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 Shopping & Deals
Just browsing IKEA’s hundreds of aisles without an attack plan can be overwhelming, which is why we’re glad there’s the IKEA Catalog app to help us make a wish list. The app puts all 328 pages and 1,000-plus products in IKEA’s print catalog into a colorful, tap-friendly experience made for mobile gadgets — but it also includes an augmented-reality feature that makes the print catalog even handier. When you use your phone to scan images in the print catalog, the app opens movies, 3D views, and other interactive content that are the next best thing to browsing in the store — minus the smells of hardwood and cinnamon rolls, of course.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, Free