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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- #3 Social
The über-addictive social website Pinterest certainly hasn’t lost any allure in its transition to portable gadgets. In fact, with its chunky buttons and tap-friendly “pin boards,” it almost feels like Pinterest was made for mobile devices. Just as you do on the website, you “pin” ideas, images, wish lists, recipes, and other finds to your pin board, and you can comment on, re-pin, and like inspirations from others in the Pinterest community. Whether you’re looking for ideas for the table, around the home, or your next family getaway, it’s a great way to stay energized about the stuff that excites you.
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