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New to motherhood?
There's an app for that.

(Family Features) All moms need more time to handle their busy schedules - that's a universal truth - but it could be argued that no one feels that cataclysmic time shift more than a first-time mother. Suddenly, there is little room for showering and sleeping, let alone for making grocery lists, keeping up with workout routines, planning weekly meals, or managing a household budget. The good news is that help is just a download away.

Smart moms use smart phones
According to "Dr. Mom Study 3," conducted by BabyCenter, smartphone ownership is higher among moms than the general population and moms spend an average of 6.1 hours a day with their smartphones. Having the right apps ready to assist is just one way to save time, money and sanity while moms focus on their new role.

New moms should consider the following apps as they gear up to bring an infant home or focus on those first few months with their little one. All of the apps are free, user-friendly and ready to make motherhood easier:

  • Similac StrongMoms Baby Journal app - Gone are the days of juggling notebooks to jot down feedings and diaper changes or booting up the laptop to enter sleeping schedules. This app allows moms who breastfeed, formula-feed and pump to easily track feedings, diapering, growth and sleeping patterns - and create graphs to help monitor them - anywhere, anytime. Moms can even email reports to family, friends or the pediatrician. Read more about the features of this app at

    Grocery iQ - No more racking your brain to jot down a grocery list. With Grocery iQ, simply scan the barcodes of products in the kitchen that need to be replenished and they're automatically added to the list. You can also search for millions of items independently. Once complete, the list can be synchronized with other devices, so when mom is home with baby, dad can feel confident he's picking up the right stuff. To read more, visit
    Calorie Counter by My Net Diary - New moms should ease into any kind of physical activity, but many are eager to reinvest in their physique. Calorie Counter avoids fad dieting and helps tailor a diet to mom's personal preferences, giving her a better chance for long-term success. With an expansive food database, automatic recent history, recipes, custom foods, an emphasis on key nutrients and a community to help with morale; this is an all-in-one diet app. Check out this app at Dinner Spinner - Dinner still needs to get on the table, even when the fridge is low on food and mom's brain is even lower on sleep. With the AllRecipes Dinner Spinner app, simply plug in the ingredients available on hand and a variety of recipes will appear to take the guesswork out of mealtime. Visit to check it out.

    Stocking up on these apps before baby arrives, or downloading them once baby comes home, can alleviate some of mom's stress as she adjusts to the wonderful chaos that her infant will bring and what better time to start than the very beginning?
    For more information on the Similac Baby Journal app, visit SOURCE:StrongMoms Baby Journal

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Bath Time Fun for Babies

(Family Features) Babies are cute, but they sure can be messy. From poop explosions to spitting up, babies keep their moms on their toes with surprising - and messy - situations. Plus, getting baby clean can be a bit of an ordeal, too.

A survey conducted by Baby Magic* found that 30 percent of moms feel they need a raincoat when giving baby a bath, and 57 percent deal with water all over the bathroom floor. Sound familiar?

While babies will always make messes, and bathing baby means you both get wet, there are some ways to turn bath time from a chore into fun for everyone.

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Always test the temperature of the water with your elbow. You're going for that Goldilocks temperature - just warm enough to help babies relax, but not too cold that they are uncomfortable. A warm washcloth on baby's tummy will also help keep them warm.

Sometimes baths can be stressful for babies, so look for products that will soothe them, such as the Calming Baby Bath Lavender and Chamomile Wash by Baby Magic. With pure lavender and chamomile extracts, this wash is hypoallergenic, pH balanced, and enriched with vitamins and aloe. In addition, it's tear-free and free of dyes and parabens.

While babies don't need a full bath every day, parents should clean their faces, necks, hands and feet daily - and, obviously, their bottoms during each changing or "surprise" explosion. For in-between-bath cleaning, try the No-Rinse Wash from Baby Magic. This self-foaming wash will clean baby's hair and skin without using water, while protecting sensitive skin.

Turn bath time into an adventure
For older babies and toddlers, bath time means fun time. Here are a few ways to turn your tub into a mini water park:

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    Time for toys. Water toys are a blast for toddlers. Grab some rubber duckies, boats, foam sea creatures, plastic cups and tubs, then encourage them to explore the "open sea." Before adding these toys to your tub, remember to check product packaging to ensure that they're age appropriate for your baby.
    Bath time Picassos. With tub markers and crayons, kids can create a bath time masterpiece. Give them foam shapes to create picture stories. Or mix shaving cream with food coloring and let your little one finger paint on the bath walls. Plus you'll enjoy it too as it is mess-free - the shaving cream will wash away once you drain the bath.

    Go bubble crazy. Who doesn't love bubbles? Even very little babies will enjoy watching bubbles float and pop. Show toddlers how to make a "bubble Mohawk" using soap to spike their hair - you're sure to get a more than a few giggles.

    For more fun bath time ideas, visit

    *About the Survey
    An online survey of 506 mothers with children ages three and under was conducted by Kelton on behalf of Baby Magic between April 16th and 23rd, 2012. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 4.4 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

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