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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- #1 Social
Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare make it easy to see where your friends and family have been, but social-organizer app UpTo lets you plan activities by seeing where people are going. The app syncs with your calendar and lets you share whatever events you’d like with others who’ve installed it — but it’s also useful for more than routine social planning. Busy parents can schedule family game nights, send reminders about recitals and other children’s activities, and even alert the kids to be home in time to watch everyone’s favorite TV show.
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