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Why baby steps to becoming the perfect parent are a click away

Ellen Daniel on apps and sites to help new mums and dads to cope

Post-baby life can be anything but spontaneous. Rare nights out must be pencilled in weeks in advance, so a babysitter can be booked before someone else nabs them.

However, a brand new app could make those spur-of-the-moment outings a possibility once more.

The brainchild of two London dads, Bubble is an Uber-style app that aims to make finding a reliable babysitter "easier than ordering in a takeaway".

The concept is simple: the app connects parents with trusted, local babysitters who are available immediately.

By connecting you to background-checked babysitters who have been hired and reviewed by your friends, it offers peace of mind, too.

Bubble is one of many digital resources to help mums and dads find their parenting feet.

From the ever-popular Mumsnet to the new Tinder-style app for setting up playdates, here are six of the best:

1. Cloud Baby Monitor

No need to buy a high-tech video baby monitor, when this app turns your phone into a cheaper alternative. The £3.99 app, available for iPhone, streams video from a phone, or tablet, placed near the baby to another device, allowing parents to check on them from another room throughout the night.

2. Peanut

Launched by one of the directors of dating app Bumble, Peanut matches nearby mums with similar interests. Whether it's arranging playdates or coffee dates, Peanut is all about making it easier to connect, helping to combat the loneliness that can sometimes come with being a new mum.

3. Babychange

Developed by NCT, this app (which is available for iPhone and Android) makes the lives of parents on the go that little bit easier by mapping changing facilities.

4. Web MDBaby

Being a new parent can be a nerve-wracking time, but with easy access to a wealth of physician-approved advice, Web MDBaby offers peace of mind. The iPhone and Android app also has a feature that allows you to track your baby's feeding, sleep and growth.

5. Mumsnet

The popular parenting forum now has an app, available for iPhone and Android.

6. Sound Sleeper

Offering a range of audio tracks, including white noise, car rides, and nature sounds, Sound Sleeper helps soothe your baby to sleep.

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