Whether we’re using our smartphone to organize play dates or handing over the iPad to keep the kids entertained, we can’t live without our mobile gadgets. But with more than a million apps available in Apple’s iTunes Store and Android’s Google Play market, our smartphones and tablets are useful for a lot more than calls and games.
From baby monitors to vacation planners to virtual assistants for mom, our annual guide to the 50 best apps for parents has everything you need to get the most from your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. Best of all, most of these apps are free or available with free equivalents, so you can give them a whirl without having to put a dent in the family budget.
We hope you have as much fun checking out these apps as we did testing them. Be sure to tell us about your favorite apps, too — we can’t wait to see what you find! — Aaron Burgess
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AnyList Grocery List
- #2 Organization
AnyList Grocery List makes it easy to stay organized and on-task when you’re cruising the grocery aisles with kids in tow. The app includes preset categories and labels (e.g., “Baby,” “Dairy” and “Produce”) to get you started, but you can reorder and rename items according to your store’s layout. So if you get your produce from a local market, your staples from a warehouse store, and your organic picks from Whole Foods, you can build lists by store, and even by aisle. AnyList also enables collaborative shopping — so instead of writing the whole week’s list yourself, you and a partner who has the app can sync items to a single, shared list before either of you heads to the store.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, Free