New Mom Wellness Apps

5 wellness apps every new mom should download now.

New Mom Wellness Apps

"Busy" pretty much sums up every which way life becomes when kids are in the picture. So when it comes to taking care of yourself and taking care of your little ones, we’ll take all the help we can get. From ordering groceries to monitoring your health to exercising to staying in touch with health professionals, here’s my list of must-have wellness apps for new moms.

  1. Instacart – This is a grocery-ordering app. The app provides an online portal connection with grocery store chains such as Fairway, Whole Foods, and CostCo. and in cities such as New York, having the access to such stores without having to leave your own home is key, especially during the winter months. Delivery is only $3.99 when you make a purchase of $35 or more. Most of the time, there is a delivery available within 2 hours, but during peak times (i.e. holidays, inclement weather), delivery can be booked out as far as 2 days. As the mother of a toddler, I’m quite satisfied at least 95% of the time with using Instacart.
  2. Fooducate – Fooducate is an app that helps you make better, informed decisions about the groceries you purchase for your household. The app has an extensive database of products – all associated with a grading scale. The grade scale helps to understand the exact positioning of the product, how good/bad the ingredients included are for you, and any call-to-attention details about the product (i.e. additives, preservatives, hidden sugars) that we should know. You can scan products and receive real time “grades,” or utilize the Fooducate community to obtain recipes, ask questions and educate yourself at any time.
  3. Honey - Honey is the first social nutrition app and the only nutrition app created by experienced registered dietitians (RDs). For anyone wanting educational tidbits from RDs, Honey delivers easy to read real-time nutrition information, tips, recommendations, recipes and new product reviews pertaining to a variety of health categories, including: Healthy, Fit, Hearty, Kid, Lite, Sugar, Tasty, Fertile, and Buzz. Users can ask any nutrition questions and a multitude of dietitians will answer. It's like having a nutritionist in your pocket (and it’s free!)
  4. Clue - Clue is an application to help you track your menstrual cycle. By entering the necessary information on a monthly basis, it uses an algorithm to calculate and predict your own unique cycle. The more you use Clue, the more accurate it gets. Clue includes educational material about the menstrual cycle, answering questions like: Is my cycle normal? When can I get pregnant? What is PMS? If your goal is also to track fertility, the application provides a “predicted timeframe” to assist in the process. Sometimes accidents happen…but if you’re trying to be proactive about it, using an app like Clue is worth it. (Half of us can barely remember what we ate for breakfast the same day.)
  5. Booya Fitness – Think “Netflix for Fitness.” The soon-to-be-released app feeds off the Booya Fitness website and offers offline syncing similar to how Spotify allows you to listen to your playlists without being connected to Wi-Fi. You can workout mostly anywhere when using the app and for many of the workouts, you don’t need equipment. The other perk is that many of the workouts are under 35 minutes so you could slip it in at various times during the day. Booya has partnered with a variety of popular boutique fitness brands in order ensure you never feel bored and that there’s always a workout for the mood you’re in that day. *Booya is not available for download yet but is expected to be within a week.

Photography by Lauren Crew.

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    These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

    Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

    While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

    I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

    I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

    My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

    The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

    Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

    1. Go apple picking.

    Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

    To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

    2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

    We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

    To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

    3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

    Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

    To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

    4. Have a touch-football game.

    Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

    Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

    This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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