In Part 1, I talked about why I find a properly fitted breast shield and an activity gym are very useful items for me and Beanie. In Part 2, I showcased my two favourite baby carriers. Today, I’m going to touch on two apps I find extremely useful for me.
Special (And Very Useful) Items For Baby: Part 3 – Libby App & Wonder Weeks
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the products below. I’m sharing them with you because I love the following products.
The first app I want to rave about is the Libby App. If you know me, you know I’m a bit germophobic, okay, I’m quite germophobic. I was okay with borrowing library books before. But now that I have a kid, I am always weary about borrowing library books. Just because I don’t want Beanie to touch it and put his hand in his mouth. One day while browsing through the Toronto Library website, I came across a Libby App banner. After I learned more about this app and downloaded it, I can’t live without it! You pretty much have access to the entire library in the comfort of your own home! There are so many ebooks and audiobooks available. It’s super easy to borrow, read, and return the books. You can also easily place a hold on a book. You have the option to automatically borrow books that are on hold, when it becomes available, the app will automatically put the book on your reading shelf. How cool is that?! I have borrowed a few children’s audiobooks. I haven’t let Beanie look at the screen yet, but I have played the audio files for Beanie to listen to. Read along books are awesome, because as the narrator reads the book, the words are highlighted, so the kids can easily follow the story. I am super happy and excited to find this app, and I can’t wait to use more of it!
The second app I want to talk about is The Wonder Weeks. I was ecstatic to discover this app. That’s because in the beginning, I had no idea how to take care of Beanie, and I had a difficult time trying to figure out what he wanted. It can get extremely frustrating when you’ve tried everything but the baby still cries. Some weeks he was good, he would only cry for milk or for a change of diaper. Then one day during week 5, I tried to change him and he wailed like he was really scared. It persisted for a day or two and then he went back to crying as his normal self (yes apparently, they cry during diaper changes in the first 2 months or so). Then one day at around week 8, he cried and fussed a lot throughout the day, which was quite unlike his usual self. When I told Anthony about it, he looked it up online. A person in a forum mentioned that the baby is having his wonder week 8. I got curious about what this wonder week is and did a little digging. Apparently, researchers found that babies experience 10 mental leaps between the age of 0 and 2. At each leap, their brains change to let the babies experience and learn new things. When the babies go through these changes, they are literally thrown into a world of unknown, which means they get scared, and can get very fussy and clingy. All babies go through these leaps at specific intervals, and they coined these leaps wonder weeks. The wonder weeks are calculated based on the due date. So if your baby is born earlier, then the leap will happen later, and vise versa. For example, if your baby is born two weeks early, then wonder week 5 will most likely happen when your baby is around 7 weeks old. The Wonder Weeks website has revamped completely. They used to have this Ted Talk video on their website, and it explains the concept really well. The Wonder Weeks website offers many different products. I purchased the audiobook app. The audio portion is separated into different chapters. I can download the chapter(s) I’m interested in, and delete any unwanted chapter(s). In addition to the audio portion, there is also a written summary section for each leap. It highlights what the baby is experiencing, and suggests different activities one can do with their babies to maximize their learning experience. I wish I had gotten the tracking app, because you can track the baby’s progress. It also includes all the chapters of the book. But I chose the audio app, because I find it difficult to sit down and read. The audio app allows me to listen to the material while I entertain or tend to Beanie.
So far, these are all the things I find to be useful for me. As we progress through, I will share more useful items with you. If you have items that you find to be extremely useful to you, I’d love to learn about them! Share them with me down below in the comments. If you’ve missed my Part 1 and Part 2, go check them out.