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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Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List
- #5 Organization
Pulling together more than 30,000 recipes from top chefs, cookbooks, magazines, and related foodie resources, Epicurious puts the meatiest features (figuratively and literally) of Epicurious.com in the palm of your hand. Recipe categories are organized by theme and skill level, but you can also search by ingredient, course, or dietary restriction. This app also includes an organizer tool that lets you add ingredients to a grocery list and save your favorite recipes for later reference. And if you’re more of a classicist when it comes to recipe organization, there’s even an Epicurious app for HP printers that lets you print recipes directly from your phone or tablet.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, Free
Get it for Android, Free