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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Daily Connect (Child Care)
Going back to work after family leave can be a tough adjustment for new moms and dads, but Daily Connect (Child Care) aims to make it easier on parents and caregivers alike. The app’s main screen looks much like the daily information sheet you’re used to receiving from your childcare provider, except with this one, you get updates as soon as the info is logged. Caregivers don’t need the app themselves, either — they can log into Daily Connect’s website to enter information about naps, feedings, temperature readings, milestones, and more.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, $4.99
Get it for Android, $4.99