About a week after I began using my iPhone, I was in love. I had a calendar with me at all times, and I was able to stay on top of my family's schedule - even though there are six of us! I had email access while I was out, so I wasn't constantly playing catch up with PTO business in the evening. And then I discovered apps! With these programs, I could track my baby's feeding schedule, my family's illnesses, and my attempts at exercise. And there were apps that could help keep my children entertained and educated! My iPhone was quickly becoming a vital tool that made my busy mom life more manageable.
In January 2009 I began a website, The iPhone Mom, dedicated to helping moms find apps that could do the same for them. Since beginning the site, I've seen both the quantity and quality of useful apps for moms grow.
Babble.com asked me to put together a list of my Top 50 iPhone Apps for Moms. Here, in descending order, are my favorites and the ones I think you'll find most useful.
Urbanspoon is a faithful app that will help you discover new restaurants in your area. It takes your iPhone’s location and creates a wheel that displays nearby cities, types of cuisine and price ranges. You can spin the different parts of the wheel and line them up to find a restaurant that matches up or you can shake your phone to find a random restaurant. Restaurant information includes the phone number, address, photos of great dishes and a Google map of the location. You’re able to tap a button and vote whether or not you like the restaurant. The app tracks the number of votes and displays a percentage of people who like it. You can also take photos of your favorite dishes and share in the app. If you’d rather not use the restaurant wheel, you can perform a search or browse for choices instead. When you browse, the restaurants are grouped into the following categories: My Restaurants, Neighborhoods, Types of Food, Features (delivery, kid friendly, outdoor dining, etc.), Popular Restaurants and Top Contributors. And if you can’t decide what to order, you can see photos and reviews of individual dishes under Popular Menu Items.