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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- #7 Social
We’ve gotten so used to sharing travel photos through Facebook and email that we sometimes forget about paper postcards — which is what makes Postagram Postcards such a great find. The app lets you send real-life postcards from your phone (each card costs .99 cents) without having to visit the post office. And, because Postagram integrates with Instagram, your Facebook photo albums, or whatever other means you use to grab pictures on your smartphone, you can easily use your own images to create postcards that are miles above the touristy cheese you find in gift shops.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, Free
Get it for Android, Free