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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Calorie Counter & Fitness Tracker by MyFitnessPal
Calorie Counter & Fitness Tracker by MyFitnessPal is just what it sounds like — a tool to help us count the calories and track the burn — but unlike other fitness apps we’ve tried, it’s easy enough to use that the goals actually feel achievable. You enter stats about your physical condition and activity level, and the app assembles a day-by-day plan for reaching your desired weight. Tracking calories is easy, thanks to a preloaded database of foods and meals; and we love how the app keeps you motivated with a daily snapshot of how close you are to your fitness goal, complete with social-media updates from friends who are working on similar challenges.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, Free
Get it for Android, Free