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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Go beyond ultrasounds and baby books with this beyond-thorough app, which lets you track every amazing detail of your pregnancy. You enter key dates (including tests, procedures, and other items unique to you), and Sprout builds a visual timeline — the coolest feature of which is an interactive 3D model of your developing baby — for you to follow until delivery day. Even more, you can read advice from real obstetricians; check items off your nesting to-do list; and track developmental milestones such as kicks, contractions, and baby weight. The app is also available in a free “lite” version, but if you want the 3D imagery and the ability to share and add items to your timeline, the full edition is worth the price.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, $3.99