Many parents today, much like myself, make use of modern technologies to help make the parenting process just a little bit easier. For example, one of the most common tools used today are apps. Yes, applications that we can download right onto our mobile devices. I am always installing and uninstalling apps as I try to use my cell phone and tablets’ storage space for apps that are most useful to me. So, this weekend as I was updating my apps and clearing out ones that no longer served me, I decided to compile this list of the 10 best apps for parents in no particular order. (Keep in mind: I am an iPhone user so not all mentioned apps may be available on Android).
What to Expect – Pregnancy and Baby: I used the truth spy app while I was carrying my youngest daughter (she is now a year old). For those who are expecting, this app has an excellent day-by-day and week-by-week guide complete with photos and you will receive personalized updates based on your due date. I absolutely love that feature! It also gives you the opportunity to connect with other Moms which is nice.
Parenting Reminder a Day, A Tip: this app sends a parenting tip to your phone as a calendar reminder every day- you don’t even have to open the app. I am always seeking out more knowledge on parenting, so this was great for me.
Baby Tracker & Digital Scrapbook – Kidfolio Pro: this app is truly one of my faves. It allows you to track your baby’s health and development from growth and immunizations to feedings, diaper changings, pumping sessions, etc. This app really helps to keep everything you need to remember about your child organized. As an added bonus, you’ll also receive information on developmental milestones. You can also capture certain milestones on camera and organize them into a scrapbook! This is just a great app for advice and recommendations and socializing with other parents. I love it.
Yuggler-fun activities for kids and family – This is a really cool app to find kid-friendly activities near you. This is great for active families and with the recent update, they now have User-Constructed Top Charts for Kids Activities. It’s super convenient.
Animal and Tool Picture Flashcards for Babies and Toddlers by Open Solutions – This app does an excellent job of keeping my 1 year old entertained and it isn’t at all difficult to navigate. This is also a great app to encourage speech in your young child while also helping them pair an image with the actual word. Your child can learn what sound an animal makes, the correct way to pronounce its name (in various languages) and even how to write it!
Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Games by Kevin Bradford LLC – My 4 year old really enjoys using this app- it keeps her busy during car rides and is very educational. These games focus on things such as Counting, Alphabet, Addition, Subtraction, Spelling, etc.
Baby Monitor Lite by Bipfun – This is a really cool baby monitor that can be downloaded for free. You can see AND talk to your baby via this app. It also offers different animal nightlights on the screen to comfort your little one.
Cozi Family Organizer – Great way to merge the entire family’s calendars and keep track of scheduled activities and events. You can also share and update grocery lists and to-do lists which is a really great feature. However, I’m just going to give you a heads up that there are not yet any privacy settings on the app. So it would be best to only include reminders and things that you want the entire family to know about.
Chorma for Chores – This is a really good app to get the entire household involved in assigning chores and to also keep track of what chores are going undone. I no longer have the app because my girls are too young to use it but it is great for families with older kids.
Phone for Kids – All in One Activity Center for Children: this app is a must-have for me as my 1 year old loves to play on my phone and pretend (well, sometimes she isn’t pretending) to call people. She is in love with this app and so am I. She can pretend to text and talk on the phone and there are also other little fun games built in.