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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Plenty of barcode-scanning apps will show you whether stores have an item in stock, but GoodGuide goes a step further by showing which items are safest for your family. Scan a product’s barcode, and the app pulls up information on criteria such as energy efficiency, nutritional benefits, food and toy safety, and animal testing. Tapping items also pulls up their lists of ingredients, and we like that we can add items to “safe products” and “products to avoid” shopping lists as we go along.
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