All parents want to know that their babies are hitting the major milestones. As much (or as little) as you think you know (or don't know) about what to expect in your child's development, it's always good to have a little guidance.
Whether you get that guidance from your pediatrician, your friends, child development books, the internet, or a stranger on the street (hey, it happens), it can be a huge relief to know that your baby's behavior is totally normal and on track with the rest of the babies of the world.
We found that the easiest, most efficient way to track your child's development is by using an app. Since you always have your phone on you anyway (you know you do), you'll always have access to answers to your questions. You know, like, "My baby turns into the devil in the middle of the night, is that normal?" Yes, yes it is.
So for some peace of mind, check out these two apps we absolutely love.
The Wonder Weeks
Based on the childhood development book of the same name, The Wonder Weeks app focuses on the weekly changes in your child's mental development, aka mental leaps. Each mental leap is broken down to keep you informed about your baby's fussiness, cooing, and everything in between for the first 20 months of life. The app will notify you when your baby is making a mental leap, and you'll get an explanation as to what your baby can understand and learn after the leap.
The app also charts the exact dates your child should feel gloomy (fittingly, with an image of a storm cloud) and happy (with an image of the sun). So you'll at least be warned of a storm brewing.
Baby Major Steps
The Baby Major Steps app helps you keep track of your baby, toddler, and kid's development stages through age six. The app includes a list of the development stages your child will go through, a diary, a warning signs list, and a forum where you can find tips and communicate with other parents.
Growth stages are categorized by age and development area (social and emotional, language and communication, cognitive development, and physical development).
Free for Android