NashvilleHealth | Keep Baby Healthy

Need some tips to care for baby?  Literally at your fingertips?

Check out these resources below curated by our team and by some of our partner physicians.  

Remember: Nothing replaces a good conversation with your doctor.  Always know they are on call for you. 

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None of the advice here replaces talking to your doctor or healthcare professional.  

Track Baby

Development. Raising a healthy child begins before and during pregnancy. Apps like Sprout show the anticipated development of baby, track baby’s kicks, outline questions to ask the doctor – and keep a journal of all of it.

 

Labor. When it finally comes time for the baby to be born, one of the first questions your healthcare provider will ask is how often and how far apart you experience contractions. Give them an accurate count thanks to NashvilleHealth partner Vanderbilt University’s BabyTime app to track vital labor stats before you get to the hospital.  And check out the FAQ from parents like you about to welcome baby.

 

Birth to 1.The My Family app from Today’s Parent is practically an all-in-one for tracking baby’s milestones even into toddler years. (Pssst…this link includes 16 other apps moms and dads might find helpful!)

Keep Baby Healthy

Breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding – or attempting to – you may encounter challenges. Support can be critical in mom and baby’s journey to feeding, which is why apps like MyMedela are an incredible resource. Track how much milk pumped pumping, how much baby eats and other indicators to reach weight goals.

 

Donate Milk. Moms can help other moms and/or NICU babies with extra pumped breastmilk by donating it to Mothers Milk Bank of Tennessee. We are thrilled that this amazing resource was developed by Dr. Susan Campbell at NashvilleHealth partner Nashville General Hospital at Meharry.

 

Talk to Baby. Something you do every day, all day – TALKING – matters to baby’s cognitive development. The Starling app is like a FitBit, letting you know how many words you have spoken to your baby and when you need to add more to promote language development.

Keep Baby Safe 

Quit Smoking. If you need help quitting smoking while you are pregnant or once baby arrives, check out the resources available through the Metro Public Health Department’s Tobacco Control Initiative page, including a special program called BABY & ME Tobacco Free  that offers moms-to-be and moms unique help to experience the health benefits from quitting smoking.

 

Medications. “Should I take this?” is a question that can paralyze expectant or new mothers even through common illness like a cold or allergies. MommyMeds taps into research to let mom know what medication is safe both during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

 

Monitor Sleep. Since sleep is so critical to safety, there are a number of apps that take the simple monitor concept to the next level, providing audio and in some cases video feeds. Others will send alerts or even place calls in response to pre-programmed cues. If you don’t want the simple audio feed on your nightstand, check out these options for your smartphone.

 

In the Know. The WebMD Baby app is another good all-purpose app for tracking all sorts of baby milestones, with the added access to WebMD’s extensive library of videos, news, articles, and tips.



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