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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Add iPhone apps to your list of diaper bag staples

Iphone Baby's first iPhone app may soon be as common as a Diaper Genie or as dated as bronzed baby shoes, who can tell? But cell phone apps for moms are turning into big business. Time magazine did a list of its top 7 iPhone apps for new moms, and I only have a few quibbles with it.

The noisemaker for your camera phone is a clever idea that gets the kid to look up at the sound of bells or drums just as you snap. But did they really have to include a weight loss app in this list? New moms have enough pressure without tracking calories. I made fun of the nursing tracker when it first came out, but moms of twins and sleep-deprived zombies say it's not a bad idea. But once you are over the initial nursing learning curve, this seems pretty useless. It can also be used to track diapers and lets you note the amount and quality of waste found inside. I have two thoughts on that. No. 1: Ew! and No. 2: Who is so anal (no pun intended) that they need to keep a digital record of every diaper and a review of every poop? 

I also made fun of the Curious George app when it first came out because I couldn't imagine handing my expensive phone to my toddler, Mr. McClumsyfingers. But several of you readers told me at the time that they often turn to their iPhone in a boring waiting room or at naptime to get their kids to settle down.

Now if they can just make an app that induces sleep at the appropriate times, I'll be camping outside the Apple store myself.

-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:02am]


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