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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The Portable Pediatrician
For parents who wish they could have renowned pediatrician Dr. Sears on call, the Portable Pediatrician feels like the next best thing. While a tad pricey at $9.99, the app is one of the most comprehensive resources you’ll find for 24/7 pediatric advice at home. You can browse hundreds of alphabetized articles on childhood illnesses, search the app for specific healthcare topics, and read pointers for treating common ailments at home. Illness isn’t the Portable Pediatrician’s only focus, of course: The app offers tips on what to expect at check-ups from infancy through adolescence, and you can enter stats from well-child visits in a “Growth Chart” feature to see how your children are compared to national averages.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, $9.99