perhaps getting baby to sleep is not an issue, but staying asleep is. Or perhaps you know that your daytime naps need work, but you’re so tired that you can’t keep track of how long/ when your baby sleeps. If that sounds familiar, then an app that helps to track your baby’s sleep might help. Here are some great ones to try:
- WP Sleep tracker– developed by paediatricians this app is simple but very handy. It lets you keep track of sleep start times and end times and will also generate graphs so that you can get a better idea of how your baby sleeps.
- Eat sleep– track sleep and feed times and keep a handle on diaper changes too.
- Sprout– a great app that allows you to track all aspects of baby’s sleep and share it with your partner too. A really useful tool when you’re sharing the care of baby and need everyone on the same page when it comes to sleep.
Do you use baby sleep apps?