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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- #10 Health & Fitness
Making it to the gym can be a struggle, especially if your favorite class conflicts with kids’ drop-off and pick-up times. With FitnessClass for iPad, you get all the instruction and intensity of a real-life fitness class — Bootcamp, 5-Minute Abs, and 30/60/90 are among the more than 70 lessons offered — available to take whenever you have time. The app includes seven free courses, but you can preview additional courses before deciding if the $9.99 (single course) or $99.99 (all 70-plus courses) “ClassPasses” are for you.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, Free