5 Techy Tools for New (and New Again) Parents

The following post is from Lauren Rothlisberger of Get Me Geeky:

5 Techy Tools for New (and New Again) Parents
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This post is dedicated to brand new Jackson Jeremiah! Welcome to the world little man.

Much like Mandi, I welcomed a new baby boy into our home this spring. Ever since Will’s birth I keep thinking about how much has changed since my first baby was born almost 7 years ago-not just the equipment, but all the technology. I mean there was hardly anyone even using Facebook back then!

Below is a list of cool tech stuff you can put to good use when you have a new little one on your hands.

1. Writing on Your Photos

I started doing this with photos of my little guy Will and I saw Mandi put up Jackson’s one week photo in the same manner. Rhonna is my favorite app for the text on the photo, but there certainly are a handful of them out there. This is a great way to take note of a milestone or a doc’s appointment.

5 Techy Tools for New (and New Again) Parents at lifeyourway.net
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2. Sharing Photos

While there are a number of ways to share photos, a lot of them can get pretty clunky. Email is terrible, and even uploading to albums like Shutterfly can be pretty frustrating. Facebook is pretty easy, but you have to tread lightly or you will quickly be placed on someone’s hide list for “over-sharing”.

Instagram offers a really nice way to share photos easily, but can you still feel limited in the shear number you can share.

iPhoto’s Shared Photo Stream is a great option for Mac users. Using iPhoto select your photos and share them (button lower right-hand corner) to a Photo Stream. If they accept the invite through their iPhoto, the Photo Stream will show up in their iPhoto library. For example, I can send all the new shots of baby Will to my “Will Rocks” Photo Stream. Anyone invited will get a notification when there are new photos. They just hop on their iPhoto to check them out. Bonus, you can do all of this from your iPhone too.

3. Tracking Baby Information

It seems that babies tend to have a lot of info that goes with them, unfortunately they don’t come with a user manual. They need all their medical records, immunizations, birth certificate, emergency contacts and more. It is a good idea to get a paperless file going so you can always access this information when you need it.

I highly recommend something like Evernote to manage all this information. It is a little bit of work upfront, but nice when you have it all done.

4. Flashlight

This may seem minor, but you get up a lot in those first sleep deprived months. The new iOS added a Flashlight app and made it super easy to access. Swipe up and click on the flashlight. Now you can make your way to the baby’s room in your groggy state and hopefully miss that rogue lego.

5. Digital Time Machine

Go ahead and get your little one their own email address. Clearly it will be awhile before they are typing up emails and slapping on some emoticons. But their email is a great place for you to store tidbits they can read years down the road. You can even give the email address to grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and more. Then they can send their own notes recalling time spent together or offering their wisdom. Using an email address is great because it so easy to send anything over a quick email

I am barely scratching the surface on the ways technology has improved how we document and assist in our parenting. There are hundreds and hundreds of apps out there that help you learn about milestones, track feedings or turn your iPhones into a makeshift baby monitor.

What technology do you think makes life with baby that much easier?

Lauren Rothlisberger blogs and consults over at Get Me Geeky. As a military wife and mom of three girls five years old and under, she loves focusing on technology and productivity and finding new ways to simplify her life. She recently started putting together MacMinis, which are easy to follow videos for Mac users, and also wrote an ebook, Evernote for Moms.
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