The 5 Best Baby Apps for Dads in 2021

Track and share baby information, get tips and tricks, and more

Being a first-time dad can be overwhelming. It's not easy juggling new responsibilities, sleep deprivation, and the endless tasks involved with taking care of a new baby.

Luckily, some excellent mobile apps are built to relieve the pressure new dads face and help them become the best parents and partners they can be. Here are our picks for the five best baby apps for new dads looking for handy resources and guidance.

If your baby hasn't yet arrived, there are also some helpful apps for dads-to-be.

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Best for Bite-Size Advice: Quick Tips For New Dads

Quick Tips For Dads mobile app with quick tips, how-to guides, and favorites.
What We Like
  • Tons of great tips.

  • Built by dads for dads.

  • Guides and checklists make preparing easier.

What We Don't Like
  • Only available for iOS.

  • No in-depth information.

The Quick Tips For New Dads app is built to help new fathers get bite-size chunks of valuable information. With more than 250 quick tips, including advice submitted by other users, this app offers plenty of ways to grab valuable information before and while on the job.

Five checklists make it easy to keep track of everything you need for milestones, such as readying a hospital labor bag, preparing your home for the new arrival, and everything required to take your new bundle of joy out in public when the time is right. And eleven how-to guides train dads on the skills they need for daily care, such as sterilizing bottles, diaper changes, and bathing.

If you find yourself returning to the same tips repeatedly, add them to your list of favorites for quick access.

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Best for Tracking: Baby Manager Feed Tracker

Baby Manager app for new dads keeps track of baby details
What We Like
  • Track all your kids.

  • Dedicated charts for sleep, feedings, diaper changes, and more.

  • Share baby's information with your partner.

What We Don't Like
  • iOS and Android apps function differently.

Tracking is key with newborns, and Baby Manager Feed Tracker acts as a central place to log feedings along with growth, sleep patterns, walks, medications, weight, diaper changes, and more.

The Baby Manager for Android app is free to use and download, and you'll have access to the community forum, but you're limited to five activities and three days of logging in. Access more features, export data, and use widgets with in-app purchases.

The iOS version is about $4. You receive access to all tracking, logging, community, and other features with a one-time purchase.

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Best for Helping Baby Learn: Baby Sparks

Baby Sparks mobile app for logging developmental milestones.
What We Like
  • Milestones are broken down by type, not just by age.

  • Articles deliver in-depth information.

  • Progress summary shows your child's development.

What We Don't Like
  • A subscription is required to unlock all features.

Babies are constantly learning and developing, and Baby Sparks delivers fun and enriching activities for parents to share with their little ones while helping develop their potential.

Set up the app with basic information about your child. Depending on your child's age and appropriate milestones, you get a daily program with several activities—as well as access to articles and other materials to help support your baby's development. The app displays your baby's progress by milestone and activities as you log progress and as they grow.

While you'll receive access to Baby Sparks milestones, articles, and a few activities for free, to unlock the entire activity milestone library, you need to upgrade. Choose from monthly, annual, or lifetime paid subscriptions ranging from about $5 to $60.

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Best for Managing the Many Photos You'll Take: Tinybeans

Tinybeans photo organizing mobile app for families.
What We Like
  • Unlimited photo storage.

  • Organize photos into albums or use the calendar.

  • You have full control over photo sharing permissions.

What We Don't Like
  • Steep subscription fees for premium access.

  • Requires premium access to download all photos at once.

Taking photos of your children, especially when they're tiny and adorable, is a no-brainer, but figuring out the best way to share them is another story. Tinybeans is a dedicated photo app that offers organization and gives parents full control over who gets to see their bundle of joy.

The app lets you organize your photos as you take them and offers other helpful tools such as parenting articles and how-to content, photo album collections, and calendar-based photos. Invite others to view your photos and enjoy their reactions.

Download and use Tinybeans for free or upgrade to a premium tier to upload high-res photos, save videos, eliminate ads, and more. A premium subscription costs about $8 per month or approximately $50 annually.

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Best for Keeping an Eye on Baby: Baby Monitor 3G

Baby Monitor 3G app is a great app for new dads
What We Like
  • No additional hardware needed.

  • App costs considerably less than a baby monitor.

  • Access to live video, audio, and pictures.

What We Don't Like
  • Mic sensitivity can falsely indicate a child is awake.

  • Video stutters over a data connection instead of Wi-Fi.

Baby Monitor 3G turns your smartphone or tablet into a connected baby monitor so that you can have peace of mind and get things done while your baby sleeps.

Baby Monitor 3G offers unlimited reach through a 3G, Wi-Fi, or LTE connection. You need two compatible devices (smartphones, tablets, or laptops) in any combination to create the monitoring connection. For example, set up a tablet in the baby's room and keep a smartphone with you at all times.

Once your devices are set up, enable video, listen to movement, and speak to your baby if you're in another room. The app includes an activity mode that lets you know if your child is waking up and moving around.

Baby Monitor 3G is available for Android, iOS, and macOS devices and requires a one-time fee of $5 to $6 to download and use. This expense is minor compared to a dedicated baby monitor that can cost closer to and well above $100.

Unless you have an unlimited data plan, using your data allotment with this app could get costly. Be mindful of the amount of data you use when you're not on Wi-Fi.

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