From tracking your baby's development to filing your photo gallery, these apps make a working parent's life easier with just a few simple swipes.
Preparing for the arrival of a baby can be stressful, but the BabyBump app makes planning more enjoyable. The app features an online social network that can connect you to other moms and dads in the same planning stages, plus a BabyBump shop showcasing the best and most helpful pregnancy and baby products (all reviewed by experts). There's also a due date countdown, daily info that best fits your current pregnancy needs and a journal for weight tracking (free, itunes.com).
It's so simple to click and take images with your mobile device, but it becomes a hassle when you need to go and upload all the images from your phone. With the My365 app, saving and categorizing photos is made simple. Daily images and pictures are posted in a calendar that can be shared via Twitter or Facebook with friends and family. It's a fantastic tool for tracking how much your kids have grown over a month or a year (free, play.google.com).
You love when your child comes home from school with a new masterpiece, but when stacks of paintings and drawings begin to pile up, you’re tempted to throw some of them away. The Artkive app solves this dilemma by allowing you to take pictures of your child's artwork and store it digitally, so you can go back later and compile and print for a hardcover book, calendar, coffee mug or other keepsake (free, itunes.com).
In an age where virtually everything can be accessed online, it can be difficult to censor what kids can and can't see via their laptop, iPad and the like. With the new Net Nanny app, parents have no need to fret about unsuitable content. The app works by becoming a new browser on an internet device, filtering content through one of three different settings that blocks pornography, nudity, gore, death and mature content. Now you can rest assured that your child's internet experience is safe and secure ($5, itunes.com).
Parents are always looking to capture their kids' special moments, whether a baby’s first step, the winning soccer goal or a dance recital. With Pincam, capturing occasions like these is a breeze. The app operates by “pinning” special moments as they happen, just by hitting the record button. It then encodes the video clips into a home movie reel you can share via Youtube, Facebook or email with family and friends (free, itunes.com).
Pull-Ups Big Kid App
Potty training may not be the easiest task, but with the Pull-Ups Big Kid App, you'll make it better for your tot. The app includes Disney characters and games that provide entertainment during each trip to the bathroom and awards your child stars for toilet training achievements (the more stars your child gains, the more games unlocked to play). The Pull-Ups app also includes Disney sing-along songs and “phone calls” from characters like Woody and Buzz after using the potty. You also get helpful hints about potty training and access to an online community of other potty-training parents to connect with (free, itunes.com).
When it comes to congratulating a new mom, thanking a colleague or wishing someone a happy birthday, a small, thoughtful gift can make someone's day. With the Yiftee app, you can send a gift via email or through a mobile device. Yiftee works by listing local merchants and gifts available for purchase like coffee, flowers and salon treatments in local areas. Once you’ve found the present, you specify who it's for. then click and pay. The recipient is notified via Facebook, text or email and can redeem the gift by showing the digital credit card sent to her (free, itunes.com).
Clothes shopping with kids at the mall can be a hassle. With the Zulily app, moms have instant access to cute, affordable fashion for themselves and their little ones, with prices up to 90 percent off retail (you'll also find toys, books, room decor and houseware products). Zulily features links for upcoming sales, so you have a heads-up to check back in to score the latest deals (free, itunes.com).
After taking hundreds of videos and photos via your iPhone, it can be time consuming to swipe through your gallery to find a specific shot right away. Flayvr app easily categorizes all of your kids’ magical moments into interactive albums, so finding a particular image is much easier. Albums can be shared privately with friends and family, and you can zoom in and out for easy viewing (free, itunes.com).
The Baby Owner's Data Tracker
For the new parent, keeping track of all your baby's needs can be overwhelming. The Baby Owner’s Data Tracker app—based on The Baby Owner’s Manual, by Louis Borgenicht, MD, and Joe Borgenich—helps keep track for you by recording your baby's height and weight (in comparison to average percentiles) and tracking sleep and feeding schedules. All info can be easily shared with your pediatrician or friends and family (free, itunes.com).
Becoming a homeowner can be both exciting and overwhelming. What with work and the kids, there never seems to be enough time to complete everything (like painting the cupboards). With the BrightNest app, tackling household chores and fixer-uppers is not only manageable, it's also much easier. The app builds a schedule you can follow to check off to-do's and hand picks the best DIY cleaning and home design tips to fit your needs (free, itunes.com).
The Drip Drops
Looking for a kid-friendly coloring activity without the mess? Check out the Drip Drops app, which turns your phone or tablet into a 3-D coloring book with bright, luminous colors and characters—no worrying about crayon scribbles on the wall ($2, itunes.com).
While waiting on the arrival of your new bundle of joy, you imagine the perfect nursery. Now you can create your dream room with the Carousel Designs Nursery Designer app. Browse more than 300 fabric designs and select crib, floor and paint options to create your one-of-a-kind nursery. Whether you mix and match prints or keep it sweet and simple, you can customize to your taste. And you can forward your ideas to friends and family to get their opinions, too (free, itunes.com).
After a busy day of running errands and tending to the kids, things can slip through the cracks—like remembering to bring those coupons with you to the store. With the SnipSnap coupon app, you'll never leave a coupon behind again. The app snaps a quick picture of a printed coupon with your smart phone that you later show at the checkout counter to redeem. It also features a database of some 10,000 coupons for stores like Target, Babies “R” Us and Buy Buy Baby (free, itunes.com).
Great for budding photographers, the PicsArt app lets users edit their favorite moments and also alter them to look like watercolors, paintings, sketch drawings and cool cartoons.That family trip you took to the Grand Canyons could end up looking even more spectacular! (free, itunes.com)
With the new Tweekaboo app, you can save, view and share your child’s milestones via a social network open only to your friends and family. Tweekaboo features a private setting to save photos, videos and texts, and can also can create a private journal for each member of your family and their personal milestones (free, itunes.com).
For the on-the-go parent, keeping a file of all those phone numbers—including kids' friends' parents, PTA parents, the Girl Scout troup and the baseball team—can be tricky. With the new Ringya app, managing your contacts is a (literal) snap. The app works by converting actual contact lists into mobile contacts just by snapping a quick pic with your phone. It's that simple (free, itunes.com).
Create and share memories easily with the Whip app from Arcsoft. In three simple steps, users can create albums using photographs, music and text. Choose from several templates and genres of music to generate unique photo albums that can be shared through Facebook or email (free, itunes.com).
At some point, every parent will face the challenge of letting their tween venture to school or a friend’s house alone and the Snap Secure app helps put a parent’s mind at ease. Snap Secure can be downloaded onto your kid’s mobile device, letting parents know where their child is at all times. The app also features the ability to set “safe zones,” like school, the park or a friend’s house for your kid to travel to alone. Whenever your child leave the desginated safe area, an alert is immediately sent to the parent’s phone (free, play.google.com).
As families grow and expand, many move to different parts of the state, country or even the world. The Kicksend app makes sharing memories more accessible across the miles by allowing multiple uploads at once. Kicksend also includes a “Print to Family” option, which lets users send photo prints to a nearby retail printing location that grandma can go pick up from (free, itunes.com).
Whether it’s for a birthday celebration or a holiday, gift cards are popular presents nowadays for adults and kids alike. However, sometimes there are so many gift cards that it can become a pain to track them all. With the gyft app, all of your gift card hassles are swiped away. The gyft app works by allowing you to upload all of your physical gift cards onto your mobile device, and also lets you buy, send and receive gift cards from a huge list of retailers—like Amazon, Zappos and Gap—right onto your phone (free, itunes.com).